AEQ method and fluid movement
Everyone should master the awareness of their body movements. It means everyone should observe and learn to sense the changes in their movement and consciously alter those changes. This would make it easier to determine the cause of the pain, prevent it and as a result improve the moves.
The perpetual moves consequently become automatic so we need to regularly monitor and correct them, as well as the moves we do actively – at sports or at work (working at the conveyor belt, sitting long hours at the computer desk, long drive...) – as they demand more of our energy and attention. Regular conscious monitoring of our movements is very important for maintaining and increasing the performance. The awareness and control of the movement enable the elegance, ease and less effort. Less effort means more movement – it is all about rationality or the rule less for more (applying less energy for greater effect). However, the most important thing is that this kind of movement presents us with more joy so we are more willing to do it.
Even so we need to build up to such performance persistently and not obstinately, as the results can only be achieved by learning gradually – one cannot expect long-term results when learning by force or accompanied by pain. Why? Learning demands attention, goal, imagination and rest, movements that are too complex need to be simplified and learned slowly and only then combined into movements that are more complex. We teach ourselves, theory is there only to help us and guide us.
We can observe the act of learning how to move looking at children all around us, but unlike them, only few adults are learning the movement. We all know we can learn different skills like playing football, playing a guitar, how to cut hair or repair a car, train muscles and get in shape, improving our physical fitness... these skills are well known, but feeling and controlling the core muscles and center of the body is rather an uncharted area. This is where we struggle the most. Many conditions such as stiffness and pain due to the worn-out joints are identified with ageing. The truth is ageing does manifest itself on our skin and in our hair color, but the problems with our body movement emerge from our exceeding subconscious muscle tension, which is a result of the sensory motor amnesia (SMA). The SMA restrains the efficacy of the body systems and increases the inner resistance to the movement, which is usually interpreted as lack of physical fitness and/or strength and consequently we use the improper measures for improving the situation. And SMA is usually strongest in the center of body which disconnects from periphery. When we learn how to eliminate that we can feel more and more fluid movements in our day.
A person with appropriately developed and maintained sense of his body movement, and who knows his weaknesses, will look for a better quality of movement more efficiently and more easily, he will also have a better understanding of the new quality and apply it in everyday life. People are becoming more self-alienated and they are left to technology, own judgment or speculation to determine their current condition. I am witnessing a change in both recreational and top athletes after they practice clinical somatics for several months – they are getting more and more meticulous in observing what to do and how to do it in order to achieve their goals by taking the shortest possible path.
AEQ method is the answer to these seemingly hard-to-solve problems as it ″reminds″ us of a childlike lightness of movements and efficacy in an easy and painless process in a relatively short time. AEQ method guides a person to become a satisfied, motivated, self-aware, self-confident, progressive and injury-resistant individual who knows what else he needs on his way to complete the goal, which he achieves with pleasure.
Aleš Ernst, teacher of AEQ method 5. level