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Conscious Proprioception.

Feel how to heal.

outline of human figure seen from the front. Showing the network of nerves thoughout the body. Spinal cord and brain.  A web of smaller nerves from the extremities feeding into larger nerves, transmitting the sensory information about the body's positioning for the sense of proprioception.

Proprioception - the basics.

(PRO-pree-oh-SEPt-shun)

Throughout the body, various 'sensors' produce sensory feedback (information) that is sent to the brain via our nerves.

The brain processes feedback about the body's position, balance and movement (our posture) for the sense known as proprioception.

Proprioception:

"The ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium."

Your sense of proprioception will be running in the background, providing sensory information about your positioning so that subconscious adjustments can be made throughout the body to maintain a functional posture.

To improve your posture and reduce your pain, you need to be more conscious of how your body is positioned.

Conscious proprioception.

Conscious proprioception is when we are aware of this proprioceptive sensory feedback our body provides. When we can consciously sense/see/feel:

Conscious proprioception:

An awareness of your sense of position, motion and balance.

Feeling your posture.

Your Base-Line and conscious proprioception.

Increased awareness your sense of position begins by focusing on activating and extending your Base-Line.

Base-Line muscles

→ The position of the rest of your body is relative to your Base-Line.

human skeleton seen from the front also showing the base-line muscles. the pelvic floor at the base of the body.  The rectus abdominis muscles from pelvis to rib cage up the front of the abdomen, either side of our midline anatomy of the linea alba.  Midline is drawn on the figure, splitting the body into equal left and right halves. The rest of the body should be thought to extend from our Base-Line muscles. Feeling the relative position of the rest of the body from a base-line reference. Connecting body and mind.

→ All movement should originate from your Base-Line.

human figure seen from the front, looking up the body with the baseline muscles shown.  The base pelvic floor muscles, a basket of muscles within the bones of the pelvis that provide the solid foundation for the body. The rectus abdominis muscles extend from the pubic symphysis of the pelvis, up the front of the abdomen to the ribcage. The rectus abdominis muscles are like to 2 parallel stacks of panels of muscle, blocks side by side, from base to mid chest either side of the linea alba. These muscles are the body's core pillar of strength, from where all movement should originate and be supported by.

→ The body should be balanced either side of the median plane.

Image of a human figure viewed from the front. Showing a line straight down the middle. The body is split into left and right halves from head to pelvis.  Left and right sides of the body are balanced either side of this line. Our midline anatomy is at full extension and in alignment to lie on this line which is known as the median plane.

median plane

Increased awareness of your sense of proprioception means you can work towards correcting your posture and a body that is balanced, aligned and free of tension.

Conscious proprioception & the body map in your mind.

Imagine a 3-D representation - a moving map in the mind - of the layout of your body.

Proprioceptive information received by the brain is applied to this "body map in the mind", giving us a mental image of the positioning of our head and limbs relative to our Base-Line.

Sensory feedback from the pelvic floor muscles provides the Base starting point for reading the map accurately.

Sensory feedback from the rectus abdominis muscles provides information about the positioning of the linea alba - the Line that orientates the map in the right direction.

human figure from the front with a dot and line representing the pelvic floor muscles and the linea alba. Our primary guide for body alignment. When the pelvic floor and rectus abodminis muscles are fully activated and extended the body is correctly positioned to align with the body map in the mind. Imaging this line increases awareness of our sense of proprioception. Feeling our midline anatomy, seeing the sparkles.

This map is our innate knowledge of where our full range of movement should be able to take us - to where the body should be able extend from Base-Line. The map is of our full potential.

Conscious proprioception:

Connecting body and mind.

When the body is functioning at optimal - when it is dynamically balanced and aligned with a full range of natural movement - all proprioceptive feedback can be accurately placed onto the map  Ability aligns with potential and we can see the whole map.

When physical restrictions are present on the body - when the body is imbalanced and misaligned - the sensory feedback cannot align with the map. There are 'blockages' and 'blank spaces' in the proprioceptive information we experience. The body is crumpled. The map distorted.

A distorted map in the mind means that motor commands are sent to the 'wrong' muscles, further adding to imbalance and misalignment.

As I focused on activating my Base-Line - longer and stronger with every in breath - I began to see 'the sparkles' which was the beginning of an awareness of my sense of proprioception, feeling a connection between my body and mind.

My body-mind connection

First Base-Line then working with the other main muscles of movement, little by little sensing these muscles, feeling my state of balance and alignment.

Technique tips

Conscious proprioception allows you to:

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main muscles of movement?

Base-Line Theory
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The 5 Main Muscles of Movement
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