Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Hypnosis: The Application of Ideomotor Techniques

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Hypnosis: The Application of Ideomotor Techniques

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Hypnosis: The Application of Ideomotor Techniques by David Cheek, M.D., Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1994, 314 pages, $49.95.

Anyone wanting to explore the wonders of hypnosis (trance) can have no better guide than this friendly physician who has been exploring the territory for 50 years. Health care professionals looking for a practical method to reaching the underlying causes of medical and behavioral problems (for example, birth trauma) will find inspiration and instruction in these pages.

Members of our Association will be especially interested in the psychological insights which this obstetrician brings to a range of prenatal and perinatal problems. Cheek has been a pioneer in documenting birth trauma and birth imprinting (memory), in psychological prevention of complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and in developing a method by which patients (as co-therapists and colleagues) can access the primal experiences responsible for imprinting of maladaptive behavior.

Readers will no doubt be as delighted with the simplicity of the ideomotor method Cheek teaches as they are with the wisdom and optimism he brings to common problems of gynecology, pregnancy and childbirth. By ideomotor, Cheek means a muscular response to a thought, usually in the form of an unconscious finger signal that stands for Yes, No, or I don't want to answer. Once the signals are established, therapy becomes a creative game of twenty questions to locate the cause of the problem, and then construct a healthy response using the resources of the mature mind. Cheek has done more than anyone to develop this method to its full potential, and, unquestionably, is its most skillful and ingenious practitioner.

Dabney Ewin of Tulane Medical School writes in the Foreword about his disbelief at first hearing David Cheek speak of regression to birth. …

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