The first appointment will last for around one hour and will be similar to an assessment. I will spend that time connecting with you/your child, observing your/your child's movement, asking you questions so as to understand you/your child better and the appointment will include a Functional Synthesis Lesson. If you decide to continue with more lessons, we can discuss an appropriate plan and schedule for lessons going forward.
One-on-one lessons are generally 35-45 minutes long and vary depending on an individual client's needs. Group lessons are around 45-60 minutes long. Please dress in loose, comfortable clothing. Long trousers (not jeans) are preferred and please bring a pair of clean socks to wear during the lesson.
An intensive is a series of lessons done in a short period of time. This will vary depending on the client's needs but for children, it will typically consist of two lessons a day over the course of five days. After the intensive, a student will typically continue to integrate the lessons in the days/weeks that follow so we would take a break and meet again after a period of a few weeks for another intensive. This work is more effective when practiced in this manner as it allows the student to be immersed in the process and keep building on the previous lessons.
Every person is different and every brain is different so it is difficult to predict specific outcomes in a specific timeframe but adults have reported experiencing improved mobility, flexibility and stability. Other outcomes include the easing of chronic pain, breathing more freely, better sleep, and greater mental clarity. Children may achieve milestones such as rolling over, crawling, cruising and walking for the first time. Parents have also reported noticing an increased level of affection, reduced spasticity, a new level of calmness, improved speech, muscle tone, hand-eye coordination, social skills etc.
NeuroMovement® is not a cure; it is an experiential learning process that can improve awareness and function. NeuroMovement® and The Nine Essentials provide you/your child with favourable conditions for continued learning, development and improvement over time.
Children who cannot sit, stand or walk independently will often be propped up in sitting, placed in a stander, or walked around with support in the hope that this will help them learn how to do these things by themselves. However, this approach overlooks the fundamental role that the brain plays in learning and developing new skills, and the cumulative learning involved in the process of development. Rather than jumping ahead to the final goal, NeuroMovement® meets your child where they currently are and using the Nine Essentials, creates favourable conditions to support them in their process of development.
Children on the autism spectrum often have difficulties with social connection, verbal and nonverbal communication, repetitive behaviour, cognitive/ learning challenges and motor coordination. By helping your child to increase awareness and control over their own body and enhance their ability to perceive subtle differences in what they see, hear and feel, NeuroMovement® can help your child on the autism spectrum make better sense of themselves, their experiences and the world around them.
Anat Baniel is a clinical psychologist and dancer who trained under Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (founder of the Feldenkrais Method®) and worked closely with him for many years. Recognising Anat's natural connection to his clients who were children with special needs, Dr. Feldenkrais referred many of these children to work directly with her. It was with these children that Anat found her passion, developing an unmatched level of expertise in using movement to bring about changes in physical and cognitive performance. Anat has transformed thousands of lives over more than thirty years and developed the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® which is based on The Nine Essentials, her core principles that tap into the brain's enormous potential for change.
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