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Happy Healing: 8 Magic Steps to Relieve Physical Pain and Discomfort by Dominique Bourlet teaches self-healing through a method he develops to assist his acupuncture patients to obtain healing from the physical effects of diseases and psychosomatic issues. This pain may be real physical problems such as chronic pain issues. These problems also may be completely psychological problems themselves such as depression and anorexia. The author begins by emphasizing that the patient is the only person who knows what the body feels.
The Happy Healing method is divided into three phases with the third phase having six steps. Phase one is the evaluation of the pain level and the location of the physical pain. The second phase deals with the emotional consequences or the anger towards the pain. The second phases also includes naming the part of the body in pain, a real name such as Jack. Phase three is divided into six steps. These steps are compassion, gratitude, humility, joy, love and peacefulness. As the patient works through these steps, they go from pain to being one with their body and love for the body as a whole.
The Happy Heading method is described thoroughly with several examples given. The book is effective in conveying the message of the method. Charts and illustrations are an added bonus that makes at-home practice more effective. I am impressed by the bonus materials and thought they were helpful. Bourlet hopes to improve the lives of others with the Happy Healing method and succeeds in effectively explaining the steps.
I disliked most the disjointed feel of the book as a whole. The first thing I noted while reading was that this book was not written by someone who speaks English as a first language. I was correct in that assumption when I read the acknowledgements. His native language is French. He has help writing the book in English. Since English isn't Bourlet’s first language the book format seems a bit odd. The eight steps are named by using phases as the main categories as well as the six steps in phase three. Until I understood what Bourlet meant, this was confusing.
The book is not professionally edited. Bourlet states this at the end of the book. I found no spelling errors but did find several formatting issues. Different size font is used where the size should have been consistent. He also repeats what his acronyms mean several times in different chapters. It appears Bourlet had no book outline.
I recommend Happy Healing for people struggling with physical or psychological pain. The book has enough nuggets of truth that really anyone could benefit from reading. I rate the book 3 out 4 stars taking a point off for formatting that causes confusion. Overall, the book is effective in explaining the steps of the Happy Healing method.
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