It is essential to understand that people who claim to have stiff necks do not have stiff necks – they have stiff bodies.
Cervical vertebrae are part of the spinal column, and we tend to forget that when we talk about neck pain. If you can't or don't know how to move the rest of your spine (back), the neck seems stiff to you, limited in its mobility. However, once you learn how to include the entire spine into the movement of your body, you quickly realize » hmm, my neck feels softer«. Thus, you are now consciously using more of your body. You gain a feeling of your body becoming more intelligent, thus cleverer. Moreover, you also gain greater control over your movement and individual moves, and even better awareness whether you perform the moves naturally or whether there's still more work to be done.
Movement of the neck does not occur independently from the movement of the entire body. Movement of the body is not independent of the nerve (brain) impulses. The reaction of the mind equals the response of me as a person. Movement is the body, the brain and electrical impulses; it's me – it's all simultaneously.
People with stiff necks believe: »I cannot turn my head left or right, nor lift it, it hurts when I try to bend my neck forward; I cannot look behind me without turning my entire body.« They are worried the condition might become a part of their everyday life, or even worsen. The neck pain affects their general well-being; they look worried, depressed, they are moody and feel ill and unable to work.
There are only seven vertebrae in the neck area out of 24, but the neck starts in the pelvis, which means: the entire body participates when you want to turn your neck. So if the body is stiff, tight, so is the neck. The back becomes relaxed, and thus our neck begins to move softly when we relearn to feel our lower back, to move correctly, to control these body parts and the muscles don't overstrain at every move. The fact that the mind perceives the body better is also essential to lower the fear of ego from sensations from the body and reduces muscle tonus in the neck and jaw. In split somas neck often acts like reducer or valve for feelings from the body to mind. Those who can't or won't feel the reality has a stiff neck. And the truth is that they carry to much weight of life and responsibility. And realizing that is no easy task as accepting that is one thing, but change accordingly is much harder to do.
Stiff and tense muscles in the lower back (lumbar region) are one of the most common problems in the modern, fast-paced world with too much stress and lack of free time. Constant activation of the green light reflex changes the function of the spine and consequently, the purpose of the cervical vertebrae (neck). Increased curvature of the lumbar region (lordosis) results in the changed position of the skull as well as its centre of gravity, the chin is pushed forward, and so the muscles of neck and shoulders carry more weight of the head. In time, this condition leads to chronic muscle tension, reduced mobility of the head, neck pain, headaches and migraines.
The AEQ method™ allows a person to regain control over the back muscles relatively fast, painlessly and permanently, thus change the flexibility of the spine – the posture improves, and the muscles soften and relax. Different sensing of reality in the back, tighs, shoulders, face and neck gives a student of AEQ method means to change lifestyle and relations to the environment, and to create a basis for different perosnality, posture and motility.
And all that is necessary for permanent relief of neck pain. AEQ method and AEQ breathing process are designed to give you all the required knowledge, understanding and tools to achieve that.
Aleš Ernst, teacher of the AEQ method Level 5