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Body rocking, is the often repetetive movements of the body backwards and forwards from the waist.

This is often taken to be a comfort, soothing behavior in all ages, and also a behavior that focuses the mind and distracts or maintains sensory input and a sense of body awareness and thus existential integrity.

It was a feature of instituionalised behaviour in psychiatric institutions before the advent of psychiatric medication, of which it may now be a side effect

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