What Is Proprioception?

Proprioception, also known as kinesthesia, is the body’s perception or awareness of its position and movement.

By HourlyTraining

Published September 29, 2020.

Proprioception, also known as kinesthesia, is the body’s perception or awareness of its position and movement. Proprioception is the reason that we are able to move instinctively without consciously thinking about our actions or surroundings.

Some examples of proprioception include being able to touch your nose with your index finger while your eyes are closed, throwing a ball without looking at your hand, or knowing whether you are walking on soft grass or hard tiles without looking down, even while wearing shoes.

Proprioception is essentially an ongoing loop of feedback between sensory receptors found throughout the body and the nervous system. These sensory receptors are located on the skin, joints, and muscles.