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Passivity is indirectly encouraged. Forced, effortful breathing, panting, or holding of one's breath are to be avoided. Practitioners of yoga avoid rapid or extremely effortful stretching. In addition, many yoga stretches can be achieved by ceasing deliberate effort (letting one's head hang to the chest rather than forcing one's head down). Again, passive focus is sustained by presenting a sequence of somewhat varied exercises. For imagery, the target stimulus may seem to be complex and effortful (enjoying a fantasy walk through the woods).
Limp" emerges as the clearest item for physical relaxation. To this we added "physical warmth and heaviness" simply because of the overwhelming preference for these terms as descriptors of physical relaxation by instructors of progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and autogenic training.
In contrast, reduced stimulation from skeletal muscles in turn lowers cortical and autonomic arousal. Various physiological mechanisms can easily be invoked to support Jacobson's idea. Striated muscle tension can directly arouse the cerebral cortex, which in turn can contribute to HPA-mediated stress arousal (a client, seeing manifestations of muscle tension such as fidgeting and muscle aches, begins to worry, which in turn enhances arousal). Through the RAS, muscle tension can maintain arousal throughout the brain.