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