The ideas about body mapping are important pedagogical tools. In the book "How to learn the Alexander Technique", Bill Conable, a Teacher of the Alexander Technique and the originator of the term "body mapping", states: "We all seem to have in our mind maps of our bodies and their workings. They include size, shape, and mechanics. These maps are what we use to interpret our kinesthetic and visceral sensations... we also guide our movement by them. This is not the same thing as the well-known neurological correspondence of various parts of the brain to various parts of the body. That is simply physiological; the map being discussed here is something constructed in consciousness...
Because the maps must be able to be changed, they must be learned. They are created from the experience of movement, of touching and being touched... They are our memories of our interpretations of our experience. But because these interpretations may not be accurate, the maps based on them may also not be accurate.
It also seems to be true that the interpretations forming the basis of the map are often unconsciously performed. They often take place early in life, well before the development of a sophisticated adult consciousness. Therefore the map based on them is often at least partly unconscious and often initially accessible to adult scrutiny only with some difficulty. Once this difficulty is overcome, it is possible to learn to change the map with surprising ease and with surprisingly powerful results."
Enhancing and changing your body map is possible.
BodyMap Yoga sessions are designed to help you see and feel your internal body map clearly. We were not born with these maps, but we are all born with the ability to build them, accurately or faulty, and change the maps if they no longer guide our movements correctly.
Knowing your body map makes your Yoga practice more pleasant, safe and evolutionary relevant.
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"I recently took Flora's workshop Primary Body Mapping and Functional Movement for Yogis. That was exactly what I needed: comfortable settings, a small group and a kind and knowledgeable instructor, who guided us and introduced us to Alexander technique. Every class was a great combination of theory and practice that helped to easily digest given information and use it in our daily life. Flora is a very attentive and supportive teacher, always ready to help, her explanations of material were clear and easy to understand..." - Tanya F." (Oct. 2015)