The Body Schema

If anyhting should be elemental to Ortho-Bionomy, a prerequisite, I would nominate Body Schema. 


It is about how Movement happens in the Body and how Movement is stifled and constrained.


The Body Schema is a substancelss slime, a mucus of mediation, a zone of contact between self and other.


Somehow this aspect of Anatomy and Physiology gets no mention in most  standard A&P courses.


We have had the term since 1915 (some say 1911), coined by English neurologist Sir Henry Head. An interesting fellow, Sir Head. He is important too in our understanding of trauma. It is curious that wars, times of violent reductionism,awaken fecund urges toward wholism. I give some account of this in one set of notes (At Play in the Cranial Field) in reference to A.T. Still, founder of osteopathy and poet Walt Whitman. Reaction to the U.S. Civil War to reunite body and soul. Similarly there were two men in Europe, both physicians, both poets who similarly responded to World War I: Henry Head in England and Kurt Goldstein in Germany. 


The Body Schema is very much involved in the story of how the body/person metabolizes damage and trauma.


Properties of the Body Schema

Neuroscientists Patrick Haggard and Daniel Wolpert have identified seven fundamental properties of the body schema. It is spatially coded, modular, adaptable, supramodal, coherend, interpersonal, and updated with movement.


We will examine in some detail how each of these properties means to us and how we can apply this knowledge in some powerful practices.


Readiness potential

Benjamin Libbet

The vision is for Ongoingness; Life continuing on . . . .


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I am I and my circumstance;

and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.                       —JOSÉ ORTEGA Y GASSET

Changing the Conversation

I was born. I am always a vessel for something other than myself. The self is only a

vehicle for Foreign matter which comes from elsewhere and is destined to go on

elsewhere without me, whether it's words, smells, vision                                                      ––EMANUELE COCCIA  Metamorphoses

The Story Teller

Now, more than ever . . . our place in the universe and the place of the universe in us, is proving to be one of active relationship. That is more than a scientist's credo. The separateness of our lives is a sham. Physics, mathematics, music, painting, my love for you, my work, the star-dust of my body, the spirit that impels it, my politics,  clocks diurnal, time perpetual, the roll, rough, tender, swamping, liberating, breathing, moving, thinking nature, human nature and the cosmos are patterned together.

      —JEANETTE WINTERSON                Gut Symmetries

What you do, what you become, is not my concern.                      ROBERT MCCALL



Yes, there is beauty

There is love

There is joy.

All you who suffer from

the world's miseries

Defend them.

                         ––EEVA KILPI


"Don't immanentize the eschaton."  

                     ––ERIC VOEGELIN

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