The connection between body and mind.
"The ability to sense stimuli arising within the body regarding position, motion, and equilibrium."
Proprioception is our sense of position, motion and balance. It is our sense of "body awareness" that provides the connection between body and mind, allowing us to feel our posture and judge how we are moving.
Various 'sensors' throughout the body produce sensory feedback (information) that sent to the brain via our nerves.
The information telling the brain where all the bits of our body are in relation to each other, how they are moving, and our state of balance, is known as proprioceptive feedback and the basis of our sense of proprioception.
Your sense of proprioception will be running in the background, providing the brain with information about your positioning so that it can make subconscious adjustments throughout the body to maintain a day-to-day posture.
Conscious proprioception is when you are aware of the proprioceptive sensory feedback your body provides. When you can consciously sense/see/feel:
Increased awareness of your sense of proprioception will allow you to judge your own positioning and improve your posture through movement, building the connection between body and mind and working towards a body more balanced and aligned.
To increase awareness your sense of position, motion and balance start by focusing on activating and extending your Base-Line muscles (pelvic floor 'Base', rectus abdominis 'Line').
To describe the position and motion of something you need a reference to work from, our Base-Line muscles are that central reference.
Imagine a 3-D representation of the body, demonstrating a flow of movement through the innumerable positions the body is capable of when functioning at optimal. A moving map in our mind of the body's spatial potential when it is dynamically balanced and aligned with a full range of natural movement.
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 muscles.
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.
With your Base-Line muscles at the core using the other main muscles of movement too will further increase awareness of the proprioceptive information from your body, building the connection between body and mind.
When the body is functioning at optimal i.e. 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, causing the body to be 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 and twisted. The map distorted.
A distorted map in the mind means that motor commands are sent to the 'wrong' muscles, further adding to the body's imbalance and misalignment.
Active engagement of the Base-Line muscles creates a positive feedback loop, increasing our conscious awareness of:
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.