What is Body Mapping?
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
The Body Mapping Experience.
Our bodies are the medium in which we experience ourselves, others, and the world around us. Along with our cognitive understandings, we feel, we sense and we are instinctual in our daily lives. We are always in direct communication with our bodies, taking in and producing messages our bodily responses give us. As we experience our body, our body experiences us.
The body holds our individual stories, memories and life’s journey so far. Along with our conscious and unconscious memories, our muscle/performance memory, we have our visceral experiences and our kinaesthetic sense. These are not easily put into words as they are ‘felt experience’, and sometimes what is felt in our bodies may tell us a different story than what we thought or even outwardly displayed.
Body Mapping Process
In body mapping, we tap into the wisdom of the body by activating levels of body consciousness through creative exploration, body centring activities and meditation. It’s a process where the participant is in a place of deep listening and inner connectivity with the stories of their body that connect with their lived experience.
Working with a life-size canvas of yourself allows for self-reflection and deep resonance. Body Mapping creates an exchange from ones inner connectivity to an outer creative expression via our creative play. In my experience, that deep listening I have felt and witness is an intimate co-creative relationship with oneself, in which you are listening to your own stories, hearing the wisdom and recreating from that knowledge all at once.
The art exploration often symbolically represents how these stories feel for you in the present time. Sometimes how you have felt in the past is different than where you are in the here and now. In the process, you may notice what has transformed, or you may acknowledge what needs to be explored further or let go of. Either way, there is something powerful, and often compassionate that unfolds naturally. Essentially body mapping helps us reconnect to our embodied self.
Body Mapping Sessions
Body Mapping sessions are held to help you enter that sacred space gently and nurture yourself in the process. Offered in small groups or individual sessions, its a creative journey of self-discovery. Those in periods of life transitions, who are seeking self-reflection find Body Mapping enriching. However, it is open to anyone no matter what stage in life’s journey.
Art materials are included, and your body map is yours to take home at the end of the programme. To book in for an individual programme, or enquire about the next weekend intensive, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or enquire for an individual session