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NRT is based on 2 fundamental characteristics of our body. The first characteristic is that neurons will become healthier and stronger when they are excited moderately and regularly. The second characteristic is that reticular activating system (RAS) will be triggered when our body receives non-specific stimulation.

The first characteristic is easy for us to understand. The concept is very similar to exercise; if we exercise regularly and moderately, our muscle tissues will become healthier and stronger. On the other hand, if we practice playing chess regularly, the neurons in the corresponding areas of our brain will be excited more often than other areas; as a result these neurons will be healthier and stronger; therefore, our chess skill is getting better. The second characteristic is related to the RAS. RAS is a phenomenon happening in our brain when the brainstem (located at the center of the brain) sends out electrical or neuro-hormonal messages to EVERYWHERE in the brain and the spinal cord. The RAS serves two purposes. The first purpose of the RAS is to refresh all neurons in order to keep neurons alive. The refresh activity normally happens while we are sleeping or while we are in a very relaxed state in which our mind is free from thinking. However, the frequency and amplitude of the electrical messages associated with this type of RAS is very low and very small. The second purpose of the RAS is to put our body in an alert mode when our body receives non-specific stimulation. For example, when we are in a very dark room and something touches our heads with a very short duration of time such that we are not able to recognize what kind of object it is, RAS will then be activated to alert our body that the object might be harmful to our body since our brain doesn't know what it is. The amplitude of the electrical messages for this type of RAS is proportional to the energy level of stimulation and the frequency of the RAS is the same as the frequency of non-specific stimulations that our body receives.