What is Proprioception?

What is Proprioception anyways?

Perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body.
— Oxford Dictionary

Proprioception or the movement sense, as we like to think of it is all about moving our bodies and knowing where it is in relation to itself and other things.

For example, you know when you get an itch on your leg and you bend down to scratch it without looking at your leg or hand, that is your body working out how far to reach and locate the exact spot that needs to be scratched.

Or you manoeuvre through a space without bumping into things, your Proprioception sense determines your orientation, how fast you are moving, the direction you are going and with the use of your vision helps you to navigate around the space safely. 

Proprioception is essential in everyday movements. This is something that needs to be developed over time and practising hand eye coordination activities can help with this.

There are Sensory receptors that are located in the inner ear, muscles, tendons, and joints which detect changes in the position or movement of the body, they are called Proprioceptors. These receptors continuously send information to our brains.

Young children can be clumsy and uncoordinated. In some cases this could mean a Sensory Processing Disorder and accessing Sensory Play can help to develop this.

Casey Downie-Campbell

Sensory Land, London

Sensory Land is an activity class for young children under the age of 8 years old living in South West London. Pilot classes to be launched in July 2016, watch this space for more information.