Movement involves both the body and mind. The Anat Baniel Method (a NeuroMovement) integrates this understanding by applying movement in new ways that enhance the capacity of the brain, while improving our clarity, depth of thinking, feeling and action.
NeuroMovement works in a very gentle way by embracing the “nine essentials”
– moving with attention
– turning on the learning switch
– moving subtly
– using variation
– approaching it slow
– maintaining enthusiasm
– keeping flexible goals
– using imagination
– being aware
Movement can be used as a language to talk to the brain. Skillfully guided and gentle movements, accompanied by close attention to what one feels, help the brain to process and re-organize the newly gathered information. The brain structurally and functionally forms new connections. New patterns and individual solutions become evident and former limitations can be overcome.
Dramatic change has been brought about using this cutting edge approach. It may be applied to brain injury- and stroke rehabilitation, as well as recovery from other trauma and disorders involving neural development and neurobehavior such as ADHD.
The human brain and nervous system is self-organizing: meaning the complexity of the system increases without being guided or managed by an outside source. Information is systematized all the time. The brain is amazingly malleable and changes throughout life, which is called plasticity. Neuroplasticity occurs on a variety of levels, ranging from the cellular level due to learning, to the large-scale in cortical remapping, as in response to injury.
Neural connections in the brain are either newly generated or removed (synaptic pruning) - throughout one’s life. Routine, rigid thought and behavior patterns may expose the brain to degeneration. This in turn can lead to pain and many other forms of physical, emotional and cognitive problems that commonly occur as we age.
Neuroscience research shows that experience can actually change both the brain's physical structure and functional organization. When we apply “the nine essentials” while experiencing different movements we actually strengthen and generate new interconnections between neurons and thus enhance the ability of the brain.
The brain becomes a brilliant problem solver that can make the impossible possible.