I received a copy of this new book from Kathy Gruver, PHD, LMT to review. The opinions expressed are completely my own and I was not compensated in any way for them.
Armed with the concept that changing your mind can change your body Gruver brings readers an interesting look into the connection between mind and body health. Although the book is well written and does hold some fascinating concepts the logic, and at times science, seem to be misplaced.
To begin she uses the premise that the placebo effect works with 35% percent of patients therefore mind/body practices truly work since there is something going on with the mind effecting the body within the placebo effect. Ok, she kind of had me there, but there are skeptics of the placebo effect in the scientific community. An interesting fact I learned is that the father of hypnosis was Franz Anton Mesmer – as in mesmerize – and he started1qhis work in the 18th century, and was not well received.
She believes that “Scientology has something to offer” on page 14 and then goes on to quote What the Bleep Do We Know (a book on quantum physics) and the connection to prayer healing. The problem with this study is that the couples were only in rooms apart from one another and married couples most likely have built over time a pheromone connection. The real test of healing thoughts and prayers would be strangers working on each other.
Another odd study was the Hidden Messages in H20 regarding frozen water specimens that have negative words played at them, it changes their crystalline structure. Surely the bombardment of sound waves could have this effect and if the positive words were said in a different tone/frequency that could account for the change.
There are pages more that I had questions about and at no point did I feel these topics should be taken on by body workers dealing with clients. The author herself continues to discuss throughout the book the need to suggest qualified medical practitioners and that there is a fine line of what a body worker can do. Several examples to me of her own practices cross the line but since the outcomes were positive the author did not experience any blowback. Please note although press releases and book do refer to her as Dr., she is not a MD or medical doctor of any kind. Just imagine if the example on page 34 had ended with the wife leaving the husband instead of supporting him? Want to know what I am talking about you have to buy the book.
That one little tidbit doesn’t entice you? Then let me finish this review by stating something that appear to be a contradiction. I found the book very useful and full of information. I may not agree with everything stated, but honestly the author is one of the more middle of the road writers on this subject. She points out therapies and healing modalities of question and goes so far as to call out different practices that are shady – though she supports each individual’s right to choose what they want to waste their money on.
As a yoga teacher, relaxation coach and birth doula I can not argue wholeheartedly against anything she points out in her book. I know that mind over matter works. I know that I can “feel less pain” if I don’t focus on the pain, even to the point of cessation of pain reception. I’m doing it right now as I sit in an uncomfortable chair and type.
Dr. Kathy Gruver, author of the new book Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker says, “We have the innate ability to change our bodies, simply by changing our language.”
Most people think of health as something having to do with our physical bodies, they want a low BMI, they eat organic, do their yoga. But very few people think of the ramifications of their thoughts and how strongly they affect the body. And how paying attention to that connection can lead to total healing.
“It’s estimated that we have 60,000 thoughts a day and that 50,000 of those are negative, guess how you feel that makes you feel? Significant progress can be made even if we just change a portion of those thoughts.”
“There are countless studies that show how your thoughts and attitudes add to your health and truly contribute to your overall healing.”
“We think that stress is killing us. But it turns out that it not so much the stress; it’s our reaction to the stress. And the good news is that you can change your mind to decrease your response to that stress.” And this book will show you how with current studies, healing modalities you can add to your life and techniques to easily stop the stress response to be healthier.
However, I don’t believe that anyone can move your energy, that anyone can “fix” you. The work has to come from within when you are ready. Although the author does believe this too, the premise of the book at its opening is how you can use these techniques to enhance your work as a healer, something I would not suggest doing boldly. Instead, live and lead by example.
Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker
Dr. Kathy Gruver
Trade paperback 184 pages
Infinity Publishing January 2013
For more information visit www.thealternativemedicinecabinet.com
About the Author
Dr. Kathy Gruver is the host of the national TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet and has earned her PhD in Natural Health. Kathy was featured on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act in 2011 speaking about natural health and has just authored her second book entitled Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker. She has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School and pursued further education at The National Institutes of Health. Gruver has been featured as an expert in countless publications and has written dozens of health and wellness articles. She has appeared as a guest expert on over 80 radio shows and has done over 50 educational lectures around the country. She has also served as an expert witness for massage negligence and ethics cases.
A recent winner of NAWBO’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards, Kathy maintains a massage and natural health practice in Santa Barbara, CA, also offering phone and email health consultations. She has also produced an instructional massage DVD, Therapeutic Massage at Home; Learn to Rub People the RIGHT Way and is a practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Her book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet was selected as a finalist for the Indy Excellence Awards and was recently turned into a national talk show.