OK, I realize music and nightmares don't seem to have much in common but they seemed to be related in my experience last night. Since my body is pretty rigid these days, and I'm basically housebound, I often don't feel like I'm getting enough exercise. Sometimes at night when I tend to feel better I'll put my MP3 player on shuffle and just try to move to whatever music comes up. Often the best I can manage is to pace the floor in time to the music. Usually after 20 minutes or so I loosen up enough to dance a bit. Every now and then I get so into a tune that I really start to let go and I can move pretty freely - but only for the duration of the song! Last night during a couple of tunes (one, appropriately by Elvis) I was able to wiggle my hips in a way I hadn't been able to do for years. It felt pretty good. It also showed me my body is still capable of such movement. Which brings me to ... Question #1: What is it about music that allows me to temporarily override the pain and stiffness I normally have? Is there a "happy" side of my subconscious that music releases to knock down the fearful side of my subconscious mind? This phenomenon occurs not when I merely listen to the music, but when I begin to put my conscious mind aside and emotionally feel the music. It's as if the music and my body merge somehow. (I might mention at this point that not every part of my body was released while I was movin' to the groovin'. My hips and legs relaxed, but my neck and one arm stayed pretty rigid.) Moving along, It became crystal clear last night that TMS is purely an issue of the mind. No other experience or words in a book has driven it home the way this did. After "dancing" (and I use the term loosely) for about 45 minutes I said to my subconscious mind "HA! I'm on to you now!" Though my body stiffened back up as soon as I stopped the music, I was otherwise feeling pretty good. I went to bed expecting to sleep better than usual. But it was not to be. I found myself waking every 30 minutes feeling very stiff, and I would waken while in the process of stretching involuntarily. After about four hours of this I had a terrible nightmare that I was trying to escape a tsunami on a local beach. I woke up absolutely terrified. A glass of juice calmed me down, and I slept about as well as I can (that's not saying much) after that. So, on to.... Question #2: Was the nightmare and the night stiffness my subconscious mind's way of reacting to my realization described above? Was it getting back at me for definitively uncovering its secret?