What are Movement Medicine and Medicine Martial Arts? 

One could call these two movement disciplines practical psychology through movement, a tool we use to break negative, unconscious, and unhealthy patterns that one can have physically and psychologically to replace these behaviors with healthy and conscious behaviors instead.  

The basic philosophy of Movement Medicine and Medicine Martial arts is that we perform exactly the same movement combinations for both the right and the left half of the body, with the ambition that we will achieve ambidexterity, that is, two-sidedness or equilaterality where there is only a marginal difference in relaxation, flexibility, strength, precision, the release of energy and coordination between the two sides of the body.  
The movement will also be done in all directions which is equally important for the brain and body to do. You cannot adapt, shift perception, and change with ease if you practice movement only in some directions.

Most people are heavily right-side dominant, meaning that they can only perform complex movements that require precision well with the right half of the body, creating not only physical imbalances in the body but also cognitive imbalances.
The example applies to a right-handed person; the reverse applies if you are left-handed.  
That we have become so sharply right or left dominant is a relatively new phenomenon as a side effect of the development of modern society.  

Think for yourself how much you use your right side if you are right-handed or, conversely, if you are left-handed.  
Feel free to try to perform things you can easily do with one hand or body side with the other instead.  
Was it hard?
Yes, probably, but with training, things will go much better after a while.  

Think about how unilaterally we move when we play golf, ice hockey, or tennis, but also in daily everyday movements such as we are using our phone and sending text messages, brushing our teeth, handling the computer mouse, etc.    

That an athlete who for many years burdens his dominant side (which we call the driving side) more than the other side creates a muscular imbalance in the body is easy to understand, even seen with the naked eye.  Look at a tennis player's arms, and you'll understand what we mean.  

The behavior creates a physical and muscular imbalance and a cognitively psychological and coordination imbalance.  
These imbalance occurs not only in athletes but in everyone who is not actively working to prevent it.  
When the imbalance becomes over 3%, we run a very high risk of injuring ourselves and getting sick.  

At first glance, one would think that Movement Medicine and Medicine Martial Arts is "just" regular yoga and martial arts, but it's more than that.
Each movement has a very specific purpose to heal both mental and physical unhealthy behaviors and heal specific diseases linked to these behaviors.

For example, burn-out comes from the “fight behavior”, physically located between the solar plexus and lumbar spine in our body, anxiety comes from the “escape behavior”, physically located from chest bone to head and is linked outside your hip, depressioncomes from “putting your head in the sand behavior” and suppressed feelings and has its roots in your pelvic.  

Below we have summarized some of the most common questions we usually get

Your imbalances are also your weaknesses
/ Peter Morlor  

Movement Medicine

What distinguishes Movement Medicine from traditional yoga is that we move in fluid sequences toward stillness instead of going static from position to position.
A new person trying Movement Medicine for the first time might describe it as a mix of Tai Chi, Qi gong, Yoga, and slow dance with elements of non-striking Martial Arts as we partly are rolling on the floor. 

We call it Movement Medicine because each specific movement aims to balance the body physically, mentally, and spiritually.
It takes many years to learn this knowledge from scratch. Johanna will describe some movements in more detail in the course portal.  
Still, for those who want to learn how different movements affect the body, we recommend registering your interest in the upcoming Teacher Training Program with Johanna.  

Movement Medicine is for all people of all ages.  
Movement, breathing, and nutrition are fundamental to life,  one does not exclude the other.  
We have courses on food (Food as Medicine) and breathing as well, don't forget to look at them too.   

 No, it doesn't.
 You will gradually learn to move naturally and perform the different positions.  
Remember, Movement Medicine has nothing to do with performance; it’s all about growing your awareness. 

Not when we perform the basics of Movement Medicine, but we use the accessories Fascia Roller, Focus Stick, kettlebell / slam ball on some courses.
If you practice with us in our studio, you can borrow Fascia Roller and Focus Stick. We manufacture the Fascia Roller and Focus Stick ourselves, so these can be ordered by us directly.
Please visit the Morlor Equipment side for more information.    

You can practice Movement Medicine every day without any problems.
We have clients who meet us individually in 1:1 Sessions and train several times a week, while others have chosen to train more by themselves at home.  

The options that we offer for those who want to practice Movement Medicine are as follows

  • Individual sessions 1:1 in our studio 
  • Group training in our studio  
  • Group training over Zoom 
  • LIVE Events 
  • Become a subscriber to Morlor Education and access the Medicine Martial Arts courses there 

Medicine Martial Arts

When we practice Medicine Martial Arts, we have the ambition to train our abilities so that we can naturally perform the same combinations equally well with both halves of the body. It is widespread in the traditional martial arts world that, as in many other sports, you only train your drive side, meaning, you always stand with your left foot in front if you are right-handed and vice versa if you are left-handed. In M:MA (Medicine Martial Arts) we continuously shift between left and right stance.  

We call it Medicine Martial Arts because, like in Movement Medicine, each specific movement has a purpose and aims to balance the body physically, mentally, and spiritually.
For example, doing a mid-"waist kick" will help you digest all kinds of situations and emotions, which is vital for you to heal negative behaviors and stop experiencing emotions you dislike.

The training is intense, but not too intense as high-intensity training without proper recovery does more harm than good.  
The level is always adjusted according to the client.  

No, not at all. In fact, there is no body contact whatsoever.
The person who trains practices the different techniques against so-called mitts, a form of padded protection that we hold or is wear.
We strongly oppose all forms of violence and strictly advocate our anti-violence approach.  

No, but of course, there are different technical levels of training.
As a beginner, you always start with the bare basics.
But even seasoned martial arts practitioners must start from scratch to get used to the new techniques. In many cases, it's harder for an advanced martial arts practitioner to relearn their technique than for a beginner to learn the basics and quickly become good.  

Both yes and no. When you train with us, you do not need any personal equipment; you can borrow all equipment from us.
When training Medicine Martial Arts you will use boxing gloves and shin guards. If you want to buy your own equipment, you can do so through us.   

You can practice Medicine Martial Arts daily without any problems, depending on the intensity level.
The more intense your practice is, the more rest you will need to recover.
We have clients who meet us individually in 1:1 Sessions and train several times a week, while others have chosen to train themselves at home on a punching bag.
We recommend our clients who practice Medicine Martial Arts daily to also do a mix with Movement Medicine to recuperate deeper and faster.

The options that we offer for those who want to practice Medicine Martial Arts are as follows

  • Individual sessions 1:1 in our studio 
  • Group training in our studio  
  • Group training over Zoom 
  • LIVE Events 
  • Become a subscriber to Morlor Education and access the Medicine Martial Arts courses there