The physical sketch delineates the representation that each individual makes of his body in order to situate himself in space. The drawing of this sketch enables us to define the limits of the body in space better. The recognition of this sketch and of the world of sensations broadens the conscious scope of the individual – corporal sensations, self-control, stress management, capacity of adaptation, self-confidence… Becoming aware of who we are, here and now, is fundamental.
Our body speaks, gives signs through movements, intonations, gestures, looks… Emotions and repressed desires translate into the absence of eye contact, rigidity of the neck, a discreet movement of the fingers or toes – at the tips of the body – although shared emotions and desires will cause the entire body to respond, calling on gestures, voice, screams, face muscles to give way to a free discharge of energy. Finally, the body registers the contradictions between inhibitions and the will to “appear” – worried eyes are discordant with a face that would like to smile. However, and although we require the body to disguise our sensations, we most often forget that it always let something show….
A behavior, a posture, a handshake, an intonation, a tense motion, a grimace, a mimic, a look are all signals indicative of our inner-self (showing our inner feelings). The body is a system that has an organic unity, harmony, resources, and a center of energy. Its language is ours, without dissociation or restriction. Our history is inscribed within it since the beginning. It carries us.
When we say that we “need some air”, we express the impact that breathing might have on the body… An abdominal breath (taking a deep breath or breathing a sigh of relief) will articulate our non-verbal language. The control of our breathing is a vital tool in our personal development.