Review of "Stress Relief"

By Michael Reed Gach
Sounds True, 2003
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on May 13th 2005
Stress Relief

On this audio CD, Michael Reed Gach guides the listener in short exercises to reduce stress.  They are from seven to twenty minutes each, and involve deep inhaling and exhaling, moving one's body, using acupressure on oneself, and meditation.  Three of the exercises are for a person sitting down, and two are for when the listener is lying down.  Gach has a tranquil and reassuring voice, which adds to the relaxing effect.  Occasionally he will illustrate a deep breath by doing one himself, which helps the listener follow his suggestions.  There is a little music added, but that is kept to a minimum.   Of course, some people will find it more useful to follow the instructions in a book or on a video, but Gach's directions are simple and easy to follow.  Furthermore, it is good to have an exercise to follow that takes a set amount of time, so that even very busy people can make themselves relax a little at some point in a hectic day.  I can't say whether the method of acupressure or even meditation actually have the beneficial effects claimed for them, but whether they do or not, it is likely that interrupting the constant flow of craziness that so many of us have to endure for a brief period in order to focus on one's body and let go of some tensions will help somewhat.  Having the CD playing will help focus the listener on relaxing and not get distracted by other desires and other people's needs interrupting. 


© 2005 Christian Perring. All rights reserved. 


Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Academic Chair of the Arts & Humanities Division and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Dowling College, Long Island. He is also editor of Metapsychology Online Review.  His main research is on philosophical issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.


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