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ISBN-13: 978-0972775588 ISBN-10: 0972775587 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Pelvic Pain; 2 edition (January 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972775587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972775588
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paradoxical Relaxation is a groundbreaking book. The insights about the nature and practice of relaxation are profound and can be of enormous benefit to those who struggle with stress-related disorders. In this needed volume, Wise presents the method he uses for the treatment of pelvic pain for the larger application of treating anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. The method of Paradoxical Relaxation is presented in a level of detail heretofore unavailable. --Robert Blum, MD, former chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Marin General Hospital

Dr. Wise has distinguished himself by co-developing a successful treatment for chronic pelvic pain. Paradoxical Relaxation is a careful exploration of one of the methods of this innovative protocol and a departure from conventional relaxation training for anxiety. This book can be of significant value for those wishing to learn relaxation in order to deal with anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. --Alan Leveton, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics and Psychiatry (retired), University of California, School of Medicine, San Francisco

David Wise's Paradoxical Relaxation is a ground-breaking book, describing principles of relaxation training not part of mainstream methods of relaxation. The insights in this book about the nature and practice of relaxation are profound and can be of enormous benefit to those who struggle with varieties of stress related disorders. Paradoxical Relaxation was developed and tested in the work Drs. Wise and Anderson did at Stanford University in the Department of Urology with individuals with pelvic pain and dysfunction. In this needed volume, Dr. Wise presents the method he uses for the treatment of pelvic pain for the larger application of treating anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. The method of Paradoxical Relaxation, discussed as part of the Wise-Anderson Protocol in the best-selling book, A Headache in the Pelvis, is presented here in a level of detail heretofore unavailable. --Robert Blum, M.D., Former Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, California

About the Author

David Wise, Ph.D. is the co-author of the best-selling book, A Headache in the Pelvis describing the Wise-Anderson Protocol, a new treatment for chronic pelvic pain syndromes, which he co-developed at Stanford University with Dr. Rodney Anderson. He is the director of the National Center for Pelvic Pain Research, conducts research, and treats patients with pelvic pain in a monthly six-day clinic in California. He treats patients with a variety of anxiety-related disorders using Paradoxical Relaxation.

More About the Author

David Wise, Ph.D., is a psychologist who spent eight years in the Department of Urology at Stanford University Medical Center as a research scholar in the development of a new treatment for prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndromes. His research interest is in behavioral medicine and autonomic self-regulation. Rodney Anderson, M.D. is a professor of Urology at Stanford University Medical School. His specialty is neurourology. His interest and expertise focuses on chronic pelvic pain syndromes, pelvic floor dysfunction, interstitial cystitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, urinary incontinence, urinary retention, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsonism, and stroke. He was the chief of the pelvic pain clinic at Stanford. He has also directed a clinic devoted to the problem of female sexual dysfunction. He is actively engaged in clinical research at Stanford for a variety of disorders.

Customer Reviews

This book is definitely not an easy read, not because of a sophisticated writing style but rather due to its endlessly repetitive nature.
Bill McCoid
David Wise's Paradoxical Relaxation is a gem of a book and a `must read' that belongs in the hands and library of medical professionals and laypersons alike.
Richard
(The term Paradoxical relaxation is not original to this book , Jacobsen himself referred to progressive muscle relaxation as paradoxical relaxation).
James Thorpe

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Melmark98 on October 3, 2011
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This book is only for those that are ready to hear the truth. You've probably went down a million roads... to a dead end.

I've suffered from generalized anxiety disorder for many years and have tried almost everything (cognitive therapy, vacations, meditation, meds, etc. This book has been extremely insightful. I would liken it to the pioneering work Dr. Sarno has done to cure back pain and other related ailments. In fact, this would be a great follow-up to any of Dr. Sarno's books on Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS).

Dr. Wise talks about his own suffering with anxiety and his constant search to find a solution. People will tell you that you can solve your anxiety issues, that you just need to relax. That doesn't always work. We need more than relaxing music or traditional meditation. This book gives you details of exactly how to connect deep within yourself and sit with tension. In doing so, I've witnessed my lifelong tension (from childhood), melt away in profound relaxation sessions. The repetitive (written) nature of this book is intentional. The answer to solving anxiety issues is both simple and elusive (hence the repetition).

This protocol takes practice and discipline to get right. Anxiety isn't something that happens to you, you create it and the author introduces you to the part of your personality that is the creator/owner. If you have a psychological background, will find this book an easy read and immediately applicable. A must read!
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By B. Harris on April 27, 2010
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I love the book Paradoxical Relaxation. The book is written in an unusual, non-traditional style, which seemingly penetrates the common intellect and touches a source of higher consciousness. I especially enjoyed the intuitive and heartfelt manner in which the author shares his knowledge. I was in tears within a few pages and felt changed and expanded, as though a door was opened to self healing. Being one that reads magazines from back to front, I love the fact that I can pick it up, open to any page and access knowledge that helps transmute anxiousness into something good for my body, mind and spirit. I highly recommend this book for anyone open to out-of-the-box methods of deep communication, this book is more that just words!
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Richard on July 2, 2010
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David Wise's Paradoxical Relaxation is a gem of a book and a `must read' that belongs in the hands and library of medical professionals and laypersons alike. David expertly interweaves time-tested ancient principles with modern medicine and solid clinical research as he presents the Wise-Anderson Protocol that he co-pioneered at Stanford University, which is acclaimed as the most successful therapy for relieving chronic pelvic pain, anxiety-related disorders, and the myriad of symptoms that accompany these conditions. Integrating the disciplines of urology, psychology, and physical therapy, David's book provides an effective approach that empowers and restores control to the patient by providing them with simple yet highly effective exercises that relieve chronic pain and anxiety-related disorders through the release of chronic contraction and tension in the pelvic floor and nervous system. This is now on the recommended reading list for all my students, and a book I enjoying placing in the hands of my patients.

Richard Miller, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
President: Integrative Restoration Institute ([...]
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I personally find the purpose of the book inexplicable. It's called the Theory AND Practice of Dissolving Anxiety by Accepting It, but while it discusses the theory in depth it never actually gives any concrete direction on how to practice paradoxical relaxation. In fact, it is only when you reach chapter 8 entitled "Practice Makes Perfect" that you learn that the actual teaching of how to practice the technique is contained in a 52 lesson course only provided to individuals who attend the author's pelvic pain clinics. Because you can only get the actual instructions on practicing paradoxical relaxation after attending such a clinic, I believe the title of the book to be misleading. Based on that title I thought I was going to learn how to "practice" paradoxical relaxation. If it had simply been entitled The "Theory" of Dissolving Anxiety by Accepting It, I almost certainly would not have bought the book.
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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Chung on June 27, 2010
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I am a pelvic pain sufferer and I did the Wise-Anderson protocol clinic offered by the author of the present book a few years ago. The clinic did not help me solve my pelvic pain issue at all but the relaxation training was the most valuable part as a coping skill.
I was curious to see how this book would introduce paradoxical relaxation. I was also interested to see if refinements to the technique had been made since the clinic.
I am a bit perplexed as the author's instructions at the clinic were extremely accurate and to the point which was effective.
The book on the other end goes into long digressions unrelated to the subject. It is quite narcissistic as the author seems intent on sharing his life experience as a poet, an artist, an inventor, a musician, an intelectual etc... without really telling the reader much about the main topic.
The depiction of the relationship between the author and Edmund Jacobson (the inventor of progressive relaxation) is very interesting.
The author's refusal to include a guided meditation CD I think is a mistake. It would have offered the reader a valuable tool to understand the technique better.
A technique I am not sure a casual reader could master.
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