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NeuroMovement® can

help people of all ages and abilities, because it begins with what we all share: a brain that can learn and change.

 
 

The Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® can help address a variety of injuries and can increase physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional function for those living with long-term impairments, diseases, and disabilities.

 

A Word About Diagnoses

It isn't necessary to have a diagnosis for us to work together.

In NeuroMovement, we work with you based on where you are in each visit, and not what we are told to expect based on a medical label. The method acts as a form of assessment, providing the information we need for each lesson. That said, if you have concerns about your health or your child's development, you should also see a doctor, particularly if challenges seem to be increasing or skills are being lost.

 
 

NeuroMovement Helps With

PHYSICAL INJURIES AND IMPAIRMENTS
e.g., repetitive strain injuries, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, brachial plexus injuries, decreasing mobility due to age, motor planning impairment, back pain, arthritis

CONDITIONS PRESENT FROM BIRTH OR SHORTLY AFTER BIRTH
e.g., cerebral palsy, spina bifida, torticollis

NEUROLOGICAL DIFFERENCES
e.g., ADHD, autism or ASD (NeuroMovement is helpful for both neurotypical people and autistic people.)

DEGENERATIVE DISEASES
e.g., muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's

CHROMOSOMAL DIFFERENCES
e.g., Down syndrome, cri du chat

NEURAL, COGNITIVE, AND SENSORY IMPAIRMENTS
e.g., stroke, traumatic brain injuries, learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, visual impairment

MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
e.g., depression, anxiety, emotional regulation

POST-SURGICAL RECOVERY
e.g., post SPML, post hip and knee replacement, post breast reduction surgery, post mastectomy


MY AREAS OF FOCUS
While I have had success with clients from every population mentioned above, I focus my practice on working with children with special needs, older adults, adults with disabilities, and high-performing adults whose use of their bodies is central to their craft (e.g., musicians, dancers, artisans, and surgeons). Learn more >


Common Questions & Myth Busting

If NeuroMovement is about changing the brain, how can it help the body?

Back pain, high or low muscle tone, limited mobility, physical injuries—you may feel them in your body, but every message to that part of your body is coming from your brain. When our body seems to be working against us rather than with us, there is often something the brain has missed about how to heal the body or use it to our advantage. Physical impairments are always processed and addressed by the brain.

 

If in a NeuroMovement lesson you are mostly moving the body, how will this help cognitive and socio-emotional issues?

From the perspective of NeuroMovement, physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional issues are all interconnected because they all begin in the brain. In a NeuroMovement lesson, we start with movement, because it is the language of the brain and the most natural way to learn. The new ways in which we learn to move our bodies give us access to new possibilities and experiences of success. Through the exploratory work of the lessons, our brain begins to play and experiment. As the brain changes, our day-to-day lives become more about possibilities than limitations. We can better regulate our emotions, and we can take on new challenges. Our awakened mind and sense of curiosity allows us to see and learn new things.

 

If NeuroMovement claims to help so many things, is it really helping anything?

When I first started taking my son for NeuroMovement lessons, one of our traditional interventionists expressed scepticism, saying that anything that claimed to help with so many things, probably didn't help anything. But there are many things, like clean air, good food, or good sleep, that help everyone. NeuroMovement awakens the whole self to the fact that as humans we are designed to be continually learning and evolving rather than resigned to the way things are. Once we turn back on that learning switch within ourselves and remove the sense of struggle, there is a domino effect of change. We begin to experience ourselves anew and move ourselves differently, identifying relationships, connections, and distinctions while doing so. These are the fundamental building blocks in improving how we function and feel.

 

Isn't there some point when people are too young or too old for NeuroMovement? 

Nobody is too young or too old for NeuroMovement. I work with newborns who have special needs who get the head start of experiencing themselves in ways they may not otherwise be able to create. I also work with older adults and elderly folks who regain capacities they thought were long lost or that they never had. My son was six when he started NeuroMovement, and experts had a very limiting view of his prognosis given his diagnoses and the progress he'd made up to that point. Once he began his NeuroMovement lessons, he made remarkable progress over the following years. While there are definitely times when we are able to learn certain things more quickly than others (language is a good example), neuroscientists have discovered that we should never say "never" and that the brain is always learning.

 

Can NeuroMovement be helpful for very severe health conditions?

Yes. Even in the most severe circumstances, it is possible to improve quality of life. What is helpful is relative. For example, a gentle NeuroMovement session may make it easier to breathe, and this can be life changing.

Can NeuroMovement cure my (child’s) condition? 

NeuroMovement is not a cure; it is a learning modality. NeuroMovement helps to improve function, reduce challenges, and alleviate symptoms. With chronic back pain, for instance, a client can learn to move in ways that distribute the work of the spine more evenly across the whole length of the spine in concert with the ribs, sternum, and pelvis, allowing pain-free movement.

How does NeuroMovement impact autism?

NeuroMovement helps clients experience themselves as competent, successful, and powerful learners. We start with the child/youth/adult learning about themselves (how they move, how they feel). As they feel more secure and powerful in their movement and feel like they make sense to themselves, their brain does not have to devote as much time and energy to simply surviving and managing themselves in their environment. Their ability to regulate their emotional responses improves, and their ability to attend to other tasks and people improves as well.

 

How does NeuroMovement impact cerebral palsy?

People who live with cerebral palsy often have a more difficult time mapping their body in their brain and therefore a more difficult time controlling their movements. By moving the body of a child or adult with cerebral palsy (CP) very slowly, and in intentional ways that allow them to feel and understand themselves, a NeuroMovement practitioner can help a client with CP to develop self-awareness, manage muscle tone, and learn new motor skills (such as rolling, sitting, creeping, crawling, standing, moving their tongue, or walking—depending on the client). Both children and adults with cerebral palsy can learn to manage their tone and to have a greater say in how their bodies move, enabling them to make themselves more comfortable and powerful.