What No One Tells You About Your Cravings

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Do you have an insatiable drive for enhanced experiences?

This magical central nervous system response coined in the occupational therapy field as Sensory Craving, may also bring distress. Over the past 20 years I’ve facilitated sensory needs for the mild to severe cases in adults and children. Fortunate for me…because I’m a mild Sensory Craver. I’ve witnessed the havoc and joy in managing sensory responses.

Craver’s desire the excitable – blinking lights, rollercoasters, or a lifestyle like being an entrepreneur or overextended work loads. Adversely, there’s also the need to continuously be engaged.

For sanity sake a body needs it’s rest!

The superior advantage of the central nervous system is it triggers behaviors that appear as natural cravings. An example of a craving is body exertion through movement. Pushing, pulling, jumping…these joint and muscle forces apply pressure on the nerve endings for the return of nervous relief. The body naturally craves rest and relief because it’s constantly being engaged.

Forced exertion examples within a task include over-applied pressure when writing or walking. Crunchy foods meet relief through jaw joints or over-eating because of the repetitive jaw movement.

There’s a long list of ‘symptoms’ to help easily identify if you’re a Craver. It’s one of three categories of how the nervous system responds to stimuli (sensations like noise, odors, lighting, etc).

Children and adults I’ve worked with benefited from sensory craving tactics because they reduced distractive tendancies in class and work. They improved in their assignments, meeting deadlines, and engaged with their peers through enriching behaviors.

Aging with untreated sensory responses increases risks of uncommunicable diseases and injuries due to unhealthy tactics to cope.

Enter, exercise.

As a mild Sensory Craver I’ve explored most every exercise or aerobic method available. Deep pressure satisfaction relieves my nervous system from it’s constant state of excitement. Like forced exertion, Cravers naturally engage and seek deep pressure.

Deep pressure keeps us sane, safe, and sensational!

Cravers constantly engage, therefore the desire persists to seek more. More. More! Movement brings enjoyment and satisfaction. Gross motor (big body movement) play is one source of daily enrichment for Cravers.

As a Sensory Craver, kickboxing satisfies! I snack less and am less fidgety and what’s best is my attention to daily tasks. I don’t procrastinate! When I’m done I’m fully aware of my mental, emotional, and physical state – my body’s way of communicating it’s fully satisfied.

Here are six reasons why kickboxing nourishes a Craver body:

  • DEEP PRESSURE  Nourishment to ALL the joints. Joints that cardio machines and most sports don’t touch.
  • RHYTHMIC MOVEMENT  It’s like dancing with the tunes played. Beat by beat, movement in synch.
  • LOUD TUNES Yes…Cravers are the ones with their car radios on full blast, belting out in song.
  • EXERTED FORCE Kick. Boxing. Need I say more?
  • SURPRISE  The only ‘routine’ in my experience has been the 3 to 5 minute warm up and cool down. Otherwise, move sequences are different each time.
  • AWARENESS   To listen, watch, then follow the instructions and sequence connects the brain to the limb, muscle, movement. It’s not yoga but there is most definitely ‘presence’.

Do you have an insatiable drive for enhanced experiences? Incorporate kickboxing into your exercise regimen. Read additional sensory craving tactics on our blog. Whether you’re a Craver or not, we’d love to read your experiences in the comments below.

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