PANDICULATION

The AEQ method® is characterized by pandiculation, which restores the feeling of muscle control and improves a certain movement pattern.

Pandiculation is an active approach to solving the problem of losing control over your muscles, and it is done in three phases.  

Phase one: slow movement into contraction

With a slow movement, we tense the agonist muscles to the point that we consciously feel the movement. This establishes control over those muscles that we cannot control due to sensory-motor amnesia. We make sure the tension is not too strong. We observe sensations as we move. Now is the time for the second, most important act of pandiculation.  

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FROM THE CENTER OF THE BODY TOWARDS THE PERIPHERY

The body's structure, the shape of the pelvis, and the state of the strongest central muscles tell us that the body's movement originates from the center of the body and spreads towards the periphery.

  In clinical somatics, movement irregularities in the periphery (neck, elbows, shoulders, knees, feet…) are solved by working and learning the correct movements in the center of the body (hips, back, abdomen, and torso as a whole). Only when the control and feeling in the center of the body change do we focus on the periphery and eliminate the irregularity. All of these properly learned movements, however, must slowly transition into a movement pattern.   Usually, after changes in the center of the body and a better understanding of proper movement, most seemingly unsolvable problems on the periphery are significantly reduced or even disappear.

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MOVEMENT IS FOUNDED ON COOPERATION

Several muscles participate in the movement simultaneously, and the sensory-motor system is responsible for it, which is based on the cooperation (synergy) of agonist and antagonist muscles.   The agonist is the muscle that contracts (shortens) when moving, while the antagonist is the one that relaxes (expands).     Normalno in učinkovito gibanje telesa zahteva skladno sodelovanje med napenjanjem agonista ter sproščanjem antagonista. Ko sklenemo izvesti določen gib, tudi če ga bomo napravili nezavedno, običajno kontroliramo mišice, potrebne za izvedbo giba. Obenem del možganov (mali možgani), kjer poteka koordinacija, poskrbi, da se antagonisti sprostijo. Povezanosti med mišicami, ki se krčijo, in med onimi, ki se sproščajo oziroma skladno s prvimi podaljšujejo, se učimo od vsega začetka našega življenja. Skozi gibanje se naučimo usklajevati motorne vzorce na način, ki nam omogoča uporabo najmanjšega potrebnega napora in največjo učinkovitost.

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AEQ EDUCATION

AEQ education is a process that broadens the horizons of our consciousness and free will.

  Moshe Feldenkrais is considered the pioneer of clinical somatics, which was substantiated and used by Elsa Gindler, F. Mathias Alexander, Gerda Alexander, and Thomas Hanna. A multitude of modern therapists uses clinical somatics.   Soma is optimally free when our reactions consist of as much deliberate control as possible and as little conditioned reflexes as possible. This autonomous state of somatic freedom gives a person an incredibly diverse repertoire of possible responses to stimuli that arrive from our surroundings.

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Principi AEQ

Skozi večletno prakso opažam, da je 80 do 90 % kroničnim bolečinam vzrok senzorno-motorična amnezije (SMA). To je stanje, v katerem senzorno-motorični nevroni cerebralnega korteksa izgubijo del sposobnosti zaznavanja in nadzora skeletnih mišic.   Senzorno-motorična amnezija ne nastane niti kot organska lezija v cerebralnem corteksu niti kot vidna poškodba mišično-skeletnega sistema. Pojavlja se kot funkcionalni primanjkljaj, ko se sposobnost cerebralnega korteksa za nadzor kontrakcij skeletnih mišic prenese v subkortikalne senzorno motorne povratne zanke. Te kronično ukazujejo dvig mišičnega tonusa nad realno potrebno raven v pretekosti sprogramirani ravni v 10 %, 30 %, 60 % tonusa. Hkrati pa cerebralni korteks v ustreznem razmerju izgubi zmožnost sprostitve teh mišičnih skupin, ki so v stanju SMA. Takim mišičnim skupinam tonus lahko zavestno dvigujemo, ne moremo pa jih sprostiti - znižati tonusa pod raven, ki jo določa subkortikalna senzorno povratna zanka. Tega se neposredno ne zavedamo, čeprav čutimo posledice povišanega povprečnega tonusa.

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LEARNING THROUGH AEQ EXERCISES

Failure does not exist if you have learned from your mistakes and improved yourself. Keep that in mind, and you will achieve more. In fact, you will achieve everything that is realistically achievable if you take enough time for it and invest the right amount of energy, attention, and knowledge. Look at this process like this: we do not experience failures in life, but instead create results on which we then learn and change for the better.   If, for example, you throw a basketball multiple times and miss, you aren't unsuccessful. You created a result. Your feeling of failure originates from the fact that you know people that score almost every throw. But in your reality, you couldn't throw the ball any other way as you already have, since it is the result of your current motor intelligence and skill. You achieved a measurable result. After that, you can either stop throwing or try again. Even if you threw the ball over 200 times, you still aren't a failure but have instead achieved over 200 results. The number of throws is not essential for improving the throw to the basket, but whether you learned and observed, and looked for ways to throw the ball better, more accurately, and correctly.

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AEQ EXERCISES

With AEQ exercises, we can improve the mind-body connection, the feeling, and control of the muscles, and look for the easiest way possible to perform the exercise's movements.   Pain and movement limitations usually occur due to a strong, subconscious blockade of self-expression. Self-expression, which is only possible through movement, needs to be under an appropriate amount of self-control, taught to us during our childhood, throughout our whole life. But it usually comes from constantly recurring situations and trauma, which lead to the formation of characteristic patterns of muscle tension needed for longer-term control of self-expression, which we are less and less aware of over time, but increasingly influence our movement, posture, decisions, and expression.   When these patterns become increasingly inappropriate and prevent effective movement, expression, and life, we usually feel this inadequacy as chronic problems and pain. We don't know the cause, but we still feel the consequences. Such conditions are effectively and reliably remedied by the AEQ method by understanding the distortion of these connections and the responses of the mind and body to reality.

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Active AEQ learning sessions

With learning AEQ method, we eliminate sensory-motor amnesia and learn to guide body movements consciously. When done correctly, we learn to detect feelings during movement to such a degree that it enables us to control them.

The result is that we develop a sensitivity for being aware of the body through all phases of the movements that we make. Active, hands-on AEQ sessions have proved the most effective method for all of the above. It is based on the experience of a client, while they are laying down on a table, and the educator is working together to become aware and conscious.   Every session starts with a conversation. The educator helps the client to find the strongest unconscious patterns within their daily movements, while they talk about the session protocol which is dependent on the client’s current condition. The educator helps the client by guiding them with his hands which will lead to better control and accuracy of movements. Movements are slow and the client, with the help of the educator, can increasingly feel the diminished awareness of movements in the body’s motor abilities. In other words, the difference between the movement a person wishes to carry out, and the movement they carry out. This is the result of sensory-motor amnesia’s influence on what we call a sensory-motor feedback loop.

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PAINFUL MENSTRUATION

MENSTRUAL CYCLE PROBLEMS, DYSMENORRHEA, AMENORRHEA AND RED LIGHT REFLEX

• I’ve noticed that women who have problems with the menstrual cycle manifest activated red light reflex. • A woman has abdominal distension, and she cannot relax her abdominal muscles, her shoulders, neck and head are pushed forward. • A few active therapies of the AEQ method® improve the ability to lower average tonus of the abdominal muscles. • The pain stops during menstruation; the menstrual cycle becomes regular again.

50 % to 90 % of women occasionally have problems with painful menstruation (Dysmenorrhea).

Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for menstrual cramps caused by uterine contractions, and it is similar to contractions at childbirth. The uterus (which is a muscle) mildly contracts throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle, however, uterus contracts more strongly during menstruation, and spasms are even stronger during childbirth.

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PREGNANCY AND HOW THE AEQ METHOD CAN HELP

Pregnancy may be the cause of significant changes in body posture and movement.   The center of body’s gravity shifts forward in the last months of pregnancy, causing an increased curve of the lower back (lumbar curve) and the pelvis to move forward. Furthermore, the tension in the back muscles increases, shoulders move back and the head forward due to the change in the center of gravity. This poor alignment of spine causes greater stress on lower part of the legs and feet as well.   Practicing AEQ exercises can significantly ease or even eliminate common pregnancy difficulties. The change in the body’s center of gravity activates the green light reflex and the reflex syndrome remains even when a pregnant woman is standing, sitting or lying in bed. Somatic moves enable the control over the muscles of the back and abdomen; by relaxing these groups of muscles one can alleviate pressure on the spine and loosen up overstrained leg muscles, and so prevent the leg swelling and varicose veins.

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