The "Nine Essentials" are

insights into how to help the brain change and learn.


How They Are Used

NeuroMovement® practitioners are trained to determine WHAT the brain needs to learn next and HOW to then create a "lesson" for the brain.

In creating a lesson for the brain, they follow the Nine Essentials, which clients and parents can also use at home and in life.

These Nine Essentials were created by Anat Baniel and set NeuroMovement apart from other treatments. They are the insights that have made the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® so successful, and for many clients become ideas to live by.

For parents, these essentials are beautifully brought to life in Anat Baniel's book Kids Beyond LimitsFor adults, there is the book Move Into Life, also by Anat Baniel.


The Nine Essentials

1. Movement with Attention

You cannot learn what you do not notice.

When you act without thought, you reinforce the brain’s habits, helpful or not. When you pay attention to what you are doing and how it actually feels, your brain wakes up and learns something new.

NeuroMovement helps the brain notice what is happening in the body or mind so that it makes the neural connections needed for change.

2. Slow

The slower you go, the more you learn.

When you act quickly, the brain draws from what it already knows. When you go slowly, the brain has time to gather more information and to try something different.

NeuroMovement is a slow practice, which allows more complex neural connections to develop rather than grooving in simpler connections too soon.

3. Variation

The more you experience, the more you teach the brain.

Your brain learns what you experience. When you always do something the same way, your brain learns that there is no other option. When you learn to do something in different ways, your brain understands the possibilities and responds creatively as needed.

NeuroMovement gives the brain new and diverse experiences, expanding how the brain understands the body and mind.

4. Subtlety

To perceive the details that matter, you must turn down the volume on life.

An intense effort or stimulus overwhelms the senses, making the brain less sensitive to important details. When everything is gentler, calmer, and softer, the brain perceives subtle differences between one way of doing things and another, and becomes wiser and more agile.

NeuroMovement helps the brain perceive nuances in the body and mind that were previously drowned out by intensity or excessive effort.

5. Enthusiasm

The brain remembers what brings happiness. 

When you feel happiness within yourself and sense it from others, your brain learns that what is happening in that moment is important, and it magnifies your experience. The brain is less concerned with formal praise and rewards, and notices above all when genuine happiness is shared, even when unspoken.

NeuroMovement lessons are designed to be enjoyable because the brain learns best when at play. If your NeuroMovement lessons are not bringing joy or creating interest, then the brain will not engage optimally.

6. Flexible Goals

Reaching goals requires flexibility about how to get there.

Focusing on big goals that are presently beyond reach can distract us from smaller successes and breakthroughs. If we follow smaller breakthroughs like stepping stones, they often take us somewhere better than we had imagined.

In NeuroMovement, the brain first demonstrates what it knows, and then it is shown what it could most readily learn next. When we hold our goals loosely, the brain can guide and surprise us.

7. The Learning Switch

Your brain decides when it is safe to learn.

Learning and change can feel risky. Safety, connection, and comfort open your brain to learning and to seeing beyond your limitations. Pain, fatigue, repetition, and feelings of powerlessness can turn off your “learning switch” and result in lots of effort with little gain. 

NeuroMovement helps you eliminate patterns and habits that are turning off your “learning switch” and interfering with your brain’s capacity to learn.

8. Imagination and Dreams

Science shows that what you imagine can change your brain.

Exploring and replaying something in your imagination improves your abilities in real life. The capacity to imagine beyond your lived experiences opens possibilities for what you are able to do next. The brain also operates on a use-it-or-lose-it principle, and imagination and daydreams bring the brain to life.

NeuroMovement encourages playfulness, visualizations, and hope to fully engage your brain in creating the desired change.

9. Awareness

When you are fully present, your brain learns the fastest.

When you can observe yourself with interest and curiosity, attending to what and how you feel, your neural connections increase exponentially.

NeuroMovement helps you work toward this type of active awareness so that you can more quickly experience positive change.