July 7, 2015 – For Immediate Release – Special Local Event Advisory – Limited Interview Opportunities
World renowned creator of the field of NeuroMovement® and best selling author of Kids Beyond Limits, Anat Baniel, will be holding a special one-day workshop on NeuroMovement® for Children with Special Needs at Mount Royal University on July 18, 2015.
Anat Baniel is renowned for her success working with people of all walks of life young and old, afflicted with severely disabling diseases or injuries, regain vitality and their ability to pursue their dreams. Her methods are based on current understanding of brain plasticity (brain change) principles from which she has developed powerful practical applications that can be used by anyone.
In particular, she specializes in helping children and infants with developmental difficulties achieve goals never thought possible by their medical professionals. She has helped world class musicians with repetitive motion injuries regain full and active careers and helped athletes to overcome injuries and reach new levels of performance.
Hannah Oullette, Calgary – Case Study – Information Provided by Dan Oullette
My daughter Hannah suffered an in utero stroke and was diagnosed with a right-sided hemiplegia at 8 months of age. We cried when we got the diagnosis. And we spent every waking hour looking for things that could benefit her.
Hannah’s 4th birthday was fast approaching and all the traditional therapies, and some non-traditional, had failed to help her. My baby girl was not getting any better, maybe even a little worse, and we were frustrated.
Then we found the Anat Baniel Method (ABM). I was hesitant at first, but after researching it for a few months and also finding great benefit for my own pain and tension, my wife and I decided to go to Marin County in California to give ABM a try.
Within the first couple of days of lessons the difference in the way that the ABM practitioners handled my daughter was palpable. So much so that I put in an application for the ABM professional training! In that first week I saw my daughter begin using and recognizing her arm for the first time in her life! In the past, Hannah could only ride her tricycle a few feet before I would have to give her a push to get going again. When we got home from our ABM trip she got on her tricycle and tore up and down the block unassisted! It was amazing and she was so proud of herself!
That was in February 2010. Since then I have become a practitioner and can use ABM everyday with her, if time permits! We still go to the center as often as we can too because of the remarkable changes that we continue to see when Anat and her team work with our daughter.
Now Hannah is quite active. She does ballet, horseback riding lessons, swimming and she still likes to go for her ABM lessons because she knows how much they help her.
Instead of being frustrated we can now see that Hannah is going to live a full and vibrant life thanks to ABM!
Calgary Workshop Information
The workshop is dedicated to teaching her unique methods about how to help special needs children afflicted with chronic pain and other limitations regain full functioning.
What: NeuroMovement for Children with Special Needs Workshop with Anat Baniel
Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Location: Mount Royal University, Ross Glen Hall, Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning, 4825 Mount Royal Gate Southwest
Contact: Dan Ouellette – 306-715-2354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop Cost: $297 for the first adult and $197 for the second adult
Anat Baniel’s breakthrough methods with children with special needs are recognized and applauded by parents, health professionals, and those at the cutting edge of the neurosciences. Her techniques are being enthusiastically endorsed by leading brain scientists, medical doctors, and others in the helping professions.
She has developed a science-based approach that focuses on the child’s brain and its remarkable abilities to change and learn. She uses gentle movements and a carefully developed set of Nine Essentials together to help children with special needs to overcome their limitations.
“With this gentle approach we do not focus on the child’s limitations,” she says. “Rather than try to force children into developmental milestones they are not ready to do successfully, which can groove in their limitations even deeper, we carefully wake up the child’s brain to create new connections, often at a staggering rate, leading to spontaneous, often extraordinary breakthroughs in movement, thinking, self-regulation, and connection with others.”
Baniel believes that the greatest potential for transformation, though often difficult to grasp, is not in trying to make children do what they can’t, but in finding ways to help each child’s brain differentiate and spontaneously discover how to go beyond his or her limitations.
Anat Baniel’s Nine Essentials
The Nine Essentials form the core of the unique approach she developed utilizes. Each of the essentials describes one of the brain’s requirements for waking up and doing its job well. That is, each Essential helps the brain create new connections and avoid rigidity and automaticity when needing to overcome pain and limitation to thus reach new levels of physical and cognitive performance.
Essential 1 – Movement with Attention
Movement is Life. Movement helps the brain grow and form. The brain is organized through movement. In turn, it is the brain that organizes all movement: the movement of our body, our thinking, our feelings, and our emotions. But movement alone is not enough. Automatic movement—movement done without attention—only grooves in the already existing patterns.
When we bring attention to what we feel as we move, the brain immediately starts building billions of new neurological connections that usher in changes, learning, and transformation.
Essential 2 – Slow
Fast, we can only do what we already know. This is how the brain works. To learn and master new skills and overcome limitation, the first thing to do is slow way down. Slow actually gets the brain’s attention and stimulates the formation of rich new neural patterns.
Slow gets us out of the automatic mode in our movements, speech, thoughts, and social interactions. Slow lets us feel and experience life at a deeper, more profound level.
Essential 3 – Variation
Variation is everywhere, and is more than just the spice of life. It’s a necessity for optimum health. Variation provides your brain with the richness of information it needs to create new possibilities in your movements, feelings, thoughts, and actions. It helps increase your awareness and lifts you out of rigidity and “stuckness.”
By introducing variation and playfulness into everything you do, you awaken all your senses. New ideas occur and new possibilities emerge in your life.
Essential 4 – Subtlety
We have all heard the expressions “no pain, no gain” and “try harder.” However, in order to overcome pain and limitation and thrive, the brain needs the exact opposite—less force. For the brain to receive new information, it needs to perceive differences.
By reducing the force with which we move and think, we increase our sensitivity. With the resulting increased sensitivity, we greatly enhance our brain’s ability to perceive the finest of differences. These perceptions give the brain the new information it needs to organize successful action and become more alive and vital in both body and mind.
Essential 5 – Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm is self-generated; it is a skill you can develop, choose to do and become good at. Enthusiasm tells your brain what is important to you, amplifying whatever that is, making it stand out, infusing it with energy to grow more. It is a powerful energy that lifts you up and inspires you and others.
Enthusiasm lights up your brain, helping to usher in changes, transforming the most mundane situation or task, adding meaning and generating delight. Enthusiasm helps make the impossible possible.
Essential 6 – Flexible Goals
“Keeping your eyes on the prize” is a great way for most people to fail. Freeing yourself from the compulsion to achieve a goal in a certain way and at a certain time keeps you open-minded. You are available to recognize opportunities you might never have noticed had you been fixed on a too rigidly set course. There is no way to know in advance the path that will lead you to achieving your goal.
Know your goal and embrace all the unexpected steps, mis-steps, and re-routes. They are a rich source of valuable information for your brain to lead you to your goal. Flexible goals will reduce your anxiety and increase your creativity, resulting in greater success, vitality, and joy.
Essential 7 – The Learning Switch
The brain is either in a learning mode—the learning switch is on—or not. Healthy young children have their learning switch on and the dial turned on “high.” Their eyes are bright, their movement lithe, and they are full of energy. Repetition, drill, and everyday stresses, as well as habitual patterns of thought, exercise, and emotions, all tend to turn the learning switch off. The same happens when a child has special challenges, or a person has suffered trauma or injury.
For the brain to properly do its job, the learning switch needs to be on. Once on, at any age, life becomes a wonderful new adventure, filled with movement, creativity, and new possibilities.
Essential 8 – Imagination & Dreams
Einstein said: “Imagination is everything. It is the preview to life’s coming attractions.” Through imagination your brain figures out new possibilities before actually having to perform. When imagining, the brain grows new neural connections. Our dreams call upon us from our future. They give us our unique life path to follow and guide our brains to continue growing and developing.
Your imagination and dreams give you the ability to create something that has never been there before, transcending your current limitations and leading you to develop your authentic life path.
Essential 9 – Awareness
Awaring—the action of generating awareness—is to be knowledgeable about what you are doing, sensing, thinking, and experiencing at any given moment. Awaring is the opposite of automaticity and compulsion. It is a unique human capacity that can catapult us to remarkable heights.
When you are aware, you are fully alive and present. Your brain is working at its highest level, noticing subtle nuances of what is going on around and within you, revealing options and potentials, greatly accelerating learning. You are enlivened and joyful, contributing to others, becoming more enlightened, and fulfilling more and more of your human destiny.
More information is available at www.anatbanielmethod.com/events.
Video of Anat speaking at TEDx in Berkeley: https://youtu.be/-KZdvYxDZC8
Anat Baniel’s work is supported by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, author of My Stroke of Insight, Dr. Martha Herbert, author of The Autism Revolution, Dr. Norman Doidge, author of The Brain’s Way of Healing, Dr. Michael Merzenich, author of Soft-Wired, Dr. Mark Waldman, author of Why We Believe What We Believe, and many others.