AEQ method and Hi level cardio sport
With conscious approach and control of the movement, just like with somatic exercises, we change the way muscles change the level of tension and educate ourselves to remove unhelpful contractile patterns. The goal is to achieve balanced and uniform muscle contractions needed for efficient movement, and that movements originate from the torso because there are the strongest muscles on our body. Along with this it is important to note that the extremities should remain relaxed and in control with grip to release accumulated energy that is made with each contraction.
Any stiffness in the extremities, parasitic levels of tension consequently causing premature fatigue aka. Reflex patterns which prevent efficient activity. Achieving even moderate muscle coordination with AEQ method results in improved endurance, speed, strength, and agility and reduces unwanted or unhelpful/parasitic levels of tension can leave energy to br useful for performance, its not co-ordination necessarily but fatigue through energy use. The pattern of good sensations becomes constantly present, become a new pattern i.e. helpful one, without off-days, feeling stiffness while training or competing. In other words, with each performing of AEQ exercises the feeling gets better and better making it easier and quicker to gain control and sense. The main difference between this and classical approach to training, based on infinite repetitions, is that without establishing conscious control we rely solely on the external manipulation which turns on reflex body reaction (unconscious) and becomes a guessing game. This explains why many athletes find it very difficult to repeat past successes in the coming years struggling to reach optimal level of fitness.
The biggest obstacle to overcome is dealing with amnesia of communication muscle-brain (SMA). Other organ systems (Cardiovascular, respiratory, etc.) are much easier to manage and coordinate because they are constantly active and can be synchronized with just a few specific training sessions. The problem with locomotor system is that excess training volume leads to chronic fatigue and therefore other organ systems can suffer that are dependent on it (Cardiovascular, respiratory, etc.). For this reason, Somatic along with light physical activity should be used for recovery instead of riding a bike, running, etc., because unnecessary and continuous repetition creates routine and dulls sensation. The greater the force or exertion, the greater is the reduction of sensitivity or our attention focused on sensing. Exceptions would usually be injuries. Some things cannot be consciously controlled, while other can. Success is not absent when we find a way to consciously reach the desired sensation. Yet, everything begins and ends in the brain and consciousness (if we have enough of it) is the one that provides a solution in every situation.
BLAŽA KLEMENČIČ, UCI WC mountain biker
I started the 2015 season with good training sessions and achieved progress during the winter time. This trend was unfortunately reversed at the end of February when I experienced unexpected pain in my knee. Because this happened just before the first race in Cyprus, I stopped training but a period of rest didn’t help. After returning to Slovenia, I visited a number of doctors and received different diagnoses. I had a disciplined approach to doctor’s instructions and visited therapies regularly. Recovery was minimal and slow. During this time, Aleš Ernst contacted me via Facebook and offered his help.
I went to Brežice without any real idea what to expect because I didn’t know what Clinical Somatics is. But when pain paralyses you and changes your life and your daily sport activities, you are willing to try anything. During the first therapy, I found that it involves a different approach to eliminating pain – it treated the cause that leads to pain.
My problem originated in an asymmetrical functioning of my body: the muscles in one side of the body were considerably stronger than the muscles in the other side of it. Symmetrical movement on a bicycle, however, requires that the strain on the whole body, while exerting force on the pedals and holding the handlebars, is evenly spread out. Aleš showed me various exercises that helped me put my body in the right position and the symmetry of my muscles was improved. The pain in my knee was slowly disappearing and I started to train normally.
The AEQ exercises take 15 to 20 minutes of my time every day – after the training and in the evening before going to bed. Now, I’m not so tired after training and I feel like my body is generally more relaxed. As the season went on, I suffered another injury – a fall during the national championship and a cracked rib. This is another injury I overcame with the AEQ exercises.
I give my thanks to Aleš Ernst for helping me save my rocky season – despite the injuries, I managed to win a bronze medal at the European championship. I’m also aware that I can take care of my body even better and achieve even greater success. And that is exactly what I’m hoping to do in the 2016 Olympic season with the help of AEQ method!