So what is Body awareness?
Body awareness is the ability to understand where our bodies are in space and how our bodies move… Sometimes, if people have difficulties with body awareness they may appear clumsy, uncoordinated or have delays in motor skill development.
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Body awareness is the internal understanding of where the body is in space. Body awareness is highly influenced by proprioceptive processing, the sensory information one receives from the movement and force of muscles and joint groups.
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Body awareness is the sense that we have of our own bodies. It is an understanding of the parts that make up one's body, where they are located, how they feel, and even what they can do.
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This is a "wow". What an amazing awareness to have of your body.
This is our most important relationship. It is the one we can chose to hold dear, and continue to develop or ignore.
Body awareness can be getting to know yourself deeply, in a way that can bring understanding, communication and a care to honour what it is sharing with you.
This is why body awareness is essential to our wellbeing, health, relationships and all things in life.
The relationship with your body is super important to develop and prioritise in life Why? Because it will share with you in a moment whether things are OK for you? Food choices, environments, people, relationships, etc, etc. By listening to your body, you can make choices that support you fully.
On a physical level, learning to know how to activate, let go, connect to muscles and areas of the body is powerful. It is very supportive to make exercises and movements that are performed correctly and able to be changed or adjusted if needed. Learning to feel how your body is in movement is so much fun and something that flows on into life so simply.
- How is your breath?
- Are you eating hungry, bored or tired?
- How are you shoulder blades sitting?
- Can you feel the movement of your bicep when you lift your water bottle?
- Have you felt the moment the muscles let go in a stretch?
- Are you ignoring foods and behaviours that don't suit your body?
- Do you feel confident walking on uneven surfaces?