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Healing Your Brain Through Movement

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15.1% of children between the ages of 0-17 have special healthcare needs; 4.8% have diagnosed developmental challenges. On this episode of HealthMade Radio, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt is joined by Anat Baniel as they discuss a holistic approach to human functioning and health, based on the understanding that movement is the language of the brain.

The human brain is incredibly plastic—it changes itself extremely rapidly through its experiences of movement throughout life.

The Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement a science-based, breakthrough approach that focuses on the child’s brain and its remarkable abilities to change and learn. The human brain is built to continue evolving and increasing levels of skill, refinement, and awareness throughout life. The method’s gentle movements and ABM’s Nine Essentials, are powerful tools that provide transformational help for children with special needs to overcome their limitations.

Children are born to be amazing learning machines. Their brains grow at the staggering rate of 1,800,000 new connections per second. 

The Nine Essentials Help the Brain Grow

The moment we bring attention to what we feel as we move—the first Essential—and apply the other eight Essentials, we flood the CEO brain with valuable information it immediately uses to begin growing, finding new solutions to function and govern the body better.

Developing these new neural-networks helps organize and upgrade thinking, fosters creativity, and supports higher-level interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.

In a nutshell, instead of just focusing on the body, trying to force physical rehabilitation and fitness mechanically, and trying to improve cognitive, and interpersonal functioning through drills and repetition, the Anat Baniel Method provides the brain with the information it needs to do its job as CEO of all our actions better. 

Everything improves—physical performance levels, cognitive abilities, creativity, and social skills. Our happiness quotient rises as well!


Anat Baniel, founder of the Anat Baniel Method® and NeuroMovement®, is the author of the bestselling book Move Into Life: NeuroMovement for Lifelong Vitality and the highly acclaimed Kids Beyond Limits. Anat was trained as a clinical psychologist, dancer, and was a student, then a close professional associate of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for many years.

Anat Baniel’s work is at the forefront of movement science and the emerging brain plasticity field. Over the past 30 years, Anat has worked with athletes, musicians, and other high performing adults as well as those suffering from back pain, injuries, and a wide range of other conditions. Together with the hundreds of practitioners, she has trained worldwide, her work is renowned for breakthrough outcomes with children with special needs. This combination of clients led Anat to have profound insight as to how the brain learns and changes in powerful ways.

She developed the Anat Baniel Method that offers both the theory, fully supported by current brain science and the practice—what she calls NeuroMovement.

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