Why Would I Need Sensory Coaching?
In the last post we looked at how life coaching could help you create a better life. In this post we’re going to look at what sensory coaching is, and why you might need it. First, a couple of questions..
Do You Know How Many Senses You Have?
Does that sound like a daft question? Let me promise you, it isn’t.
Most of us are under the impression that we have five senses, but it’s a misguided impression. It’s currently agreed that we have eight senses, with some scientists being of the opinion that we have as many as thirty three.
Are you surprised by that answer? Ok, let’s move on to the next question…
Do You Know What Sensory Types Are?
If you’ve spent any time on this website then you’ll know what sensory types are. If you haven’t, here’s a quick overview:
There are four sensory types:
- The Avoider
- The Seeker
- The Sensor
- The Bystander
These types speak to how we receive and process sensory information. The story they have to tell about who we are can be life-changing.
Your Sensory Experiences Are Unique To You
We’re all unique individuals, even identical twins are very different people (believe me, as the mother of a set, I know this first hand!).
But even though we know this, we tend to assume that other people will have the same sensory experiences as us. For instance, if you look at a red flower, you’ll probably assume someone else will see exactly the same thing as you. Maybe they will, or maybe they won’t. We have no way of telling because we can’t see through someone else’s eyes.
We might agree that the flower is red (unless one of us is colour blind) but the exact shade may differ according to our unique sensory equipment. A prime example of this would be the dress argument that took the internet by storm a few years ago.
It’s not just differences in the rods and cones in our eyes, or our olfactory receptor cells that affect our sensory experiences though. The ways in which our brains process the 11 million bits of information that come our way every second, is unique to us.
I did the maths (with a little bit of help from a very excited Mathematician) and discovered the astounding fact that there are, potentially, as many as 65,536 possible sensory typing combinations!
Are you starting to see why the person standing next to you probably isn’t experiencing the world exactly the way you are?
Why Does Any Of This Matter?
Simply put, it matters because you matter.
Too many of us go through life thinking that there’s something wrong with us because we’re different to the people around us. Too often people assume that we’re being awkward because we struggle with something that doesn’t bother them, when it’s simply part of what makes us unique and wonderful. We’re all different, and that’s something to celebrate!
Self-knowledge is empowering. Having the language to express ourselves is liberating. Uncovering your sensory wiring, and finding ways to work with any aspects of it that cause you problems, can be life changing. That’s not hyperbole, it’s simply fact.
What Is Sensory Coaching?
Sensory Coaching is a form of holistic, transformational life coaching which explores how you can create a better life by embracing your senses.
Holistic because it encompasses the whole person, transformational because it has the capacity to transform your life experience.
The Sensory Coach’s toolkit includes not just coaching modalities, but also a range of holistic therapies including, but not limited to, aromatherapy and sound therapy. It’s a cutting edge experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
Can Sensory Coaching Help Me Create A Better Life?
Absolutely! There’s a but though… it will only work if you’re prepared to take action. If you want a magic pill that will create a better life without any effort on your part, sorry, but it’s just not going to happen.
Honestly, simply taking the Sensory Types Quiz can improve your life, if you’re open to what it will show you about yourself.
In the next post I’m going to share my Tree of Transformation outline with you. This is a five step cycle that you can work through yourself, or with a coach. If you’re ready to do the work, you’re ready to create a better life.
Embracing your eight senses and your sensory type, will ensure it’s a life that’s tailored to your needs and desires. You deserve a bespoke life, not an off the shelf, cookie cutter life.
Remember, you can get started by taking the sensory types quiz and then downloading the relevant report (you’ll have access to that once you finish the quiz).
Don’t forget to come back later in the week to discover how The Sensory Coach’s Tree of Transformation™ can help you take the next steps to that better life you crave.