There is a sensory system that is regularly forgotten about and which many aren’t aware of, for optimal movement. This sensory system is known as proprioception (also known as our movement system).
Proprioception is our body’s natural awareness in space and of our surroundings. It is what allows us to touch our nose with our hand, as well as know the location of our nose whilst our eyes are closed. It is the least important out of the 3 main sensory systems (the others being the visual and vestibular system), but is usually the easiest to enhance and rehabilitate.
In order to achieve smooth and graceful movement, we have sensors all over our body which are known as proprioceptors. They provide sensory information to our brain in regards to our joints, muscles, tendons, ankles and feet, where the body calculates how it should be positioned in space. A great way to improve proprioception is to partake in exercises barefoot, such as walking and dancing.
Below you will find a list of several other exercises that you can use to enhance and repair your body’s sense of proprioception. In time, as you continue to perform these exercises, your body’s sense of awareness will heighten, where you will become better at these exercises, and moving your body in a more seamless and efficient manner.