Right from childhood, we are taught that the brain is the seat of our intelligence. After all, it is the brain that responds to a variety of stimuli and coordinates with the rest of the body. It is also common knowledge that the brain stores memories, processes emotions and facilitates the thought process. The brain practically helps us create our physical reality.
However, quantum physics supports the idea that intelligence need not be centralised, that it could be distributed throughout the human body. This idea is fast catching on. In a speech titled Who are you?, Alternative Medicine advocate Dr Deepak Chopra says: “The human body is a river of intelligence, energy and information that is constantly renewing itself every second of its existence. This intelligence is present everywhere and is non-local.”
In a nutshell, it is believed that we have an intelligence that created us and somehow kept us alive. Therefore, it would be reasonable to deduce that this intelligence also knows how to heal us when we fall sick. It is with this thought that alternative therapist Bitha Sadanandan developed Body Intelligence Therapy. In a conversation with Soulveda, Sadanandan talks about this therapy and her journey in designing it.
You are a pioneer of Body Intelligence Therapy. Could you introduce the concept to us?
Body Intelligence Therapy is a modality of healthcare that works with the ‘Animator of Life’. Every living organism has an innate intelligence that animates life. This intelligence facilitates the body’s integration with various systems for overall efficient functioning. It expresses itself differently through different tissues. Just like the heart and the lungs, bones, blood, all tissues have their own unique rhythms. Different people have different rhythms. These differences could be due to cultural upbringing, personal and family backgrounds, likes and dislikes, and general life experiences. As a practitioner of Body Intelligence Therapy, I facilitate healthy integration so that the body intelligence of the person gets better.
What prompted you to develop Body Intelligence Therapy? How long have you been practising it?
Well, Body Intelligence is a phrase I first heard during my training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST). BCST is a line of healing that originates from Osteopathy. In BCST, a gentle touch, called the cranial touch, is the sole therapeutic tool. But I could not find a definition for Body Intelligence within the BCST curriculum or even on the school’s website. So, I had to figure it out on my own.
I then came across various philosophies from all over the world that seemed to hold similar views about body intelligence. So, I kept at my observations until I could no longer ignore the scope of this work. Albeit a derivative of BCST, this therapy blends in thinking from several schools of thought: David Bohm’s implicate order, non-duality of Advaita, unified field theory, primordialism, continuum of the soul through lifetimes, shamanism, soul collage, aikido, and internal alchemy to name a few.
It also draws from various concepts of psychology, such as body-mind connection, past life regression, subconscious mind, psychometry and extrasensory perception.
Body Intelligence Therapy came about as a practice with a definite mode of ‘how-to’ in March 2016. It has since mushroomed with newer learnings that come from observing patterns in the stages of healing.