The Anat Baniel Method
The ANAT BANIEL METHOD derives from the groundbreaking method developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. The Method is based on cutting-edge scientific theory and the understanding of how the brain learns. Movement and awareness of self are the main means for communicating with the brain in order to bring about potent learning and change. Anat Baniel expanded the application of the same scientific principles to include not only the body and movement -- but also emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development. The Anat Baniel Method embodies an extensive evolution of the Feldenkrais Method in several key directions: Anti-Aging and Vitality; Pain Relief; Children with Special Needs; and High Performers. It also embodies evolution and refinements of practice and teaching.
Anat, in 15 years of apprenticeship and close cooperation with Dr. Feldenkrais, followed by 20 years of continued practice, teaching, and study, has been steadily evolving and refining the Feldenkrais Method to the present Anat Baniel Method.
“The Essentials of Vitality” are qualities healthy children have that, when reintroduced in adulthood, reverse many of the common symptoms of aging and provide people access to easy, fluid, and coordinated movement; flexibility and strength; greater health and comfort in the body; alert, vibrant thinking; richer and greater capacity to feel; emotional and spiritual evolution; and most importantly, access to one’s authentic self. These essentials are also the means by which the brain continues to learn and grow." -Anat Baniel - The Anat Baniel Method
Anat Baniel Method (sm), Functional Synthesis (FS)
Based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais this is Ms Baniel’s evolution and development of the individual lessons. As with the group lessons, the outcomes are transformational and immediate. In addition, she has taken the remarkable body of knowledge and practice and developed it so it can be used to meet unique needs. Now practitioners can specialize working in the areas of children with special needs; vitality and anti-aging; pain relief; and high performers.
Feldenkrais "Awareness Through Movement Lessons" (R) students temporarily set aside habitual patterns, thereby enjoying freer, easier movement, and gaining more accurate and complete perception of the body and movement in general.
ATM emphasizes improving brain-body communication over stretching and straining immediately so people experience a safer and longer lasting change in their posture, movement and body image than if they worked out using force and will power.
Regardless of your level of physical fitness, the body begins to work better immediately because the intelligence of the whole person–their brain, muscles and nervous system–is engaged. The lessons directly engage this intelligence while creating the conditions for effective learning. ATM's are accessible to everyone and the results can be extraordinary. They offer an impressive variety of movement situations, addressing every area, joint, and muscle group in the body and every human function.