It’s Sensational! The Never-Ending List of Sensations

This is a list of sensations or words based on the five senses (taste, touch, sound, smell, sight). Sensations are a fantastic way to describe whatever is going on in your body.

I’ve divided this list up into categories that kind of make sense to me. The categories are very, very loose so keep that in mind when looking for a word to describe a sensation you are experiencing.

The list is incomplete! Can you think of more words to describe sensations? If so, add them in the comments. And, yes, absolutely, made up words are not only allowed but desired! Click here if you want to know what to do with this list.

The category of common sensations:

  • Tender
  • Sensitive
  • Bruised
  • Achy
  • Sore
  • Tense
  • Tight
  • Nauseous

Sensations that just won’t stay still:

  • Shaky
  • Trembly
  • Throbbing
  • Pounding
  • Fluttery
  • Shivery
  • Queasy
  • Wobbly
  • Bubbly
  • Dizzy
  • Spacey
  • Breathless

Sensations that have a nerve-quality:

  • Prickly
  • Electric
  • Tingling
  • Nervy
  • Twitchy
  • Burning
  • Radiating
  • Referring
  • Buzzy
  • Itchy

The Ugh and Blah Category:

  • Wooden
  • Congested
  • Dull
  • Dense
  • Frozen
  • Icy
  • Disconnected
  • Thick
  • Blocked
  • Contracted
  • Heavy
  • Suffocated
  • Cold
  • Numb
  • Closed
  • Dark
  • Hollow
  • Empty

The ‘Feel Stabby Much’ List:

  • Tense
  • Tight
  • Constricted
  • Clenched
  • Knotted
  • Hot
  • Full
  • Sweaty

Sensations that often signal wellbeing and vitality:

  • Calm
  • Energized
  • Smooth
  • Streaming
  • Warm
  • Cool
  • Relaxed
  • Open
  • Light
  • Spacious
  • Airy
  • Releasing
  • Expanded
  • Expansive
  • Flowing
  • Floating
  • Fluid
  • Draining

And, many, many more. Want to know what to do with this list? Click here!


  1. You’re really great at sharing practical guidances for getting in touch with one’s body. You’ve created a business that’s not so much about bodywork, as body-minded living. You give a great deal that people can take away just by signing up for your newsletters, never-mind coming in person.

    Want to say, keep it up. This stuff can help a lot of people, especially because of how simple it is.



  2. Larisa says:

    @Sarah Lambert
    “Body-minded living.” Wow. I really like that!

    Thanks, Sarah. :)
    Twitter: larisakoehn


  3. Elra says:

    Thank you very much for this list – ! It is weird to think that these sensations are ones I might know – but can only think of feeling a few. I guess, with time, that I may be able to find more of them. This is my goal, however, and I think that having this list to refer back to will help me be able to perceive that they are there.


  4. Andrea Szasz says:

    Thank you so much for these resources. They are very useful.


  5. Edwin Holloway says:

    more wellbeing items

    Whole, Wholesome


  6. maryam-samira says:

    thank you that”s really very helpful


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