Body Sensations List

  • Overview

    Your thoughts, emotions and body all interact constantly in complex ways. Learning to tune in to what your body is trying to tell you about how you are feeling can be very helpful as part of working through places where you are stuck. The below list is a useful tool for helping you to identify pleasant and unpleasant body sensations. Use this in conjunction with the Feeling Word List to get a fuller picture of what you are experiencing.
  • Instructions

    • In the below list you can mark any Sensation as pleasant or unpleasant based on what you are experiencing in your body right now (or during a prior time period, if you are reflecting back on your day, or a memory you are revisiting).
    • Click/Tap once on a Sensation to mark it as pleasant and twice to mark it as unpleasant. A third Click/Tap will reset that item.
    • At the bottom of the page are links which you can use to return to your body sensation selections later. (Nothing is stored on the website—the links simply recreate your selections.) Note: The ability to save a link recreating your selections is currently disabled while I fix some bugs. Sorry for the inconvenience!
    • There is also a section displaying all of your selections in a list (for easy copying).
  • achy
  • airy
  • bloated
  • blocked
  • breathless
  • bubbly
  • burning
  • buzzy
  • chills
  • churning
  • clammy
  • clenched
  • congested
  • constricted
  • cool
  • cold
  • damp
  • dense
  • dizzy
  • dull
  • electric
  • empty
  • energized
  • faint
  • flaccid
  • flushed
  • fluid
  • fluttery
  • floaty
  • fuzzy
  • goose-bumps
  • heavy
  • hollow
  • hot
  • itchy
  • jerky
  • jumbly
  • knotted
  • light
  • moist
  • nauseous
  • numb
  • paralyzed
  • pins and needles
  • prickly
  • puffy
  • quaking
  • quivery
  • radiating
  • sharp
  • shivery
  • shuddering
  • sore
  • stiff
  • suffocating
  • sweaty
  • tense
  • thick
  • tight
  • tickley
  • tingly
  • trembling
  • twitchy
  • vibrating
  • warm
  • weak
  • wobbly

A List of Your Selections

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Body Sensation List Source: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment, by Pat Ogden and Janina Fisher. Used with Permission.