From Clinical Somatics to the AEQ method
I had an opportunity to observe the effects of the clinical somatic movements on the neuro-muscular system at my years-long work with my clients.
Active therapies with somatic movements resulted in significant changes and improvement of life for many of my clients, but unfortunately, the beneficial effects to often lasted only few months. They eventually returned to the previous condition and they performed the exercises only occasionally, when the pain became too disturbing.
I've been studying various fields of physics and human motion and I was progressively realizing that life significantly changed in the past few decades; it has become much faster and hence a person's ability to concentrate and adapt decreased too due to the technology. We need a lot of energy for that kind of life and help of devices and appliances that do the work instead of us save us time.
While we need to assess our use of time rationally if we want to survive in modern word, we don’t do the same when it comes to the use of our energy. Our body was developing throughout the evolution and the struggle for survival in the conditions of the food shortage and fight for the energy. Time was not essential, however, today we live like we’ve always driven on the fast highways, which enables us to save time, but at the same time also greater consumption of the fuels (energy) and deterioration. Also, the adaptability as the field of manipulation decreases when something unpredictable happens. When a person has to exit the highway and drive steadily and slowly on a dirt road he is confused and insecure. Almost stressed out, even though we’ve survived millions of years and have even developed in maladjusted hostile environment.
I'm realizing the speed, pace of life is killing us – literally or indirectly - it makes us tense, stiff and inflexible. So the pain occurs, which warns us about the inefficacy and the entropy.
I have also realized that the standard somatic movements usually do not have enough influence on my clients’ pace of life as they don’t slow down enough and still don’t think about how they should move, how to do things and how to do an exercise with more energy efficency.
Primary intent of the AEQ method is to take time and observe what we do and seek for a better solution. A better solution means to do more, or at least the same amount with less effort (energy). In other words: think twice, do once. Like turning from the highway to the driving skills polygon.
The more we know what we do the more we can enhance our sense of awareness that enables us more control. This allows us more coordination and hence better efficacy, which always feels good as it enables restoration, preservation and improvement of the easy movement and that is a precondition for beautiful, painless and independent life and mature age.
Aleš Ernst, Educator of AEQ method, Clinical somatic Educator