Body Mapping allows you to awaken your inner sense, called proprioception or kinesthesia, of how you hold your body, where you restrict movement, and where you are unconscious of feeling, compared to your true size, structure and function.
I may use a plastic skeleton (Mr. Bones), or illustrations from a book or the internet. I will use touch and give you sensory and movement exercises until you can correct your inner map of the body you inhabit, and regain a sense of who you are physically and in space. I will teach you how your muscles respond to breathing, and how to release them with the breath when they are tense.
I will teach you how some problems you may accept as inevitable or associate with aging can be corrected by mindful body awareness. Those may reflect old thought patterns. You can change your body shape, and free your posture, which changes your experience. As you improve sensory motor awareness, practice body mapping, learn to shift by voluntary movement into a position of comfort and ease you change your nervous system and brain and start to reclaim your power over your life.
The body mapping I practice is based on various sources. The primary origins are from Barbara Conable and Alexander Technique. Although most of what I have learned has been from teachers or workshops, these are some of the more accessible books: Barbara Conable’s Body Mapping; Thomas Hanna’s Somatics; Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life; Stanley Keleman’s Emotional Anatomy; Mary Bond’s The New Rules of Posture; and Missy Vineyard’s How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live: Learning the Alexander Technique to Explore Your Mind-Body Connection and Achieve Self-Mastery. I included the full title of the last book, because it represents the purpose of Body Mapping–to explore how your body and mind are connected, and empower yourself.
Much gratitude goes to my anonymous mentor in mindful body awareness and body mapping from 2005-2008.