Zone 4: Fragments for a History of the Human Body, Part 2
Translating shen as "body-person" instead of the standard "spirit," opens up new ways of thinking about it. One of the interesting points he makes is that, in Chinese art people doing work are portrayed with muscles and skin exposed while gods, immortals and high status people are portrayed as heads with lots of flowing fabric. The more rustic the work being depicted, the more likely people would be painted as muscle men with bare feet and a loin cloth. The more virtuous the immortal, the more likely she would be painted with a head, floating out of actively flowing robes, which would transition into clouds.
The shen of a person with muscles doing hard work is compressed up to the skin while the shen of an immortal is moving out and floating off and around the body.
The Art Work came from here.