“I thought the body had been mapped…” (Or–Body Literacy Wake-Up Call!)

 

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“I really did not believe there are structures in the body that we are not aware of. I thought the body was mapped,” he said. “I thought that these discoveries ended somewhere around the middle of the last century. But apparently they have not.”

— Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, professor in the UVA Department of Neuroscience and director of UVA’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG)

Fifty years from now perhaps this kind of statement will be shocking to everyone, not just those who study and work with the(ir) body. While many people still think about, imagine and experience their bodies in vastly out-dated ways, the relevance of body-literacy is becoming more and more recognized as studies in biomechanics, neuroscience, psychology, movement, art, dance and other disciplines stretch the field.

As this is just a quick post, here are a few take-away points:

  • The essential aspect of studying living bodies cannot be understated.
  • When dissection is used to expand our knowledge, it is now recognized that the mind and decisions of those doing the dissection directly effects the conclusions we draw from the dissection.
  • A vast amount of research about the body demonstrates that many of the popular beliefs about the body are either incomplete, need to be reworked or are myths all-together.
  • Body workers, movement educators and practitioners of various practices are beginning to be recognized as a resource for scientific studies. (For example: http://www.fasciacongress.org/2015/)

Read the article here that prompted this post about researchers who have found that the immune system is directly connected to the brain.