Anat Baniel, founder of Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement®, is the author of two highly acclaimed books, Move Into Life: NeuroMovement® for Lifelong Vitality and Kids Beyond Limits. Anat was trained as a clinical psychologist, dancer, and was a close professional associate of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for over a decade.

Anat Baniel was born in Israel to a scientist father and a poet and garden architect mother. She has a BA in Psychology and Statistics, and went to graduate school at Tel Aviv University to become a clinical psychologist. She worked in this capacity with the Israeli Army for a number of years. At the same time, Anat pursued her passion for dance.

Being unsatisfied with the traditional “talk therapy,” Anat looked to impact the functional well-being of people through movement and communicating with the brain. Her search led her to Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais—the founder of the Feldenkrais Method.

After graduating from his training program, Anat worked, traveled, and closely collaborated with Dr. Feldenkrais until his passing. Anat Baniel taught at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, in Dr. Feldenkrais’ Tel Aviv Institute, and in his professional trainings.

Anat Baniel Evolves the Work of Dr. Feldenkrais

After moving to NYC in 1982, Anat quickly developed a practice working with babies and young children; world renowned musicians and professional athletes; and adults who wanted to overcome pain and limitations. Anat also spent four years working with the Tanglewood Music Center and six years teaching a program for the San Francisco Symphony musicians.

Shortly after, Anat began working with Elizabeth. Through word of mouth, parents of children with special needs began to seek out Anat to have her work with their children.

From the start, Anat understood the way to transcend limitations, including those that may look hopeless, was to communicate with and help the brain figure out solutions for the challenges.

Anat understood that the remarkable potentials of the human brain to change are at the heart of everyone’s future, and most clearly with children with special needs.

Through her many years of experience working as a trainer, teacher, and private practitioner, Anat Baniel evolved her original training into Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® which combines the teachings of Dr. Feldenkrais with her own understanding and techniques.

Innovative Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement®

Through 30 years of breakthrough outcomes with children and adults, Anat developed what she calls NeuroMovement® and the 9 Essentials. Each of the 9 Essentials describes one of the brain’s requirements for waking up, creating new connections in the brain, leading to spontaneous integration of new patterns and new learning. Her Method accesses the brain and transforms limitations into possibilities in remarkable ways.

Anat teaches seminars and training programs worldwide. In 2000, she founded the Anat Baniel Center (ABM) Center in San Rafael, California. Anat, with her highly skilled team of practitioners, works with children and adults at the Center.

Together they continue to educate parents, professionals, and other adults and train hundreds of certified practitioners, bringing the work to the world over. Learn more about the ABMI Practitioner Training program.

Anat Baniel’s Work with Children with Special Needs and Adults

Anat Baniel’s work with children with special needs is world-renown, applauded by parents, health professionals, and those at the cutting edge of the neurosciences. Increasing numbers of leading brain scientists, medical doctors, and others in the helping professions are enthusiastically endorsing Anat Baniel Method (ABM) NeuroMovement® for her work with adults, as well as with children with special needs.


Read what Norman Doidge, MD, author of The Brain That Changes Itself wrote about Anat Baniel’s work with children with special needs.


More and more leading brain scientists, medical doctors, and others in the helping professions are endorsing the Anat Baniel Method. See why Dr. Michael Merzenich, a world-renowned neuroscientist and brain plasticity expert, supports Anat Baniel and her work.



Anat Baniel Method Foundation

Every Child Deserves a Bright Future. Anat has created the Anat Baniel Method Foundation to share this knowledge of ABM NeuroMovement® with the world because she believes that with this approach, we can help all children have a brighter future.


Learn more about Dr. Feldenkrais – His Life and Work.