by Michael Reed Gach Sounds True, 2003 Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Nov 21st 2003
This audio CD aims to provide help
in enabling you to sleep better through relaxing. The
presenter is Michael Reed Gach, PhD, founder and
director of The Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California.
He guides the listener through acupressure, yoga, and deep breathing. Gach's
voice is very calming, and the exercises he guides the reader through are
simple and helpful. It sounds much like a great deal of other yoga or meditation
self-help, but it has the virtue of being pretty sensible. Gach emphasizes the
role of stress in interfering in sleep, and so he promises that relaxing will
help you get a better night's sleep. He suggests that better sleep will make
you more alert and will give you greater vitality, which is probably true. He
focuses on the tension in the upper back, shoulders and neck, and uses various
methods to reduce that tension. While these methods are rooted in ancient
Chinese medicine, Gach explains them in very simple terms. Of course, the
crucial question is whether these exercises do in fact help you sleep, and that
is likely to vary from person to person. However, this is a relatively
inexpensive product, and so if you are having trouble sleeping, it could well
be worth trying the exercises here.
Perring, Ph.D., is Academic Chair of the Arts & Humanities
Division and Chair of the Philosophy Department at DowlingCollege, Long Island. He is also
editor of Metapsychology Online Review. His main research is on
philosophical issues in medicine, psychiatry and psychology.