Blog
 Search
Sep 17 2015

Body Awareness: The danger of being too aware

mountain-pose-815291_640.jpg 
Body Awareness is a popular term especially in yoga and Pilates circles, but what does it mean? Some would argue that being "body aware" is having a keen kinesthetic sense of how your body moves and feels in your environment at any point in time. One medical dictionary definition describes Body Awareness as "the felt sense of embodiment; consciousness of our somatic feelings." How's that for a clear definition?

In working with clients, I have received a number of explanations of Body Awareness over the years. Some would use this term as an expression of how well they know what hurts them and how well they can articulate that discomfort. Others use it in tandem with a number of anatomical references, regardless of accuracy, to show me how well they know their bodies.

What is a common theme in all definitions is that the physical aspect of Body Awareness often goes hand in hand with the cognitive. This means that people are spending a lot of time these days thinking about their bodies, how they feel, how they look, what's working and what's not. This can be great for Movement practitioners as we are given ample information and feedback from our clients, but is this really a good thing or are we creating a monster?

In my opinion, a useful definition for Body Awareness involves being present in your body at a time when it is necessary to focus on a specific quality of movement. This does not mean that we should think about every movement all day, and what body part or muscle group is active with every action. What an exhausting way to move throughout your day. Some activities definitely require thought to execute them safely and effectively, but most of our daily tasks do not.

Our bodies know how to move, partially in our innate makeup and otherwise from our learned behavior formed at a young age, and the subsequent movement patterns that developed. Controlled by our central nervous system, we are subconsciously able to make split second decisions about movement, whether to propel us forward to the next task, to direct us around space, or stop us from impending danger. We do not need to think through these actions, in fact, over-thinking can be detrimental. Often times, the exact opposite of our intention occurs. By thinking too much about our bodies in motion, we are inadvertently slowing our progress forward, and creating barriers to movement fueled by fear and doubt.

Perhaps a better approach would be to just allow our bodies to move through life as we are designed. If we really need to focus the mind, maybe thinking about movement in terms of direction, space, and shape as explored by Movement Theorist, Rudolf von Laban would be more productive, rather than in terms of pain, inability, and apprehension. Most importantly, I think it is time we stop thinking so much and just start moving for movement's sake.

Written by Holly Wallis, PMA®-CPT, Certified Movement & Rehabilitation Specialist
ReActive, LLC    www.reactivemovement.com     510-990-1364

© All rights reserved.


Written by Holly Wallis, PMA®-CPT, Certified Movement & Rehabilitation Specialist
ReActive, LLC    www.reactivemovement.com     510-990-1364

© All rights reserved.



69 Comments


  • So luck to come across your excellent blog. Your blog brings me a great deal of fun.. Good luck with the site.

    Reply
  • movie editing software 9 days ago
    You've done a great job with this room, You've made it perfect for all the needs of your family, in a beautiful, cohesive way! Looking forward to seeing more of your studio! Check some movie editing software free

    Reply
  • movie editing software 9 days ago
    You've done a great job with this room, You've made it perfect for all the needs of your family, in a beautiful, cohesive way! Looking forward to seeing more of your studio! Check some movie editing software free

    Reply
  • Treuetester 9 days ago
    Amazing post. i like it very much

    Reply
  • marry chris 9 days ago
    amazing post. [url=https://www.treuetest-online.eu/]Treuetesterin[/url]

    Reply
  • marry chris 9 days ago
    amazing post. [url=https://www.treuetest-online.eu/]Treuetesterin[/url]

    Reply
  • MemoryFoamMattress-Guide 9 days ago
    Hey, great blog, but I don’t understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me please?
    MemoryFoamMattress-Guide

    Reply
  • jhons alex 10 days ago
    Thank you so much. This is very kind of you to share such an amzing knowledge. Hats off.
    Treuetester

    Reply
  • Treuetester 10 days ago
    Realistic and simple. This is the thing that I want. Keeep doing . Loving this.

    Reply
  • Treuetester 10 days ago
    Speechless. Very accurate piece of writing. Such a sweet post. This is very nice man.

    Reply
  • jhons alex 10 days ago
    Speechless. Very accurate piece of writing. Such a sweet post. This is very nice man. 
    Treuetester

    Reply
  • I read this article. I think You put a lot of effort to create this article. I appreciate your work.

    Reply
  • Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained!

    Reply
  • Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained!

    Reply
  • Easily, the article is actually the best topic on this registry related issue. I fit in with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your next updates. Just saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the fantasti c lucidity in your writing. I will instantly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates.

    Reply
  • Mmm.. good to be here in your article or post, whatever, I think I should also work hard for my own website like I see some good and updated working in your site.

    Reply
  • I feel a lot more people need to read this, very good info! . . . . . .

    Reply
  • Hi there, I found your blog via Google while searching for such kinda informative post and your post looks very interesting for me.

    Reply
  • When utilizing thebest-mattress to find 19 days ago
    Easily, the article is actually the best topic on this registry related issue. I fit in with your conclusions and will eagerly look forward to your next updates. Just saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the fantasti c lucidity in your writing. I will instantly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates.
    When utilizing thebest-mattress to find

    Reply
  • I trust we as a whole originated from elsewhere however not as people. My conviction is that people began as blessed messengers. We were naturally introduced to this life since we were permitted to acknowledge an errand to finish. Endless supply of this assignment, we would be permitted to climb to the following level similar to a computer game but rather without a doubt.

    Reply
  • quickbooks support 22 days ago
    his is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the excellent work.

    Reply
  • buckyballs amazon 22 days ago
    You have done a great job. I will definitely dig it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this site.

    Reply
  • I havent any word to appreciate this post.....Really i am impressed from this post....the person who create this post it was a great human..thanks for shared this with us.

    Reply
  • Haushaltsauflösung 23 days ago
    Thanks for the nice blog. It was very useful for me. I'm happy I found this blog. Thank you for sharing with us,I too always learn something new from your post.

    Reply
  • chaco sandals amazon 24 days ago
    Hey, great blog, but I don’t understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me please?

    Reply
  • Great post full of useful tips! My site is fairly new and I am also having a hard time getting my readers to leave comments. Analytics shows they are coming to the site but I have a feeling “nobody wants to be first”.

    Reply
  • aften in keel 24 days ago
    This is a great post; it was very edifying. I look ahead in reading more of your work.

    Reply
  • wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated.

    Reply
  • escort in lebanon 26 days ago
    A debt of gratitude is in order for the post and awesome tips..even I additionally imagine that diligent work is the most imperative part of getting achievement..

    Reply
  • escorts in beirut 26 days ago
    You are very brave focuses in this article. I would have never thought to be any of these in the event that I didn't run over this. Much appreciated!.

    Reply
  • Great post full of useful tips! My site is fairly new and I am also having a hard time getting my readers to leave comments. Analytics shows they are coming to the site but I have a feeling “nobody wants to be first”.

    Reply
  • Great post full of useful tips! My site is fairly new and I am also having a hard time getting my readers to leave comments. Analytics shows they are coming to the site but I have a feeling “nobody wants to be first”.

    Reply
  • You have done a great job. I will definitely dig it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this site.

    Reply
  • My friend mentioned to me your blog, so I thought I’d read it for myself. Very interesting insights, will be back for more!

    Reply
  • ebay 31 days ago
    I read this article. I think You put a lot of effort to create this article. I appreciate your work.

    Reply
  • I definitely enjoying every little bit of it. It is a great website and nice share. I want to thank you. Good job! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work.

    Reply
  • shopbrumano 33 days ago
    You have done a great job. I will definitely dig it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this site.

    Reply
  • shopbrumano 33 days ago
    You have done a great job. I will definitely dig it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this site.

    Reply
  • Hi there, I found your blog via Google while searching for such kinda informative post and your post looks very interesting for me.

    Reply
  • Krank.de 34 days ago
    What a beautiful creation! You are very talented. Keep up the good work!
    I'm admin at:

    Reply
  • sl786982 sl786982 37 days ago
    Hey – great blog, just looking around some blogs, seems a really nice platform you are using. I’m currently using WordPress for a few of my blogs but looking to change one of them over to a platform similar to yours as a trial run. Anything in particular you would recommend about it? quality plr

    Reply
  • wow, great, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by google, learned a lot, now i’m a bit clear. I’ve bookmark your site and also add rss. keep us updated.

    Reply
  • gravity knife amazon 38 days ago
    I definitely enjoying every little bit of it. It is a great website and nice share. I want to thank you. Good job! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work.

    Reply
  • AR 15 kit  39 days ago
    My friend mentioned to me your blog, so I thought I’d read it for myself. Very interesting insights, will be back for more!

    Reply
  • Loren pole 40 days ago
    Much appreciated a ton for sharing your insight! It is extraordinary to see that a few individuals still invest an exertion into dealing with their sites. I"ll make certain to return again genuine soon.

    Reply
  • I read this article. I think You put a lot of effort to create this article. I appreciate your work.

    Reply
  • AR 15 kit  41 days ago
    Thanks for writing such a good article, I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post. I like your style of writing...

    Reply
  • Prince2 Certification 42 days ago
    I was very pleased to find this site.I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

    Reply
  • Silver jewellery is perfect on so many levels and whatever the occasion. There are pieces that make great gift ideas, whether it be a little something to say thank you or a statement piece for a special birthday, pieces for when you are having a bad day and just want to treat yourself to a little something and then not forgetting pieces for the kids and the guys. The great thing about silver jewellery is that it is so versatile and appeals to almost everybody.

    Reply
  • when to refinance 43 days ago
    Great .. Astounding .. I"ll bookmark your online journal and take the encourages likewise… I"m cheerful to discover such a large number of helpful information here in the post, we need work out more methods in such manner, a debt of gratitude is in order for sharing.

    Reply
  • www.sleepjunkie.org 44 days ago
    So luck to come across your excellent blog. Your blog brings me a great deal of fun.. Good luck with the site.

    Reply
  • kingroot for pc 44 days ago
    The process of rooting is simple and easy as well and gives 100% guaranteed when it is processing with MediaTek.

    Reply
  • tempurpedic mattress 45 days ago
    What a good blog you have here. Please update it more often. This topics is my interest. Thank you. . .

    Reply
  • Yes, great US Military force. Also, in his post you have given a chance to listen about US Military. I really appreciate your work. Thanks for sharing it.

    Reply
  • ccnp wireless 49 days ago
    I must say, I thought this was a pretty interesting read when it comes to this topic. Liked the material. . . . .

    Reply
  • foam bed 50 days ago
    Great post! I am actually getting ready to across this information, is very helpful my friend. Also great blog here with all of the valuable information you have. Keep up the good work you are doing here.

    Reply
  • Your weblog has given me that a whole lot of information which I never anticipate to get from net these days. Really all the factors with this percentage may be very useful and I am usually on the lookout for new thoughts and sources approximately this specific topic.

    Reply
  • I am always searching online for articles that can help me. There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also. Keep working, great job!

    Reply
  • jackets for men in Pakistan 58 days ago
    My friend mentioned to me your blog, so I thought I’d read it for myself. Very interesting insights, will be back for more!

    Reply
  • jhonalice 58 days ago
    Hi there, I found your blog via Google while searching for such kinda informative post and your post looks very interesting for me.
    jackets for men in Pakistan

    Reply
  • 9Apps provide top and popular Android Shopping apps that will satisfy the needs of all types for you. ... Flipkart Online Shopping App logo HOT. Flipkart Online ...

    Reply
  • The Pilates strategy is educated to suit every individual and activities are consistently re-assessed to guarantee they are fitting for that individual. Because of the individual consideration, this strategy can suit everyone from world class competitors to individuals with restricted versatility, pregnant ladies and individuals with low wellness levels.

    Reply
  • cheap pandora 83 days ago
    I am really pleased to read this I would like to give special thanks to share this article with us

    Reply
  • This word “Body Awareness” is commonly used in yoga where they say about the body and chakras present in the body. Each book gives different meaning to this word which changes from time to time in what way we use this word to represent anything.

    Reply
  • When you explore more in to the subject, the meaning gets deeper and large resulting in a lot of processing for your body to understand each and every move the body should move its consequences resulting in slowing of your progress. Body awareness in its basic definition is a good thing for people.

    Reply
    • cccam server 41 days ago
      I read a article under the same title some time ago, but this articles quality is much, much better. How you do this..

      Reply
  • shareit for windows
    112 days ago
    Shareit is one of popular app for PC,Laptop,Windows and Android phone and currently one of best file transfer applications.

    Reply
  • gmail sign in 130 days ago
    There are many emailing services in the world. Every other day there is a portal in which you can make your email account and use their communication services.

    Reply
  • Sheri Jennings 1 years 184 days ago
    As someone who has been a student of many different activities requiring body awareness (from classical singing to tennis to dressage to Pilates, actually, in that order!), I couldn't agree more with your premise, Holly. As I age I try to bring more awareness to activities requiring balance, lifting, and anything that stretches my capabilities some. This keeps me from becoming "too self-aware", which for me is really tiresome! Thanks for the insight.

    Reply

Add Comment

Enter the name you would like to appear on the comment.
(required)
Enter the email you would like to use to get updates. You email is not visible and can not be used by other users.
(required)
Enter you comment help.

CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above in the box below
 
  Post Comment

ReActive Practitioners have extensive training and experience working with many structural and functional conditions, including...

More
  • Posture/Gait Imbalances
  • Hip Instability/Mobility Issues including pre-/post-operative care for hip scope and replacement
  • Shoulder Instability/Mobility Issues including frozen shoulder, rotator cuff imbalances/injuries, pre-/post-operative care for shoulder replacement
  • Spine Issues (Spinal Stenosis, pre- & post-operative care for discectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion, DDD, ankylosing spondylitis, spondylolisthesis, disc bulges/herniations – Post-rehab)
  • Knee Instability/Mobility Issues including Patellar Femoral Syndrome, pre-/post-operative care for knee scope and replacement
  • Scoliosis – Functional & Structural
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia/Osteoporosis
  • Pre- & Post-natal including diastasis recti, C-Section, SIJ pain/pelvic instability and dysfunction
  • Low, Mid- & Upper back pain (incl Core Stabilization/Muscle Recruitment issues)
  • Muscular Recruitment/Patterning Issues including habitual compensations, faulty recruitment/patterns
  • Chronic conditions – Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, chronic pain syndromes, MS, etc
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Standing & Walking stability issues including balance issues, leg discrepancy, neurological disorders (ie stroke)
  • Functional Movement Issues (ie difficulty performing movements of everyday life ie sit-stand, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, managing stairs, etc)
  • Sport-Specific Training (golf, tennis, cycling, climbing, swimming, running, education for safer and more effective gym training, etc)
Reactive Logo