BOSTON, March 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kathi Fairbend, MS, RPT, America's Body Mind Therapist, has a simple way of describing her book, STAND UP TO DEPRESSION. "If this book were a pill, I think every psychiatrist in America would prescribe it for depression." She isn't joking. "The techniques I describe have no side effects, can be easily combined with any form of psychotherapy or medication, and can help alleviate sadness, fatigue and low self-esteem."
The full title of Ms. Fairbend's book is STAND UP TO DEPRESSION: How to Activate the Body Mind Miracle and Defeat Depression. The book makes the elegant and convincing case that correcting one's posture can literally pave the way to elevating one's mood. And it's available on Amazon.com and other online bookstores.
In STAND UP TO DEPRESSION, Ms. Fairbend clearly describes and illustrates a series of simple exercises that readers can perform at home to improve both posture and mood.
"When a person learns to stand up straight and look forward in life, a profound, positive feedback loop is activated between his or her musculature and brain," Ms. Fairbend, one of the nation's most prominent physical therapists, said. "This isn't just a theory. It has been shown at Columbia University and Harvard University that positive posture literally alters hormone levels in beneficial ways. It's time more research is done to show the effects of positive posture on neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine."
In fact, another study conducted during 2017 at the University of Auckland in New Zealand showed "upright posture [improved] affect and fatigue in people with depressive symptoms."
Ms. Fairbend's bold statement about her book being a worthy "prescription" for depression has been backed up by Donald Ingber, MD, PhD, Founding Director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. "Kathi explores how reestablishing a healthy physical posture can feed back to positively influence how we feel about ourselves and improve our cognitive state," he said. "In essence, she offers a potential escape from the downward spiral of depression."
Rock G. Positano, DPM, MSc, MPH, DSc (hon), Professor at Manhattan's famed Hospital for Special Surgery, put it this way, "Medicines have their place. Psychotherapy has its place. But the physical 'stance' that can help signal the mind that a person is moving forward in life, not giving up, has been neglected. No more. Many, many people will benefit from what STAND UP TO DEPRESSION delivers."
Shortly after publication, STAND UP TO DEPRESSION quickly achieved bestseller status an Amazon.com and garnered rave customer reviews like this one:
After reading this book, I feel better able to manage my depression. Kathi's voice is reassuring and it makes perfect sense that the way I hold my body connects to the way I feel emotionally. The strategies outlined in this book are described clearly and I can easily apply them to begin to feel well. I'm grateful to have this new way of managing depression in my good self-care tool kit.
Ms. Fairbend is making herself available to the media, in hopes of spreading her message about the link between good posture and good mood. "It is, quite simply, a professional quest of mine to use this message and the exercises I describe in my book to help as many depressed people as possible," she said.
Kathi Fairbend, MS RPT
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