CHRONIC FATIGUE AND BURNOUT
We feel our inner and outer world through our bodies, through which we also respond to it. By learning with the AEQ method, we change these relationships and create a stronger and clearer connection with the body’s reality.
Based on the reality of bodily sensations, our identity has content and structure.
For each of us, the basic reality is our body. The loss of the influence of bodily sensations on the functioning of the mind and balance changes lives and creates chronic constriction and malfunction of the sensory-motor feedback loop. For a person in this state its common that:
(1) He tries to achieve the impossible or is holding onto an illusion.
(2) Isn’t grounded and has a strong feeling of weakness
(3) He lost hope and faith
Reading for stronger nerves: how does self-destruction work with the best of intentions? The resemblance to self-destruction in sports is no accident.
Even in early childhood, a toddler has unmonitored access to the Internet and more and more often, their own smartphone. He is often more supportive of adults than adults are of him.
Health is the basic need of life. Healthy should be our normal condition, while illness should be the exception. Illnesses begin when the complexity of the whole operation is lower than the demands of the surroundings, from which follows, that disease cannot be a basic state of life, for then life could not develop at all..
In my work line, I realized that most of my client’s condition is the exact opposite of what it was supposed to be and that most illnesses appeared because of their self-destructive behavior with good intentions. The foundation for that behavior was already developed in early childhood. .
Only persistent, conscious, attentive, and curious exploration and an easier way to perform the movement and effectively express emotions eliminates pain and changes thinking.
Sensory-motor amnesia and a lack of time force people to divert their attention to the future or past.
Only persistent, conscious, attentive, and curious exploration and an easier way to perform the movement and effectively express emotions eliminates pain and changes thinking. Our conscious control and efficiency increases; we use our time and energy better.
The changes in lifestyle that came with the modern age were mainly due to the steam engine’s invention and later related inventions. With the Industrial Revolution, the developed part of the planet easily converted the energy of wood and fossil fuels into motion. It was thus less dependent on the energy it drew from food to do the work.
Who is the ego? Ego allows us to change our surroundings to fulfill our needs and wishes or changes us to suit the environment.
Life has been long and increasingly alienated from the body and the natural laws and rules by which the body must function. That’s why we constantly face more and more obstacles in a shorter period, which creates a larger need for the ego to intervene – that’s how the ego takes the main role in the body-subconscious-conscious system.
Ego is the state of our consciousness that occurs when an obstacle is in our way, and it allows us to defeat or avoid it. Then we direct consciousness to a constricted state and change the mind’s functioning to direct the body’s functioning and create the appropriate pressure and movement needed to regulate the imbalance and increase homeostasis – thus perceiving a sense of satisfaction and state that we are okay.
The ego itself is neither good nor bad. It is necessary to regulate the environment’s attitude and provide the necessary conditions for life, satisfying needs, solving problems, and fulfilling desires.
About the connection of chronic illnesses and inflammations with the incorrect performance of the autonomous nervous system
For the proper functioning of the immune system, it will be increasingly important to know the condition we are in and know the approach and method that can explain the chronic activation of a particular condition and enable its detection and gradual change into the correct one.
It is important to recognize how our autonomous nervous system (ANS) is functioning (sympathetic or parasympathetic) and can feel and estimate if the current way is necessary for this situation. The biggest damage to us is caused by ANS when it reacts inappropriately to our current situation, and we don’t even know it.
People have a universal response to pain: we tense up. This reaction appears everywhere, from babies to adults, even animals. The reaction is similar everywhere: we curl up to protect ourselves and avoid pain. This happens because our brains feel the pain, which causes muscle contraction. After all, the role of contracted muscles, among many others, is to protect the injured part of our body. We have all experienced this process, but we probably weren’t aware that the brain controls it.
The consequences of ignoring the pain
When we feel chronic pain, we usually turn to chiropractors, masseuses, acupuncture, physiotherapy, even surgery. It is important to be aware that these health experts don’t address the root of your problems; rather, they treat you to the best of their ability with generic methods that are not tailored to our specific problems. The cause and tension remain, while the pain comes back after a while.
Most are only slowly moving into a new understanding of movement. So far, we’ve used exercise and sports to look better, be stronger, relax from everyday stress, or heal an injury. It is becoming increasingly clear that we can only achieve transient improvement in this way, and in the long run, we still or even more notice the impact of age on our psychophysical condition.
An increasing number of people use movement and sports to learn and increase the sixth sense, proprioception.
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.
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.
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.
MENSTRUAL CYCLE PROBLEMS, DYSMENORRHEA, AMENORRHEA AND RED LIGHT REFLEX
• I’ve noticed that women who have problems with the menstrual cycle manifest activated red light reflex.
• A woman has abdominal distension, and she cannot relax her abdominal muscles, her shoulders, neck and head are pushed forward.
• A few active therapies of the AEQ method® improve the ability to lower average tonus of the abdominal muscles.
• The pain stops during menstruation; the menstrual cycle becomes regular again.
50 % to 90 % of women occasionally have problems with painful menstruation (Dysmenorrhea).
Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for menstrual cramps caused by uterine contractions, and it is similar to contractions at childbirth. The uterus (which is a muscle) mildly contracts throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle, however, uterus contracts more strongly during menstruation, and spasms are even stronger during childbirth.
When deciding to learn the AEQ Method, we need to be aware that it is long-term experiential learning designed to improve communication between our physical reality and the conscious. Today, fewer people know and use long-term experience-based learning, mainly because they do not have the time. Anyone who wants to overcome physical or character limitations by learning the AEQ method has lived for a long time or is living in a lack of time. Such a way of living wasn’t a rule in the past, but today, haste and egocentrism in a natural environment are quickly punished. But this does not mean that we have also structurally and functionally adapted to the changing way of life on a physical level.
Accepting/giving, opening/closing, expanding/shrinking are all words that can be compared to breathing – inhale/exhale.
The purpose of breathing is to exchange gasses between air and blood in our lungs as efficiently as we can. The oxygen that comes from the air, which the most important substance for a human, thus becomes accessible to all body cells, and in the presence of oxygen, the cells release the energy that the cells need to function.
Despite man having the same basic body structure as other mammals, he is the only one that is perfectly balanced in an upright posture.
The foundation for it is the increased role and strength of the buttock muscle. Upright posture has exposed the vulnerable parts of his body (stomach, neck, and crotch) to the world. Exposed, he began to understand his feelings and develop the ability to express them. At the same time, his front limbs gained another purpose and meaning. When you observe a violinist during a play, you believe that his hands have a life of their own. Man owes a highly developed touch to his hands, which is very important in the perception of reality and most influences the development and functioning of the mind.
Fortunately, we have become increasingly aware of how important the body is and that it is not an entity far removed from the spirit and mind. The Ancient Greeks used to say: A healthy spirit in a healthy body.
A person without consciousness would be like a robot: perfect in his movement, nor would he make too much or too little movement in unconditional goal orientation.
He would feel no emotion and feeling and would be carefully protected from pain. But since man is not a machine, it is good that he pays close attention to his consciousness. Being aware of oneself is natural to us and allows us to choose and make decisions. The freer we are in body and spirit, the easier we direct our life, while ignorance makes us prisoners of a vicious circle of problems and illnesses.
Our organism is a complex and developing system, so it constantly forces us to nurture its integrity so that we are completely aware of it and try to advance in every level of living. A person’s consciousness is the one that allows all parts of the system to be efficient and cooperative. Self-awareness allows us to feel the shortcomings in our system’s functioning; only constant learning prevents us from shying away from problems. Learning the AEQ method is the approach that allows us to know and act, which gives us invaluable experience.
Changing the mind and not ‘fixing’ the muscles and body structure
Conventional approaches toward rectifying mistakes in our body felt as chronic pain, movement limitation, or inefficient movement derive from the body’s structure and how muscle and body processes work.
Chemical compounds that belong in the medical doctrine, muscle groups’ strengthening, and most often, long-term rehabilitation procedures are often invasive interventions in the body. They usually bring only short-term changes for the better and long-term deterioration of health. We like to say: genetics is to blame, and changes for the worse are “normal and inevitable.” What the things mentioned above have in common is that the rehabilitation process usually does not involve changes in a conscious effort to feel and understand your body how, when, and why improper movement occurred.
From the moment you decide to change to the moment you feel the change, there is a period of progression.
You swing between the old and new, despite knowing, understanding, and feeling that the old doesn’t suit you anymore, disturbs you, or even harms you. And despite that, you’re still swinging between what once was and what you wish to be or wish to have. Progression is needed if we wish to survive. When I explain to a client how to solve problems with the AEQ method®, I often hear, “I’ve known a lot about this for a long time, but it hasn’t helped me so far.” To which I then ask, “Do you actually understand and comprehend this and actively deal with pain and problems?”
There is a big difference between knowing what needs to be done and learning from both successes and failures. We need to take our time and deal with change; conscious actions are required.
The main purpose of learning better muscle control is to achieve mastery. Muscle control involves much more than improving the ability to contract them. It includes increasing the ability to relax (expand) muscles, which is just as important as contracting them. It allows better selective control over the muscles and, consequently, the development and improvement of selective muscle use, which are important for performing the movement in a more appropriate way (agonists/antagonists).
That way, we increase the efficiency of energy usage on two different levels. On the first one, the energy is diverted towards agonists so that they can contract muscles. In contrast, energy diverted to the second level frees the muscles that were supposed to expand for movement to occur. That way, we increase the efficiency of converting energy into labor and, thus, lower entropy.
Proprioception and muscle stiffness
The key to understanding the causes of chronic pain in our muscles and joints lies within our proprioception, which is being aware of movement, and feeling ourselves. Muscles and most tissues in the body have sensory cells and receptors that tell the brain what is going on in and around the body.
When the muscle tenses up and contracts or relaxes and expands, and everything is as it should be with our proprioception, then we will feel that immediately. We also have sensory cells in the joints, which tell us how much pressure is in them and determine the joint’s position and angle. The skin constantly sends out sensory data, and the internal organs communicate the organs’ state with the nerve endings of the brain. Proprioception involves the entire central nervous system, from the body’s sensors to the sensory part of the brain. In the brain, the sensory part is connected to the motor part so that the sensory information coming from the body becomes the guide for the movement commands that we send back to the same area. The sensory-motor system is designed so that we cannot feel without movement, and we cannot move without feeling. When we move, we sense our movement, while feedback allows us to know what we are doing and where we are. This constant exchange of senses and orders allows us to live and learn.
Learning the AEQ method® needs to be a pleasant and comfortable experience to achieve the full effect, and our clients are always surprised how fast the time flew by. It means our clients have learned a lot, which is the primary goal of the AEQ method®.
Albert Einstein wrote: We learn the most by doing things with such pleasure that we even fail to notice when the time passed.
Learning through the AEQ exercises® is also the key to changes of the neuromuscular system functioning, which is used to direct the awareness to the body. Lack of awareness is the main reason for chronic pain, which is a way that our uses body tries to get out attention.
I can honestly say the chronic pain is the result of constant lack of attention devoted to the body, its sensations and movement. Usually, as a consequence of demands from the environment, not to sense the sensations and emotions we have as a child and not to express them. Be quiet, be a good boy or a girl; do what is right for you… All that leads to rising muscle tonus to adapt or run away from reality, which we can’t stand and can’t change.