Sensory Stories # 96: How to use Sensory Intelligence® to improve wellness
Posted: 7 September, 2023
By: Annemarie Lombard
What have wellness and Sensory intelligence® got to do with one another – in this vlog Annemarie will connect the dots for you.
Firstly wellness is the act of managing healthy habits on a day-to-day basis to maintain good physiological and mental well-being so that we can thrive instead of survive.
Sensory Intelligence® is the science, the theory and the application of sensory processing, the 7 senses how they work within the human brain and what results do they have in your daily attention emotion and behaviour.
Annemarie highlights three particular points to connect the dots.
#1 you’ve got 7 senses and these senses are your connectors with your day-to-day environment, they bring in information from your environment, processing millions of bits of sensory information and we know based on the physiology and the anatomy of all of these pathways they send information into the bottom part of the brain for the brain to first sense, then feel, then think.
#2 it’s all in the neuroscience and there’s a lot of complexity around this.
Annemarie highlights two functions here, one is the reticular activating system and the other is the autonomic nervous system. The reticular activating system has connections with all the sensory pathways, they make us feel alert awake or asleep so whether you feel an increased level of attention maybe an increased level of anxiety or an increased level of discomfort, your brain has direct connections with all of the sensory pathways .
We can use the senses to make you feel calmer and more alert, so think about that in relation to focus attention and obviously day-to-day concentration. the brain is really important.
The autonomic nervous system relates and results in your fight flight and fright responses, we can use sensory stimulation to impact attention arousal and we can also use sensory information to impact your level of stress which is associated with fight flight or fright so the brain and the senses are absolutely 100% interconnected with one another.
#3 it’s all about self-regulation, the opposite of wellness is a dysregulated brain you feel irritable you feel stressed you feel discomfort you might start to become anxious, so our approach at Sensory Intelligence® is how do we help you to understand your brain and how do you create positive healthy self-regulation as we use the senses for self-regulation with a bottom-up approach. When we teach you this, we’re not using a cognitive approach not the top-down approach. we use bottom up, use your body and use your senses because by doing that directly through understanding these pathways we can help you to be more regulated, calmer and to be more focused reducing your stress, to be less distractible, less irritable and it obviously has an impact on your alert state, your stressed state and then obviously your outcome as a result.
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👩🏼🎓 Annemarie has a PhD in Occupational therapy, Health Sciences and continues to be fascinated by sensory processing and the impact it has on our lives. She works with a dynamic team and a group of licensed users of the Sensory Intelligence® tools. She has also written a book, “Sensory intelligence, why it matters more than IQ and EQ”, which you can buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Sensory-intelligence-matters-more-than-ebook/dp/B07HSFWSNT.