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Body awareness is how conscious and connected you are to your own body. It’s also known as kinesthesia.
It involves the proprioceptive system, which tells you where your muscles are moving and how, as well as the vestibular system, which is made of organs in the inner ear that are in charge of spatial.
The vestibular system allows you to keep your balance, posture, and head stability. If you feel dizzy, chances are your vestibular system is affected.
Body awareness can also extend to your body’s cues. When you recognize that you’re hungry, thirsty, or tired, you’re exercising body awareness.
One of the main benefits of body awareness is having a strong mind-body connection. When you know and feel where your body is in space, you’re better able to direct it to do what you want it to do.
There’s some evidence that body awareness can be a beneficial tool for weight management.
People who used mind-body interventions showed higher levels of awareness of and connection with their bodies. This resulted in greater self-acceptance, vitality, and lower sensory pain.
When you’re more aware of your body’s cues, you can better understand what you need from moment to moment.
The body awareness that comes from balancing the vestibular and proprioceptive systems can give you a sense of security both in your body and in the world around you.
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