Full Body Awareness


(Full) Body Awareness


Body awareness exercises help to relieve stress by allowing us to become more mindful of how our body reacts to external stimuli. It can be a meditative practice that strengthens the link between the mind and the body, allowing you to better modulate the ebbs and flows of both, thus acting as a sort of informal biofeedback monitor.



Become fully aware of the body’s tensions and then release them through visualization.

Long Version

  1. Lie down or sit in a relaxed posture and settle into a comfortable state. Breathe in fully and deeply. Slowly pass your mind over your body, sensing each part without thinking about it too much. Find areas of tension or pain that might “speak up” at this time.
  2. Now, slowly, go through your body, thinking to yourself:
    • Does my head ache? Is there tension in my scalp, my skull, my brain, my face?
    • Is there tension in my jaw? Do I clench my mouth?
    • Are my neck and shoulders tight? Do they ache or feel wound-up?
    • And I holding my breath, sighing heavily, clenching my fists?
    • Is my heart racing? Do I feel flushed?
    • Is there a knot in my stomach? Do I feel slightly ill or bloated?
    • Am I unable to sleep or relax? Am I constantly anxious and manic?
  3. With these questions, you can find the places where your body holds tension. Consider these reactions. When do they come on–in situations of stress?
  4. Now, once again pass your mind over your body, this time imagining a healing white light passing over you, perhaps focusing for longer periods on the parts that hold stress, pain, and tension. At this point, your limbs may begin to tingle, and you may even begin to hallucinate very slightly a calming, rocking sensation. Don’t be afraid of these sensations! Your mind is working to relax your body.
  5. With deep, full breaths, visualize pulling this white light into your chest or belly in a slow, healing fashion. Imagine its radiant energy flowing through your body from your core to all your extremities, healing areas of tension and pain.
  6. Now, with five slow, easy breaths, count yourself back into the “real world.” Be sure to get up slowly to avoid fainting.


Body-based meditation techniques have a long history. Full body awareness exercise integrates this classical posture meditation with visualization and relaxation skills for a complete body-based stress relief technique.


Please don't do this practice if tuning into your body feels uncomfortable or alarming, as it can for people, particularly if they have a history of painful or traumatic experiences.


Full body awareness also works well added to self-hypnosis techniques.  While relaxing the body, you can insert the visualization portion of the full body awareness exercise in with the healing white light portion of the self-hypnosis exercise here.

See Also

Autogenic Training
Postural Integration
Posture Meditation
Progressive Relaxation

External Links

Body Awareness for Conception

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