What are body types?

Keep an open mind…

Ok, so you might be pretty sceptical about body types if you’ve not come across the idea before. Well, the principle is not any different to personality types or blood types. We’re all people but we’re all different – and there are some common building blocks that make us that way.

Body types first became documented over 5000 years ago in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Traditional medicine systems since then have all used body types in their application, including Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Persian-Arabic and Tibetan. 

Today’s doctors take the Hippocratic Oath but may not be aware that Hippocrates based his approach on ‘four humours’. Beyond his famous quote “let food be your medicine”, lies the principle that not any food can be used for any cure. One person’s cure may be another person’s cause!

One size doesn’t fit all

That’s one reason why we don’t all like the same foods or benefit from the same diet. We’re now in the age of the gut biome, epigenetics and heading towards personalised drugs. The ‘one-size fits all’ approach to wellbeing is starting to look out of date now.

Body types allow semi-personalised wellbeing. For totally personalised wellbeing, progressive healthcare practitioners are a good go-to. For day-to-day self-care, body types are a good foundation. Easier to master yourself and stay well. 

Superfied uses body types as a foundation for wellbeing and then layers additional factors on top. We match you to one of 10 body types as a first step to personalisation. They are all based on three primary ‘types’ which correlate to multiple holistic (whole-person) health approaches.

Superfied Body Types Translated
Ayurvedic DoshaVataPittaKapha
SomatypeEctomorph                 Mesomorph          Endomorph                          
Kretschmer Const.AsthenicAthleticEndomorph                          
Greek ConstitutionHypersthenicSthenicHypoasthenic / Asthenic
Body Types and Elements

Ancient medical systems all work on the principle that basic elements combine to create energy. Whilst different systems have different names and interpretations of biological energy, they all draw on a handful of elements that are the building blocks for everything. 

Our modern periodic table currently consists of 118 elements (five blocks). In the old days, they were rationalised into five elements. If you’re going to look after yourself, it’s easier to get your head around five than 118.

Putting some energy into the equation

All the original medical systems work on the basis of disruptions of ‘biological energy’ causing illness (dis-ease). It feels modern medicine is starting to head that way too – it could be back to the future in terms of energy harmonisation to stay well.

To modern ears it might sounds like nonsense but martial arts work on the principle of energy manipulation and modern physics also suggests that everything in the universe is energy. The biological impact of these energies in modern parlance can help connect old and new.

Blue Energy >> electrical energy (e.g. for driving functions like nerve signals)
Red Energy >> thermal energy (e.g. for driving functions like enzyme production)
Green Energy >> potential energy (e.g. for maintaining muscle and tissues)

Body types are just a way of expressing when a particular combination of elements (and the resulting energy) is more dominant in our physical and mental makeup (our genotype and phenotype respectively). Different systems have different ways of approaching this and different labels for each.

Superfied Energies Translated
Ayurvedic DoshaVataPittaKapha
Homeopathic MiasmsSycosisSyphilisPsora
Sound ok for self-care?

Well, hopefully that helps you get a bit more familiar with body types, where they come from and how they can be used to health yourself. 

Hopefully you can also see that old thinking and new thinking is actually more aligned than you may have expected. After all, modern medicine and healthcare is a series of progressive steps from way back and we haven’t evolved that much since then! Both have their place in today’s world. 

The advantage of knowing your body type it that it can help you get a bit more personal with your self-care. Being self-sufficient and staying well is in your hands!

Read more about body types in this Superfied guide

Find out your body type with the Superfied assessment