• Neurofeedback Training

    After 20 years of regular panic attacks, I thought it was normal to feel anxious! Neurofeedback training helped me to deeply experience being calm yet able to function…

    I was able to go back to work
    after 6 months of absence!

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  • Neuroplasticity

    According to the ATEC scoring, my son does not qualify anymore for autism. Yes, I agree with Normand Doidge:

    “…many ‘circuits’ and even basic reflexes that we think are hardwired, are not.”
    The Brain That Changes Itself

  • Assessment

    Analysing modes of physiological brain function and dysfunction

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  • Neurodevelopment Through Movement

    Giving the brain a “second chance” (Sally Goddard)

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  • An Efficient Brain

    Mental and emotional flexibility with stability

  • Optimal Brain Function

    “Neurofeedback training has helped out son to reach his true potential. Thank you so much.”
    – Parents of a young adult diagnosed Asperger

Anat Baniel Approach

The Anat Baniel Method

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The Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® is a neuroscience based approach for neurological growth and the recovery of function. It is a unique, cutting-edge method that evolved from Anat Baniel’s background and the work of the Israeli engineer and physicist, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. By accessing the amazing power of the brain to change itself, NeuroMovement® helps people discover how to improve the mind and body, dramatically enhancing physical, cognitive, emotional, and creative performance.

“The discovery of neuroplasticity is the discovery that our brains can change their structure and function through mental experience alone.”
Norman Doidge, MD, Author of “The Brain’s Way of Healing”

NeuroMovement® builds upon the reality of neuroplasticity, taking advantage of the fact that the brain can change for the better at any age in response to the correct stimuli. Through gentle movements and manipulations, the Anat Baniel Method® wakes up the brain to move beyond limitations and overcome pain. Using the feedback from the central nervous system, the practitioner gives the brain specific sensory and motor information, guiding it towards more efficient patterns. This method purposefully avoids areas that drive pain or that create a stress response. Instead, it teaches the brain to remap itself, to change its very structure, and to form new abilities. Often, traditional approaches focus on the body’s deficiencies, forcing it to function in predetermined ways through painful, repetitious exercises.

The Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® introduces a whole new way of functioning. It is drug-free and pain-free approach that treats the body and the brain as a whole and intelligent system, capable of dramatic change at any time of life.

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The body and brain work as an intelligent. Information system that thrives on variation and subtlety. In order to promote positive neuroplastic change, we must purposely avoid patterns that drive pain or that create a stress response and we must “wake up the brain” to perceive differences. In this way, the focus shifts from fixing to connecting.

The traditional way of thinking focuses on the disability and encourages painful, repetitious movements to overcome limitations. Painful repetition turns off the brain’s learning switch; it inhibits awareness and reinforces the existing problems. Positive changes emerge when the brain can “make sense out of the nonsense and put order into the disorder”.

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The Method in Action

Using feedback from the central nervous system, the practitioner gives the brain specific information through gentle movements and manipulations. These movements vary based on what promotes awareness and stimulates the “learning switch” in the brain. As a result, the brain is able to restructure itself for higher cognition, greater range of motion, and less pain.

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“What this practice involves makes neurological sense in a practical way. Anat Baniel has developed powerful, practical strategies for improving your abilities and building a better, stronger brain.”

–Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD, Neuroscientist, Professor Emeritus, UCSF

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Teaching the Brain a Better Way: Differentiation

“As far as the brain is concerned, the perception of differences is the basic unit of information. The Anat Baniel Method® provides the conditions that give the brain the ability to perceive differences in all dimensions, giving it the information it needs to map the body and evolve a person’s ability to think, feel, and move once again.”
(theanatbanielmethod.com)

Everything we see a healthy child or an adult do is the result of the process of differentiation in the brain. Each person’s specific experiences shape the way in which their brain processes information so when a problem such as a stroke, brain injury, autism, cerebral palsy, or a genetic disorder disrupts the process, the individual manifests a host of limitations. Often, there is a great emphasis on trying to get a person to do what they are supposed to be doing based on their specific age, but ABM NeuroMovement® takes a very different approach. Instead of trying to directly fix the problem by focusing on what a person cannot do, the focus shifts to where the solutions actually lie. The brain must learn the easiest, the most effective, and the most painless way of operating in order to achieve greater, overall well-being.

When the brain learns to notice the differences, it can create healthier, pain-free, and more efficient neural pathways for more efficient living. Old pathways that drive pain and limitation can diminish and new pathways that promote vitality can emerge. The Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement® has been used to help restore and improve the physical, cognitive, and emotional functions for people of all ages and conditions.

#6 Flexible goals: moving around the edges of present ability where the experience of change is most accessible.
#7 The leaning switch: bringing yourself into the here and now.
#8 Imagination and dreams: it has the power to upgrade the quality of our brain’s functioning.
#9 Awareness: it elevates the brain to a place of discovery and choice rather than being on automatic pilot.

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9 principles of neuroplasticity used in the Anat Baniel approach

Yes, the brain can change itself under the right conditions.

#1 Movement with attention: every thing we do, think, feel, and learn is movement.
#2 Slow: “Fast, we can only do what we already know”.
#3 Variation: we introduce a variation in an area where the child is already doing well.
#4 Subtility: the ability to perceive small differences with the senses.
#5 Enthusiasm: the person feel differences as it unfolds.

#6 Flexible goals: moving around the edges of present ability where the experience of change is most accessible.
#7 The leaning switch: bringing yourself into the here and now.
#8 Imagination and dreams: it has the power to upgrade the quality of our brain’s functioning.
#9 Awareness: it elevates the brain to a place of discovery and choice rather than being on automatic pilot.

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ABM NeuroMovement® addresses:

Concussions
Migraines
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Birth
Cerebral Palsy
Neurological Disorders
Stroke Recovery
Parkinson’s Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Vertigo

Coordination
Chronic Back Pain
Chronic Body Pain
Fibromyalgia
Arthritis
Aging
Recovery from Surgery
Recovery from Injury
Anxiety and Depression
PTSD

Developmental Delays
Sensory Integration
Autism
Autism Spectrum
Asperger’s
ADD, ADHD
Learning Disabilities
Genetic Disorders
Congenital Disorders