- 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
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paradoxical Relaxation : The Theory and Practice of Dissolving Anxiety by Accepting It 2nd Edition
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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.
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But this is much more of a book about how we let our chaotic thoughts take over our lives, how that causes numerous health problems, and how to change that. Wise explains that pelvic pain is just one of the many maladies caused by our crazy minds, and for me, greatly relieved by his set of techniques.
This is not your common, formula-written, pop-culture book. Some parts are very repetitive (as in meditation). Other parts are more narrative-style. It's all very good, as another reviewer said, "when you're ready to listen."
The other thing I'll say about this book is that it is about learning a practice. It takes your time. (The audio tracks are very helpful.)
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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