Harmonic motion in physics is an oscillation where a restoring force acts opposite to displacement, attempting to bring the system back to equilibrium. While a typical explanation of harmonic motion is a mass on a spring bouncing back and forth, I think of it as what happens when we move our body through space. There is the displacement that occurs through various activities, and the equilibrium that our body is always seeking, if we let it. We often override that restoring force and deviate away from our equilibrium towards pain, stiffness and injury. This is my attempt to find harmony in motion.
I have always been interested in anatomy. My first purchase once I moved to America was an anatomy book. Even in college as a Math major, I regularly took anatomy classes from the Biology department to the confusion of my academic advisor. I finally realized how to combine my two passions once in graduate school where I joined the department of Kinesiology and earned my doctoral degree in Measurement and Evaluation in the field of Health Sciences and Physical Activity.
Along the way I explored a variety of movement disciplines, from my first passion, weightlifting in middle school, to an obsession with track and field where I competed in hurdle events, to being the captain of my high school tennis team, to discovering yoga in college, to immersing myself fully in ballet in graduate school and performing en pointe, to finally arriving at my love for Brazilian jiu jitsu and combat sports. My underlying passion through it all is understanding and finding the ease of movement.
On the one hand, none of these movement disciplines came easily and never on the first try, bringing along a variety of injuries. On the other, I have meticulously dissected a numerous movement patterns trying to understand and improve my technique, without the pain. In the end, all of the analysis is just an entry point to finding that intangible sense of body awareness and proprioception.
So, this blog is about intellectualizing movement quality in an effort to understand body mechanics, gain mobility and stability in the joints, find a sense of ease through dynamic alignment, combat and work around injuries, and ultimately take ownership of one’s body.
Disclaimer: while I am a doctor, it’s the PhD kind. Please do not take any of what is written here as medical advice.