HOW TO REGAIN AND MAINTAIN TOP FORM

The cause of losing top form   By increasing our body’s abilities the use of automatization increases as well, and with increased automatization our control over movement begins to decrease.  Less control over movement decreases the feeling and control over our muscles and our body’s proprioception. That’s why the subconscious control over our muscles and their long term rigidity is increasing. This increases fatigue, a feeling of weakness and poorer coordination of movements as well as cooperation between agonists and antagonists.

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STRETCHING VS. PENDICULATION

The central nervous system (CNS) controls movement by using signals which it receives from muscles. When we move, our brains constantly receive information about our body's current state and surroundings. Based on this information, commands are created, which travel to the muscles via the motor part of our nervous system. This sensory-motor feedback loop allows us to move our body and perform the desired/needed movement. We learn to perform moves with more complexity and efficiency (mainly through playing) by investing our time and attention. Gradually we develop motor intelligence, which is dependent on the surroundings we live in and the habits that we gain and develop through the demands of our environment.   A person living in an environment where disorder is high (wilderness), the possibility of multitasking is lower, and dependence on one's own body for survival is high will have significantly higher motor intelligence and flexibility. His joints are less worn and suffer from less chronic pain, unlike a person who lives in a tidy environment (city) and is torn between multiple tasks but doesn't have to fight for survival.

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THE INFLUENCE OF BREATHING OVER SPORTS ACCOMPLISHMENTS

To achieve a goal, the athlete will undergo the most difficult training, the consequences of which will be pain or uncomfortable bodily sensations. The balance between exercise and training will collapse and the effort he put in is followed by inefficiency. That happens because of his belief, that pain is only confirmation for the effectiveness of his training and not to warn him about the dangers of his actions.

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CHALLENGES OF THE MODERN DAY AND THE AEQ METHOD

The changes in lifestyle that came with the modern age were mainly due to the invention of the steam engine and later related inventions.   With the Industrial Revolution, the developed part of the planet became more and more easy to convert the energy of wood and fossil fuels into motion, and was thus less dependent on the energy it drew from food to do its work. More and more work has been done by man with the help of machines and devices.   It is precisely because of these changes in the exploitation of energy that gradual changes have taken place in man's consciousness regarding the awareness of the importance of his own energy. Before the industrial revolution, the most important thing for survival was to be physically efficient enough and able to do everything necessary with as little effort and as much imagination as possible. If a man used more energy than he gained then he was in big trouble and his survival was threatened.

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HOW THE AEQ METHOD DIFFERENTIATES ITSELF FROM OTHER APPROACHES

The AEQ method can be compared to other similar therapies, such as, physical therapy, massage therapy, surgery, stretching, acupuncture and drug therapy.   The fundamental difference is the technique of pendiculation or learning to consciously lengthen and shorten muscles. With the help of this technique we can influence our brain and thus regain conscious control over our muscles and their length. We relearn how it feels if our muscles are naturally tensed up, which leads to relief and increases our mobility, balance and coordination.   The AEQ method is performed through active therapy instead of passive. It’s based on bettering our senses and with that, control over muscles and conscious movement.

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UNDERSTANDING PAIN

What is pain and what is it telling us The online Oxford dictionary defines pain as a "highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury", and lists as its second meaning "mental suffering or distress". Since pain can result from both physical and mental discomfort, it is clear that both body and mind are susceptible to it. Pain takes many forms. Scratch. Blow. Contusion. Illness. Sleeping disorder. Threat. Stomach pain. Hand or leg numbness. Pain can be severe or mild, but we always know it is there – and it is usually trying to tell us something.   Sometimes the message is clear. If we have stomach ache during the week but not on weekends, maybe we should change our job.

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CHANGE AND TRANSITION

We don’t want to change ourselves, despite expecting others to change, which would in turn, change our lives. Yet it is imperative that all the changes we need to make come from within us. Change means to free ourselves of the feelings of division, isolation, loneliness, anger, fear and pain. We create a life in which we relax and enjoy a life where we know more and more that all the best will come to an end. Can you think of change as spring cleaning? If you do it regularly and little by little, then you will eventually complete it. You don’t even have to do everything to start noticing the results. If you can change, even just a little, then you will feel better soon.  

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EMOTIONS AND THE AEQ METHOD

Happiness, joy, anger, sadness, anxiety, fear, … emotions that we use to respond to events that feel important to us. And for all these emotions we can say that they have a bodily component to be reflected in the body, they affect the texture of the muscles and their tension.

  When all the strong emotions become activated there is a strong physiological reaction. The activity of the sympathetic nervous system increases, our heart rate accelerates, our pressure increases, we breathe faster, we are overwhelmed by adrenaline, and our body-muscles are ready for activity (fight, flight). These changes actually allow a person to cope with the situation more successfully.

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CHRONIC PAIN ATTRIBUTED TO AGING

People attribute pain to aging and use old age as an excuse. But the AEQ method, a method of gentle conscious movements, does not recognize this concept, and in the workshops I explain how teachers of the AEQ method associate movement pain with so-called sensory-motor amnesia. The main cause of chronic pain is the gradual deterioration of body sensation, and this is the result of major and minor injuries, stress, worries, harmful behavioral patterns, and misconceptions that limit us in easier functioning and living.   Muscles become used to being tense because of sensory-motor amnesia, despite our best effort to relax them. The problem lies in the fact that we aren’t relaxing them consciously; methods such as stretching, massage, chiropractic and other manual therapies, and painkillers usually don’t help in the long run. If we want to fix problems, we need to teach tense muscles how to relax.

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