Derived from the Alexander Technique, body mapping is a tool used to evaluate, make corrections to, and refine one’s own internal body map. This technique combines kinesthetic awareness (connecting the mind and body in terms of interpreting the signals from one to the other) with proprioception (the awareness of the body in space). Like the Alexander Technique, it is best known in the world of performers—such as musicians and dancers—who use body mapping to help keep their bodies moving freely and pain free.
The Body Has a Mind of Its Own explains how you can tap into the power of body maps to do almost anything better: play tennis, strum a guitar, ride a horse, dance a waltz, empathize with a friend, raise children, cope with stress.
These colorful images of emotional body maps allow you to visualize a target emotion as it is color-coded to areas of your body. Through daily physicality you learn to understand how your individual body feels in correlation to a wide range of emotions.
Have you ever said that you had “cold feet,” “a gut reaction,” or “a shiver down your spine”? You probably didn’t think anything of it, but those clichés have more truth to them than you might think. Emotional body mapping can show you why.