Mindful Body Scan Meditation

Body Scan Meditation is a meditative practice that entails scanning your body for sensations of discomfort, tension, or anything unusual. You bring awareness to every aspect of your body by mentally scanning yourself. Increasing your awareness of physiological sensations can help you feel more connected to your physical self and get a better understanding of the reasons for negative feelings.

This understanding can make it easier to figure out what’s wrong, resulting in greater physical and mental health. The goal isn’t to entirely eliminate the pain, but to better understand it and learn from it so you can better handle it.

Mindful Body Scan Meditation

Mindful Body Scan Meditation

1. Mentally sweep the body from head-to-toe by slowly moving the attention from one body part to another.
2. Notice and feel pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral sensations such as tension, pain, itching, etc.

The Benefits of the Body Scan Practice

Body scan meditation is related to several mental and physical health advantages when practiced daily (or even multiple times a day). 

According to research, one of the key benefits of body scan meditation is stress reduction, which can lead to physical benefits such as reduced inflammation, fatigue, and insomnia.

In this way, body scanning helps to prevent the self-feeding loop of physical and psychological tension.

  • Enhances your capacity to pay full attention to real-time events in the current moment, which is useful when emotions or thoughts are raging.
  • Trains you to explore and be with both good and unpleasant feelings, learning to notice what occurs when you just hang in there and feel what’s going on in “body-land” without trying to correct or modify anything.