The term ‘sensory appreciation’ is generally used to refer to the information we get from our senses about our physical condition and use. A person’s sensory appreciation also lets them know the position and location of where they are in space, how they are orientated, how parts of their body are related to other parts, and how they are moving and using their selves. The terms ‘kinaesthesis’ (or ‘kinaesthesia’) and ‘proprioception’ also refer to the sensory appreciation that we use to know how and where we are in space.

However, in the Alexander technique, sensory appreciation can also be seen as having a wider importance than is generally understood. FM Alexander believed that a person’s sensory appreciation going wrong had very serious ramifications; see faulty sensory appreciation for more information.

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