Why does the air always feel thick to me?
July 30, 2007 8:12 AM Subscribe
The air feels thick to me, like it's more substantial than it really is. When I move, especially my head and arms, it feels like I'm leaving behind me a trail that's like a hollowed-out cavity of where that limb has just been. Felt like this since I was a child. So. WTF?
posted by dowcrag to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
So when you move, you feel the air on your limbs. So far so normal. But for me, it's always felt thicker than that, like something solid, but barely there. As I've said, I get a strong sensation that I'm leaving a cavity trail behind me, and especially my limbs, as I move. What's more, different directions of movement create a different sensation. If I move my head forwards, or my arms outwards so that the backs of my hands are the leading side, I get one sort of sensation that I could describe as 'warm', 'smooth' or 'with the grain'. If the movement is with my open palms leading, or I move my head or body forward, I get a sensation that's more like 'cool' or 'against the grain'. It's sort of like stroking velvet - one way's smooth, the other's got a sort of soft friction to it.
This is an incredibly powerful sensation to me and generally there all the time.
Never discussed this with anyone, but I just got a big blast of the sensation whilst answering another question, so I just thought what the hell.
Any ideas? Remnant of an active childhood imagination? Arm hairs? Proprioception? To my knowledge I'm otherwise pretty sane and normal.