NeuroMovement® is a holistic approach to human functioning and action, based in the understanding that movement is the language of the brain. Movement provides information the brain needs to grow and organize itself. And, in return, the brain organizes all movement, thought, feelings, and action.
As the brain goes, so goes the body, and as the body goes, so goes the brain.
Movement includes not only movement of the body in space—the movement of the skeleton and muscles—but also the movement of thinking, emotion, and feelings. All action involves movement in all aspects of the self.
Movement Is the Language of the Brain
With NeuroMovement, the person is seen as an integrated, highly complex system, where movement is the language of the brain and the mechanism through which we live, survive, and thrive.
The idea that the body and the mind are one has been advocated now for quite some time. Yet most people still think of “the body,” or “physical movement” as separate, different, and independent from “mental” activity such as thinking, emotions, beliefs, feelings, and social behaviors.
Many people find it hard to comprehend how physical movement can help form and enhance thinking and vice versa. In actual practice, many interventions, such as different therapies and fitness programs, approach the physical as a separate entity from the mental.
It is only after we have learned how to move and to think, and interact socially, that we can forget the intimate relationship and the oneness of mind and body.
You take away movement, there is no thinking; you take away thinking, there is no movement. And if you take away feeling, there is no action. It all works as one highly complex system.
The Brain Is a Self-Organizing Information System
In NeuroMovement, the brain is understood to be a self-organizing information system with mind and body integrated at all times. It gets formed and apprenticed holistically through its experiences of all aspects of movement.
In early infancy, movements are random and involuntary for the most part, yet these experiences feed the brain with information it uses to form recognizable patterns and to organize and control all dimensions of movement.
The human brain is incredibly plastic—it changes itself extremely rapidly through its experiences of movement throughout life. Read more about brain plasticity and the Anat Baniel Method.
The Anat Baniel Method® Utilizes Movement in All Its Forms
The Anat Baniel Method® is a NeuroMovement®, holistic approach that utilizes movement in all its forms. This approach helps upgrade the functioning of the brain that in turn can organize thinking, feeling, emotion, movement, and action better.
View the research that supports the NeuroMovement principles of the Anat Baniel Method.