The Science of Sensation

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Wow, what an incredible week this has been for me. I have been fortunate enough to spend the past week in Portland, Oregon, getting trained on how to teach the Nia Technique. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness, and fitness. With much excitement for what lies ahead, I am happy to announce that I received my White Belt in Nia and am now a certified instructor.

One of the things that I came to appreciate this week was how important it is to use sensation to understand what my body needs. It has always been very easy for me to doing things in a mindless fashion—eating quickly (often on the go), driving from destination to destination on autopilot, even moving to music via choreography versus having something in the music itself stirring movement in me. After this week, I have a new way to make sure that I am practicing mindfulness and to ensure that I am taking time to appreciate my experiences, both big and small.

The science of sensation is powerful. I’m not talking about feelings or emotions such as happiness or sadness. I’m talking about simply realizing how a part of your body feels and acknowledging it—your eyes after hours looking at the computer, your back after sitting in the same position all day—that kind of sensation. If you are relaxing, you might simply sense the softness of the fluffy rug underneath you.  As an exercise in self-awareness, I encourage you to stop and sense. Is there any pain in any part of your body? If so, move in a subtle way until you feel that pain start to lessen. Are you comfortable and relaxed? Sense what that feels like and try to release even further. 

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In a rapidly changing health care landscape, Karen Morse is a leading Wellness Scientist who develops personalized wellness plans for women and writes a weekly blog, The Wellness Scientist, imparting cutting-edge solutions for healthy living.