The Anat Baniel Methodsm
How does it work?
the use of familiar and unfamiliar movement patterns —performed slowly,
gently, with attention, and below a person’s threshold of pain—the
student learns to release habitual muscular tensions and to acquire new
patterns of movement. These new movements are viewed in the context of
a complex system that incorporates the nervous system (especially the
brain), the skeletal system, the muscular system, and the environment
(predominantly gravity) into a single complex system.
How does it differ from other approaches?
- Uses variation rather than repetition as the basis for learning
- Focuses on the skeleton and the brain, rather than on the muscles.
- Based on the paradoxical idea “No pain, more gain”
What are the benefits of study?
- Reduced aches and pains
- Increased flexibility and strength
- Improved posture, performance, and breathing
- Enhanced energy, mental clarity, and creativity
- It offers a learning-based paradigm that encompasses changes in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of life
- It provides an approach to learning that can address issues for which traditional medical approaches have little to offer
Opportunities for study are available
- Weekly classes
- Individual lessons
- Group presentations
Who is Anat Baniel?
as a dancer, psychologist, and statistician, Anat Baniel grow up in
Israel. She met Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) as a young child, became
his student as a young adult, then worked and traveled with him until
his death. She based her method on his work, extending and clarifying
the scientific foundations to include not only physics, engineering,
and biomechanics, but also modern neuroscience and brain research.
As a practitioner, Anat Baniel has worked with people of all ages and abilities—from highly skilled professional athletes and musicians to very young children with special needs. Through this work she has identified nine factors, she calls them “essentials,” that help the brain to wake up to new learning. These “essentials” are described in her book Move into Life (2009) and include:
- “Movement with Attention”
- “The ‘Learning Switch’”
- “Flexible Goals”
- “Imagination and Dreams”
a massage therapist and yoga teacher for over twenty years, I have
tried many types of movement and body work. The term discipline is
often used because you have to work at a technique to get results. With
Anat Baniel’s method, the movements are easy and enjoyable, you are
always learning to make less of an effort, and results like freedom
from chronic pains, greater range of motion, and feeling better
emotionally come each time you do it. It’s yummy.”— J.V.
“As a tennis player I experienced regular soreness in my back and arms that I had treated with a doctor for several months. After only three sessions with Joyce, using the Anat Baniel lessons, the pain was almost gone. Ongoing use of this method along with regular exercise is keeping me pain free.”—R.V.
For additional information about The Anat Baniel Methodsm, visit her website at www.anatbanielmethod.com
About the Instructor
Joyce Cameron, DMA, MA, ABMP, Joyce Cameron, is a certified Anat Baniel Methodsm Practitioner. She was introduced to Anat’s work at an ergonomics conference. At the conference, where Joyce was a presenter, Anat invited her to join the upcoming Anat Baniel MethodSM training program. Through the several years of this training, Joyce has learned movements that have helped her regain full use of her arms and hands following treatment for breast cancer and subsequent lymphedema.
Trained as a classical pianist and as an ergonomist, Joyce has had a lifelong interest in teaching and in helping people improve their performance, whether at work or at play. The educational focus of lessons in The Anat Baniel Methodsm provides new opportunities to help people learn to move with greater ease and to experience new vitality.