Lexicon of Body Sensations

Our bodies constantly communicate with us. I’m thirsty, hungry, hot, tired, or in pain. Sometimes the signals are incredibly obvious or it can be subtle messages. We may be consciously aware of them or we may not notice them at all.


A sensation is a physical feeling in the body. Sensation language describes physical feelings using words based on the five senses: taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight.

It’s important not to mix up sensations with emotions. While emotions do have accompanying sensations, the emotions are not sensations: there is a distinct difference. Sensations can be defined as physical feelings and responses and emotions are states of consciousness.

To become aware of pleasant and unpleasant body sensations, find words to describe them and allow the blocked energy inside our bodies to move.

Physical Perceptions

Take a pause and check in with yourself right now, and notice what’s happening in your body. Are you sitting or standing? If sitting, is it a comfortable chair that you can feel against your legs and back? Is it soft or hard? Can you lean back? Do your feet touch the floor?

At some point there was an interruption that never allowed the energy to move through our system and out. It is stuck. As we identify our different body sensations and develop our vocabulary, we begin to unlock what has been unable to move through.

If you’re standing just notice the floor or ground beneath your feet and notice how your legs feel as you are standing there. Maybe you’re thirsty, hungry or tired and weren’t even aware until you started to pay attention to your body.

What we feel in our bodies can lead to many thoughts, feelings, and even behaviors. You probably don’t have any meaningful thoughts and feelings about sitting in a chair however; there are many other situations where the opposite is true.


To clarify I want you to think about fear. Fear is an emotion that for some comes wrapped up with the sensations of constriction in the chest, tightness and pressure in the throat and fluttering or trembling in the belly or legs. A simple way to remember, sensations use words based on the five senses to describe whatever you’re experiencing in your body.

Wisdom of the Body

You can learn to become more aware of your body sensations and develop a language to describe them. You begin to recognize sensations that are a signal announcing a trigger, reaction, numbing out, something that overwhelms your system.

In time you can begin to be aware of situations that bring the onset of the emotions or beliefs that the system cannot handle or doesn’t have a reference point for. A first step might be simply to start to notice body sensations.

List of Body Sensations

Achy Aglow Airy Alive Armored Awake

Bitter Blocked Bloated Boom Breathless Breezy Bright Brittle Bruised Bubbly Bulky Bumpy Burdened Burning Butterflies Buzzy

Chilled Choppy Clammy  Clean Clenched Closed Constricted  Congested Contained  Cool Cozy  Creepy Crisp  Crooked Crunchy  Cut-off

Damp  Dark  Dazzling  Deafening  Deflated  Dense  Disappearing  Disconnected  Dirty  Dizzy  Down  Drab  Draining  Dry  Dull

Easy  Effervescent  Electric Empty  Energized  Expanding  Explosive

Faint Fast Fiery Flaccid Flowing Fluffy Fluid Flushed Fluttery Foggy Fragile Frantic Frosty Frozen Full Fuzzy

Gentle Gigantic Glitter Gloomy Glowing Gooey Gritty Gurgling

Hairy  Hard  Hazy  Heat  Heavy  Hidden Hiss Hollow  Hot Huge Humming

Icy  Imploding Inflated  Intense

Jagged  Jittery  Jumpy


Light  Liquid  Loose  Lumpy  Luminous

Melting  Moist  Moving  Murky

Nauseous  Nervous  Noisey  Numb

Old  Open

Paralyzed  Piercing  Popping  Pounding  Pressure  Prickly  Puffy  Pulled  Pulsing

Quaking  Queasy  Quick  Quiet  Quivering

Radiating  Ragged  Raw  Red Hot  Relaxed  Releasing  Restricted  Rigid  Roaring  Rough  Round

Searing Sensitive Settled  Shaky Sharp Shivery  Shimmering  Shock Sizzle  Sleepy Slimy  Slow Small  Snappy  Soaring  Soft  Solid  Sore Spacey Spacious Sparkly  Spinning Squeaky  Stale Sticky Stiff  Still Stinky Straight Streaming Stringy Strong Suffocating Sweaty Sweet Swirling

Tense Thin  Trobbing Thumping  Thundering Tight  Tingling  Tiny Touched  Tough Tremble  Twitchy Turbulent


Vacuum  Vibration Vital

Warm  Weighted  Wobbly Wooden Woolly


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