British Fascial Symposium 2018

British Fascial Symposium 2018

Week 16 - Interoception - 8th Sense Over Load

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Mon, April 23, 2018 19:11:34

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #16 - 22 april 2018
"Interoception - 8th Sense Over Load“
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture

Matthew Sanford and Jennifer Brea have something in common: Interoception. Except….. their 8th sense is operating on polar opposite ends.

A.D. (Bud) Craig wrote the foreword to Kelly Mahler’s book, “Interoception: the Eighth Sensory System”. As discussed in the book, our seven systems are not working alone. We have graduated from the five basic senses: smell, sight, sound, touch and taste. We have added the “hidden senses” of the vestibular and proprioceptive systems.

Ms. Mahler is an occupational therapist and autism consultant specializing in the development of self-regulation and social cognition skills. She cites the sources of Craig, 2002 and Fuchs & Koch, 2014 for the best description of Interoception, page 1 states:

“..helps us feel many important sensations, such as pain, body temperature, itch, sexual arousal, hunger, thirst, heart rate, breathing rates, muscle tension, pleasant touch, sleepiness and when we need to use the bathroom. Interoception helps us sense a variety of general and localized feelings, such as feelings of warmth or coldness, tickling or shivering, tension or relaxation, constriction or expansion, sinking or lifting, trembling or steadiness.”

Matthew Sanford spent years not listening to his 8th Sense. He was told he could not feel it. He had an under-load of sensation due to a spinal injury. Whereas, Jennifer Brea had the opposite situation. Jennifer's sensations were/are so outstandingly deafening that every part of her body felt/feels it. She had/has pain or a total collapse of function due to 8th sense over-load.

How completely frustrating to both of them!!! They were told it was all in their head. The sensations were not real. Jennifer was told, there was no biological reason for her issues, the diagnosis: Conversion Disorder. In decades past, Conversion Disorder was known as Hysteria.

Matthew and Jennifer have been saved and failed by the current thinking of today. It is time to unfold the levels of the Fascial System and bridge professions. Others may learn, accept, and advance the structure called Fascia and what lives in it.

Thank you for attending my lecture at the British Fascial Symposium Sunday Lecture, May 13th.
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

Kelly Mahler, MS OTR/L

Jennifer Brea
TED Talk -

Jennifer Brea
2017 Documentary “Unrest”