It’s not only women who have a sixth sense, but men as well. We have five far senses which gather information from outside the body, namely touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight. Our less known sixth sense is our balance system. This is a near sense that gathers information from inside the body.
Senses are essential for survival. The information gathered by the senses is sent to the brain for processing. The brain determines if there is danger and what should be done to avoid/overcome the danger (freeze, flee or fight). The appropriate muscles are then instructed by the brain to act accordingly.
The senses develop in a certain sequence according to how important it is for our survival. We will take a glance at the first two senses that develops.
Firstly: the skin. Imagine if our insides were not kept together; we would spend hours looking for our livers and as we get older we would even struggle to remember when or where we last used our bladders. Apart from protecting our vital organs and veins, the skin also discriminates. When we are young it simply discriminates between hot and cold. It seems with age we only differentiate between cold and exceptionally cold OR hot and extremely hot.
Secondly: the balance system. Not only is balance essential for movement (fight or flee), but also for keeping still. Standing still (to freeze) requires perfect balance. We all feel a little off-balance as we age and this becomes evident when the planning to get up from a chair takes longer than the action itself. Even standing still without swaying slightly, takes effort.
“Twinkle in my Wrinkle” by Dr Melodie de Jager contains easy movements (called Senior Mind Moves) that stimulate the senses, sharpen the brain and keep muscles flexible (useful).
The following Senior Mind Move, called the Antennae Adjuster, develops better balance and helps us stay upright, amongst other benefits. It’s safe for everyone.
Step 1: Lift arms and hold both ears between your thumbs and forefingers.
Step 2: Massage both ears simultaneously from top to bottom (ending at lobes) with circular movements.
Step 3: Make sure that you massage the whole outer ears at least three times for a good effect.
For more information or to order the book, contact Annalie Janse van Rensburg at 0136927243/ 0793626751
or visit www.seniormindmoves.co.za