Dear TMS Community, I have been re-reading (last time 2 yrs ago) Dr Herbert Benson's 38 times reprinted, "The Relaxation Response". I believe I have found an "aha" moment well worth sharing. I am particularly keen to hear from the Elders of this fine Online Community. I have been scratching my head, wondering just what it takes to find a day when the symptoms FINALLY settle, since doing the SEP 8 weeks ago and now almost completing Dr Schubiner's Program. An adopted mentor of mine (I'm sure you're cool with this) Morcomm, recently wrote of how his "relaxing" about exercise and TMS recovery in general, has exponentially improved his mobility. This makes so much sense in light of Benson's repetitive message JUST RELAX AND HEAL." 60-90% of all physical pain and disease is stress induced". (Sorry Morcomm it took you and a legend to hammer the message home)!. The great conundrum of a being experiencing near round the clock pain symptoms is that the body is naturally tense from this cycle, so relaxing does not come easy. I can see now that the 2 Progams and journaling up some pretty necessary and unpleasant rage have rebuilt my mental foundations 100%. In spite of this, I can't move more easily because I have been trying too hard physically, and not allowing the cycle of tension to be broken. I have been rationalising the (increasingly) painful movement as the so called "extinction burst", but this is also a (not for all but certainly me) a "tension trap". Anyone see some commonality here? In any case, my conscious mind has just been given a valuable reinforcement in typing this post. Healing time is round the looooong bend. MR.