My name is Johanna Morlor, and I am the founder of the movement from – Movement Medicine.
For over 20 years, I have worked with people with movement as one of the most important factors in staying healthy and maintaining health, even as an older adult.
As humans, we are evolutionarily made to move, whether we like it or not.
Many people associate movement with coercion and achievement.
But, for me, movement has always been the ultimate freedom and a mainstay of both physical and mental health and spiritual peace.
Moving physically should not be something we feel forced to do; it should instead be an inner journey and liberating.
Although Movement Medicine is physical movements, it is not a "workout"; it is a "Work-in.”
If I were to describe the concept of Movement Medicine as a form of movement, I would say that it has influences from yoga, Qigong, traditional martial arts, and dance.
Soft, fluid series of motion without force and rigid stretch positions.
Physical movement from one form to another without beginning or end, where one does not hold on to something, is not only the basis for all life but also the basis for both your breathing practice and meditation practice to have the intended effect.
A body in bad shape, with places where it hurts, and which is oversized or under-stimulated, is like a dilapidated house.
How can your breathing practice and meditation practice be optimal if you have not given yourself the conditions to do so?
To go from movement to stillness on which Movement Medicine is based is to transform the old physical practice and adapt it to what we humans need.
To learn to move from movement to stillness.
Learning to move in all directions without getting stuck.
Movement Medicine is based on the principles of ancient medicine, which are timeless.
Today, many (I would say almost all) people of all ages are overstimulated and overloaded.
To sit down and do nothing and really be able to experience stillness where no external stimuli are involved is for most people very challenging.
You only rest when you must or when you have become ill!