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What if we didn’t see our pain as an antagonistic villain, but as a teacher and friend; not as an enemy to be avoided, but a partner in crime? This article provides a map for reshaping our relationship to pain. It is a map providing you reference points within a...

Pain is prediction

Pain is the experiential corollary to the brain's prediction of threat to the physical body, as it is mapped and represented in the brain. Let’s break down what that means: Pain (first described by Aristotle to refer to an emotional, not an physical, experience) is...

“Freedom through movement”

"Freedom through movement". But… freedom from, or freedom to? People usually use freedom in the sense of "freedom-from”, aka negative freedom: the absence of external constraints. But inside a movement practice, constraints are the only way to move forward. I don’t...

Truth in a grain of sand…

Brian Rose shared the three interviews with Ido that served as sources for the “Just Move” documentary - at the beach, marketplace, and studio. So many videos, that the temptation is to rush through and watch them all. But… truth is found in a grain of sand. There’s...

(dis)possessed

"Every being enjoys most of all expressing itself" Dante Allighieri, The MonarchiaA myofascial sense of prose A connective tissue composition How many billion neurons sing without a composer, Their pitches crescendo… and you take a step. The dybuk takes over,...

Play creates order

During our discussion that followed the screening of “Just Move”, the idea came up about whether or not we rely on rules inside of play. There is the belief that play is free in the sense that it has no constraints. But there is a confusion about rules. Rules are...

“Just Move” documentary about Ido Portal

Republic of Movement had the opportunity to attend the London premiere of “Just Move”, a documentary about our teacher Ido Portal, movement practice, and movement culture. We received permission to screen the documentary in our movement facility, and facilitated a...

Tendinopathy

Note: This document is a “living” document. It is likely to grow and change in response to new research and personal experience. Tendons are a fascinating structure in the human body. We think of them as boring rubber bands connecting muscle to bone, but in truth,...

Explain Pain

When I recently was dealing with an elbow problem, my teacher Ido Portal mentioned that I look into the neuromatrix model of pain. It's had a powerful effect reorganizing how I think of pain. Here's a short description of recent developments in pain and injury...