Vernon Morning Star – It begins with movement

Vernon Morning Star – It begins with movement.

Update from Parent

Our son was born with arthrogryposis, mainly affecting his lower limbs, hips, knees and of course, club feet. We have been doing The Anat Baniel Method with Doreen since January and we have seen remarkable improvement. He is now 9 months and can sit independently. He can get onto his tummy from sitting position. He has just started a little bit of commando crawl. His flextion contractures in his knees have significantly improved so much so, that when we went for a check up at the Orthopedic clinic the other day, the Doc said his knees can bend to 30 degrees and that is enough for him to stand. He has also recently started using his hip muscles more, which is great because that means he is gaining strength in those muscles. All the doctors and the physiotherapist have been commenting on how well he is progressing and are amazed at how well he is coping.

Here are the links for further info on the Anat Baniel Method. She is in America but this is just more info on the Method itself

The following is the link to the website for Doreen and Chris, the Anat Baniel Method in London. We have been seeing Doreen. She is absolutely fantastic with children

I just thought I’d share this as it has made such a difference in the progress our son has made.

Feel free to ask us any questions, if you’d like to know more about our experience.

Dedre, Anthony and Jayden-Dax(son with Arthrogryposis)

Children’s Mastery Practicum


Free Anat Baniel Method for Children lessons for your child with special needs, ages 0-2 during the Children’s Mastery Training Program, taught by Anat Baniel. 

ABM, a gentle, non-invasive method is a cutting edge approach based on neuroscience using movement to send new information to the brain that creates new neural pathways improving all areas of your child’s life, be it physical, emotional or mental.

Lesson space is available on Friday July 22nd, and Saturday July 23rd, 2011 in the morning of both days.   To register, Please call or email Mike Davis at or 480.720-5854 with any questions.

Anat’s new book

I am thrilled and relieved that my book, “The Limitless Child” about our work with children with special needs is almost done.  It has been a long and challenging road and at the same time very gratifying.  We are thinking of putting endorsements from parents in the front of the book to encourage parents of children with special needs who will just be finding out about the ABM for children to check it out and give it a try. 

 The publisher will be choosing what endorsements will go in, however, we will post all of the endorsements on the book’s website.  You might have given us an endorsement in the past, however, your current endorsement will be greatly appreciated.  We would like endorsements not just about my work with children, but about any ABM for children practitioners.

 With Gratitude,

 Anat Baniel

‘Movement education’ has therapeutic results

Published Wednesday May 18th, 2011

“Back in January I went to the Well-being Expo held in Sackville, where I had the pleasure of meeting Tatiana Reymarova. She was there to demonstrate a ‘therapy’ I had never heard of before called the Anat Baniel Method. Note, however, that Tatiana herself did not call this method a “therapy.” She referred to her work as “movement education” and explained the difference in the following way. Movement education and therapy share the same goal, that is, to change a person’s life for the better. But whereas the therapist seeks to remedy an ailment, the educator seeks to improve the person’s total functioning by teaching him or her to make the changes through their own neuromuscular system. When she mentioned that this work could be especially helpful with neuromuscular issues, it peaked my interest for personal reasons so I booked a couple of sessions with Tatiana and was very surprised at how gentle yet effective the method is. Rather than try to explain what this education-with-therapeutic-results is all about myself, I thought it best to let Tatiana tell you in her own words: Jane: What is the Anat Baniel Method? Tatiana: Let me start by saying that in our high-pressure society, aches and pains have become part and parcel of everyday life. Given our fast-paced lifestyle, we tend to seek quick-fix solutions to our health woes, such as those offered by powerful chemical drugs or surgical interventions. Scores of us undergo repair surgeries in hopes of restoring function to our backs, shoulders, wrists, hips, knees or ankles, without even considering other options. One such option is the Anat Baniel Method. It is a system of somatic (of the body) education pioneered by Moshe Feldenkrais and further developed by his long-time student, Anat Baniel. This system relies on the capacity of the human brain to build new pathways for neural communication throughout life. Once we become aware of these novel neural pathways through our bodily sensations, they will replace ones that were lost due to accidents, emotional traumas, or simple lack of use. By accessing this remarkable capacity through a system of gentle and enjoyable movement lessons specially designed to awaken awareness, the Anat Baniel method enables us to discover new patterns of moving, thinking, and feeling that will replace the ones that cause us pain and deterioration. Jane: Is this method a kind of physical therapy or is it a system of physical exercises? Tatiana: The Anat Baniel Method is neither a medical treatment nor a physical exercise. It is a learning process with a healing effect. It uses directed attention to make you aware of your habitual movement patterns. In doing so, it enables you to identify the movement habits that lead to a build-up of tension and strain in your body and to develop new ways of moving that help relieve your body and mind of the stress caused by these harmful habits. Unlike physical therapy or physical exercises, we use movement as the medium for communicating directly with the brain. This is why the crucial element in our movement explorations is awareness – the quality of attention that you bring to your movements. Rather than making you perform and repeat specific exercises, we provide your brain with fresh cues to explore. These explorations result in meaningful changes and improvements. The general principle is this: When the body movement is well organized, the pain disappears. All people with tight, painful muscles have one thing in common – they don’t feel in control of their muscular tensions. In most cases, they aren’t even aware that they have them. All that they know is that they have pain and restricted movement. In fact, they may not even know they have restricted movement; they may only know that they feel pain. Muscular tension is practically always accompanied by a loss of sensation in certain parts of the body or the overall loss of awareness of the body. It is very important to maintain or restore this awareness, because it provides the brain with the feedback that is critical for effective organization of movement. Jane: Could you describe how the method is practised? Tatiana: The method is taught in two modalities: Transformational movement lessons are typically performed in a group with participants, comfortably dressed, sitting or lying on mats, and proceed in a manner attuned to each participant’s own pace and range of motion. Participants are verbally guided through a series of gentle movements that utilize attention and imagination. As the lessons progress, participants become increasingly aware of their movement routines, including the habitual constraints that interfere with physical ease. Functional synthesis lessons are one-on-one, hands-on sessions customized to the student’s particular needs. In these sessions, practitioners use a very gentle touch and subtle manipulation which can be best understood as a direct, yet non-invasive, form of non-verbal communication aimed at helping the student discover new and more harmonious ways to move. Sessions are conducted with the student fully clothed, sitting, standing, or reclining on a specially designed table. Jane: As you know, it was the individual session that I opted for and it was surprisingly relaxing and therapeutic. In fact, the next day I had sore muscles which I didn’t expect because the movements were so gentle and subtle – yet, they must have been very powerful… I had no idea of how tight I had been holding my upper body muscles! So, apart from me, who else can benefit from this method? Tatiana: The Anat Baniel Method is recommended for people suffering from persistent muscle and joint pain, injury, stiffness, balance and neurological disorders, as well as those who need to perform at an elite physical level (athletes, dancers, musicians, artists) and anyone looking to enhance their general well-being. This method has proven to be particularly effective for children with neuromuscular disorders, for example, Anat has great success with children who have cerebral palsy. Jane: Tell me about yourself and why you began to practise the Anat Baniel Method? Tatiana: I hold a masters degree in physics from a highly acclaimed technical university in Moscow (Russia), and still have a great passion for all things physics, although I haven’t been professionally employed in this field for many years now. I also have a lasting passion for herbal and holistic medicine, fields which appear to inherently defy standardization. And there is yet another subject that has long held a special fascination for me, namely the human brain. Understanding its workings requires an approach that links rigorous standards of hard science to something intangible, and a private experience. In a sense, this is a field where my passion for physics on the one hand and herbal and holistic medicine on the other come together. So, still being a scientist at heart, it was almost inevitable that when I heard about Anat Baniel’s work of applying the latest developments in brain science to help people reach levels of performance never achieved before, I decided to visit her center near San Francisco. Meeting this brilliant and powerful person proved to be a turning point in my life. After witnessing the profound and positive differences Anat’s work was making in the lives of her clients, and experiencing its effects upon myself, I quit my financial analyst job in Moscow and enrolled in Anat’s professional training program, which involved travelling to San Francisco to participate in 10-day-long sessions every 2 or 3 months over a three-year period and I have been working at it ever since. As a closing note, I found Tatiana to be a very knowledgeable, sincere and gentle soul who is dedicated to helping people. If you suffer with neuromuscular pain and wish to try something different, in my opinion, this unique, science-based complementary method is worth experiencing. In good health – until next time!”

* Written by Jane Claxton-Oldfield MDN. Tatiana works out of her home (Smart Body Studio) in Sackville, N.B. You can reach her at: or call: (506) 536 4641. Nutritional or therapeutic advice is never a substitute for your health-care practitioner – ND or MD

Workshop for Children with Special Needs in Seattle!!!



1-day Workshop for Parents and Professionals




May 14, 2011 / Seattle, WA


In this workshop you will learn:


  • To turn your child into a powerful learner
  • The 9 Essentials for waking up the brain
  • To apply innovative movement exercises
  • When and why use assistive devices
  • To be a special parent to your special child


Date:  Saturday, May 14, 2011   9:30am-4:30pm

Location:  Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA  98105

Information:  Naomi Swanson (206) 914-6622

Cost:  Before Apr 15, $145, after Apr 15, full price $195,

for a family of two:  before Apr 15, $195, after Apr 15, full price for 2 people is $245

For groups of 3 or more:  $125 each.

Cancellation Policy:  Full refund less $50 until Apr 15, less $95 after Apr 15.  No refund after May 6.

*Anat Baniel Method holds the right to cancel this event for any reason.  In case of cancellation you will receive full refund.

This workshop is for parents, family, caregivers and professionals (not children).

Free Workshop in San Rafael for Overcoming Back & Neck Pain!




2 Hour Free Experiential Workshop

June 25, 2011 / San Rafael, CA


In this free two-hour mini workshop you will learn how to:

  • Overcome back pain and stiffness
  • Eliminate neck and shoulder pain and strain
  • Increase flexibility and strength throughout your body
  • Improve your posture and breathing
  • Learn the 9 Essentials for Vitality
  • Gain powerful tools for transforming your life


ANAT BANIEL is the director of the Anat Baniel Method Center in San Rafael, California.  A clinical psychologist and dancer, she has helped thousands of people from five days old to 90 years of age; from high performance athletes, business people, scientists and musicians, to people worn down by daily stress or aches and pains, to those seeking greater joy in their life, move beyond limitations and achieve greater energy, strength, and success.  Anat Baniel teaches her method in workshops and professional training programs and is known for making her knowledge accessible and useful to others.

DATE:  Saturday, June 25, 2011

TIME:  6pm to 8pm

LOCATION: The ABM Center, 4330 Redwood Hwy, #350, San Rafael, CA  94903

COST:  Free of Charge

RSVP:  Mike at 480.720-5854 or

Let your family and friends know about this wonderful opportunity!

We ask that you please refrain from wearing any kind of scented products and please wear or bring socks.