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In article <4fus7q$odd$1 at mhadg.production.compuserve.com>, alt.psychology.mistake-theory <75454.2620 at CompuServe.COM> says:
>I practice relaxation since 15 years and i use currently the rythmical 
>movements of the eyes to induce it.

>It works on anybody: it gives you after a few minutes a heavy feeling 
>in your muscles if you are laying down, it must have a 
>neurophysiological basis, i always wondered about that, but i never 
>found a paper on it.

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   I'm am no expert in this field but do recall reading something relating
to relaxation induced by rythmic stimuli. What follows is my understanding
of what occurs.

   When presented with a rythmic stimulus the brain first focuses 
attention on it and determines wether it is important or not. If it is not
then neurons responsible for responding to the stimulus become inhibited to
prevent further attention to the stimulus. If the stimulus continues for a 
prolonged time then this inhibition begins to spread to connected areas of 
the brain. Thus, over time, areas of the brain are effectively shut down 
which results in the relaxation.

I believe I originally came across this idea in the following book:
"The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience", R.F.Thompson,W.H.Freeman.

Any introductory text on neuroscience should be worth trying, also look out
for material on sleep and hypnosis.


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