Describing Body Sensations
In sensorimotor therapy, and in any therapy session, you'll probably hear me ask you what you're feeling in your body. This is not only to encourage you to listen to the innate wisdom of your body, but to allow us to gain access to what needs to be felt, to be heard, to be let go of or called in. But sometimes words fall short in trying to describe what's happening within. Here's a starter list of the the most common words to describe body sensations during sensorimotor therapy:
Tension: Feeling tightness or constriction in muscles.
Warmth: A sensation of heat.
Tingling: A subtle, prickling feeling that can arise in various parts of the body.
Numbness: A lack of sensation in certain body areas.
Fluttering: A delicate, fluttery feeling in the stomach or chest, or elsewhere in the body.
Expansion: A sense of spaciousness or stretching.
Constriction: A feeling of tightness or holding back.
Weightlessness: A sensation of lightness, as if the body is floating or untethered.
Coldness: A chilling feeling in the body.
Pulsing: A rhythmic sensation.
Ache: A dull, persistent discomfort in specific body areas.
Release: A sense of letting go or unburdening.
Buzzing: A subtle, vibrating sensation.
Contraction: A tightening or pulling inwards, similar to bracing.
Lightness: A feeling of weightlessness or buoyancy.
Heaviness: A sense of weight or burden.
Softness: A gentle, tender feeling in the body.
Flowing: A sense of fluidity and movement within the body.
And here is a more comprehensive list of body sensations:
The body can become a canvas upon which emotions are expressed and insights are discovered. Learning the language of the body is a practice in mindfulness and present-moment awareness. See how much and how often you can pay attention to these sensations inside and outside of therapy.