Frequently Asked Questions
What is brain plasticity?
This refers to the human brain's ability to change and adapt throughout life. As recent as 20 years ago, it was still widely believed that our brains developed early in childhood and remained relatively unchanged throughout adulthood. We now know that the brain is capable of rewiring and remapping connections as a result of experiences. This is extremely important in understanding memory, behaviour, learning, and healthy development.
What is NeuroMovement®?
It is a therapeutic approach that provides your brain with new but clear information that stimulates its natural plasticity. By introducing slow, subtle movement and easy-to-follow concepts, your brain has the opportunity to perceive slight differences to reorganize movement and form new neural connections and patterns. This new sensory and motor information can help you discover easier ways to move and override inefficient movement and thought patterns.
What benefits does the Anat Baniel Method® Neuromovement® provide?
Once your brain is able to differentiate and integrate new patterns through NeuroMovement®, your posture and movement become more healthy and fluid, your physical flexibility, strength, coordination, and energy increase, and you no longer waste unnecessary effort to do things like stand, walk, dance, and exercise. You can also experience improved memory, sensory and emotional awareness, and mental clarity.
What makes the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® different?
One of the many ways that the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® differs from other therapies is that we work with the brain and the body as one. For example, when working with a client who has spasticity in the arm as a result of a stroke, we begin treatment by focusing on connecting with the brain and not "treating" the arm. By re-establishing neuro pathways in the brain, improved mobility and function of the arm become possible.
What can you expect during a child's lesson?
A lesson involves a practitioner using gentle touch and movement to allow a child to connect with themselves and join the process of exploring their own body and movement habits.
Depending on the age and nature of your child's condition the lesson may resemble play more than anything else, but it could also be quite similar to a quieter adult lesson.
The practitioner will continuously assess your child's organization, tendencies and habits and will constantly provide information to their nervous system for alternative possibilities.
A lesson is always based around meeting your child where they are.
What can you expect during an adult lesson?
During an adult lesson, you, the student will be asked to lie on the table, sit in a chair or possibly stand.
In this lesson there will be little to no talking. You will be instructed not to resist any movement, and not to help the movement but instead to think of the lesson as a conversation. The practitioner will guide you through slow and gentle movements to explore which parts of yourself are being engaged, while at the same time bringing awareness to areas that could participate more or less. Attention is key, as the practitioner guides you physically through different movements, you will be asked to feel:
what is participating
where you feel restricted
if there is anything you could do to decrease the resistance
if you are physically helping
if you could do less
By paying attention to these new and different movements, new neural pathways are formed and old inactive pathways are awoken. These pathways all come to life and become available for your brain to pull from when needed in future activities and movements.
How long is a session?
Lessons for children are approximately 30-45 minutes in length. This time range depends greatly on the age and mood of the child. Adult lessons are 45 minutes long.
What is the frequency of treatments?
This is dependent upon a variety of factors, individual to you or your child, and should be discussed with your practitioner.
After the first few lessons an appropriate schedule becomes more apparent. Often an “intensive” block (6-10 lessons) given over 3 to 5 days, provides substantial information to the system and due to the frequency, what is being learned becomes familiar which is essential in changing learning patterns.
These intensives often provide a leap in progress and is often a recommended schedule for children. On the other hand, one or two lessons a week may be enough for someone with a nagging injury.