• 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

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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.

“What this practice involves makes neurological sense in a practical way.”
Dr. Michael Merzenich, Professor Emeritus, UCSF, Kavli Laureate in Neuroscience

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“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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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.

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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

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Testimonies

Linda, age 71

“During the month of December 2018, I had four lessons with Joanne, doing Anat Baniel Movement Lessons. These sessions have improved the quality of my life. I stand more upright and and my balance and coordination have improved.”

“I feel more aware and sensitive to my body and my environment . I feel more Alive!”

“I am sleeping better at night. I am more relaxed and experience less tension in my body. Parts of my body were numb and felt like cement… they now have feeling. I am feeling a new self confidence. My energy is up and am motivated to improve my health and well being.”

“Joanne is a wise person who is welcoming and sensitive to an individual’s issues. Joanne has an innate ability to listen and read the body. She draws forth hope and confidence in a safe and trusting manner. She is professional and gracious and I highly recommend her work.”

Amanda, age 30

“I have been receiving intensive lessons from Joanne. When I began with her, I was in unbearable, chronic pain, had a posterior pelvic tilt, and had ongoing migraines. After only a couple sessions with Joanne, my pelvis shifted to its proper placement and I now do not have any lower back pain. The chronic pain diminished to nearly nothing and the migraine headaches have reduced to one per month. Joanne is an intelligent, knowledgeable person who has an understanding heart. She saw past the surface issues and gave me exactly what I needed to heal.”

Audrey, age 86

“I have Rheumatoid Arthritis which is now in remission. I am very happy for the six lessons Joanne gave. Since then people tell me I am walking better. I have no pain, but only a little stiffness. I have a new flexibility and sleep very well, this has improved my quality of life.”

David, age 72

“During the month of December 2018, I had four lessons with Joanne, doing Anat Baniel Movement Lessons. I walk more upright and generally feel more alert and energized. I have been experiencing hip pain and now have had no pain for a week and a half. There is less stiffness in my lower back and there is an ease in moving about. My sleep has improved. I appreciate the wisdom and skill that Joanne offers in these sessions and I highly recommend her to others.”

Luba, age 58

“When I came for my session, I was suffering from severe Vertigo and knee pain. During the session I felt very comfortable and at ease and the feeling was very peaceful and pleasant. After my session, the spinning lessened and I felt grounded. I haven’t had vertigo since. My knee movements feel more flexible.”

“Overall the experience was a benefit to my well being. Joanne’s patience and knowledge is much appreciated.”

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