Brain-based Rehabilitation Solutions

The Anat Baniel Method offers a groundbreaking hands-on approach to helping people of all ages and abilities overcome pain and achieve substantial, lasting improvements in their physical performance, emotional well-being, and mental functioning by harnessing the power of brain plasticity.

A hallmark of modern neuroscience, the concept of brain plasticity stems from the recognition that the human brain can “rewire” itself, changing structurally and functionally 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 diseases that disrupt or disable some of the brain’s functions.

The Anat Baniel Method uses movement and awareness as the main tools to develop, enhance, or restore one’s functional abilities. However, it stands in stark contrast to conventional physical therapy interventions and other rehabilitation approaches that attempt to bring change directly to specific joints or muscle groups. It also works very differently from psychotherapy techniques that target the hotspots of emotional tension within the body. Unlike these modalities, the Anat Baniel Method shifts the focus away from the “problem areas” to where the solutions actually lie — the brain — and uses movement as a language, a means of providing the brain with the information it needs to guide the body and mind to higher levels of functioning and coordination.

Anat Baniel Method sessions involve gentle touch and movements executed with close attention to what a person feels. Through these movement explorations, the brain “wakes up” to itself, becoming aware of how it currently interacts with other parts of the body and the outer world. As this process unfolds, the brain organizes the various sensory inputs into meaningful patterns, or experiences, with which it spontaneously discovers new solutions that are more beneficial for the person. It can be figuring out how to overcome limitations in movement, how to unravel complex ideas, or how to navigate social interactions. A vital aspect of the practitioner’s role in this process is to convey the experience of safety, pleasure, and ease of movement that enables the person’s brain to operate in learning mode, exploring new possibilities. Conversely, the practitioner intentionally avoids forcing the person into performing a desired action beyond his or her range of comfort, as this would shift the person’s brain into protective mode, when its ability to acquire new advanced skills is vastly reduced.

The Anat Baniel Method is endorsed by many physicians and the world’s leading neuroscientists such as Michael Merzenich who has praised it for providing “powerful, practical strategies for improving your abilities and your brain that are strongly supported by the neuroscience of brain plasticity.” Improvements achieved through this method often surpass medical expectations.

To learn more about the Anat Baniel Method, visit the founder’s website:  www.anatbanielmethod.com

Conditions the Anat Baniel Method can help:

  • Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion
  • Scoliosis
  • Balance and coordination issues
  • Limited movement and stiffness
  • Poor posture
  • Recovery from trauma, injury, and surgery
  • Occupational stress or repetitive strain
  • Neurological issues such as MS, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease
  • Symptoms associated with aging
  • Fibromyalgia

 The Anat Baniel Method in Practice

There are two main modalities of learning in the Anat Baniel Method: Transformational Movement and Functional Synthesis lessons.

• Transformational Movement lessons are group sessions in which the students are verbally guided through a series of interconnected gentle movements that utilized attention and imagination. These lessons are performed with the students, comfortably dressed, sitting or lying on mats, and proceed in a manner attuned to each student’s own pace and range of motion. As the lessons progress, participants become increasingly aware of their hitherto automatic movement routines, including the habitual constraints that interfere with physical ease. This heightened state of awareness is what makes these lessons transformational, since it allows people to climb out of their familiar mindsets and routines, inspiring a fresh attitude: beginner’s mind, which is a prerequisite to discovering new possibilities in every area of life, including movement, emotion, and thinking.

• Functional Synthesis lessons are one-to-one, hands-on sessions customized to the student’s particular needs. In these sessions, practitioners use a very gentle touch and subtle manipulation which can be best understood as a direct, yet noninvasive, form of non-verbal communication aimed at helping the student discover new and more harmonious ways to move that help eliminate pain, transcend limitations, and reach higher levels of performance. Sessions are conducted with the student fully clothed, sitting, standing, or reclining on a specially designed table. Similar to Transformation Movement lessons, Functional Synthesis sessions use movement as the vehicle to facilitate mental and emotional balance and vitality, along with physical well-being.

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