Teacher of the AEQ Method® Level 2

Preconditions for the Level 2 seminar

The course is intended only for participants who have already completed the first level of education for the AEQ Method® Level 1 Teacher according to the AEQ Method®. At least six months must elapse between the first-level seminar and participation in the second-level course. All participants are expected to be active teachers of the AEQ method® and AEQ exercises®, with appropriate experience in teaching the AEQ exercises® in individual and group courses.

Teacher of the AEQ Method® level 5 interviews each person interested in this course and assesses whether his/her perception of the AEQ Method® is suitable for participation in the seminar.

The Level 2 seminar program involves group teaching and a deeper understanding of the AEQ Method® principles. Participants of the course integrate and upgrade knowledge from Level 1 through learning and answers to the confusions they notice at practical work with clients.

Completed seminar for the Level 2 allows you to obtain the license for the AEQ Method® Level 2 Teacher. Successful completion of the seminar is also a condition that enables you to start education for a teacher of the AEQ Method® Level 3.

Your teacher

Aleš Ernst, author of the AEQ Method

I work daily with clients who turn to me mainly because of chronic muscular pain. I teach them different perspectives on the causes of pain and constraints that they feel every day. They will eliminate pain and improve movement and poor posture with better understanding and exercises, if exercises are performed regularly, of course. My clients are also professional athletes, coaches, and recreational athletes who want to keep up with the success they have achieved with hard work. AEQ Method enables you to successfully overcome stress and pain by increasing the effectiveness and control of the movement, thus improving results, restoring motivation, and redefining goals and ambitions, all without pain. AEQ Method teaches us to control our bodies better, as well as the mind, and to increase control and complexity of movements and work. I am the author of the book » Out of chronic pain with ease«. I witness daily significant positive changes that the AEQ Method brings into the lives of my clients and their results.

About the seminar

In a half a year, of practical work on yourself, of curiosity and teaching others, and studying audio recordings and workbook from AEQ level 1 seminar, you will get enough knowledge and experience for your changes, and this will be a good starting point to enrol in a seminar of the AEQ Method® Level 2. The option of enrollment will have Level 1 teachers, who will show knowledge and interest in learning and the appropriate breadth of expertise of the AEQ Method®.

Seminar of the AEQ Method® Level 2 requires a much better horizontal and vertical connection than it is necessary at the seminar of the AEQ Method® Level 1. The ability to feel, control and the clarity of communication are fundamental criteria for continuing education in AEQ method®.

The AEQ Method® Level 2 Teacher’s Seminar leads to deepening the knowledge about the emotional causes of the SMA and the principles of the AEQ Method®. It introduces the understanding and importance of the membrane and the impact of emotions on functioning and feeling of soma. You will add new exercises to improve conditions such as frozen shoulder, scoliosis, and repeated sports injuries to your knowledge and skill base. The seminar also includes learning how to be actively helpful as a teacher when your clients learn to perform the exercises more correctly by applying palm pressures on certain parts of the body, which increases their sensory perception and awareness.

The knowledge you receive in 7- day seminar provides quality assistance for the Level 2 teacher when dealing with more severe forms of somatic problems. Among others, it can heal or alleviate severe pain in the back, neck, knees and joints, sciatica, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel pain, heel pain, hyperlordosis, hyperkyphosis, piriformis syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, frozen shoulder, headache, shallow breathing, migraine, tendonitis, muscle spasms, chronic fatigue, tingling in hands and fingers, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, and Achilles tendon.

The acquired knowledge at the Level 2 will provide you with quality attentiveness, which is necessary for the fair and proper independent management of the 4-6 hour AEQ Method® workshops with up to 10 participants, and up to 15 participants with the assistance of Level 1 or Level 2 assistant teachers.

A Level 2 License is a prerequisite for continuing advanced-level AEQ Method® education that enables clinical work with clients, active individual therapy, and acquiring the title teacher of the AEQ Method® Level 3. In the education process of advanced level, You learn about clinical protocols and active work with clients, at individual therapy. That is the most effective way of teaching the AEQ Method®, and it changes the awareness, movement organization/regulation, control and efficiency in a short period, all that is needed to deal with the strong SMA and more severe problems of the clients. Teacher of the AEQ Method® Level 3 and 4 has enough knowledge to help eliminate most of the conditions that result from the loss of conscious sensory-motor control. It helps accelerate rehabilitation and recovery even after serious injuries at both physical and emotional levels.

The acquired knowledge at the Level 2 will provide you with quality attentiveness, which is necessary for the fair and proper independent management of the 4-6 hour AEQ Method® workshops with up to 10 participants, and up to 15 participants with the assistance of Level 1 or Level 2 assistant teachers.

A Level 2 License is a prerequisite for continuing advanced-level AEQ Method® education that enables clinical work with clients, active individual therapy, and acquiring the title teacher of the AEQ Method® Level 3. In the education process of advanced level, You learn about clinical protocols and active work with clients, at individual therapy. That is the most effective way of teaching the AEQ Method®, and it changes the awareness, movement organization/regulation, control and efficiency in a short period, all that is needed to deal with the strong SMA and more severe problems of the clients. Teacher of the AEQ Method® Level 3 and 4 has enough knowledge to help eliminate most of the conditions that result from the loss of conscious sensory-motor control. It helps accelerate rehabilitation and recovery even after serious injuries at both physical and emotional levels.

Overview of the Level 2 seminar

In addition to reviewing the principles of neurophysiology, physics, thermodynamics, assessments of somatic reflexes from the clients’ postures and movement, and situations related to the teaching of the AEQ exercises® and the challenges they face in teaching, participants will learn to employ additional AEQ exercises®. They aim to improve specific conditions such as sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, iliosacral joint dysfunction, pain in legs, knees and hips and back pain, as well as active integration of the AEQ Method® at improving the efficiency of movement of the athletes.

At the 5-day intensive course, participants will continue with education, which will include:

and how to combine them to improve the senses, control, order and effectiveness of movement and muscle control.

and clients with stronger and longer-lasting chronic pains and problems, to perform the exercises by applying palm pressures on certain parts of the body, which increases the sensory perception with laying and palm pressures on certain parts of the body correctly, thus actively increasing sensory perception.

contracted, tense muscles that cannot be loosened up.

mode of the autonomic nervous system and teach a client to activate the parasympathetic mode when appropriate.

they do not feel their bodies, or have control over them, and have a feeling of being helpless and alienated from them.

during expansion and compression for a pleasant feeling and gaining a sense and understanding of how to get more with less energy.

of movement, thus helping to eliminate recurrent injuries due to the forced body positions (posture) at work, or a volume of repetitive movements in sports.

the cause of which is emotional trauma, and childhood experiences, how to understand these patterns and change them through the individual learning of movements and through understanding the connection between senses, feelings and the state of the muscles. That skill makes it easier for a client to make changes to these patterns as well as enables personal growth. Thus, allowing the transformation through the self- research, or in the case of severe trauma, in cooperation with psychotherapists who work according to the EMDR method.

of the AEQ Method® and the AEQ exercises®, even more complicated forms of the following chronic pain and problems: back pain, neck pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel pain, knee pain, heel pain, hyperlordosis, hyperkyphosis, piriformis syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, frozen shoulder, headaches, shallow breathing, migraines, tendonitis, muscle spasms, chronic fatigue, tingling in hands and fingers, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, and Achilles tendon…

The second-level seminar emphasizes explanations of the principles even more, as well as connections and consequences of non-compliance with physical laws on the life syntrophy and the quality of life and movement.

with grades (assessments), comments by the teacher and participants.

based on your knowledge of basic concepts and principles of exercises of the AEQ Method® thorough learning and understanding of nine more complex AEQ exercises for even greater adaptability in clients’ individual and group classes than at Level 1

a person’s ability to transform the external and internal stimuli correctly into feelings and sensations that enable the neuromuscular system to function correctly. Understanding how the body influences our mind and actions will be deepened in this seminar. Ant that knowledge is essential to understand the body shape, posture, pain, problems, personality and actions of the client and teach him to understand himself. In this way, he can help himself to change and improve over time.

Seminar Program

Preperations for the seminar

Participants are expected to come to the seminar ready to teach a 60-minute AEQ workshop based on their experiences, using the knowledge of the AEQ first-level education. This will allow them to improve their management techniques and deepen their understanding of exercises of the AEQ Method®, how can the AEQ exercises be used to help people with various muscular pain conditions and thus learn how to improve the quality of their lives. Participants will also learn a lot about muscle control and its use in enhancing physical performance in sports and work, and the impact of emotions on chronic muscular constriction in the body.

An integral part of AEQ Level 2 teacher training is writing homework reports, which you will receive at appropriate intervals after the seminar and, in combination with the audio recordings of the seminar, gives teachers a greater depth of perception of the areas covered by the seminar. This way, the seminar lasts for almost half a year and gives the teacher the time it takes to get to know themselves and thus understand others, helping them by learning the AEQ method.

Regularly handing in your homework is a condition if one wishes to register for the 3rd level seminar.

 

Pictures from the seminar

Testimonials about the AEQ metode® seminars

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Tjaša Garin, Ljubljana, Teacher of AEQ Method® Level 2
Uroš Petan, Teacher of AEQ method® Level 2
Lidija Jakljevič, teacher of the AEQ method® Level 2
Dragana Djuric, Podgorica, AEQ Method® Level 2 teacher
Simona Benedičič, Kranj, Teacher of AEQ Method® Level 2
Petra Košmrlj, Teacher of AEQ Method® Level 2
Stjepan Ostroški, M.Sc. Kin., Feričanci, teacher of the AEQ method® Level 2
Samo Šinik, teacher of AEQ method® 2. level

Everything that we learned at Level 1 seminar – the basic concepts and interpretation of their meaning such as sensory motor amnesia associated with disorder, the law of mutual effect, the green light, red light and trauma reflex, the membrane – at Level 2, this knowledge was greatly deepened. Movement, muscle control, and the meaning of pain added to the importance of interoception, its effect on the abdominal membrane and thus on breathing, speech, sentence formation, words – therefore verbal expression.

If we allow ourselves to feel how we’ve done something, whether it’s a movement or something else in life, it’s easier to sense what the truth is. However, when interoception is poor there is a lower chance that the impulse will reach our consciousness, instead we redirect the signal into the subconscious. This leads to separation of our body from our consciousness and to unrealistic perceptions of time and gravity. In this way, consciousness does not get information, only the subconscious gets information, and the subconscious operates on the same patterns from our past, mostly from childhood.

After completing the third day of the seminar, on Monday morning I woke up full of energy and optimism. After finishing my daily commitments, I went hiking with the intention to focus on my body, analyze the state of my body while walking, and gather my thoughts. I felt surprisingly light, light as a feather. I observed my walk, my legs, my arms, my torso, my muscles, my jump, my turn… as if everything had been folded exactly as it should be, completely pain-free, almost a feeling of weightlessness. The feeling was so good, almost non-earthy, that I briefly became suspicious: what if it was all an illusion – it can’t last forever? The thought was quickly blown away by the wind, I surrendered to the sun, the air, the freedom of movement, and being consciously grateful to just be. A few more days of “all good” followed, even dealing with teenage “clever nonsense” went smoother, but then the curve turned downwards and I let it descend into a concrete minus.

To anyone who has already come into contact with the AEQ method, whether through a workshop or active therapy and has felt a difference in the condition of their body after doing the AEQ exercises, I would recommend to attend the teacher seminar. If, after the first workshop and initial AEQ learning, you’ve struggled with resistance when wanting to exercise regularly, after Level 1 seminar this will no longer be an issue.

AEQ Teacher Level 1 seminar gives you an explanation of our chronic condition in society, an explanation of why this has occurred, an understanding of where this way and speed of life is taking us, and how such a condition is reflected in the individual and his body. The whole theory is based on three basic laws of physics (1st law of thermodynamics, 2nd law of thermodynamics, 3rd Newton’s law) through which you realize that our existence and our body state are defined by physics. If we do not take this fact into account, it leads us to extreme states toward which we feel great stigma, fear and resistance (death), due to the law of entropy (2nd law of thermodynamics).

Seminar of the Level 2 is not just an upgrade of the Level 1. Besides the logical/expected upgrade of physical-motoric part of the method – learning new exercises to eliminate certain pains/illnesses – it introduces the participants with the most important connection between the conscious and involuntary parts of the mind, the membrane, emotions … These relationships are the critical missing links of the conventional medicine at many patient treatments.

Psychiatry is dealing only with the »head«, orthopaedics and physical therapy alone with the body, but the AEQ is treating both, and that’s why it successfully improves chronic illnesses, which are usually unsolved puzzles for psychiatry, orthopaedics and physiotherapy. AEQ method uses knowledge from many scientific fields; it validates them and links them into a logical/useful unity.

I enrolled for AEQ seminar Level 2 without any particular expectations. I wanted to upgrade my knowledge. However, I didn’t expect such turbulence and changes in my head and consequently such big step forward.

I opened a new box at the level 2 seminar – I reached new subconscious topics that were more in-depth and I didn’t know they existed but were affecting me and my daily life. My muscles were stiff, and because of that the communication path brain-fascia was interrupted even though the reason for that had happened long before and had been ‘insignificant’. And yes, I opened the lid of that box. And lots of repressed, unprocessed emotions, anger, resentments, feelings of helplessness, distress, condemnation, sadness, came bursting out. In a nutshell, it was demanding, unpleasant, unknown, new, … Bunch of unusual emotions I didn’t know how to handle.

The foundation of the AEQ method® is the fact that the body and mind are integrated as a whole. What happens in the mind reflects the events in the body and vice versa. Soma is an indivisible connection between two parts – body and mind.

At the end of the Level 2, I was hit by a realistic encounter with myself. Who I am, and not who I think I am, or who I would like to be. The influence of entropy on life as well as the entropy of the environment in which I live. Questions and concerns, but also the joy of knowing that the change is possible. And not only knowledge, or a letter on a paper, but also the way in which entropy is converted to syntropy.

At a time when everything is fast, when shifting own boundaries is encouraged and rewarded, it seems that man wanders more and more. Too much information, the Internet, no time to look into depths within ourselves or within another being. It takes time to understand and apply, achieve something.

Level 1 seminar brought me so much new and useful life knowledge that I felt in a hurry to get to Level 2. If this was my university, I would save myself a lot of pain, and life today would be a lot easier. After finishing university, I felt like I was looking for myself and moving more and more away from myself.

I found my first taste of freedom with the AEQ method. I am able to explain to myself why things are the way they are, and I can make sure to create quality changes to a much greater extent than before. My movement is becoming much softer, I am calmer in my head and more alive in the body.

It is becoming increasingly clear to me why do we have certain postures and why is movement in today’s world becoming more simplistic and harder. I am realizing how the inability to express emotions affects breathing, I am perceiving how sensory-motor amnesia keeps me in a particular pattern/mode/type of action, I increasingly understand why chronic pain occurs in the body, and I can also classify the feeling of guilt and fear of the future as a form of pain.

I finished the AEQ Teacher Level 1 training because I wanted to help and explore myself and did not think about applying for Level 2. The reason for that was not because I was not impressed by what I heard at Level 1, but because I was scared of the demands that were expected of me as a future Level 2 teacher; that I was supposed to set up a website, write articles, do live trainings, run workshops, etc. At the same time, the closer it was getting to the training the more I thought about it. During that time, I also attended the AEQ Breathing program, where I was hearing about the AEQ method every night and, through breathing, perceived more and more that this step was necessary, despite my fear or precisely because of it. I felt that my subconscious was protecting me from taking a new step, while the body on the other hand was craving the knowledge and new explorations. The dilemma lasted for quite some time, I didn’t immediately recognize which one was right, which one was telling me the truth. Then I signed up. As I was driving towards Brežice, a thought came through: “but are you sure this is okay”, and then I got lost and missed the beginning of training – but the moment I stepped into a room full of people staring at me, I knew I was in the right place. There was no more doubt, no fear, no embarrassment, and no guilt.

I heard there was a yard, a garden, behind some fence where, if you enter, you get happiness, you get paradise that you were searching for. I also stepped on a path to get to that yard. Shining signposts were pointing the direction to the yard. I came to about ten kilometres from the entrance, and I saw a long line of people waiting to get in. They were standing in ten parallel waiting lines. I joined one of the lines and waited. Minutes, hours passed by. The day was coming to an end. I asked the ones in front of me ‘How long is the wait to enter?’. They replied they had been waiting for two days. We were still standing in the same spot. ‘Two days without moving?’, I asked. That thought made me anxious. ‘Do you know anybody who got in, have you heard of somebody being in that garden?’

They bent their heads and continued mumbling and waiting. I was wondering why nobody entered, what was at the entrance. Were there guards, were the doors locked and nobody had the keys?

Here are some of my impressions and findings from the seminar for teachers of AEQ method Level 2

We have survived 5 days of »reality show« under the baton of Aleš Ernst .

A seminar was very dynamic and educational due to the selection of participants with different mindsets (different personalities and characters). You taught us theory and exercises by the AEQ method in a way that started up our long-repressed emotions, senses, memories. You »skillfully« recognized individual’s happenings, as well as what was going on in the group. You found the right words and continued teaching, which helped us learn new perspectives and how to change our thinking models.

October 2023
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