Dr Radhika Rawat Senior Therapist, Creative Movement Therapy
Soon after graduation, she started working with a hospital as a houseman to assist the surgeons. Once, during torrential rains, a collapsing wall ripped off the eyelids of a person from a distant village. When he was admitted, the senior surgeon was away attending to another case. Dr Radhika did not lose any time stitching him up. The visiting consultant found it hard to believe that the case was attended to by a junior.
Dr Radhika went on to serve at two hospitals—a gynaecological hospital during the day and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at night.
“Around that time, I took up a formal course in yoga. Looking back, yoga gave me the energy to pull through the day, day after day. Often the NICU would keep me awake at night, but I never felt fatigued.”
After she finished the course, Dr Radhika started practising therapeutic yoga at different places.
Some years later, it was time for Radhika, the mother, to talk to her daughter about sexuality. “The hunt for information and books to help me with the task brought me in touch with Tathapi, an NGO.”
This was the beginning of Dr Radhika’s involvement with community education, through various NGOs. In association with YWCA, she started teaching home nurses about reproductive health, puberty and adolescence. Through Muskaan, an initiative against child sexual abuse, she has been educating parents, teachers and children about the various aspects of healthy sexuality and creating awareness about child sexual abuse. “I have also been trying to help parents ensure sexual wellness in specially-abled children through Ankur Vidyamandir.”
Simultaneously, she has been working on her own development. After completing two levels of Reiki in 1996, she took up Kundalini Healing, and also completed courses in Past Life Regression, Inner Child Healing and Art Therapy.
Her current focus is on Creative Movement Therapy.
Conventionally, it is known as Dance Movement Therapy. However, Dr Radhika prefers to call it Creative Movement Therapy or simply, Movement Therapy. “The word dance tends to give people the idea that it is difficult to follow and that you have to know dance or follow several rules.”
How does this therapy work? “As we grow up, we tend to store a lot of trauma in our body cells. We may not consciously remember something but the body never forgets. We are conditioned to live our lives as we are expected to do, denying our body the freedom of expression. Creative Movement Therapy helps to release those bonds; it heals by liberating our bodies.”
So far, Dr Radhika has offered Creative Movement Therapy to nearly 200 people, ranging from school students to senior citizens. “My experience is that simple therapeutic movements help to reduce anxiety, enhance body awareness and improve communication skills. You may come with a certain complaint. During the therapy you will discover that the root of the problem lies elsewhere.”
Her knowledge of medicine and the various other therapies she has learnt helps her immensely during her therapy sessions.
“I am convinced that wellness is not limited to the body, nor can the same therapy work for every individual. Wellnessence brings together various therapists all of whom believe in holistic healing. Together we offer integrated therapy that is best suited for every person.”