Introducing the Anat Baniel Method® Neuromovement®

The Anat Baniel Method (ABM) is a science-based NeuroMovement® approach designed to improve your brain’s ‘map’ of your body and the way you move. This approach wakes up the brain to create new connections and new neurological pathways that can enhance your movement and enjoyment of life. ABM helps people improve the way they move, think, and feel. While there are many methods that try to accomplish this, ABM stands out as unique in how we go about achieving these goals.

We use a NeuroMovement® approach that utilizes the science of brain plasticity. Through movement and touch, we access the brain and give it the opportunity to learn new skills and discover new possibilities. ABM practitioners provide the optimal conditions for the brain to perceive finer and more subtle differences. The result is a faster, more skillful, and better learning brain.

Whether your goal is to move more freely, rid yourself of aches and pains, improve your balance, cope with a chronic health issue, or increase athletic or artistic performance ABM will empower you to live life more fully, with greater joy and success.


anatAnat Baniel, founder of the Anat Baniel Method®, is the author of two books, Move Into Life: NeuroMovement® for Lifelong Vitality and Kids Beyond Limits. Anat was trained as a clinical psychologist and dancer. She studied under Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais and worked closely with him for more than fifteen years. Anat combined the teachings of Feldenkrais with her own understanding and techniques. She is the director of the Anat Baniel Method Center in San Rafael, California where she has helped thousands of people of all ages, children to elderly, and all professions and walks of life to move beyond limitations and achieve greater energy, strength, and success.

A method that works…

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Benefits of the Anat Baniel Method

ABM can help with:

Pain relief

Balance and coordination

Vitality and anti-aging

Brain injury, including stroke

Cerebral Palsy

Parkinson’s Disease

Recovery from injury

Poor posture

Strength, flexibility and energy

Mental clarity, concentration, and creativity

Occupational stress or repetitive strain

ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder


Who Benefits From ABM?

Everyone. From washing dishes to working at your desk, playing golf or romping with your grandchildren, ABM enhances your ability to engage in these activities with renewed joy and vitality.

Pain Sufferers. Those experiencing chronic pain or suffering from injury find relief through the gentle, pleasurable movements of ABM.

Recovering From Injury. If you are looking to recover function from injury, surgery, or stroke, ABM can assist you to discover ways to move beyond restrictions and limitations.

Peak Performers. Athletes, musicians, CEO’s, writers, artists or any skill-based occupation find their levels of performance heightened and creativity increased.

WHAT MAKES ABM DISTINCTIVE?

ABM is about creating and expanding possibilities, rather than “fixing” a problem. Instead of trying to make something particular happen, we use movement as the means of communicating with the brain. The focus is on enhancing and bringing the brain’s attention to what already is most available, rather than what is most compromised

There is no limit to the improvement of movement.

~ Moshe Feldenkrais


Testimonials

Gail Wood is an extremely gifted therapist. Not only does she have very sensitive and knowledgeable hands, she has a God-given gift in knowing how to work with each individual. A session with Gail is a wonderful way to wake up the sleeping parts of our bodies that just need a reminder of how they were created to work in harmony with the rest of the body. Every session is a unique and individualized session based on what you body needs. Gail has been very helpful to me on my healing journey and I highly recommend working with her.

Lynn, Licensed Massage Therapist

“I was born with mild Cerebral Palsy and suffer from muscles spasms that are very painful. As an adult I had back surgery. After receiving 10 consecutive sessions with Gail, I had increased flexibility, my muscle spasms diminished and my sleep improved. I went from a high level to a low level of body spasticity with long lasting effects. I was able to get up from a chair and I experienced deeper breathing. The sessions were very soothing and enjoyable. Gail has an intuitive touch that communicates with the brain and a gentle manner that put me at ease and helped me feel safe and secure. I initially questioned what the gentle movement could accomplish yet it seemed more effective than other interventions I have experienced. I find ABM to be a more innovative and progressive way to do therapy on people with brain injuries.”

Cherie/Speech and Language Pathologist/Special Education Resource Teacher

“I have been really enjoying my new strategy for standing up and sitting down. Getting my butt out has transformed getting in and out of the car! The technique has also transformed getting up from the couch and chairs around the house. Also, the work on the table really did change the way I stood and moved. I could feel it and my wife really noticed how I stood and moved. The sessions have really made a difference!”

Jim, Organizational Change Consultant, retired

“Over the course of my career I have been exposed to innumerable techniques, but none have been as powerful. The changes are incredible. Last winter I was experiencing relentless pain in my left jaw and ear.  I had tried every type of traditional and homeopathic treatment but nothing provided the relief that I was looking for.  I was beginning to think that the pain may be dental and was preparing to have my dentist further investigate.  Just before setting up an appointment however, I went to Gail for a private session.  During that session she discovered there was a lot of pressure around my sinuses radiating to my jaw and ear.  Afterwards, I experienced immediate relief from my symptoms lasting for several days. Following several sessions and practicing more functional movement of my jaw, the pain subsided and has not returned.  I am thankful for the work that Gail does and for being able to avoid what may have been more invasive and unnecessary treatment.”

Tammy, Special Needs Coordinator

“All I can say is wow!!  I slept for a solid 6 hours without moving. That has not happened in years!!  I consider it a good night when I can get 3 hours all together.  Trying to be more conscious today of how I sit, stand and walk.”

Cheryl, Customer Service Representative

“I feel the ‘no pain, no gain’ exercise mentality is harmful and keeps people from taking care of themselves in the long run. Gail’s movement classes turn that outdated belief ‘upside down’ and reinforce a new way of being in the body that focuses on gentle movement to enhance overall health. Gail’s warm, approachable style along with her knowledge and attention to detail helped me tremendously. Subtle changes in how I move my body have positively impacted not only on how I feel physically, but also how I feel about myself mentally and emotionally.  Her teachings have practical application well beyond the actual class and will change how you think about yourself and your body on a daily basis. I believe Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® should be part of any well-rounded fitness program that emphasizes joy and pleasure in the body and I am glad we have someone in our area so well-trained to provide this service.”

Mary, NIA instructor


Classes

PRIVATE HANDS-ON MOVEMENT LESSONS

Private sessions are individual lessons where the practitioner gently guides your movement allowing for new patterns in the brain to be formed providing opportunities for change in your organization through gentle touch and guided movement.  A series of lessons is recommended to help accomplish your goals: overcoming pain, improving balance, increasing flexibility and strength, overcoming limitations due to accidents, surgeries or poor habits, enhancing fitness and cognitive performance. Lessons are 45 – 60 minutes. Please wear comfortable clothing allowing for unrestricted movement.

TRANSFORMATIONAL MOVEMENT LESSONS (TML)

TML are verbally guided classes focusing on the quality of movement through gentle exploration. Each lesson focuses on a specific sequence of movements to focus your awareness on how you organize movement. It provides the brain with the information it needs to create new, improved movement patterns. Through the lessons each person gains more understanding of themselves resulting in less pain and effort. Whether your goal is to move more freely, get rid of aches and pains, improve your balance, athletic or artistic performance or cope with a chronic health issue, the Anat Baniel Method® will empower you to become your own teacher.

Making the impossible possible, the possible comfortable, and the comfortable elegant.

~ Moshe Feldenkrais


Nine Essentials

The Anat Baniel Method is based upon Nine Essentials. These essentials are meant to help your brain wake up, grow past limitations, and thrive rewarding you with greater flexibility in body and mind.

abm-illustration_03When you visit us, expect to be greeted with enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is a learned skill alerting the brain to pay attention. Movement with attention provides the brain with new information empowering you to transform your movement. We direct your attention to various aspects of your movement assisting you to identify what is and is not working for you. Slow movement gets the brain’s attention allowing you to sense and feel what and how you do things. Variations in each lesson help your brain learn new information providing easier and more optimal ways of moving. Movements are subtle so you start perceiving differences and experience the power of gentleness. No pain equals great gain! Awareness trumps automaticity. By increasing your level of awareness, you will be able to act with enhanced precision, variety, and greater freedom. Flexible goals make the impossible possible allowing you to make mistakes along the path to improvement. Imagination and dreams assist you to mentally rehearse difficult movements to be easy, graceful, and elegant. Imagination amplifies your creativity so you find new solutions to your current limitations. The learning switch allows you to experience greater joy, vitality, and freedom to move-with-wonder-logo-sans-llc