Session & Q+A: Introduction to Movement Therapy: A New Paradigm in Reforming Your Body & Mind

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Rome Za, mentality therapist, and the author of ‘Awaken The Warrior Within’ introduced the audience of the Wellness Summit to the movement therapy. During Rome’s 20-minute therapy the viewers dove deeper into the movement and found out more about the concept of a body reformation throughout the mind. Let us take a closer look at the movement therapy and Rome Za’s concept of meditation. 


At the very beginning of his session, Rome gives the audience kind advice to leave the phones and other mobile devices aside. “Turn off your phone and close all the tabs on your browser”, says Rome Za after greeting the audience at the Wellness Summit. “You might hear something that has the potential to change your entire life”, he continues, “it might not change your entire life right away but it might change the trajectory of your life in the next year, two years, three years that ideas might bear through. Ideas are like seeds. And I am here to plant those seeds.”

So, what is the movement therapy? What does it mean and how is it performed? Rome compares movement therapy to a mobile device that has hardware and software. We, humans, have both of those. With the help of Rome’s movement therapy, people are able to upgrade their hardware and software. 

All the apps and features on your phone require upgrades every now and then. Same with human interaction. Whether it is your job, communication, relationships with the closest people, or just simple things like driving a car or yoga, — everything requires us to be upgraded. 

The first thing to do in order to start the upgrade or movement therapy is breathing. Take a few deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose, breathe out through your mouth in a cycle together. Repeat for 25 seconds. During the breathing try to focus, try to notice where your attention is. 

During the movement therapy session, Rome Za teaches his students how to imagine, how to succeed, and, most importantly, how to fail. “Failure is the way to get to success. The more you fail the more you succeed. It is a very simple equation”, explains Rome. “You will fail less and succeed more with the help of the right guidance and mentorship.”

Freedom to feel is another essential aspect of movement therapy. Rome Za dives deeper into the meaning of the therapy by telling a few important things, “We eat too much, we drink too much, and we do not move enough. We must feel our body and give it what it needs. Through our breath, through our movement, we can get rid of all the triggers and trauma.” Later Rome sums up, “There is no separation between mind and body.”

During the Q&A session, Rome Za answered a few questions on his presentation. The viewers learned some more details on the movement therapy. For instance, there is no right or wrong time for the warrior’s breath. You can do it anywhere, anytime.

Later on, Rome explained the importance of slow practicing. “Keep practicing but don’t get up too fast”, was his advice. Read on to discover the questions & answers delivered during the session.

Questions & Answers

Q: How many times a day should we do Warrior Breathing?

A: Honestly as many times as you want; as many times as you need it. I like to do Warrior’s Breath whenever I’m getting into a new part of my day, if that makes sense. So whether I’m practicing or whether I’m on a call. Whatever I need to be focused on, I do Warriors Breath. 

Q: So I felt really lightheaded after the Warriors Breathing, but kind of in a good way. Is that normal? 

A: Yeah, it’s totally normal. You suck at it, and you will keep improving at it once you keep doing it. Your body’s just getting used to like all these new sensations. Just keep practicing it. One of the things to focus on is like don’t get up too fast, then you’re going to fall and bust your ass and it will be funny in the long run, but maybe not in that moment. 

Q: What movement therapy exercises can one do on their own? And how do you know you are progressing? 

A: Actually, all of them you can do on your own. I created a program where I teach the techniques and then I have follow along videos where you can actually do the whole practice to build up the foundations. So how do you know you’re progressing? Your pain is going away. You’re developing musculature in areas that you probably might not be familiar with, like weird places where you’re, I don’t, I wouldn’t say even building musculature but essentially, like you are expanding your capacity. In order to expand your capacity, you’re strengthening your connective tissue, so ligaments, tendons, so on and so forth. So you’ll know you’re progressing when it’s less painful in your body, just on a daily basis, like the number, the scale of the number that you guys are doing. Or like how you feel in the morning, if you’re waking up at a four, you might be waking up with a one or a zero. Also you’re able to just do stuff better.

Q: This all sounds amazing, but how do you put the time in to reach a clear mind and healthy body?

A: I guess that’s a great question. But the real question is what’s important to you? I have the same amount of time as you do. So I just do it, right? Everybody has the same 24 hours, we all just have a different focus. For me, my health, like this machine, this device, is very important. And because it’s very important to me, I take care of it. For other people, it might not be important until they get sick or they get injured. For me, I’ve been sick, I’ve been injured, so I’m consistently upgrading the “software” and the “hardware”. I’m going to give you a great analogy: You want to go somewhere, right? Like you want to go somewhere you want to reach your goal, and you’re driving a fucking Prius. So it’s gonna take you a while, if it’s far away, to go there. I want to reach that goal, and I haven’t even started going towards that goal. What I’m doing is I’m building a fucking rocket ship. And I’m investing in upgrading the software and the hardware on that rocket ship because my goal, that I have in my mind that’s set, is to the moon or to Mars, I’m going to surpass you. You might have started before, but because I built this rocket ship, I took the time and effort to build the foundations. I’m going to win, like I’m going to win, like my win. And I’m going to enjoy the way I feel while doing it. To answer your question: I just put in the work. I’m obsessed.

Q: I watched an interview of yours a few years back where you spoke about your philanthropy in Brooklyn, post Sandy, incredible story. What possesses you to take the leap and take grandiose risks?

A: I believe that the biggest risk in life is not taking a risk. Like you’re gonna fucking die. Like you are going to die. You can die tomorrow. What are you waiting for to live the life that you want? Like what are you waiting for to create the body that you want? Part of me hopes that this doesn’t come off as rude to you or maybe triggering but like… I don’t really care. Like a large part of me doesn’t care because I love you, whoever asked this question, and I believe that you deserve to create [and] live the life that you want to live. So the biggest risk is not fucking taking a risk. Like I’ve taken so much risk in my life and I will continue to until the day that I die because the only thing that is really risky for me is not living the life that I imagined I want to live. I hope that answers your question. 

Q: How do I find a trustworthy instructor?

A: First, the question is trustworthy instructor of what? Like, what is it that you’re trying to learn? The second question is, when you’re looking for instructors, there’s only three questions that you need to ask. The first question is has this person achieved what I want to achieve? If it’s “yes”, we move on to question two, if it’s “no”, we don’t move on. We look for a new instructor. There’s a lot of charlatans out there that aren’t really living what they preach and that’s okay. There’s a lot of coaches. There’s a lot of instructors out there. It’s okay. The second question is “has this person helped other people achieve this result?” That’s question two if question one is a “yes”. If that’s a “yes”, great. “Does this person have a system for teaching a multitude of people to reach that result?” [Those are] the three questions that you asked in finding a trustworthy instructor. I hope that answers your question.

Q: How can I use movement therapy to tap into my spirituality?

A: It’s actually a great question because I’ve been using movement therapy mixed with a lot of Jungian psychology and breath work, and I’ve been using it to tap into spirituality because the body holds a lot of trauma; The body holds a lot of triggers. What I do is: I tap into the body and then I reduce the amount of Fight or Flight or cortisol or adrenaline that’s pumping, and then I’m able to look at things from a neutral space. I mean, this is essentially like “the what?” And then I repattern those things and essentially become a brand new person. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s impossible to transform if you’re in a state of fear, and fight or flight. So I use movement therapy to negate or tone down the fight or flight so that real transformation can happen. Does that make sense?

Q: Should movement therapy feel like a workout? Is it better if I feel like I am extering myself?

A: No, no, no movement therapy is movement therapy. It’s whatever you want it to be… You want to exert yourself, you want to improve and increase your capacity. Movement therapy has no limits and no boundaries because we’re increasing any capacity that has to do with movement. So no, it’s great. It’s great if it feels like you’re exerting yourself, don’t kill yourself, learn how to recover as well, but get close to killing yourself.

Q: What was the most enlightening experience of your life?

A: Yeah, I mean, there’s a lot. I have a lot of breakdowns and breakthroughs. You know, there was one: I was going through [a] divorce and I just moved to Las Vegas and I had somebody in my family that was really sick and I just moved to Las Vegas by myself and I was just like heartbroken and the Vet told me that I have to put my dog to sleep and I was just sitting there like just crying hysterically. There was a moment of clarity where I was like “I have hit my-“, Oh and one of my businesses was like $500,000 in the red. So I had this clarity of like, “Oh shit, I have hit rock bottom.” And I smiled, because I realized that that’s what was necessary in order to pull back my arrow to shoot me out into the stratosphere and beyond. So that was really great. I mean, I have hundreds of these stories where I had moments of like, deep, deep clarity. I hope that’s as much of an enlightening experience that you needed to hear about.

Q: Should I practice movement therapy every day? Every other day? 

A: It depends on where you’re at. It depends on where you’re starting. It depends on your capacity. It might be practicing five minutes a day, ten minutes a day, fifteen minutes a day… I’ve gotten up to the point where I’m practicing six to eight hours of movement [therapy] practice per day, conscious and unconscious. And I’m doing it six to seven days a week.

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