THE AEQ METHOD AND MOVEMENT

Everyone should master sensing the movement of their body. This means that he should observe and learn to change the changes that happen to him during movement on a daily basis and consciously change them. This would make it easier to determine the cause of the pain, even prevent it, all of which would lead to better movement.

Movement that we constantly perform and will eventually become subconscious and automated, has to be regularly monitored and corrected. The same goes for movement that is actively performed – during sports and exercise or during work (behind a manufacturing belt, sitting behind a computer for hours, long drives…) – require more of our energy and attention. Regular conscious observation of movement is very important for maintaining and increasing efficiency. Such movement awareness as well as its control allow our moves to be fluid, elegant and performed with the least effort possible. If there is less effort, there is more movement - we are talking about rationality or the rule less for more. The energy input is smaller, the effect is greater. Most importantly, such a movement gives us more pleasure, and therefore we prefer to perform it.

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MY CAR MOVES BETTER THAN ME

When reading a review of a new car that just arrived on the market, I observed an obvious and worrying trend. While technology in cars has been constantly advancing over the past 50 years, the efficiency of movement and self-awareness of people has steadily deteriorated. Human efficiency and reliability are becoming inversely proportional to the efficiency and reliability of the car.   Half a century ago people, even in their old age, could move relatively effortlessly and efficiency, while medical help was mostly required due to work related injuries. Cars back then were loud, unreliable and expensive, and the person who owned it also needed to know how to maintain it. Operating the vehicle required more practice, knowledge, experience, feeling and thinking, while back pain, neck, lower back pain, and shoulder pain, less sciatica, and headaches were less known and less discussed. Today it is just the opposite. Cars have become more reliable, but at the same time their housing is airtight and, as a rule, a non-expert cannot interfere with it. Consumption and noise are lower, the comfort and equipment of the vehicle is increasing. Operating the vehicle requires decreasingly less knowledge, feeling, practice and thinking. Meanwhile, older people are becoming clumsier, more rigid and slower. They move without softness, and often the impression is that even without pleasure. Muscle aches have become a constant companion.

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MOTION IN THE CENTRE OF THE BODY HAS TO BE EFFICIENT

We are learning from the birth on how to engage muscles correctly and democratically when moving. A democratic application of a muscle means that a muscle works in harmony with other muscles in a move and according to strength and lever assigned by the evolution. A child is improving quality of control of the muscles by learning how to move. Better knowledge about the motion and gaining the skills can only be the result of learning how to move, and the learning enables a child increasingly better control of the movement potential given to him at birth. However, a child has only limited muscle strength so he does not have other options but to discover and perfect the correct democratic use of his muscles to be able to perform the moves. Better coordination of large number of muscles used in a movement enables better efficiency, which we sense as a pleasant movement (pleasure).   On the contrary, less efficient movement, deriving from poor coordination, is perceived as unpleasant and, if it lasts for a long time, as painful feeling (pain). As seen in observations, a child learning new moves obviously follows a principle: when it is a pleasant motion, he continues exploring and developing in same direction, but when it is unpleasant and painful, he wants to change and end the activity.

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LET’S LEARN HOW TO CHANGE OUR MOVEMENT PATTERNS

Think about how you would walk if a bee stung you on your left foot. Would you burden both legs the same or would you ‘’take care’’ of your left leg by overburdening the right?

Injury always influences established movement patterns: in order to avoid pain we alter our movement because we don’t want to burden the painful areas of our body. We call that favoring an injured area. This leads to bad posture, the consequence of which is loss of free mobility, or in other words, faster aging. At this point we can decide whether to persist in adjusted – wrong – movement or begin with exercising and endure the pain. But not every exercise will bring relief.   It is commonly known that movement strengthens the current movement pattern. This means that exercising after an injury strengthens the wrong pattern movement that developed as a result of the injury.

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SPORTS INJURIES

Sports: order, rules and orderliness   The meaning of order, rules and orderliness can be better understood by comparing sports similar to one another, such as running on the long track and speed walking.   Injuries that athletes get when running are common and expected. Runners finish their careers way to early and commonly suffer from pain even when they aren’t running. The condition of a speed walker is usually better.   Rules of running do not require good control over the execution of movements, but the movement is regulated by the route from start to finish, correct start, effort, endurance and strength. Most believe that running doesn’t even require special training. The runner spends most of his time and attention to speed and endurance. This increases primarily by consolidating better pain tolerance as an integral part of training and matches. There is not enough conscious improvement of skills and increase of knowledge. Professionalism is limited to blood and urine control.   But when we observe speed walking we notice a different approach: there is more rules regarding the athlete’s movement, learning how to move and constant control over walking.

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