Every year there is more and more scientific evidence that demonstrates how somatic awareness – the ability to perceive, interpret, and act upon the basis of one’s own internal bodily sensations—can be a powerful tool in creating optimal health, enhancing peak performance, and facilitating recovery from illness.
Somatic or body awareness is at the cutting edge of mind-body medicine. It empowers individuals to access their innate body wisdom by learning new ways to interpret and utilize sensory information. This information, which is readily available, often resides in the background of our consciousness during day-to-day activities. Being able to access and utilize this new awareness, according to scientist Donald Bakal, “can contribute to all aspects of health from migraines to hypertension and heart disease and possibly altering the course of cancer. For virtually all symptoms, diseases and illnesses, the minds’ awareness of the body has a very significant role to play.”
At Healing Waves, our body-mind centered approach to health, healing and personal transformation includes helping our clients discover, transform and awaken this vital link to their own inner wisdom. During Network Chiropractic sessions, the touches along the spine access parts of the higher brain that help create new awareness between the body and mind. As part of our body-awareness education process, we teach our clients breath, movement and energy awareness exercises designed to strengthen their ability to utilize their body’s sensory information.
After working with thousands of clients over many years in private practice, we have found that clients who learn to use somatic information in an integrated way feel more in control of their ability to positively influence their own health and well-being. Research findings also reveal they make healthier choices and significant improvements in virtually every area of their lives after becoming more attentive to their body’s wisdom.
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