Awareness of Body
Human movement, and it’s huge variation and complexity, account for the major part of our brain activity, movement is essential for the development of all brain functions. All responses and behaviors are in essence some sort of movement, whether it is moving of our eyes tracking an object we’re looking at, changes in posture, speaking or simply moving from place to place.
So our muscles, which enable movement, become the container for habits, skills, and emotional learning. Muscles are the vehicle of action and reaction, of revealing or inhibiting. Patterns of our musculature embody conflicts and resources which tell the unique story of each of us. More recently we have learned from neurosciences that mirror neurons which register movement in others make our own bodies extremely sensitive to the influence of the acts and goals of others.
The skin is the body’s envelope, demarcating the boundary between the inner and the outer. It helps regulate body temperature; it keeps harmful substances with from getting into the body; and it is one of the exits for the toxic substances to leave the body. The skin is the vehicle for tactile sensing. Tactile experience has the peculiarity of being, at once, active and passive. Skin receptors are capable of very refined perception, registering changes in temperature and pain.
The state of your skin may reflect anger, fear, pleasure or excitement; it may become red or white was anger, cold with fear, or pliable with empathy. When we have a heightened sense of being exposed, embarrassed, touched by something, sexually aroused, self-conscious, or extremely sensitive – we may experience it directly as an energetic charged in the skin. Conversely, when people closed down in order to protect themselves this too may be felt at the skin level.
- What happens to your skin when you feel angry?
- What happens to your muscles when you feel angry?
- Does anything else happen in your body? (Tightness, sweat, shaky)