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  1. Two different things have led me to think that rocking - such as on a rocking-chair, or just rocking yourself back and forth - can be both generally soothing and specifically encouraging to our brains to heal and grow. The first is that when I started tapering and had distressing withdrawal-symptoms I automatically started rocking. Sometimes it felt compulsive. Because it made me feel better I was generally happy to go along with it. Secondly, over the last 5 or so years, I've attended local seminars called 'Parenting or Scaffolding with Love.' In America (where it started) it's called Non-Violent Communication or NVC. A large part of their research and discussion is around how brains develop over our lives. My ears pricked up when they spoke of how rocking a baby is hugely important for their brain-development, and of how rocking children when they are distressed can help them process difficulties and calm them. Apparantly rhythmic movement connects neurotransmitters - but that doesn't mean much to my rather unscientific mind. It's more that it seems logical to me. I've since read that any rhythmic movement can work - swinging, trampoline, swimming, horse-riding, I guess even walking... So now when I'm anxious or sad or feeling withdrawal symptoms, I rock. I do it quite purposefully, thinking of it encouraging my brain to heal. It's also led me to wonder what else we do for babies' development that would benefit us in withdrawal. Obviously we already know about napping and eating really healthy food. Maybe also things like eye-contact with people we love, hugging or some kind of contact, or singing. Actually that ties in with my personal belief that it is our relationships that help us to heal from trauma. Anything else? I hope this is as useful to someone else as it has been to me. (And if anyone knows the science behind it all, feel free to chime in). KarenB
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