Weekly Movement Classes

Although Anat is away in the mid west and New York this week there is still a lot going on at the center in San Rafael.

We have a team of practitioners who see clients at the center for private sessions, called Functional Synthesis (SM), or F.S., and who teach group movement classes known as Transformational Movement Lessons (SM), or T.M.L.

The T.M.L.s are intended to be performed slowly and gently. They are the antithesis of the “no pain, no gain” approach of many modern exercise programs. As with every part of this work they are designed to address flexibility and strength through function rather than by stretching and forcing. Participants are guided through a series of movement variations which provide their brains with information to enable them to experience new possibilities of moving, thinking and feeling. One key aspect of these exercises is that the movements be done with focused attention. We perform thousands of movements every day which have no impact on us because we pay them no attention. Recent research from Mike Merzenich shows that in order for there to be changes in our brain, attention is paramount. [1]

Although it is counter-intuitive to much modern thinking, these slow and gentle movements can bring about rapid and dramatic changes. The video below takes you through a short T.M.L. which will give you an idea of what to expect.

There are many ways to experience these lessons. We have DVD and CD programs available for purchase and interactive online lessons at desk-trainer.com. Our weekend workshops are a great way to access the work as are the weekly classes at the center.

We currently have 2 series of classes running; The Anat Baniel Method for Healthy Necks on Tuesday evenings and The Anat Baniel Method for Healthy Backs on Thursday evenings. The classes run from 6pm to 7pm and are currently taught by me and 2 other experienced practitioners; Joseph Feinstein and Sharon Tomsky. The link below will take you to the website page promoting the classes:


and for further information Email joseph@anatbanielmethod.com or call (415) 336-2884.

Last week I taught a class to a mixed group of experienced students and some whose first ever class it was. At the end of the class two of the newcomers stood up, took each other in a ballroom dance hold and proceeded to dance around the room! It was great to witness their delight and surprise at the lightness and ease of their movement after the lesson in comparison with the way they had danced in their dance lesson earlier in the day. I love introducing this amazing work to people and showing them that it really IS about vitality.

Tonight’s class will be taught by Sharon Tomsky and Thursday’s class by myself.  This week is the last week for rolling registration for the current series. New series will start at the beginning of November but anyone with experience of 4 T.M.L.s or more can drop in to any class. We also plan to start morning classes soon depending on demand.



[1] R. J. Nudo, G. W. Milliken, W. M. Jenkins and M. M. Merzenich. 1996. Use-dependent alterations of movement representations in primary motor cortex of adult squirrel monkeys. Journal of Neuroscience. Vol 16, 785-807

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