What do a ballet dancer, an MMA fighter, and a basketball player have in common?
They are all MOVERS.
“We are all HUMAN first, MOVERS second and only then SPECIALISTS.” – Ido Portal.
As simple as that might sound, it is the absolute truth. We all move, it’s just how nature intended it to be, some of us are just better or worse at it. Our modern lifestyle has depleted us of the need to move very much. A couple of centuries ago, getting basic things such as food or water, required some serious physical work. Today, convenience has become our God, but also one of our greatest enemies. We overuse chairs; we drive instead of walking, and the neglecting of our physicality is the main culprit of many of today’s health problems. The importance of movement has been diminished.
These words are from movement practitioner Ido Portal. I’ve watched Ido before but more so recently due to his connection with MMA/UFC fighter Conor McGregor. I was captivated by the dominion which Ido holds over his body and his ability to manipulate and mould it. As I watched more I became fascinated by his philosophies surrounding movement.
I have always been involved in health and fitness is some form or other be it football, basketball, running, swimming, etc. I was never talented at anything but was always a hard worker. I always felt that the key to improved performance wouldn’t come in the form of more training but by unlocking the keys that were already in me. This is why I was so compelled by Ido’s practice, it seemed to be the answer I was looking for.
Through out my fitness lifetime I became more interested in movement itself rather than in individual sports. So I pursued yoga and pilates and anything else that would help to free up my body to be able to mover better, which in turn would make me better at whatever sport I chose to pursue.
Ido speaks often of Fear and it’s importance in our lives he says ‘It is uncomfortable. Pain and discomfort is where the gold is, but we go with the pleasure. Where fear resides this is where real growth is. Discomfort and pain is part of it.’
That is to say that we need to have fear, pain and discomfort in our lives if we wish to grow. We should not expose ourselves to too much fear at once because that will paralyse us, but just a little at a time and slowly but surely what was once fearful is now possible.
So why is movement so important or why should we move? Because we can. We are made to move but yet everything about our modern lives is designed to induce as little movement as possible. Sleep in your comfortable bed, drive your comfortable car, get the lift instead of taking the stairs, watch tv on your soft couch. It’s all designed to keep comfortable with the guise that it will make us happy but it never does. To refer back to Ido’s words above where he says ‘we go with the pleasure’ but the pleasure never truly makes us happy. Or if it does it is only momentary or fleeting then it is gone and we are onto the next thing that will make our lives more ‘comfortable’ or ‘pleasurable.’
But movement however, that is happiness in itself. You feel happier just through the act of movement. So that is why you should move more, because you can. Someday the day may come where you can no longer move due to old age, degradation or an accident and you wish you could get that movement back, but you can’t.
Through movement we learn more about ourselves, where we have pain, where we have tightness, what needs to be worked on and from that you have something to work on that gives ongoing pleasure and happiness that is infinite. You may even discover skills and abilities that you never knew you had.
Brian sums it up excellently in his closing remarks of the movie ‘Movement makes us human, it connects us to our higher self. Movement is life. You might say, this is not for me, but you have a body, right? You know what to do. Just move.’
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