The Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® is a leading-edged, science based approach which takes advantage of brain plasticity to improve the way movement is organised, to restore, enhance or develop function and action abilities.
Contrary to other techniques of rehabilitation, which mechanically focus on specific joints or muscle groups, often with repetitive movements, NeuroMovment® is an holistic method which understands the person to be a completely integrated system of mind and body. By shifting away from ‘problem areas’ to intentionally communicating directly with the brain in the language it understands, movement.
NeuroMovment is able to provide the brain with information it needs to guide the body and mind to higher levels of functioning and co-ordination. The method transforms the lives of children and adults, facilitating their ability to move beyond pain and limitation. By accessing the amazing powers of the brain to change itself, the method helps people to improve the mind and body, enhancing movement abilities as well as cognitive, emotional and creative function.
NeuroMovement® is borne from a fundamental understanding that movement is the language of the brain. Movement stimulates the brain to grow and organise itself, whilst at the same time the brain marshals all movement, thoughts, emotions and actions.
The brain has a huge capacity for rapid change, growth and development (otherwise known as brain plasticity).
Taking advantage of this knowledge, the method uses movement to communicate with the brain, to grow and upgrade itself to become more skilful in movement, action, thinking, and emotions: understanding the person as an integrated, highly complex system where the mind and body are one, self-organising system.
Working closely with children and adults over many years, Anat Baniel honed her method to incorporate The Nine Essentials, which clearly identify how to best get the brain’s attention during a NeuroMovement® ‘lesson’ and at other learning times. In doing so, the brain is more able to successfully guide the body and mind to rapidly change to higher levels of co-ordination and function.
After becoming a Feldenkrais trainer Anat Baniel soon moved to the US in 1982 where she quickly developed a practice with babies and children, athletes, musicians, and adults. Through her many years of working as a trainer, teacher and private practitioner, she went on to evolve her original training into a new method, NeuroMovement®, which combines the teachings of Dr Feldenkrais with her own understanding and techniques.
Anat Baniel’s work with children and special needs is world renowned, applauded by parents, health professionals and those at the leading edge of the neurosciences. As more and more brain scientists, medical doctors and other professionals are endorsing her method, she is currently collaborating with Dr Michael Merzenich, a world-renowned neuroscientist and brain plasticity expert, on a pilot research project to create an ABM-based movement programme for traumatic brain injured adults.
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais was a brilliant physicist, engineer and judo master who, way ahead of his time, pioneered a learning system that uses movement and awareness of self to bring about remarkable changes in the human mind and body. Based on his understanding of the central nervous system he created a mode that incorporates over 1,000 movement-lessons and personalised hands-on teachings which he designed around specific functions to make it possible for the brain to organise action more effectively.