The Benefits of Flexible Seating

Let’s face it, it’s much harder to focus when your body isn’t ready. If you can’t sit still in a chair, or if the chair isn’t the right size for you, it makes it so much more difficult to pay attention in general. I have a hard time sitting in an uncomfortable classroom chair for…

Interoception: A Look Inside

So now that you all know what interoception is (and if you don’t, no worries, click here or here for a refresher), let’s dive a little deeper. How does this system work exactly? Well, you have sensory receptors all over and throughout your body. They send signals to your brain, which makes sense of those…

Vestibular: A Deeper Look

The vestibular system is one of the more powerful senses in the body (10-20 minutes of intense vestibular input can have effects for up to 8 hours!). So what actually happens in your body when given vestibular input? First, we have to look inside your ear. You have three canals in your ear, all filled…

Proprioception: What is it and why is it so calming?

Your proprioceptive system is one of the most organizing and regulating system in our bodies. Case in point, Temple Grandin’s squeeze machine, “a device that delivers deep touch pressure to help her learn to tolerate touching and to reduce anxiety and nervousness”. When I think about things that are relaxing to most people, I think…

10 Simple Ways to Get Proprioceptive Input at Home.

Your proprioceptive system.
The code name for this in the OT world is “heavy work“, and a common phrase we use is “heavy work always works”. Receiving input to your joints and muscles has been shown to have an overwhelmingly high

The Beginner’s Guide to Sensory

Let’s settle this once and for all: There are EIGHT senses. EIGHT, you hear me?
(…at least in Occupational Therapy World there are).

There are the five you probably already know because your kindergarten teacher drilled it into your brain, but