What we perceive and how we feel about ourselves is shaping everything that we experience, as we experience everything through our bodies. Body-awareness is the ability to sense our surroundings, how we move and with how much effort, and how well we can sense what is going on inside of us. We derive our sense of wellbeing from our inner perceptions, which then guide our actions and behaviour. There are a high number of sensory nerve endings in our skin, connective tissue and muscle. These are responsible for our inner perceptions, which can be stimulated to generate greater wellbeing, body-awareness and responsiveness.
Massage therapy is unique as it gives us immediate access to positively enhancing body perception and motivating change. By learning to feel and respond to our bodies a deeper connection with the body can be fostered, helping to recognise current patterns and making change more readily available. When pain and discomfort are present they tend to dominate our inner perception and change the way we move. Often this indicates that we haven’t moved the body efficiently leaving an imbalance in our muscles with some overworked and others underused. Stimulating a different response in the nervous system and freeing up movement in the soft tissue at the same time can make a big difference to restore equilibrium.