“Elizabeth has been a decisive influence in my career. Over and over again, I witnessed the power of her brain to change in the face of seemingly insurmountable limitations and I realized that if it is possible for one person, it is possible for others. Through a gradual process, over many years, I have defined the conditions the brain requires for powerful brain change—what I call the 9 Essentials. I evolved what I learned from Dr. Feldenkrais and my own experience into a coherent approach that I now call Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement.” —Anat Baniel
Anat Baniel’s introduction to children with special needs began when she met a 13-month baby named Elizabeth in September of 1980. During this time, Anat was working with her teacher and mentor Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais.
Elizabeth was born missing a third of her cerebellum. Doctors diagnosed Elizabeth with global brain damage and said would never learn to walk or talk. Her prognosis was very bleak.
However, after working with Anat over many years, Elizabeth went on to walk, talk, and go to college, receiving two Master’s degrees. And she was able to dance at her wedding!