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It is through stories

and testimonials that this approach begins to give hope where it was lost.

 
 

Sofia

adult with back pain

What do you like about ABM/NeuroMovement®?
I like that ABM is about retraining my body so that I am empowered to move more efficiently and with more ease. At the end of a lesson, I leave feeling like I've done an hour of deep meditation. My body is quiet, still, blissfully at peace.

How has it helped?
I find my body holds itself differently. I notice space and ease in places that seemed tight or not quite right before. I am better able to move and walk, stand, sit with ease and less pain. I find that my body just notices what is not comfortable and makes a correction in my posture. I'm not on high alert looking to do that—it just happens naturally now. The other night I danced for three hours straight—and no back pain! Things that were previously tiring, sore or limited now seem to be more free and easy again.

What do you like about working with Hilary?
I really appreciate Hilary's gentle touch and generous spirit. I love that she lets me know what is happening and how to notice the subtle nuances of my body's signals. If anything is just not feeling quite right, I can let her know and get correction. It's my only job—to notice and let her know. I trust Hilary; she makes me feel safe and that allows me to let go completely into the session. 


Katy

parent of a five-year-old with global developmental delay

“Hilary is so gentle, understanding, flexible, and great with kids. I like how enjoyable and fun ABM is for my son. We’ve tried a few different types of therapy, and my son has enjoyed NeuroMovement the most. It has brought out a side of him that we’ve never seen before, and the changes have maintained over time.”


Mohamed Assani

professional sitar player with carpal tunnel syndrome

(1) What do you like about ABM/NeuroMovement?
After a NeuroMovement session, your body responds almost intuitively. The way Hilary moves the body seems to help it return to its natural form. At the end of the session, you stand up and can feel that the body is different. You also feel brighter, physically lighter, and even emotionally lighter. But there isn't great effort or thinking involved on your part during the session itself. Exercises at home allow for more progress, and even those feel intuitive—your body just understands and responds.

(2) How has it helped?
I am a professional musician, teacher, and composer. My main instrument is the sitar, and over years of playing I developed carpal tunnel syndrome, creating pain in my hands and wrists. I tried everything—physiotherapy, anti-inflammatories and more–but nothing helped. Then a friend referred me to Hilary. When I first saw Hilary, I was really stuck. I had stopped performing for six months and had my next performance in five days. Upon learning my situation, Hilary quickly squeezed in another session, the second just two days before my performance. She didn't work on my hands or wrists specifically. She moved other parts of my body in ways that reminded it how not to overuse the strained areas. And it worked! To my surprise and relief, I was able to perform and to perform pain-free. Even more surprising, I could hear the improvement in my music.

(3) What do you like about working with Hilary?
Hilary is extremely professional and disciplined. She just seems to get it and listens well. It's very easy to communicate with her, and she really cares about her clients.

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Rachel

parent of a five-year-old with cerebral palsy

What do you like about ABM/NeuroMovement?
NeuroMovement works with the child where they are at, not forcing them to try (and fail) to do things they cannot. It is the only “therapy” for my son, who has cerebral palsy, that has actually made sense to me and that has given me hope that he might learn to do things that he otherwise might not have. I love it because it works with the brain—not just focusing on the muscles or the mechanics of the body. I know that my son's brain has the capacity to rewire itself to get around the brain injury, and this practice helps and encourages and gives his brain the chance to do this. When I read Anat's book that Hilary gave me on our first visit, I couldn't put it down, and I got so excited about the possibilities. I love that we don't know what he will learn next after our visits with Hilary, but clearly he always does learn something. Also, our son enjoys his sessions with Hilary, and it’s no trouble getting him in the door.

How has it helped?
My son has general overall improved coordination and balance and better fine motor skills. His speech is clearer and more natural. He didn't used to be able to move his tongue around where he wanted it to go, and now he mostly can. He runs faster; he falls less. After each “intensive” with Hilary, we can see him come alive even more.  

What do you like about working with Hilary?
Hilary is great at seeing where my son is at emotionally as soon as he walks through the door, and no matter where he is at she can always work with him. He doesn't always make it easy, but she takes it in stride. She clearly has experience with a range of kids. When I have a session with Hilary, I always respond to her gentle touch. She is a skillful ABM practitioner. 


H.W.

adult client

“Meeting Hilary Mason and NeuroMovement has been a brilliant discovery for me. Through our work together, significant light has been shed on some challenges I am experiencing, and my movement practice and presence has deepened. Hilary is patient and empathic in her ability to listen and to touch. I am so grateful!”


Natalie

parent of a three-year-old child with a genetic difference

“After reading Kids Beyond Limits, the concept of neuroplasticity immediately resonated with me. Despite our son's young age (three months old at the time), I was already struggling with traditional therapies that focused on his limitations. Trying  to get him to start doing something ‘he should be doing’ was extremely frustrating for him and for my husband and me to watch. The ABM/NeuroMovement approach, which focuses on the endless capacity/possibilities of the brain, is not only much gentler, but is also customized to each child’s unique needs. By focusing on the brain's growth potential rather than how certain muscles were not doing what they should, ABM was a ray of light in what was otherwise a bleak diagnosis.

“Over the years, our son has benefited in countless ways from his lessons with Hilary. From big movement and balance milestones to new sounds and focus, ABM has and will continue to be an integral part of his development. Hilary has an especially gentle approach and has developed a touching connection with our little guy. We are so grateful to have her close to us and for discovering this wonderful work through her.” 


 
 

Dr. Jane Hailey

Pediatrician

“Hilary Mason introduced me to The Anat Baniel Method when we first met by chance at a hospital function. As a Pediatrician, I was becoming more frustrated and skeptical about the traditional medical management of children with disabilities, especially those with physical disabilities. Hilary gave me a copy of Anat’s book, and I started reading it that day. The Anat Baniel Method has changed my personal and professional life in so many wonderful ways. I recommend Hilary wholeheartedly.”


Hilary

parent of a five-year-old with cerebral palsy

What do you like about ABM/NeuroMovement?
ABM is a gentle, movement-based approach that helps individuals with neuromotor disorders develop a better awareness of their bodies and movement, and hopefully assists with their function.

How has it helped?
After ABM sessions, my daughter has had improvements in head control, fine motor control, and language. Hilary has helped us address many of her retained reflexes so she is more comfortable on her back. She seems to have fewer dystonic movements. Importantly, she enjoys the therapy and looks forward to her sessions.

What do you like about working with Hilary?
Hilary has a gentle, patient, and family-focussed approach. She meets you where you and your family are and is respectful of other health care decisions you are making. She has connected us with other ABM families and practitioners, and we truly believe that Hilary has our daughter's best interests at heart.


Gins

older adult with muscular dystrophy and inflammatory osteoarthritis

“With Hilary, my body leaps forward with every session—better and easier than with physiotherapy. She has taught me to sit and stand with far less effort—how to relax my belly and back and awaken those intrinsic sleeping muscles. I am also walking differently now, with my right shoulder moving and feeling like part of my body. I’m also now crawling out of bed instead of lifting out of bed—a small but vital capability for me. Change was overdue and now change is happening. She probably wouldn’t want me to say it like this, but it feels like Hilary performs a miracle in every session. The benefits then last in the body and brain so each session builds on the last.”


Joan

91-year-old physiotherapist with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis

What  do you like about ABM/NeuroMovement?
I like the fact that it is about patterns of movement not groups of muscles and specific movements. The practitioner works to restore the range of movement in all joints to the extent possible, and often begins in a place remote from the area of concern. I trained as a physiotherapist many years ago. As a therapist, I worked with children with cerebral palsy. At that time, we had very little to offer these children, to change the way they moved. Gradually new methods have been introduced, but none have given me the hope that this one inspires. It is a new approach to treatment. It works and children love it. I have watched Hilary's son, Joshua, from a distance for the last 12 years. He is now walking with a walker, but he can walk without one. He stands from sitting with very little help and will be starting high school in the fall. This is really good news to my ears and an indication of what may be possible in the future.
 
How has it helped?

Watching Joshua made me wonder if this program could be adapted to help someone like me. I found out that Hilary's mother had osteoporosis and was becoming stooped and that it worked well for her. That was enough for me. I had been on exercise programs for a very long time and also had chiropractic treatment. However, I was still losing ground with decreasing range of movement in my back and knees. At age 90, and 10 years post surgery, I decided to give it a try!
 
A year has gone by. I am moving more freely but still need Nordic poles to walk any distance. I don't need any pain medication and have exercises that I can use at any time that give immediate pain relief. Both knees are better, more range in the left and more stability in the right. I haven't lost any height in the last year and am on medication to increase bone density. I do exercises on a regular basis using Anat Baniel DVDs. I am still improving and am very grateful.
 
What do you like about working with Hilary?

Hilary has a very gentle way of moving joints within the limits of pain. She listens carefully and is very observant and encouraging. She is constantly upgrading her skills through workshops and provides her clients with opportunities to take part in those taught by Anat Baniel and available on DVD.


Cenk

parent of a four-year-old with global developmental delay

What do you like about ABM/NeuroMovement?
I like the most that there is no forcing or pressuring for any movement on my son. He plays with toys throughout the ABM lesson and loves it.

How has it helped?
My son is four years old, and he has global developmental delay. He started to get ABM lessons when he was three, and he was not walking on his own back then. I believe ABM lessons played an important role for my son to increase his balance and coordination. He is walking on his own now.

What do you like about working with Hilary?
Hilary is a great personality, welcoming, helpful, and informative for our never-ending questions. Hilary is a great communicator with children—my son loves her.


Regi

hairstylist with compressed discs

What do you like about ABM/NeuroMovement?
For years, I've had some compressed discs in my back. As a hairstylist, standing virtually in one spot all day, that compression meant I was basically in chronic pain. I had seen some massage therapists and chiropractors and gotten a bit of relief, but not the real change I needed. What I like about NeuroMovement is that it worked so quickly and is so non-invasive. Everything else I have tried has been harsher. Also, Hilary said her goal was for me not to have to see her anymore, and she gave me some exercises and DVDs for making progress at home. I love this about Hilary and NeuroMovement—that the goal is creating a long-term solution that doesn't require endless visits.

How has it helped?
The first session shocked me. I was almost in disbelief that what she did, the gentle rocking motions, could actually do anything. Afterward, I felt so light-footed, a kind of all-over balance that I hadn't felt in a long time. To feel the absence of the compression was like walking on a cloud after chronic pain. In addition to my NeuroMovement exercises at home, I have had two visits with Hilary, and the change has been significant. Most of all, I haven't had to take any time off work for my back pain, whereas before I would be down for a couple of days at a time. Out of all the practitioners I've seen, Hilary has been able to give me the most permanent relief.

What do you like about working with Hilary?
I really like Hilary's demeanour and energy. She is super gentle and calming. I don't feel like I am in and out, another number on the assembly line of getting adjusted. She really spends time with you and makes you feel cared for.