Our Book Recommendations #2
The Body.

So many proven methods to fix our bodyminds!

Reading these books could lead you to change your mind about your relationship with your body, as well as your relationship to your chronic pain or mental illness. The concepts contained in these books can change your life. Permanently. For. The. Better.

Together, these books are together selling over 1,000 copies per month. The theme for this month are books which offer programs and step-by-step methods put forth by doctors and others who have healed themselves and then mapped out a route anyone for anyone to follow. One of them is sure to grab your interest!

TheBodyIsMind Top 5 Book Recommendations #1 - The Body

Our featured Bonus Book for July 2018 is The Float Tank Cure by Shane Stott. The author is a military veteran who resolved his own case of war-induced PTSD with floatation therapy and went on to found the Zen Float Co., which offers in-home floatation for under $3000 and a 10% discount for U.S. veterans. Floatation is the #2 most-recommended modality on TheBodyIsMind.com and you can find more about it over on the Self+BodyMind Relationship category.

Until we have time to provide our own review on each book, below is the information from each book’s inside or back cover, along with sales ratings from Amazon.com (and corresponding links to the books on Amazon – with no current sales affiliations).

It goes without saying that our book recommendations are a small sampling from many sources of bodymind or mind-body concepts. Here are the top five books by sales, as recommended by a selection of self-healing books from TheBodyIsMind libraryAll sales rankings as listed were accurate as of  2018 when this research was done.


Becoming Whole

A Healing Companion to Ease Emotional Pain and Find Self-Love

Year: 2018 | Pages: 296
Author: Bruce Alan Kehr M.D.
Rank: #11,019 selling 345 books per month
4.5 Star Reviews from 19 People



Ease Emotional Pain. Improve Love Relationships. Heal Trauma.

Filled with warmth, empathy, and hope, Becoming Whole systematically teaches you how to ease emotional pain in your life and in the lives of those you care about. Powerfully illustrated by ”sessions”–stories of patients in treatment–and for the first time unveiling what goes on inside the heart and mind of a psychotherapist as they heal a patient’s tangled heart, Becoming Whole is devoted to helping:

  • Someone suffering from emotional distress that just won’t go away
  • Clients who seek a deeper understanding of how counseling and therapy can heal them
  • Anyone wanting to improve their love relationships
  • Clients in treatment who have not fully recovered
  • Parents who wish to better understand and support their children

Insightful, powerful, and revealing, Becoming Whole is not only a healing companion, but a valuable life companion as well.


Back in Control

A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain, 2nd Edition Paperback

Author: David Hanscom, MD
Year: 2016 | Pages: 352
Rank: #18,813 selling 219 books per month
4.5 Star Reviews from 98 People



Seattle spinal surgeon Dr. David Hanscom focuses on an aspect of chronic pain that the medical world has largely overlooked: you must calm your nervous system in order to get better. More than any other book about pain, Back in Control reveals how to quiet a turbocharged central nervous system and make a full recovery, with or without surgery. Dr. Hanscom shares the story of his own journey out of chronic pain and offers a treatment paradigm that has evolved from his personal experience, as well what he has learned from his patients, hundreds of whom have moved beyond managing pain to becoming pain-free. This book will enable those suffering from chronic pain to regain control of their care and life.

This revised 2nd edition reflects the last few years of neuroscience research. It is becoming increasingly clear that the brain processes mental and physical pain in a similar manner. As anxiety drops, pain will diminish. Dr. Hanscom has observed that these principles apply to any chronic pain condition.


The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief

A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing and Eliminating Chronic Pain

Author: Nick Ortner
Year: 2016 | Pages: 240
Rank: #19,092 selling 216 books per month



More than 100 million Americans deal with chronic pain every day. And if you’re one of them, you’ve probably tried all the normal “solutions”: doctors, injections, medications, and surgeries. While these all have a place in healing, they have fallen short in dealing with the pain epidemic. So what can you do?

In The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief, Nick Ortner presents a startling alternative. He lays out a step-by-step plan that teaches you how to use tapping, or EFT (emotional freedom techniques), to reduce or eliminate chronic pain. Looking at the scientific research surrounding pain, stress, and tapping, he opens your eyes to just how powerful tapping can be, and then outlines tips and techniques to address pain in both the short and long term.
Nick guides you on a journey that begins on the surface—tapping to address the pain itself—and moves to the deeper issues that often affect pain. With easy-to-follow tapping scripts and exercises, Nick helps you heal the emotional pain and underlying beliefs that often keep people stuck. He also addresses topics that you may not think of as associated with chronic pain, such as:

  • Creating personal boundaries
  • Dealing with toxic relationships
  • Clearing resistance to change
  • Understanding the power of a diagnosis
  • Working through anger

There are many ways the brain and body can create, increase, and prolong pain. After reading this book, you’ll not only understand what’s causing your pain but also how to achieve complete and lasting relief. But let’s face it; this is about more than just pain relief. It’s about empowering yourself to take back your body in order to live the life you want.


Mind Over Medicine

Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

Author: Lissa Rankin M.D.
Year: 2014 | Pages:
Rank: 20,664 selling 202 books per month
4.5 Star Reviews from 753 People



We’ve been led to believe that when we get sick, it’s our genetics. Or it’s just bad luck—and doctors alone hold the keys to optimal health. Therefore when Dr. Lissa Rankin’s own health started to suffer, she turned to Western medical treatments, but what she found was that they not only failed to help; they made her worse. So she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Through her research, Dr. Rankin discovered that the health care she had been taught to practice was missing something crucial: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to self-repair and an appreciation for how we can control these self-healing mechanisms with the power of the mind. To better understand this phenomenon, she explored peer-reviewed medical literature and found evidence that the medical establishment had been proving that the body can heal itself for over 50 years.

Using extraordinary cases of spontaneous healing, Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology. She lays out the scientific data proving that loneliness, pessimism, depression, fear, and anxiety damage the body, while intimate relationships, gratitude, meditation, sex, and authentic self-expression flip on the body’s self-healing processes.

In this book, you’ll find a radical new wellness model based on Dr. Rankin’s scientific findings. Her unique six-step program will help you uncover where things might be out of whack in your life—spiritually, creatively, environmentally, nutritionally, and in your professional and personal relationships—so that you can create a customized treatment plan aimed at bolstering these health-promoting pieces of your life. You’ll learn how to listen to your body’s “whispers” before they turn to life-threatening “screams” that can be prevented with proper self-care, and you’ll learn how to trust your inner guidance when making decisions about your health and your life.

By the time you finish Mind Over Medicine, you’ll have made your own Diagnosis, written your own Prescription, and created a clear action plan designed to help you make your body ripe for miracles.


Life After Pain

6 Keys to Break Free of Chronic Pain and Get Your Life Back

Author: Dr.  Jonathan Kuttner, Naomi Kuttner
Year: 2017 | Pages 291
Rank: #176,759 selling 28 books per month
4.5 Stars from 71 people



A How-to guide to finally get your life back from chronic pain. With so many pain treatments available – why is it millions of people still struggle with chronic pain? Could we be missing something fundamental in how chronic pain works? Are we looking in the wrong place for solutions? This book introduces readers to the “6 Keys” model – a process to return your body to its natural pain-free mode. This step by step guide teaches: The 3 Chronic Pain Types and how to find out which one you are. Each type needs a very different approach to be treated successfully How Dr. Kuttner went from daily back pain to pain-free kitesurfing – in twelve weeks Techniques for in-the-moment pain relief you can use anywhere – at any time How to reawaken the pathways in your mind and body to turn down amplified pain Dr Jonathan Kuttner is a musculoskeletal pain specialist with over 30 years helping people in chronic pain get their lives back.


The Float Tank Cure

Free Yourself From Stress, Anxiety, and Pain the Natural Way

Author: Shane Stott
Year: 2015 | Pages:
Rank: #82,855 selling 57 books per month
4.5 Star Reviews from 104 People



Weightless. Calm. Meditative. Free. These are words people from all over the world use to describe what it is to float. In this long-awaited book, Shane Stott shares his personal journey and professional insights into the Float Cure. For millions of people floating is not only a method of healing and meditation, but a journey to a higher state of wellness and being. With new scientific research illuminating the multifaceted benefits of floating, and the practice becoming more available, the time to float is now. Join with Shane on this journey, and experience the cure. “Without a doubt, Shane is a high achiever. Not because he’s never failed or fallen but because he keeps getting back up. His persistence and dedication to whole life success are inspiring. Read this book and you’ll be inspired too!”–DARREN HARDY, Publisher SUCCESS and New York Times Bestselling Author of The Compound Effect. (Float Tanks are often referred to as: Isolation Tanks, Sensory Deprivation Tanks, Isolation Chambers, Float Chambers, or a mix of those keywords.)