Janette Costin
  Thursday, June 14, 2012

Space is all around.  Remembering the space behind us is very useful.  Most of the time the attention is towards the front, looking in the mirror, working at a desk or computer, cooking, conversation with others, walking towards something, playing sport etc  Balancing the attention towards the front with the thought of the space behind is one way of encouraging integration and balance through the system and helps bring the sixth sense into play.  

"There are five senses that are traditionally described - as sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch.   

To this the eminent anatomist of last century, Charles Bell added a "Sixth Sense"; that of the sense of limb and body position and movement.  The technical terms for this sense are kinaesthesia (sense of movement with inputs from receptors in joints and muscles) and proprioception (sense of position with input from the organs of balance in the ear as well as joint and muscle receptors).  The two terms are often used interchangeably. 

The lost sixth sense - faulty sensory appreciation.  

There is evidence that this sixth sense has become "lost" or suppressed, in our modern civilisation.  A plausible explanation for this is the explanation by romantic English poet of last century Wordsworth: "getting and spending - we lay waste our powers - naught that we have in nature that is ours".

That is, our minds become occupied with so many inputs and outputs to do with the outside world that signals from the body are suppressed or "gated out" before reaching consciousness"  Dr D Garlick - The Lost Sixth Sense

Dr David Garlick BSc (Med), MB, BS, PhD recommended the Alexander Technique and was so impressed during his life that he studied the work for many years.

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