How many times have you heard “I have a bad shoulder” ( or knee, or hip, etc)? I had a few people tell me that their body parts were “bad” this week in the studio, and my response is usually to ask for specifics, then attempt various ways to help them feel in to that area in “non scary ways”. Because ultimately, you only get one body to live in, and disconnecting from any part of it isn’t a great long term solution. “I have a bad shoulder” vs “I’m healing a torn rotator cuff” makes a huge difference in the level of agency one has within one’s body.
So anyhow, that expanded to a grander wondering about Body Dismorphia Disorder and perceived pain. As I was asking “the Google” about this, I found this excellent article.
Summarized nicely in the quote below: “Being aware of oneself and reflecting upon oneself relates to an individual’s self‐concept and plays a crucial role in the maintenance of emotional and physical well‐being. Being aware of our internal state is relevant for modulating approach and avoidance behaviors that help us to maintain and regain homeostasis, that is, the regulation of internal body state.” This photo is from “Scenario”, a performance by Merce Cunningham’s dance company wearing designs by Rei Kawakubo. Sourced from Artnau on Twitter.
I chose it because often as you begin to sense back in to your body, those areas appear larger to your brain. Kawakubo did a fantastic job embodying that experience with her body dysmorphic costumes.