If you are someone that reluctantly clicked on this page because the term or the idea of mindfulness is aversive—maybe you’ve tried it and it is not a match for you—or maybe you don’t believe it is a match for your clients—you are not alone! We’ve got you. Scroll past the “sciencey” section to learn about how we are adapting body mindfulness to make it more accessible and successful for a wider variety of people.
Interoception & Mindfulness: A Hidden Science
Can I strengthen my interoception connection (or my client’s interoception connection)? And if interoception can be supported, how can I nurture this interoception growth? These are both common questions we are asked!
Interoception is highly changeable, so yes, interoception can be strengthened, and this is true for people with a variety of ages, backgrounds and learning styles.
One of the most used strategies for all this interoception growth is body mindfulness, which invites us to notice how our body is feeling in the present moment.
Research suggests interoception and mindfulness are closely linked and interoception is believed to be a key underlying component influenced by many mindfulness practices. In fact, scientists believe that interoception is one of the primary reasons why many people report benefits from mindfulness practices. In other words, even though many people do not realize it, when using mindfulness strategies, they are activating the insula, which is the interoception center of the brain, and thus are actively working to strengthen their interoceptive connection.
There are countless benefits to understanding our own interoceptive experiences, so it makes sense as to why mindfulness is said to have countless benefits. The benefits are largely influenced by the changes occurring in interoception.
We have plenty of body mindfulness resources available to help change the interoceptive experiences for yourself or your clients.