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Shake It Off Naturally: Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Tension with [TRE] Paperback – August 11, 2015
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12 pages are written in Portuguese. Do you speak Portuguese? If you're buying the book in English, that chapter will be a challenge if you are not fluent in Portuguese. The previous 12 pages before the Portuguese chapter, appear to be the English version of the same content, with the same photo of the contributing author. For an English literate audience, why would the editor duplicate material and offer a chapter in Portuguese? What is this like, the instruction booklet to a microwave?
If you're interested in the exercises like I was, you can get more out of the youtube videos online that are free. There are more testimonials written by others than actual text by the author. These testimonials are hypnotic and they do induce the power of suggestion. I guess if you really get into it, and somehow shake, and believe the premise, do the stretches, maybe it works. Does it work on skeptics? Not yet.
The exercises are useful, but for the money, I believe it is overly fair to say I expected A LOT MORE CONTENT SPECIFICALLY ON TECHNIQUE, and LESS TRUST ME IT WORKS REPEATED OVER AND OVER. There is more attention paid to the bibliography than to what exercises to do and how to do them.
Is it a self-help book about helping people in pain? Or, is the majority volume of the book more about targeting people with anxiety problems and pain to sign up for a TRE seminar, and contact one of the contributing TRE therapists? The summation on the final page solicited the reader to please contact Certified TRE Providers if you feel anxious or confused. Who doesn't at some point? That just seems over the top after a 296 page infomercial. I don't think it's fair to charge people to read the commercial.
Delivery of useful information that can be put into self-practice, within the category of a self help book is lacking. There are better yoga books, yoga books with exercises, and meditation, and there are much better resources that focus on you in order to teach you something useful than the priority of this book justifying its own theory. In fact, the majority of the book seems like it is trying to legitimize and promote itself and prove a premise, rather than actually teaching the practice of the relaxation technique.
The exercises are useful, but the writing about how to do the exercises seems lacking given the importance built by such a lengthy 97% of the book introduction to them. For the amount of reading that you do to find them at the end, I was disappointed that so little attention was placed upon what I consider the main point and reason anyone would buy the book.
Descriptions in a book about the exercises needs to be more than a chart on a poster, and the pictures look like inferior photocopies done by someone trying to save on toner and print as a draft. It can be hard to tell what leg is in a front position because they look so flat, like silhouettes. Due to the poor print and flimsy pages, along with lack of more critical editing, I will be more careful about buying books published by "CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform" an Amazon.com company in the future and was shocked to find claim the book was made in the USA. Usually books are printed, even the made term raises suspect. In terms of quality, I had expected to find the book was printed overseas. Perhaps in future editions more criticism will be heard and used to produce a better, more customer-centric self help book with less infomercial, and a lot more deliberate focus upon technique with more contribution and input from the author. In the next self published edition, hire a ruthless editor and do what they say. It's worth it to the reader.
For what is offered, this first version would be better marked for Kindle as an ebook at a price point of a $1.
There are better ways to spend $21.
I agree that the prof reading could have been better as many of the writers are not native English speakers and spell check butchered a few sentences now and then, however that seems trivial compared to the brilliant writing presented. This is not the usual fluff found in many so called self help books but a seriously intelligent book. Some of the chapters are easy to read while others quite challenging for those of us without a medical or science background. The beginning of the book is more difficult. I recommend skipping around.
This book might not be the best place to start, Youtube has many free videos for those completely new to TRE, trauma recovery or shaking medicine. A Youtube video was how I first became interested almost three years ago. There is so much to learn! This isn't to say that someone new to TRE couldn't benifit from reading this book.