TOTAL RELAXATION: The Complete Program for Overcoming Stress, Tension, Worry, and Fatigue by Frederick P. Lenz

TOTAL RELAXATION: The Complete Program for Overcoming Stress, Tension, Worry, and Fatigue

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A trumpet call to do battle against the ""unspeakable"" consequences of stress--much too hysterical to calm anyone down. Though Lenz has conducted Relaxation Workshops for ten years, his repertoire of relaxation techniques seems johnny-one-note: visualize a rose unfolding in the center of your chest, a white light swirling on your forehead, a ""dome of energy"" ballooning from your navel. Then, too, some of the caveats are debatable (almost all TV watching is considered stressful) or absurdly simplistic: ""The best way to reach your proper weight is to stop worrying about it."" As for total philosophy, Lenz is peddling self-acceptance, healthful diet, exercise, meditation, massage, and lots of self-preoccupation to counter environmental stress--which is a little like robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1980
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill