Contrary to conventional wisdom, neuroscientists have recently shown that under the right circumstances, the brain can restructure itself in remarkable ways, regardless of age.
Studies done with rats close to the end of their lives, showed how negative changes that are normally attributed to ageing (such as loss of strength, dexterity, perceptual acuity and more) can be reversed through training. The birth of new brain cells can occur in adults as well as children. Something believed impossible not so long ago.
This incredible plasticity is the ability of the brain and nervous system to change structurally and functionally in response to experience. It occurs on the level of cellular and cortical remapping changes – the most recognised forms of this plasticity are learning, memory and recovery from brain damage.
Neural connections are dependent upon how you live and act as they are constantly being created or deleted. The more automatic, rigid and habitual the thinking, movement and activities are, the more the brain will tend to deteriorate. What follows is that pain, limitation, boredom, malaise and even depression are more likely to be experienced. Neural pathways that are not used actually die off in a process call ‘synaptic pruning’ – most adult brains reflect a lot of pruning as people settle into habitual living patterns.
Because of these advances in knowledge, we are now able to understand the necessary underlying process which leads to growth and improved brain function. Through different forms of exercise, the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® expertly uses the many mechanisms that drive the brain to change and induce neuroplasticity in different brain regions. With a better, stronger brain, positive changes occur in all aspects that may not otherwise be possible for adults and children.
Dr Merzenich, known by many as the “father” of neuroplasticity, is a world authority on the subject. Speaking of ABM he says “Anat Baniel has developed powerful, practical strategies for improving your abilities and building a better, stronger brain supported by the neuroscience of brain plasticity”.
His book explains how the brain rewires itself at anytime through a lifespan, and how to take control of the process for an improved life.