Do you recall your body reacting in a specific way, such as tensing up, but you are not sure why? There is likely a reason. For example, awhile back, I was pushing a full grocery cart to my car through an underground parking lot. All of the sudden, my cart stopped abruptly because one of its wheels locked onto a magnet strip on the pavement. Ouch! I slammed into the cart and hit my shin on the bottom metal rim. About two weeks later, there I was, walking along the same path to my car, with a loaded up grocery cart. I had totally forgotten about my previous run in with the grocery cart. I was thinking about other things entirely (on ‘autopilot’). Interestingly, a moment before my cart hit that same magnet strip on the pavement, by body tensed up as I instinctively pulled the cart back without cognitive awareness of what I was doing! It took me a second to recall getting hurt two weeks prior. This story demonstrates neuroception at work! I am grateful for my subconscious nervous system protecting me from harm.
An article in the journal, Early Child Development and Care, describes a study in which "Children receiving massage therapy showed fewer physical symptoms including reduced spasticity, less rigid muscle tone overall and in the arms, and improved fine and gross motor functioning." "In addition, the massage group (compared to the reading group) had improved cognition, social and dressing scores on the Developmental Profile, and they showed more positive facial expressions and less limb activity during face-to-face play interactions." Review the study here:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0300443042000230546