Here are some books that fit well in with Somatosync. Each one of these books I have read and personally recommend. Please keep checking back as the list will grow and expand. Feel free to contact me and share books that you may feel would be appropriate for me to read. (note: make sure the subject matter fits in with the website before contacting me. Thanks). All of the following books are available through Amazon, click each title for more information.
- Hope And Possibility Through Trauma by Don Shetterly
Come on a journey of hope and possibility with Don Shetterly, pianist, massage therapist, and trauma survivor. Don made his way back from seemingly dark and hopeless places and events, including childhood sexual abuse and paralysis. Through his writings, you’ll share Don’s ups and downs, and fly along as he pilots his way out of trauma’s grip, and into a hopeful future. In 2010 Don was part of Oprah’s 200 Male Survivor show. In 2012, he was a guest on the Dr. Drew show discussing Conversion Disorder with the Leroy NY situation.
- The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
I am still making my way through this book, but it is one that I cannot put down for long or stop reading. I so love this book. Over the years, people have urged me to read it and I”m not sure why I waited so long. If you want to understand what trauma does to the body, then read this book. It shares so many insights from not only the world of psychology, but from the perspective of somatization. He gives practical information that makes sense and works, not just some theory that is untested. Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D., is truly a pioneer in the trauma healing field.
- My Stroke Of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
While this book is about the story of Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s struggle through a rare stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain that took her left brain function away, she managed to observe the process and not only survive, but truly heal herself. More than just a book for stroke survivors, it is a book that everyone interested in understanding more about their brain and the power within their mind, should read. The insight that Dr. Taylor shares is on the cutting edge of healing our body and our mind. This book is one of my favorites because it gives voice to things that I have learned in my life, as I healed my body from the conversion disorder I experienced.
- Victims No Longer by Mike Lew
Mike Lew is a pioneer and leader in helping male survivors recover from child sexual abuse. I have had the privilege and honor of attending some of his workshops and interviewing him for a newsletter. He is so genuine and caring. Most of all, what he writes about in his books is extremely helpful when you are on the journey of healing from child sexual abuse as a male survivors. When his book came out, there were very limited resources for male survivors. I believe he has updated this book, Victims No Longer and he also has a follow up book, Leaping Upon the Mountains. I am quoted in his book. Thank you Mike for all you have done to help male survivors find healing in their lives.
- The Field by Lynne McTaggart
For years I have been wanting to read this book and first head about it when I was in massage school. It is a fascinating book to read, even though it is not something you will read quickly. There is a great deal of information that lays the foundation for premise of the book. If you are looking for evidence of what is really taking place in our world, this book is it! it is really expanding my thoughts and awareness as well as given me a greater indication of why I pick up and perceive some of the things that i do in life. At one time, I thought things like this were new age nonsense, but through random experiences in my own life, I have come to see them as part of our normal existence, rather then the exception.
- The Second Brain by Dr. Michael Gershon
While I have not read this book at this time, it is on my list of books to read. For years, I have experienced the Eneteric Brain Techniqu(TM) which was created by Dr. Paul Canali using this research by Dr. Michael Gershon. I can attest to the second brain as being a powerful force in our life and providiing an opportunity of healing, growth, awareness and consciousness. It is more than concepts in my mind and the world would be a much more evolved place, if it put these concepts into practice. For this reason alone, the book should be on everyone’s reading list .
- You Are The Answer by Michael Tamura
I remember picking this one off the books shelf of a book store one day and just felt drawn to it. While it sat on my desk for some time, when I started to read it, I could not believe just insightful it was. Michael Tamura’s book really makes you think and it challenges long held beliefs you may have, in a gentle but direct forward way. It helps you to see life in a different way than you may have already observed, while giving you some real life examples depicting what it is that he is trying to convey. There are many ah ha moments in this book that really helped me begin to understand my life in a way that I had not considered until this point.