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Weird tingling/electrified feeling when relaxing

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So I've had this "ability" to make my body, especially legs and hands, to have this weird tingling/electrified feeling at will. It is a rather pleasant feeling, and the longer I "hold" it, the more intense it gets. I can feel myself taking deeper breaths while experiencing it and also a raise in heart rate. I would say it gets the most intense in feet, and least in upper body and head. It feels like actual heath in the part of body I'm feeling it.

I've had it as long as I can remember but never really thought about it or tried it that much, but today I started thinking about it, googled it and found out several other people trying to explain the same feeling, however saw no reasonable medical answer to it, just many meditation-related stuff about this being some weird energy movements etc.

Evoking this feeling does not feel like a mental thing, but physical. If I lay down in bed, and relax my legs, like I do when going to sleep, I never feel it happening by itself. But if I concentrate on relaxing even more, that's when I get it. It's hard to explain and it might sound dumb, but it basically feels like relaxing beyond relaxation, that's when I get the feeling.

So It doesn't disrupt my life in any way, since it doesn't appear itself, but I'm fascinated by it, since after asking people I know, none of them could identify or claim to have had similar experience.

It is not ASMR. That's what many people have proposed but I've had ASMR experiences, and tried it out, listening to some specific sounds with high-quality headphones. ASMR felt like a pleasent tingling feeling but just in the brain. Putting it into words might sound similar to what I'm experiencing, but I'm pretty sure these are different feelings.

So maybe anyone knows what this could be, or have some theory about it?

Thanks!

/Okay so I just found out I also get dilated pupils while doing this, with a mirror. Also, I haven't been able to hold the sensation for a longer period than ~10 seconds. It kind of gets too intense to hold it. Although I wouldn't say it feels like I couldn't. Its just like I want to stop it. Also it is easier to do it with eyes closed, and when eyes are closed they feel the same way as I was concentrating on something extremely hard, like kind of vibrating.

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Pins and needles? Is it very different from how pins and needles feels?

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15 minutes ago, DrP said:

Pins and needles? Is it very different from how pins and needles feels?

Yes it is very different from that. It feels more like deep inside and really warm. So I can see why people would identify it as some kind of meditational energy.

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Sounds like the feeling one gets from a rush of adrenalin although not so much of an affect on one's gut but more a feeling of vessel constriction or dilation.  Perhaps what you're experiencing is much like what occurs during a meditative state with a focus on your adrenal responses without the element of fear and the mental dread fear causes.  I hope this helps.

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Or it could be circulation/blood pressure issues...

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I guess it does have many similarities with what many people claim to experience in meditative states, although I have never had any experience with meditation. I've seen some claims of "warm energy" moving through the body in certain meditation state but I wonder if there are any observable signs of something like this, could be just some kind of meditative hallucinations? I do remember reading a study where Buddhist monks were put into MRI to meditate and the blood flow in their brains monitored, but I guess this would be something else.

Or perhaps it really is some kind of voluntary vessel dilation. I will surely be looking into this further, and experimenting to find out more.

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Thaar, I am curious to see if you have discovered anything further with your sensation. I have been searching for some insight into the exact same feeling you have! I just could not come up with the words to even begin to google it until I ran across this message board. 

I have not been able to work up the courage to push my body to hold the sensation more than a few seconds. You nailed it.. it feels as though I could lose control entirely if I continued. It’s a bizarre feeling that I’d love to know more about. 

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On 7/27/2017 at 2:24 PM, thaar said:

I guess it does have many similarities with what many people claim to experience in meditative states, although I have never had any experience with meditation. I've seen some claims of "warm energy" moving through the body in certain meditation state but I wonder if there are any observable signs of something like this, could be just some kind of meditative hallucinations? I do remember reading a study where Buddhist monks were put into MRI to meditate and the blood flow in their brains monitored, but I guess this would be something else.

Or perhaps it really is some kind of voluntary vessel dilation. I will surely be looking into this further, and experimenting to find out more.

I know the exact feeling you’re describing, I know I’m a year late in finding this thread. I also have the same feeling, mainly in my feet and legs. I’ve tried to somewhat “meditate” on it and focus on other muscles to do the same thing. So far I seem to slightly feel it in my upper back and trap area. If you have found anything out about it I’m curious.

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Ah yes, I've had the exact same feeling and I describe it as "intense relaxation" and yea I've heard all the other mumbo jumbo about deep meditation and asmr, the first time this happened to me I hadn't slept for days and I was very tired, when I laid, I was so lax that my my body (especially my legs) was tingling and the more i did it the more intense it became, text my kik(rubykross) if you'd wanna talk about it 

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You can feel all sorts of different things all over your body if you concentrate and imagine stuff. I assume people that do Tai Chi confuse these physical feelings as energy moving through them or other such misunderstandings. The body and mind are complex. Blood sugar and energy levels could play a part. As I said - the body is complex. Don't confuse stuff you don't understand with spiritual or mystical BS - many things are unexplained - that doesn't make all the esoteric balls that gets put forwards as explanation true. 

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I am a keen martial artist and a long time ago a read some rather unscientific claims regarding esoteric martial arts. I sceptically took one up and can confirm that after years of practice, these sensations are all part and parcel of these arts.

I regard it like any other repeatable practice in the fact that you follow the exercises and observe the results. It takes many years of dedicated practice to start feel direct these sensations in any meaningful way.

Just like somebody posted a week or two ago; to be able to understand all that science offers you probably need 10 years of dedicated practice. If any of us practiced in these arts for 10 years, I am sure we could attest to the validity of these ‘sensations’.

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I've literally just created an account so I can respond to this thread. I know exactly the sensation about which you're talking and I don't believe it is anything spiritual and nor have I ever encountered another word to describe it.

I feel it most in my calves and feet but, if I hold it for long enough ( and i struggle around the 10 sec mark) i feel it in my fingers and sinuses. It feels like opening up, so to speak. I have to consciously make it happen and if i do it a few times i usually have to 'recharge' to do it again. 

I'm amazed I've been able to find anyone talking about this so quickly via Google! 

I would love to find out more about it but it seems like something that is so obscure and impossible to quantify that there probably is no research on it. Glad to know I'm not alone.

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It could be some kind of early signs of epilepsy, or something similar, but below the threshold of actual fits. 

When I was in my early teens, I had odd episodes that were set off by lying on my back and looking at the light bulb in my bedroom. I would get a kind of aura, and it was the smooth curves of the lightbulb shape that instigated a rather horrible feeling of sliding sideways on ice, and the lightbulb shape would contort and twist as the feeling got stronger. I would always snap out of it, at that point, but it was a really horrible feeling, that I was losing control. 

Just once, it became so horrible, that I jumped out of bed and ran downstairs, and found myself shaking in the living room, before I got out of it.

I suppose it could have been a recurring dream, but I would have sworn at the time that I was fully conscious the whole time, although obviously a different state of consciousness. 

But whatever it was, it was very scary and unpleasant, and I'm glad that it faded and didn't persist.

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Checking back, a year later, as I see some people know exactly the feeling I'm talking about.

I have however found nothing conclusive, only speculations. Some think it's like a voluntary release of adrenaline, or manipulating the nervous system etc. I found one post that claimed to have ran some tests aswell:

"I have been practicing western medicine for 30 years and for a change also just completed my masters in Oriental Medicine (2014). [We] have for years used different equipment to play with my "ability" while in the ER/OR/Office while no patients: 
PulseOX, EEG, EKG, spirometry.The fact is, it is an instantaneous- literally as fast as thought phenomena/ability that can send my HR up to 200bpm is seconds, all while maintaining a NSR-normal sinus rhythm (PQRST remains unremarkable, otherwise); it is simple tachycardia. The pulse ox remains saturated and whereas the BP may raise to over 160/96 within seconds, the arterial pressure at rest does not substantially rise.
I have always asserted (the reason is lost with age) that I "squeeze" my adrenal glands. It does not matter that western medicine says that this is not possible. What matters is the similar reports from disparate people all around the world. We are all describing something similar. Variously, some report that they are squeezing something in their head. Perhaps this is due to the incredible electric-like sensation tingling around the neck, head, and shoulders, pupils changing size, regardless of light conditions.
My breathing does not change and while my tidal volume remains the same we once calculated that my stroke volume for cardiac output only begins to become effected at x ___bpm after a few minutes. Those of us who do this cannot really do this for minutes at a time; we exhaust then stop.
I often would engage in conversation, laugh, or drink water just to demonstrate to others that this is not contemplative, or bearing down on pelvis, contra stimulation of parasympathetic response, etc. In every single case I have convinced my peers, professors, cardiologists, and others that this was real. In every case they stood corrected, surprised, but did not understand.
So reserve some mystery for the unknown; these posters here are not unbalanced. We can tell, as a bona fides, others who have this versus others who are imagining it. It requires no thought, emotion, respiration, or other manipulation and it does not respond to time; its instantaneous. Oh, and when done, there will be an appreciable difference in armpit smell. This may be due to the secretion of porcine/like glands related to... fight or flight- sympathetic response!"

 

Anyways it seems interesting thing to study for someone working in the medical field, since there seem to be plenty of people who can do it and since it's so easily controlled running tests etc would not be complicated.

 

 

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So I also have signed up for an account just to agree with you. I looked everywhere to find someone else who might describe this phenomenon. You have done a pretty amazing job. Since my teenage years I have had, as you say, the 'ability' to decide at any point to relax the back of my thighs. This starts an intense feeling of tingling and 'over relaxation' that builds and becomes unbearable over time. It spreads from my thighs down my legs and up to my belly. It is intense and I cannot imagine any reason that it exists. It almost feels like it would do me damage if I kept it up for too long.

I'm not 100% sure but I think the feeling is very similar to one I had as a child that I have heard other people describe. Not many people but more people than have described the electric pleasure from over relaxing. This might not apply to everyone who experiences this but the first time I ever experienced such a feeling was when I was 8 or 9 at school and in PE class they made us climb ropes. For some reason clasping my legs against the rope and lifting myself up seemed very pleasurable. Almost sexual but not quite and way before any of that would have interested me.

Fascinating (to me) and unlikely to be investigated because so few people seem to experience it.

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