Methods Proposed to be Related
As I am claiming that this method is not related to any other methods of working with the body, this section provides supporting documentation comparing body communication to every other method that has been thought to be related to body communication. If anyone knows of any topics that relate to body communication in any way, please come forward with that information, as I would appreciate finding former work to reference.
Applied kinesiology, or manual muscle testing, attempts to get information from the body through testing muscles by measuring strength and weakness. It depends on the theory of a viscerosomatic relationship: the theory that corresponding muscle weaknesses in specific muscles accompany specific organ dysfunctions. Practitioners claim to use it to evaluate chemical, structural, and mental health, using it to provide health information regarding diagnostics, treatment, and nutrition.
- Attempts to get information from the body in a method involving muscles.
- Uses different muscles for different internal systems and problems.
- Depends on the practitioner getting information from the body through manipulating the person’s body and observing external results, as if muscles were wired up as a display for internal errors with well-defined error codes corresponding to particular muscle fibers.
Focusing by Eugene Gendlin
Focusing is a form of mindfulness that depends on bringing explanations to sensations and internal states of mind that tend to be ignored. Those that use the technique attempt to put words to these sensations and internal states of mind.
- Attempts to get information from the body by attending to it.
- Uses intuition to interpret the sensations.
Using intuition to interpret such states can have some accuracy, as a small amount of information regarding internal states and needs can be transferred into conscious awareness, such as with some cravings. However, like cravings, the information is far from the full picture, and often contains additional, inaccurate information. Inaccurate information is introduced down the line of communication, not out of malice, but rather as inconsequential information included to better match an internal need to current circumstances, as intuition works by heuristicly best-fit matching attention and readily available memories to what is being internally communicated. This can often skew a person’s interpretations. You can frequently find a nugget of accuracy in such intuition, compared to the original need that caused the state in question, but you will rarely find more accuracy than that.
Focusing by Eugene T. Gendlin
Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy: A Manual of the Experiential Method by Eugene T. Gendlin