I think it's concievable that this could been seen like the thorns on a rose. They're still there, but you learn not to grasp onto them. With some practice (as in cutting a lot of rose stems for a floral shop), you learn how not to touch them (which is contact, or phassa).
For example, sounds are disruptive for first jhana, so they're not grasped after.
Intentional thoughts are disruptive for second jhana, so they're not grasped after.