54 episodes

Welcome to This Thing Called Movement! Join us as we expand our understanding and awareness of the multi-faceted, often unspoken, ways movement influences and heals us. From the physical to the mental, emotional to the spiritual, there is so much movement richness in the world that we aren't aware of. We'll debunk myths, share expert advice and gain insight into our guests' personal movement experiences and the transformations that resulted. Step in for inspiring conversations that empower you to cultivate a healthy relationship with your body and experience the powerful benefits movement has to offer.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 26 Ratings

Welcome to This Thing Called Movement! Join us as we expand our understanding and awareness of the multi-faceted, often unspoken, ways movement influences and heals us. From the physical to the mental, emotional to the spiritual, there is so much movement richness in the world that we aren't aware of. We'll debunk myths, share expert advice and gain insight into our guests' personal movement experiences and the transformations that resulted. Step in for inspiring conversations that empower you to cultivate a healthy relationship with your body and experience the powerful benefits movement has to offer.

    Meant to Move - The Importance of Intuition & Listening to Your Inner Voice

    Meant to Move - The Importance of Intuition & Listening to Your Inner Voice

    Intuition can be a tricky subject, because while we understand the concept of intuition intellectually, figuring out how to listen to and follow that “inner voice” can feel incredibly vague and mysterious in real life.
    But bridging this paradox of intuition is actually much simpler than we think...


    Marie and Julia begin this episode by clarifying what intuition really is and provide neuropsychological research to explain why it’s valuable to our health on all levels (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual). Yet despite it’s life-changing potential, so many of us go through life ignoring these “gut instincts” which can unfortunately result in serious mental and physical health conditions including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, burnout, and much more (hello paradox!).


    To bridge this gap, they discuss practical steps we can take to begin recovering and cultivating our innate intuitive capacity (because we are all born with this ability), and share their own personal stories of how intuition has played an important role in their platonic and romantic relationships as well as their movement practices. Julia reveals her recent episode of overstimulation and burnout as a result of ignoring her body’s cues, and how she struggled to maintain her rhythm with her intuitive movement practice . Together they wrap up the episode reflecting on the nuances of Julia’s relationship with her body and her movement practice, and highlight how her intuition was working to guide her back into alignment (hint — “sticking with it” is not always the answer). Marie provides new insight on how to deepen our connection with our intuition, and a new practice to play with in the meantime.


    You can join in on the guided movement practices and meditations on our YouTube channel https://youtube.com/channel/UCiKhinIZisvL-w12U0cw0Sw (here!)


    Visit our https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove (website) to learn more about the show, to share your experiences in your movement and embodiment journey, and to submit any questions you would like answered! We'd love to hear from you!


    https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove (https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove)


    MARIE JANICEK


    https://www.instagram.com/mariejanicek/ (Marie’s Instagram)


    https://www.mariejanicek.com/ (Marie’s website)


    https://my.captivate.fm/www.evolna.com (Evolna)


    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-thing-called-movement/id1442617080 (This Thing Called Movement Podcast)


    JULIA SZPOR


    https://www.instagram.com/beingbetter.pod/ (Being Better Instagram)


    https://www.beingbetter.info/ (Being Better website)


    https://www.tiktok.com/@beingbetter_ (Being Better TikTok)


    https://podcasts.apple.com/pl/podcast/being-better/id1546447513 (Being Better podcast)


    Meant To Move is a special podcast collaboration dedicated to the power of movement and embodiment, co-created by Marie Janicek and Julia Szpor as part of the “Being Better” and “This Thing Called Movement” podcasts.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Meant to Move - Practicing Pleasure through Sensuality & Embodiment

    Meant to Move - Practicing Pleasure through Sensuality & Embodiment

    In our third installment of Meant To Move, Marie and Julia focus on the connection between embodiment and pleasure, and explore the obvious and not-so-obvious ways these aspects of our humanity are intimately linked.
    To start, this conversation kicks off by digging into the central channel of our embodiment: our movement and exercise practices, why so many of us find these practices to be unpleasant and uncomfortable (physically, mentally, and emotionally), and how prioritizing the sensations of our body over what our bodies “look” like (not just aesthetically, but when we move as well) helps us begin to cultivate more pleasure.


    In fact, when discussing how to cultivate pleasure in movement, Marie and Julia discuss how kids are some of their greatest role models. They are so beautifully proficient at prioritizing their enjoyment of every minute (or more honestly, every second) of their lives. And even in our adulthood, we can earn great rewards by nurturing our own inner child whenever we can.


    And as you probably expected when first reading the title of this episode, they steer this topic of pleasure into the realm of sensuality and sexuality (because let’s be real — these are key players in the field here). Both of these factors are key elements to our wellbeing, yet historically have been left out of these discussions (thankfully the out-dated sense of taboo is loosening its grip). They share their own personal stories of learning to enjoy their own bodies, masturbation, orgasm, and healing the shame and trauma that so many of us feel in this space.


    To bring us to the finish of this episode, Julia shares some recent insights and experiences in her movement journey, and Marie offers new ways to tune into a deeper sense of pleasure and play in our bodies and bring our embodiment practice to a new level.


    You can join in on the guided movement practices and meditations on our YouTube channel https://youtube.com/channel/UCiKhinIZisvL-w12U0cw0Sw (here!)
    Visit our https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove (website) to learn more about the show, to share your experiences in your movement and embodiment journey, and to submit any questions you would like answered! We'd love to hear from you!


    https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove (https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove)


    MARIE JANICEK
    https://www.instagram.com/mariejanicek/ (Marie’s Instagram)
    https://www.mariejanicek.com/ (Marie’s website)
    https://my.captivate.fm/www.evolna.com (Evolna)
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-thing-called-movement/id1442617080 (This Thing Called Movement Podcast)


    JULIA SZPOR
    https://www.instagram.com/beingbetter.pod/ (Being Better Instagram)
    https://www.beingbetter.info/ (Being Better website)
    https://www.tiktok.com/@beingbetter_ (Being Better TikTok)
    https://podcasts.apple.com/pl/podcast/being-better/id1546447513 (Being Better podcast)


    Meant To Move is a special podcast collaboration dedicated to the power of movement and embodiment, co-created by Marie Janicek and Julia Szpor as part of the “Being Better” and “This Thing Called Movement” podcasts.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Reframing Our Understanding of Pain with Charlie Merrill

    Reframing Our Understanding of Pain with Charlie Merrill

    One aspect of moving our bodies that I dare say 100% of people can relate to is negotiating the pitfalls of PAIN.
    Experiencing pain in any form in our bodies, whether it’s acute or chronic, dull or sharp, expected or unexpected leads us into the territory of feeling disappointed by our bodies as they seemingly break down right under our nose. And well, let’s not beat around the bush here, the general consensus for most of us in this department is: pain means damage, and it's frustrating.
    But... what if that assumption isn’t entirely correct?
    Enter our guest for this episode: Charlie Merrill. As a licensed physical therapist and owner of https://www.mperformance.com/ (Merrill Performance) in Boulder, Colorado Charlie has devoted over 20 years of his life to developing a synthesized treatment of the mind and body to support people dealing with pain and injury in returning to a high level of performance, health, and vitality in their lives. Through his many years of study and experience, Charlie sees that pain and tissue damage do not always go hand in hand. In fact, having pain doesn't always mean there is something physically wrong.
    His combination of traditional hands on manual therapy care with a novel mind-body approach enables him to treat a wide range of clients including some of the world’s best athletes. Outside of his clinic, Charlie is actively involved in clinical research, consults in health technology, and serves on the medical advisory board for "https://bettermindcenter.com/ (The Better Mind Center)". And if that weren’t enough, Charlie co-created the course "https://www.mperformance.com/product-page/beyond-pain-education (Beyond Pain Education)" with Dr Howard Schibiner, MD, and regularly creates content appearing on https://linktr.ee/CharlieMerrill (Podcasts), his channel on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCinoyk46RyzA1v6PqbUl8_w (YouTube), and on https://www.instagram.com/charliemerrill/?hl=en (social media) to support people in pain.
    Needless to say, I am honored to have been able to sit down with Charlie for this episode — he is a gem of a human with so much love for movement and the power it has to change our lives.
    What we discussThe breakdown of what actually happens in our bodies when we experience pain
    Scientific evidence of why pain does not always mean tissue has been damaged in the body (and the surprising revelation that this evidence has been around for over 20 years)
    Acute vs chronic pain, and understanding what these different types of pain mean
    The strong correlation between pain and fear, and why this indicates that the brain is in charge of pain
    Using the bio-psycho-social sphere of our organism (hello mind-body connection!) to interpret the messages our pain is trying to alert us to
    Our brain can use physical pain to pull us out of feeling an intense emotion, especially when we don’t feel capable of being with some of our emotions
    All pain is real - but the key is to understand that our pain does not always mean tissue damage, and often is an important message being relayed through the pain-fear response that some aspect of our lives that needs attention (bio-psycho-social sphere)
    Acknowledging that we often find identity through movement, and allowing ourselves to see that how we move is intimately connected to how we see ourselves
    The importance of focusing movement as a vehicle for pleasure, joy, and play
    Tips to support us in changing our relationship to pain

    Resourceshttps://www.mariejanicek.com/ (Marie’s website)
    https://www.instagram.com/mariejanicek (IG @mariejanicek)
    https://evolna.uscreen.io/ (Join Evolna's Intuitive Movement Virtual Studio with 14-Day Free Trial)
    https://www.evolna.com/ (Evolna website)
    https://www.instagram.com/evolna_ (IG @evolna_)
    In this episodehttps://thefitnessmarshall.org/ (The Fitness Marshall)
    https://www.lin.health/ (Lin Health)
    Get in touch with Charliehttps://www.mperformance.com/ (Merrill Performance Website)...

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Meant to Move - Turning Anxiety into Confidence

    Meant to Move - Turning Anxiety into Confidence

    Welcome to the second episode of Meant To Move — a special podcast collaboration dedicated to the power of movement and embodiment — co-created by Marie Janicek and Julia Szpor as part of the “Being Better” and “This Thing Called Movement” podcasts.
    Today Marie and Julia dig deep into the emotionally charged topic of: how to negotiate anxiety and insecurity surrounding our bodies and movement and exchange them for confidence and empowerment instead.


    Together they flesh out some of the biggest pieces of this puzzle, like why movement often feels awkward (yes bodies are magical but they can also be weird), why so many of us are afraid of going to the gym (ugh please don’t look at me), and why moving in front of other people is so intimating (ahhh again please don’t look at me!).


    And while deconstructing these very real challenges in relationship to our bodies and movement, they share their own personal stories in navigating these waters of anxiety and insecurity, how they made the transition to feeling more happy and confident, and add detailed scientific explanations for how movement actually helps us regulate anxieties and insecurities.


    To wrap up, Julia shares her recent experiences (and exciting revelations!) with Marie’s recommended intuitive movement practices — how it felt, what was hard, what were the benefits, and what she would’ve done differently. Marie unravels the science behind Julia’s first two weeks of practice and gives and Julia (and all you listeners) a new set of recommendations to follow in trying out this episode’s practice.


    You can join in on the guided movement practices and meditations on our YouTube channel https://youtube.com/channel/UCiKhinIZisvL-w12U0cw0Sw (here!)


    Visit our https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove (website) to learn more about the show, to share your experiences in your movement and embodiment journey, and to submit any questions you would like answered! We'd love to hear from you!
    https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove (https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove)


    MARIE JANICEK
    https://www.instagram.com/mariejanicek/ (Marie’s Instagram)
    https://www.mariejanicek.com/ (Marie’s website)
    https://my.captivate.fm/www.evolna.com (Evolna)
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-thing-called-movement/id1442617080 (This Thing Called Movement Podcast)


    JULIA SZPOR
    https://www.instagram.com/beingbetter.pod/ (Being Better Instagram)
    https://www.beingbetter.info/ (Being Better website)
    https://www.tiktok.com/@beingbetter_ (Being Better TikTok)


    https://podcasts.apple.com/pl/podcast/being-better/id1546447513 (Being Better podcast)

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Meant to Move - Healing Our Relationship with Our Bodies

    Meant to Move - Healing Our Relationship with Our Bodies

    Welcome to Meant To Move, a special podcast series all about the power of movement and embodiment co-created by Marie Janicek and Julia Szpor as part of the “Being Better” and “This Thing Called Movement” podcasts.
    In this series, Marie and Julia come together to discuss all things regarding movement, embodiment, intuition, and body image to help you reach your goals regarding physical health, mental health, athletic performance, spirituality, emotions and relationships. Marie steps in as the movement expert here help you become more in tune with your body, and Julia as the layperson going on this journey with you and help you avoid beginner mistakes.
    In this first episode, Marie and Julia discuss some of the key reasons for why our relationship with our bodies can be difficult and often feel confusing. As we unravel these mysteries, Marie offers some practical guidance on developing a more sustainable and fulfilling movement practice.
    You can join in on the guided movement practices and meditations on our YouTube channelhttps://youtube.com/channel/UCiKhinIZisvL-w12U0cw0Sw ( here!)
    Visit our https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove (website) to learn more about the show, to share your experiences in your movement and embodiment journey, and to submit any questions you would like answered! We'd love to hear from you!
    https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove (https://juliaszpor.wixsite.com/meanttomove)
    MARIE JANICEK
    https://www.instagram.com/mariejanicek/ (Marie’s Instagram)
    https://www.mariejanicek.com/ (Marie’s website )
    Evolna
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-thing-called-movement/id1442617080 (This Thing Called Movement Podcast )
    JULIA SZPOR
    https://www.instagram.com/beingbetter.pod/ (Being Better Instagram )
    https://www.beingbetter.info (Being Better website)
    https://www.tiktok.com/@beingbetter_ (Being Better TikTok )
    https://podcasts.apple.com/pl/podcast/being-better/id1546447513 (Being Better podcast )

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Using Dance to create Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Energetic Harmony with Kristin Sudeikis

    Using Dance to create Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Energetic Harmony with Kristin Sudeikis

    There’s something incredibly magical about hearing success stories of entrepreneurs, but finding the ones where the road to success was centered on following the call of the heart and the subtle messages it sends are few and far between. Enter Kristin Sudeikis — choreographer, artistic director, and CEO/Creator of FORWARD__Space based in downtown NYC where music, dance, culture, fashion + meet n' move. In the wake of the pandemic, she’s been able to expand this magical combination through the FORWARD__Space Virtual Hub, now available in 102 countries.
    As a lifelong dancer and lover of movement, Kristin has always been fueled by the intention and desire to bring people together to connect to themselves, the other and then the greater world around them. For her movement — and dance especially — provides space for us to be fully embodied and connected to the ever-present now. Along with all her responsibilities as a entrepreneur, Kristin continues to choreograph and teach nationally + internationally for stage, film, events, brand collaborations and video including (but not limited to) Ben Harper, Mumford and Sons, Ivy Park, NYFW, FKA Twigs x NIKE, Brooklyn Museum, and the OBAMA White House.
    What we discussThe importance of slowing down to hear the call of our heart, the call of our deep desires and potential evolutions, and the difference of stillness as a choice rather than an afterthought
    Challenging the idea of “leave your problems at the door” — instead of leaving them at the door, bring it all in with you into your movement practice — bring your WHOLE self
    Appreciating the storytelling aspect of dance , and understanding the opportunity it provides for us to engage in a poetic conversation of mind and body
    The correlation between the mental health epidemic and the increasing disassociation from our bodies, and how the rise of technology has also moved us out of our bodies
    Understanding the balance of structure and freedom in movement space, and the importance of accessing both of these elements in our movement practices
    Emotions as energy in motion, and understanding the role movement plays in helping us connect with our emotional energies
    Energetic Health and it’s ability to help us better understand the interconnected weave our of physical, mental, and emotional health
    Kristin’s process in following her passion, and the importance of trusting in yourself, your vision, your dreams independently of what anyone else says or thinks

    ResourcesMarie’s website
    https://www.instagram.com/mariejanicek (IG @mariejanicek )
    https://evolna.uscreen.io/ (Join Evolna's Intuitive Movement Virtual Studio with 14-Day Free Trial )
    Evolna website
    IG @evolna_


    In this episodehttps://www.millermarley.com/MM/index.shtml (Miller Marley School of Dance )
    https://www.google.com/search?q=martha+grahamandrlz=1C5CHFA_enUS910US912andei=jJEFYpGKL7jC0PEPqJCg6AYandgs_ssp=eJzj4tTP1TcwMk82sDRg9OLNTSwqyUhUSC9KzEjMBQBeVQfZandoq=marthaandgs_lcp=Cgdnd3Mtd2l6EAEYADIHCC4QsQMQQzIECAAQQzIICC4QgAQQsQMyCwguEIAEELEDEIMBMgsILhCABBCxAxCDATIICC4QgAQQsQMyCwguEIAEELEDEIMBMgQIABBDMgUIABCABDIFCAAQgAQ6BwgAEEcQsAM6BwgAELADEEM6CggAEOQCELADGAA6DAguEMgDELADEEMYAToPCC4Q1AIQyAMQsAMQQxgBOgQILhBDOgcILhDUAhBDOgcIABCxAxBDOgsIABCABBCxAxCDAToOCC4QgAQQsQMQxwEQowI6CgguELEDENQCEEM6CwguEIAEELEDENQCOggILhCxAxCDAUoECEEYAEoECEYYAVCs3wFYuuUBYNzvAWgIcAF4AIABlwKIAcAGkgEFMC41LjGYAQCgAQHIARHAAQHaAQYIABABGAnaAQYIARABGAgandsclient=gws-wiz (Martha Graham)
    https://www.google.com/search?q=pina+bauschandrlz=1C5CHFA_enUS910US912andoq=pina+bauschandaqs=chrome..69i57j46i433i512j0i512l4j46i512j0i512l3.3861j0j7andsourceid=chromeandie=UTF-8 (Pina Bausch)


    Get in touch with Kristinhttps://www.instagram.com/forward__space/ (IG @forward__space)
    Forward__Space Website
    https://www.instagram.com/kristinsudeikisdance/ (IG @kristinsudeikisdance)
    Kristin’s Website


    Thank you so much for taking the time to tune in! Please help us...

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Sattva Seeker ,

Amazing content

Such amazing and deep contenr

Cat Zzzzz ,

A worthy discourse

Marie’s podcast brings fresh insights and voices that expand awareness around movement and its increasingly plentiful connections to what wellness truly looks like. Her guests are fascinating and add depth to an ongoing conversation around how movement can be cultivated and reframed for benefits far beyond the physical.

Isadoraoioi ,

Insightful & delightful

Thank you for this, it’s changed my life!!