Aleš Ernst, CSE
I was born on 3 October 1971. I live in Brežice with my partner and two children. I am a sole trader and have owned a bicycle shop since 1993. I am also a clinical somatics therapist. In my youth, I had considerable difficulties with stability and flexibility during physical education. I only learned to drive a bicycle when I turned 15 but soon started to cycle more and more. During all this time, I also fixed bicycles. I developed what started as a bicycle repair shop into one of the most recognizable bicycle shops in my region and also in Croatia. I cycled, ran, swam and lifted weights. Then, pain started occurring in my left hip and became unbearable. It is worth mentioning here that I had shorter right leg. As a result, the right side of my body was not as developed as the left. Due to increasing pain, I stopped cycling and focused on lifting weights and kettlebells. I acquired all the relevant certificates and taught my clients how to move their bodies under physical strain.
The stretching exercises did not change my flexibility. Not only that, my pain worsened and the time invested in them failed to achieve desired results. I sought medical advice but the explanation of causes of unbearable pain and the solutions to them did not convince me. Physical therapy, muscle strengthening, exercises with elastics, massages, chiropractic did not help me. I got used to life with pain.
It was only later, when I started to research possible causes in depth, that I discovered Hanna Somatics. After reading Martha Peterson’s book and corresponding with her, I find out what was the real cause of my shorter right leg. Even only after a few days of carrying out the basic exercises, I noticed an unbelievable improvement. So, I wanted more. I started learning Clinical Somatics from Martha Peterson.
My wife, Vesna Cijan, holds a special place in my life and has played a big part in my development into a clinical somatics therapist. The works of Martin Kojc, Napoleon Hill, Louise Hay, Susan Jeffers, Gabriele Stöger and others that she revealed to me. Our conversations about what she read when we went for long walks or observed nature from our patio. All that opened a window into our own inner worlds. Because of all this, I was able to understand clinical somatics better. I teach my clients with therapy and exercises, I could also help them with conversation and advice. Without these insights my work would not be as successful. Especially because the world changed since Thomas Hanna first developed this method 50 years ago. People have a more difficult task at hand now as it is not easy to maintain conscious control over ourselves in modern times.
Through practice and conversations with Vesna, I keep improving my approach to somatics. And my work as a somatics teacher and adapt it to modern times. Without her, I would not be who I am and would not have the courage to work with people. My self-image was full of fears, self-disapproval and wrong convictions. She helped me realize that it’s all in our head: the control over our body as well as our mind. The only thing that prevented me from living my dream was fear. I understood that the meaning of life is to find out what I want, how I can achieve it and then, hold on to it.
Thank you, Vesna!
Photo: Primož Korošec fr Goodlife