The Anat Baniel Method℠ is an extraordinary, revolutionary way of harnessing the brain’s inherent capacity from growth to improve anyone. Founded by psychologist and statistician Anat Baniel this hands-on, delicate, movement-based learning system works within a client’s current abilities, instead of trying to teach them something they don’t understand. Anat Baniel has the gift not only of inviting profound outcomes herself but of teaching her philosophy, ingenuity, and techniques to her practitioners.
Who is Anat Baniel?
Anat Baniel has established an international reputation as one of the world’s leading authorities in finding ways to access the brain to overcome pain and limitation, increase vitality, and help children with special needs make the impossible possible.
Early in her life Anat was a serious student of dance and began participating in Dr Feldenkrais’s movement lessons. In college she studied psychology and statistics, which kept her connected to the sciences and rigorous intellectual activity that she had always loved. She graduated from Jerusalem University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Statistics.
While continuing her studies toward a Masters in Clinical Psychology at Tel Aviv University, she worked as a psychologist for an Israeli Army program that addressed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Looking for answers in psychology, she found limitations in its verbal approach. She began looking for ways to integrate what she had learned about movement with working with people. She found her way back to the work of Dr Moshe Feldenkrais, who frequently taught classes in Anat’s parents’ living home when she was very young. She was struck by the immediate results she and others experienced where the seemingly impossible was made possible over and over again.
Through her apprenticeship with Dr. Feldenkrais, she found what she’d been seeking—an approach that had rigorous scientific underpinnings, profound and integrated knowledge, authentic contact and communication with others coupled with high levels of awareness and accountability. At the center of it all was movement as a self-referencing, highly effective means of communicating with the brain to promote change.
For 15 years, she continued her close association with Dr. Feldenkrais, teaching, studying, and traveling with him all over the world. During the same years, she opened her own practice where she taught and treated adults and created her own method for working with children who had developmental problems. It was through her work and miraculous successes with children that she discovered the essentials tolls that the brain requires in order to transform pain and limitation into vitality, well-being, and skill.
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In Her Own Words
Feldenkrais Method ®
Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais was a physicist, engineer and judo master who pioneered a learning system that uses movement and awareness of self to bring about remarkable changes in the human mind and body. Dr. Feldenkrais was born in Russia in 1904. In the 1940s, when looking to overcome a debilitating injury he suffered to his knee, rather than focus on the muscles and tendons associated with his injury, Dr. Feldenkrais realized that it is his brain that needs and can find new ways to organize and move that leg successfully, despite the injury.
He formulated the understanding that as humans, we are fully dependent on learning throughout our life and that the human brain is built to continue learning and growing at any age. This learning is not a luxury but a necessity for our health and well-being. Movement was the means he chose to communicate with the brain. He made the early connection that how people learn and whether they continue to learn is closely related to how well they function and feel. He understood that each human brain has a built-in capacity to function better or worse, on higher or lower levels. He then proceeded to develop an understanding of the conditions the brain needs in order for it to function and learn best. Based on that understanding he was able to develop concrete ways to communicate with the brain directly, primarily through movement and awareness, and bring about remarkable changes for his students.
Over time Moshe Feldenkrais solidified his theories and practices into what is now know as the Feldenkrais Method. He taught two professional training in the United States, in San Francisco in the 1970s and at Amherst, Massachusetts in the 1980s. Moshe Feldenkrais died in 1984.