"Our only limitation is our belief that it is so." - dr. moshé feldenkrais
Anat Baniel Method® (ABM) NeuroMovement®
The Anat Baniel Method® (ABM) evolved out of Anat Baniel’s three decades of breakthrough work and transformational outcomes with adults and with children who have special needs.
Anat Baniel’s work with children and adults, along with training thousands of people, gave her many experiences from which to draw conclusions about how the brain works. Anat was using principles of brain plasticity many years before brain science caught up and began validating her work.
For many years, scientists believed that the adult brain was unchangeable. Today, we now know that a person’s brain can change at any age. Decades of research done by thousands of neuroscientists has shown that the brain can change itself.
The question is: What changes the brain?
The answer is: Movement.
Einstein was right: “Nothing happens until something moves.”
The questions become: What needs to move? How does it need to move? And what is the potential of that movement?
In the human organism, there are no one-way streets. The mind affects the body. The body affects the mind. In fact, the dichotomy between them is an illusion. It’s a circle. A circuit.
Anat Baniel has spent her entire career, over 30 years, exploring the conditions and the kind of physical movements that develop the brain. She studied under Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for many years, before she developed her own method, the Anat Baniel Method (ABM) Neuromovement. She has since taught hundreds of students around the world to become practitioners, using her work to bring about positive brain change for children and adults.
The concept of neuro plasticity stems from the recognition that the human brain can “rewire” itself in response to new experiences throughout life. This wonderful characteristic of our brain is not only responsible for our ability to learn new things and unlearn old habits. It is also the key that unlocks our potential to recover from traumas, strokes, and disease that disrupt or disable some of the brain’s functions.
Children are born to be amazing learning machines—their brains growing and forming at a staggering rate of 1,800,000 new connections per second. In early infancy, movements are often random and involuntary. Yet these experiences feed the brain with information it uses to form recognizable patterns, and to organize and control all dimensions of movement. The science of neuro plasticity shows how, under the right conditions, the brain can restructure itself in remarkable ways, at any age. The birth of new brain cells can occur in adults, as well as children.
Quote from Neuroscientist Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD:
"Scientists have defined the ‘rules’ governing neuro plasticity. Anat Baniel, working in parallel along a completely different path, has defined almost exactly the same rules and interprets them in practical and understandable human terms as the Nine Essentials that should contribute richly to clinical intervention.”
- Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD “Father” of brain plasticity science Winner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, and Author of Soft-Wired
"Movement is the Language of the Brain." - Anat Baniel
Anat Baniel, best-selling author of Move Into Life and Kids Beyond Limits, is the creator of the Anat Baniel Method ® Neuromovement® (ABMNM). ABM Neuromovement ® is a powerful practice that harnesses the advantage of the brain's ability to change and develop at any age and given any circumstances to evolve and heal both mind and body. Trained as a clinical psychologist, mathmatician, statistician and dancer, Baniel worked closely for many years with the physicist Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais, learning his renowned somatic educational system. Since then, she has successfully worked with thousands of people, from high-performance athletes, dancers, and musicians, to those suffering from pain and injury, and perhaps most famously, has become internationally renowned for the outcomes produced during her work with children with special needs. Anat has trained hundreds of practitioners in her method worldwide. Her bestselling book, Kids Beyond Limits, provides practical tools and describes how to apply her techniques to access the remarkable capacities of the human brain to change itself for the better. The book also explores the Nine Essentials, suggesting what children and those closest to them may do to provide the environment needed for them to overcome their challenges and to dramatically improve their emotional, intellectual, and physical abilities. Her book can be purchased on Amazon.