THE AEQ METHOD AND PREGNANCY
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THE AEQ METHOD AND PREGNANCY

How and why does the AEQ method benefit a pregnant woman, and what benefits does the body have during that time?   The AEQ method understandably explains this and enables the perception of a woman's real situation and her relationship with her partner and surroundings. This way, it is possible to appropriately influence the attitude towards oneself and the environment and prepare for parenthood. This increases the chances of the feeling of satisfaction that pregnancy should contain and the bond between the partners strong enough to withstand the stress test that the birth of a child always causes.   The AEQ method doesn't separate an individual into body and mind; instead, it understands the person as an inseparable connection between the body, the subconscious, and consciousness. That's why AEQ exercises have a healing effect because due to better connectivity, we become more aware of the real situation and remember its causes. The better we are aware of the causes of bodily responses in certain circumstances, and the more we understand them, the easier and clearer we become aware of ineffective responses. The less we make our lives or others more difficult with our emotions.  

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MORE EFFORT AND LESS EMOTION ISN’T BETTER

A common cause for joint problems that athletes have, are sensory-motor amnesia (SMA) and an increased muscle tone that distorts correct and fluid pelvis and torso movement.   From the day of our birth onwards, we learn to coordinate our muscles functioning during movement. This synchronicity is evolutionarily conditioned. At birth, everyone is assigned a certain potential, and the child constantly learns to control the muscles when moving and thus progresses within its capabilities. But his muscular strength is still developing, so with will and effort, he can't achieve more than he would like.   Better coordination enables increased efficiency, which is a pleasurable sensation. Conversely, less effective movement due to poor coordination creates an uncomfortable feeling, and if it lasts longer, it becomes painful. The child also follows the principle of pleasant learning, especially because it is communicated to him by the environment. If the movement is uncomfortable, he wants to either change or discontinue some activity.

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MOVEMENT, FROM A CHILD TO AN ADULT
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MOVEMENT, FROM A CHILD TO AN ADULT

Certain events in our childhood leave a mark on us; if they are traumatic, we suppress them into the subconscious and then carry them around as extra luggage. It is self-protective, but at the same time, it burdens us. These experiences lead to chronic reflex activation that leaves movement patterns as a result, which also shape our personality. Movement patterns are intertwined with behavior, and this is more or less accepted by society. As we adjust ourselves to be accepted by others, we add new layers that slightly smooth out behavioral deviations. All of the above builds our personality, directs our emotional reactions, and influences our appearance – posture, movement, behavior, character… Most actual causes for chronic pain and strong sensory-motor amnesia (SMA) originate from different events in childhood. A child commonly imitates the posture and habits of one of his parents. Many generations have passed, believing that hard work is necessary for progress and that fighting or even asceticism was the only true path towards success.

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Children and movement

Certain events in our childhood leave a mark on us; if they are traumatic, we suppress them into the subconscious and then carry them around as extra luggage. It is self-protective, but at the same time, it burdens us.

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From surviving to living

It's been a year since my last blog post. For a good reason though. I really didn't know what to write about. Training, nutrition, racing? Nobody cares. There are thousands of cyclists who do the same thing like me, day after day.

 

In the past year, you got to know me a little better. A small inside look into my life, suffering, battling eating disorder, positive test, trying to return to cycling.

 

But you only got what I wanted you to see, know. There's more. And up until this summer, I didn't know what it was. I had no answers, but so many questions.

 

Why I get to have so much injustice, bad luck, bullying. Why I can't talk to other people, feel so uncomfortable being around others. Why I struggle to express myself in a genuine way, express my feelings, emotions.

 

Throughout all these years things got so bad, I couldn't ask anyone for help. I dealt with everything alone. Even when it comes to cycling I was a "one man team".

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DIFFICULT PATHS THAT REQUIRE COURAGE

Before I attended my first AEQ therapy, I thought that I would learn a couple of exercises that I will perform for a few months and that my undefined chronic pain will ease itself or maybe even disappear. After a few years of slowly getting familiar with the method, I can say that I couldn't have been more wrong. My interpretation was completely illusory. I never imagined I would plow where I definitely didn't want to be. During active sessions, I experienced mostly disappointments over myself as I slowly became aware that I was feeling bad about my body. Because I exaggerated in performing the exercises to feel certain muscles at all, I felt pain all too often. I didn't know how to catch the right moves, make them feel enjoyable, and learn from them. At the same time, my ego often guided me with the goal of, say, bringing my hand as close to the ground as possible, even though I had already crossed the comfort zone. I became aware that this isn't the goal, but I never really understood it. My ego was stronger than the well-meaning advice I received. I was becoming tired. I was often accompanied by strong feelings of confusion and not even knowing what I was doing and that I haven't even grasped the point of the method. I got confused every time I had to describe what I felt inside my body and when asked to describe the difference between before and after. My conscious feeling was very weak.

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HOW TO FIND THE MENTAL STRENGTH NEEDED TO RUN

When looking for a reason for lack of motivation to run, it is necessary to understand the role of the invested-received relationship, which is implanted deep within our limbic system. The relationship between what you invested and received defines an action or decision's effectiveness and determines our relationship to the outcome. In the past and the development of the human species, a high enough efficiency was necessary to make it possible to survive. Evolution and entropy erase inefficient systems and elevate more efficient ones. The effectiveness of movement was key to survival. Therefore, more effective movement is felt as pleasant and good, while the inefficient movement is felt as uncomfortable and painful. As a child grows up, he learns to be tidy and thus improves his efficiency. When he is effective enough to cope with current demands and burdens, curiosity drives him forward.

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