Sense Relaxation coverSense Relaxation: Blow Your Mind

Submitter: I work in a small academic library, and I weeded [this] on my first pass through our medical collection. Self-described as “a book of experiments in being alive,” the book invites readers to get in touch with their senses by tapping, and then slapping their bodies all over… and that’s just for starters. I know the 60’s happened, but still, this is one of the most bizarre library books I’ve ever encountered. I didn’t include any scans of the many photos of topless women or naked couples performing these sense experiments… maybe that’s how this book stayed in the collection until the 2010s?

Holly: What the… I’m speechless.  I particularly do not understand the second picture below.  Look in the top, left corner of the picture.  (Sorry about that…)


Chest slapping

Sense Relaxation back cover

kneeling in a field



  1. Is that a UFO in the upper left hand corner? I didn’t notice it. Guess the old lady in her underwear with the old man looking at her behind kind of distracted me…

  2. Oh, a UFO! I completely missed that what with the underwear clad senior citizens! The man is holding her purse for her? If so, that makes perfect sense. My mother never went anywhere without hers, even on hikes when we were camping. Yes, my dad carried it for her. It must have been a 60s thing to take it everywhere.

  3. It looks like it’s maybe a lake or something in the background of the second picture, I can’t focus on the background with all that WTF going on. I really don’t know what they’re doing and I think I’m better off not knowing. That crawling one sounds like it would be a great way to get elbowed or kneed in really painful places… I’ll pass.

  4. Hmmm. It might be interesting to learn all the different things people see when they look at that picture. Here’s what I see: The object in the extreme upper-left-hand corner is a boat on a lake. The woman forefront in the photo is wearing pedal pushers, which are creased at the bend in her leg. What I see in the corner and what made me look twice is a person who appears to be a male on his knees, slightly bent over, and wearing nothing on his lower half.

  5. Mayyyyybe baggy leotard tights or super-wedgie stretch pants. Back in the 60’s and 70’s my mom taught me to stay away from those “foam polyester” pantsuits. It’s what the old women wore…I guess to therapy sessions!

  6. The lady in front is wearing peddle pushers. I am not sure what gentleman plans do with the purse, it looks like he about to whack her with it. But that does appear to be a bare rear end in the corner, wow, just…wow.

  7. Am I the only one who is super-skeeved out by the cover photo? It looks like a promotional poster for a horror movie.

  8. Tapping with therapy like Emotional Freedom Technique really works.
    However this book reminded me of some counselling training I did some years ago. I remember that rolling on the floor. I left the room I’m afraid.

  9. Just noting that the subtitle is “below your mind,” not “blow.” I’m not sure if that’s better or worse.

  10. I LOVE this one! It’s so far out that it’s probably back in…of course that’s no excuse not to update it…if it’s circing! I was wondering if it was EFT tapping, good call. Fiona. I’m going to crawl down the hall and find my self some mind-belowing lunch.

  11. They’re going to have some enlightening sense exploration tomorrow morning as they’re clawing out all the redbugs from under their skin. Deep woods + grass = redbugs. Don’t need a mask to focus on that specific agony.

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