Sensory Work

The Power of Our Senses

What Is Sensory Work?

What is sensory work? Sensory work helps reprogram your nervous system. That is why it is included in the Inspired Health & Wellness Mind-Body Method. Often times people who have sensory processing sensitivity, may also struggle with auto-immune disorders. While modern science has not made this intricate connection, it seems to exist for those individuals who are highly sensitive. Whether it is gastrointestinal distress and vulnerability (celiac disease, colitis) skin (psoriasis) , bone and joints such as arthritis, or metabolizing sugar in Diabetes sensory work can also help cope and eventually strengthen a vulnerable nervous system.

Additionally, auto-immune diseases can affect the Central Nervous System (CNS) or Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). Here is a research article which explains the differences between CNS and PNS auto-immune responses.

What Are Auto-Immune Diseases?

Auto-immune disorders are medical conditions which affect the immune system. The system which guards, protects, and keeps us healthy.  An auto-immune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. The immune system normally guards against germs like bacteria and viruses. When it senses these foreign invaders, it sends out an army of fighter cells to attack them.

The Sensory Work Program

Sensory work: when an individual uses relaxation and concentration exercises to delve into the senses, thereby healing them. The word ‘sensory’ as a healing modality crosses through a wide spectrum of psychology-based applications in modern clinical practice – for example, sensory integration therapy, sensorimotor therapy, and sensory interventions. While all of these applications include the basic theory that our senses are a string of neurological processes which take information from the environment and contribute to emotional regulation, learning, and participation in daily life, sensory work as an acting method does not treat any kind of disorder.

Although when used as a mind-body method in sensory acting technique it is diagnostic in that it helps uncover or identify the senses being used most often (being stimulated, taxed, or for excess) in daily life. By contrast, it also identifies senses that are not as active in working consciousness.   

Sensory Work Was First Created By Artists

First known to those in method acting, sensory work was created by Lee Strasberg the artistic director of New York’s Actor’s Studio. While sensory can be a purely artistic form of accessing the senses and making the dramatic art of acting more powerful, there are mental, emotional, and psychological benefits as well. While Strasberg was the first famous acting teacher and director to promote this work in his performance coaching at the Actor’s Studio, other pioneers were also developing similar forms in their therapeutic clinical work including Psychiatrist Jacob Moreno, M.D.

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