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Bodywise

Our bodies are receptors with feelers that reach beyond our distal edges. Your body picks up on energy from other people, places or things and manifests this information inside of you somewhere and somehow.  If you pay attention and tune into the subtle changes, you can establish a truly powerful relationship with yourself–with your body–that will absolutely guide you. It is the first step. Even before your thoughts form or your words speak, or your behavior acts, the body feels.  If you catch the information you receive at this stage, you can be more conscious of your choices thereafter.

For example, I recently went into a meeting and had envisioned it to go really well.  Due to my assumptions, it took me awhile to catch on to my body’s signals. I found myself needing more space.  My skin became itchy and my mind became foggy. I couldn’t pinpoint what changed or why I felt different than expected, but I knew that I did.  I found myself naming it, saying things out loud, like “something just shifted for me” and “it’s important to be on the same page…” The other people in the meeting were confused, and I acknowledged the confusion that was happening.  However, I knew that I could trust my body’s wisdom. It was telling me that I was not on the same page, and that it was okay to feel different than expected. Later that week, I was able to pinpoint why things shifted, but it was important for me to trust my body in the moment before my thoughts could identify it for me.  

This is one form of intuition.  Body intuition can also include posturing, muscle tension, and energy levels. Other forms of intuition can come through the observation of thoughts, images, messages, noticing external signs, and internal impressions.

In dance/movement therapy, clients learn how to tune into their body wisdom and all forms of intuition as a form of guidance. Learn more about dance/movement therapy, here.

By Amy Goldbeck, LPC, R-DMT, CHT

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