top of page

Proprioception: The Key to Learning the ANATOMY IN CLAY® Way

Would you rather know something in your head or in your bones?

Those are two different kinds of “knowing,” aren’t they?

When you know something in your bones, in fact, very little thought—that is, “brain power”—goes into it.

Brains are good for deep thoughts and analysis. Judgements. Decisions.

But your body keeps other information deep down, so speak, in the bones. Anatomy in Clay® founder Jon Zahourek calls it our “body brain.”

The body brain is distributed through your whole body. It’s the kinesthetic and proprioceptive mind. It’s embedded in every tissue, every internal fabric and every muscle in your body.

Where would we be without it?

The “body brain” calculates things all day long for us—without thinking.

The body brain lifts our head off the pillow. It knows what to do when we encounter stairs. It knows how to get from the comfy chair to the coffee pot on the kitchen counter without having to, well, think.

The body brain is proprioceptive awareness.

From Wikipedia: proprioception is the sense of the relative position of one’s own parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.

In other words, it’s not something you have to stop and think about (with your brain).

Yes, kinesthetic learners enjoy (ahem, rave about) the Anatomy in Clay® approach. The tactile, kinesthetic (hands-on) learning helps students learn something in their bones.

Proprioceptors are constantly learning. You don’t think your body is done learning, do you?

Let’s say you don’t golf. Let’s say you want to learn. You pick up a golf club for the first time and try to hit a golf ball off a tee with a driver.

It’s not easy. That golf ball is little. So Imagine how much your body has to “learn” to repeat the motion and get good at driving a golf ball in a straight line, all the twisting of the torso and swinging of the arms that become automatic after hours of practice.

That’s the Anatomy in Clay® Way.

Your body learns. Not just your head.

So when you come to one of your workshops, that body mind is what you’re going to be working with.

Your body is going to be building the human body.

It’s a closed loop.

Prepare to come away with an improved body sense of human anatomy.

That’s the key.

When you know it in your bones.


Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page