NeuroMovement is a holistic approach to human functioning and action, based in the understanding that the brain organizes all movement. Movement includes not only the movement in space of the skeleton and muscles, but also the movement of thinking, emotion, and feelings. With NeuroMovement the person is seen as 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 and many interventions such as different therapies or fitness programs, de facto, approach “the physical” as a separate entity from “the mental”.
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 the 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 and it changes itself through its experiences of movement throughout life.
The Anat Baniel Method is a NeuroMovement, holistic approach that utilizes movement in all its forms to help upgrade the functioning of the brain that in turn can organize thinking, feeling, emotion and action better.