As you may know, Anat Baniel was a clinical psychologist. She also has a degree in Statistics, and she was a dancer. Anat was looking to find a way to work with people that included movement and the feeling of self and the body. She always had a fascination with how the brain works.
In Dr. Feldenkrais, Anat found a remarkable teacher and genius. And she ended up working very closely with him in the last few years of his life.
Anat has taken the work of Dr. Feldenkrais and evolved it over many years, figuring out what she does that is so effective.
Anat Baniel’s work with children and adults, in parallel with training thousands of people, has given her an enormous number of observations and experiences from which to draw up conclusions about how the brain works.
So, her work—Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement®—is an evolution and a significant progression of the remarkable legacy of Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais.
Perhaps Dr. Merzenich’s words, below, express it best.
Dr. Michael Merzenich, world renowned neuroscientist and member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, wrote about Anat Baniel and her Method:
“Scientists have defined the ‘rules’ governing brain plasticity. Anat Baniel, working in parallel along a completely different path, has defined almost exactly the same rules and interprets them in practical and understandable human terms as the Nine Essentials that should contribute richly to clinical intervention.”