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Love is more than a beating heart, sadness more than a tear, and relaxation more than arousal reduction. RELAXATION, THE BRAIN, AND INCREASED AROUSAL It may seem counterintuitive to think that relaxation can involve increased physiological arousal. However, a journey into the cosmos is not over when one has left the atmosphere; there is the descent home. A bit more down to earth, what happens in a relaxation session cannot be just the reduction of stress arousal; there is also the process of return to active, wakeful life, refreshed and renewed.
For imagery, the target stimulus may seem to be complex and effortful (enjoying a fantasy walk through the woods). However, the task is focused and passive relative to everyday discursive efforts. One has a simple imagery theme, a vacation spot, for example; in everyday life, thoughts and activities are often more diverse. Meditation is the most passive and focused approach to relaxation. The target focal stimulus is utterly simple, a candle flame, a word, a simple repeating sound. And one exerts no effort but simply attends.
Davidson and Schwartz (1976) have proposed that such specificity may be superimposed on a generalized relaxation response; once clients have mastered generalized arousal reduction, they may target specific areas of tension. The Physiology of Relaxation 27 Global Specificity Hypothesis The global specificity hypothesis suggests applying relaxation techniques according to global symptom modality. Stress researchers frequently speak of three types of subjective stress symptoms: somatic, cognitive, and affective (Smith, 1993b).