THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE AEQ METHOD
What is AEQ method®?
AEQ is a method that, through a higher awareness of the body, helps us truly feel ourselves and better satisfy our needs. It offers us the knowledge required to understand the discomforts we feel when we increase contact with ourselves, helping us not be afraid of our reality, which is stored in the body and our subconscious.
The first step in change is becoming self-aware. Observe yourself: your thoughts, fears, beliefs, habits, actions, and inactions. Most of us believe that we direct our lives by ourselves, with our own decisions. But is it like that? I think not. Depending on how spiritually developed we are, we may make hardly any decision daily that would fully express that we are clearly aware of our path and ourselves in the present moment. For the most part, we act like robots, self-sufficient, automatically programmed, under the tactic of old habits developed from reactions to emotional events from the past. This affects our physical condition – chronic pain and our psychological condition – depression, anxiety, anger, and emotional instability.
By learning the AEQ method, we also learn how to act consciously. We train our consciousness to act as an observer of our thoughts, which allows our decisions and actions to be realized by supporting our goals and desires.
Thus, the AEQ method teaches us self-awareness and control of movement, thinking, and actions restore the ability to control muscles, body, self-will, and thinking. It offers an original way to relax muscles, which also has the effect of relieving stress.
It is incredibly important to develop the ability to feel your own body. We can improve and maintain it with AEQ exercises. Being self-aware feels pleasant, even selfish; you are paying attention to yourself and are changing the way your body works with your mind. Who am I to be so important? We are just as important as everyone around us, which we should respect and love, just as we love ourselves. That’s why we think about ourselves and are trying to familiarize ourselves with our inner depth and nurture the spiritual explorer within us.
But our body, the one guiding the explorer, is also present. Something is hurting us, or we aren’t relaxed enough, and we feel as if certain movements and movements are tightening us. For a long time now, we no longer know how to move with full awareness, so we listen to the movements and observe them; movement is a matter of course for us, doing things that do not require excessive attention or control. We control and improve the things we are aware of; if our awareness is trained, we can better control our thoughts, words, actions, and movement.
When we train self-awareness, we live to the fullest because we will most likely drop any useless or harmful habit – both physical and psychological. Our responses will become more appropriate because we will use our newly discovered potential. A person is shaped by his genetic material, primary family, and society. Beliefs, habits, behavioral and thought patterns, and information should guide us in our vigilance: let us vigilantly monitor our inner happenings and actions! This will make it easier to determine which burdensome patterns we are so faithfully implementing are not needed at all. When we become aware of the consequences of our bad habits, we can decide to change them. Our beliefs and actions, which match our desires and intentions, will help us achieve better control of our mind and body. We don’t want to be software, but an organic computer that evaluates and modifies and improves the software to make it work better and better as a whole.
As mentioned before, beliefs are not necessarily right or wrong, but regardless of their value, beliefs circulate and travel from one generation to another until they reach you as well. Once you know this and feel the consequences of wrong habits, you can consciously choose to abandon all beliefs and actions that do not support your desires and replace them with beliefs that will help you achieve better control of body and mind.
Remember that thoughts lead to feelings, which lead to actions, and actions lead to results.
With the AEQ method, we safely, gently, rationally, and eliminate chronic pain causes in the long term.
This is an education process with which we ‘retrain’ ourselves and consciously change our behavior, posture, and movement. It is an active, not a passive method; it is a successful way of sensory-motor organic learning that teaches us to eliminate the causes of most chronic muscle pain and movement limitations in life.
The AEQ method was created by upgrading clinical somatics (in Latin, Clinice, the science of healing bed-ridden people and Greek, soma, the body) and it’s the study of soma, where soma is not only how we perceive our body in the first person, but also how we control it. Soma is a set of sensory-motor functions, some of which are conscious and intentional (acting under the influence of our will), and we have learned them, while others are those we learned as children and then forgotten about.
The cause for the state of chronically tense muscles is the loss of conscious sense and control over our muscle tone. We lose the ability to stop performing a movement and doing something completely different. This condition is caused by sensory-motor amnesia, which develops from injuries, habits, and stress. Due to sensory-motor amnesia, the muscles became used to being tense, and they stay that way, despite us trying to relax them. Stretching, massages, chiropractors, or painkillers won’t help us in the long-term. If we wish to remove the problems, we must once again sense and learn how to relax tense muscles.
The AEQ method has solutions that will help fix continuous and unnecessary muscle tension. It enables them through changes in our brain or nervous system and their control over muscles and movement. Due to sensory-motor amnesia, the brain does not feel the contraction and forgets how to relax the contracted muscle when its tension and contraction are not needed.
While most pain relief methods try to eliminate pain in a particular part of the body (neck, hips, back…), the AEQ method understands that body pain is only an integral part of a broader pattern of our dysfunction. These patterns reflect our characteristic responses to stress, which include muscle contraction. Sensory-motor amnesia and dysfunctions caused by it manifest in three special movement patterns that we call the green light reflex (go forth), red light reflex (stop, go back), and the trauma reflex (results from injuries).
The basic purpose of the AEQ method is to increase order with contracting and expanding muscles that participate or should participate during movement. Muscles participate in the movement in two ways: by contracting and relaxation/expanding. With every small movement, all muscles will have to work together in a coordinated manner and perform the movement in an orderly and efficient manner. This is only possible if no sensory-motor amnesia is present.
The brain’s task is to guide the muscles into performing the correct move by synchronizing their participation in the movement. That’s why good sensing is important. The brains create the required order in the soma. According to the degree of orderliness, we can perform more or less complex movements. We perform the movement lightly, painlessly, with a pleasant feeling and without resistance, if the level of our orderliness for the movements is high enough. However, suppose the movement requires orderliness and a degree of control that our neuromuscular system does not possess. In that case, we feel fear, resistance, and the need to overcome our limits to perform the movement anyway. We never see this in children, as they do not perform movements for which they are not yet prepared, but remain in a pleasant area that shows them the limits of current knowledge.
Children are being led into discovery by curiosity, which allows them to slowly and progressively increase their knowledge without the need to fight or overcome themselves. But despite the apparent slowness of a child’s approach to improving the development of new skills, his learning leads to progress that adults cannot achieve even with diligence, effort, and overcoming themselves.
Since my first session with Aleš in 2016, all the experiences I’ve had with him have been full of inspiration and transformation. At the time, I was in need of help because I had severe back pain and ischiatic pain – I wasn’t able to walk for weeks. The pain was horrifying. Today, it feels like a vague memory because after diving deep into the AEQ world, doing the exercises regularly and getting to know the real, emotional, reasons for my pain, the pain either lessened or dissolved. It took me quite a few years to gradually change the wrong direction that I was heading into, a direction of inherited habits and behaviors from my ancestors, my environment and society in general.
I was slowly giving up on my back and leg problems; Even a hip replacement at the age of 44 didn’t fix the painful walking. Although the x-rays confirmed that the operation was a great success, to my great disappointment…
It eliminated more than 10 issues I was suffering from. Non-productivity, hidden procrastination, depression, running away from myself, anxiety, anger, an unfocused mind, not expressing my feelings, not being aware of my current condition and feelings, complicating things, confusion, impatience, food disorders, etc.
A high level of knowledge, an understandable and empathic leadership style, and a clear and logical explanation of conditions and situations are my first thought when asked about Mr. Aleš Ernst. The 30-day program of the AEQ method gave me a rich itinerary for every day from the first day of the exercises.
I have been dealing with hip pain for a while now. The results that I got back from traditional doctors have not shown anything special. They offered me painkillers but I rejected them because I knew this was not the right solution. The pain escalated at a workshop where two AEQ teachers were present. After talking to them, I decided to partake in the 30-day online AEQ program. The program helped me realize how much trauma I have stored in the area of my pelvis, hips and reproductive organs, my own and multigenerational.
In the first two weeks of participating in the AEQ program, I felt a strong resistance in my subconscious while performing exercises. It appeared in a constant hunger for air (yawning) and extreme fatigue, making it difficult to remain focused and pay attention to your explanations. When performing respiratory exercises, I had restless legs and sometimes even hands, which once again resulted in a lack of attention. However, this unrest completely disappeared after the programs conclusion.
After doing your 30-day program my kyphosis disappeared. I got up in the morning, touched my neck because I felt something was different, and I could not believe that there was no bump on my neck, or at least it was so much smaller that it felt different. Have my muscles relaxed so much that they changed my bone structure or what exactly happened? Is this really possible, or am I dreaming? I also noticed that I now wake up every morning with a swollen body, especially my wrists, fingers, eyelids, under my eyes, and also my ankle and feet.
The program is clear and logical, thanks to a good and thought out explanation given to its attendees. They also become aware of the importance of balance and harmony in life, in which time plays an invaluable role.
I heard about the AEQ method from my daughter after mentioning to her that I feel an escalation of tingling feelings from my left shoulder toward my neck. I also started having issues with carpal tunnel a few years ago, and I’ve been also feeling irritating itchiness around my left shoulder where I supposedly have a trapped nerve. I’ve known for a long time that I am overly contracted in my neck and shoulders and when you retire it supposedly only gets worse. It became clear later that AEQ is some sort of an emotional cleanse as well and can affect your emotional maturity, in other words, shows you who you really are authentically.
I noticed changes in my body daily: immediately after the morning exercise as relief and relaxation of certain parts of the body, the pain in my joints was becoming less severe. Around 10am I felt fatigued so I took an hour long nap (I never took any naps before, I never even lay down to rest). After the evening exercise for the first 10 days, I went to sleep at the usual hour, somewhere between 10.30 and 11.30pm.
This is my opinion of the 30-day program for the bottom part of the body. Through the program, I became aware of new things about myself – my legs and my body core felt like strangers to me, I started feeling my suppressed emotions and events because they became so obvious that I could not deny them anymore – they started triggering me with anger, sadness, happiness and satisfaction like a pendulum, up and down, up and down, …
Today I can understand that during the whole month, while actively performing AEQ exercises and breathing protocols as explained in the program, I had a regular symptom of cleansing the body with the presence of worms in the stomach and cleansing through diarrhea. A whole month after the program, I noticed that my body was being cleansed and detoxified with this method.
I joined this program because I learned, through previous programs, how very tense I am. I began learning how to relax and feel my muscles, as well as how to correctly perform and lead AEQ exercises. I realized how important correct nasal breathing is. Mine was the opposite. It was shallow, distorted, I was regularly hyperventilating, which you have pointed out to me several times.
I would like to thank you for the things I experienced this month. I enjoyed your direct and honest explanations of my conditions. My observations after one month are such: back pain is completely gone. Even after having an hour-long walk. I now enjoy going on walks and have once more felt the genuine ‘’childlike’’ movement.
I became acquainted with the AEQ method in September 2014. At that time, my life looked perfect on the outside, but inside I felt anxious. Over the years, my posture increasingly reflected scoliosis, and a friend…