Anat Baniel Method® (Neuromovement®):
NeuroMovement has evolved from over thirty years of experiential work by my teacher, Anat Baniel. It started through her association and work with Moshe Feldenkrais, a pioneer in the mind-body field, when she was very young. NeuroMovement is movement to change the brain and take advantage of neuroplasticity. There are two ways to experience NeuroMovement. It can be done through guided lessons called TML’s (transformational movement lessons) or it can be done with a practitioner performing functional synthesis (FS). This is a hands-on method of movement done for the client. The practitioner would move a person’s body in subtle ways, while the client quietly observes the changes to provide that person with the opportunity to have a learning experience. It is a method that focuses on possibility. By using Anat’s Nine Essentials: Movement with Attention; Slow; Variation; Subtlety; Enthusiasm; Flexible Goals; The Learning Switch; Imagination and Dream; and Awareness, movement can provide an abundance of change to help organize the brain to better synchronize with the body and bring about health and vitality. The experience that follows can be; strength, mental clarity, creativity, decreased pain, reversed aging, etc. The possibilities are endless. And the good news is, “you don’t need to have a problem or experience limitations to obtain great benefit from these Nine Essentials”. It can only help to enhance all that we do in life, as it does for the methods of movement that follow on this page.
Originally called Contrology by its creator, Joseph Pilates, the Pilates method of body conditioning has become extremely popular worldwide. Although Pilates himself died in 1967, the method has continued to grow and change from whence it begun. The method that I learned is called BASI (Body Arts and Science Institute) Pilates. What I like about this method is its block system. A system that categorizes the exercises in a logical sequence. Each block includes a multitude of exercises to choose from that allows for variation in movement. Variation happens to be one of the 9 Essentials of NeuroMovement. My method of teaching Pilates since learning NeuroMovement is with using the 9 Essentials; mainly slow and subtle and what I would call meditative movement where one would be learning more from themselves during movement than teaching themselves to move. My experience with teaching Pilates in this way is that it takes away the “no pain, no gain” mentality and makes every move effortless and enjoyable.
The M.E.L.T. Method is a self-treatment technique developed by manual therapist Sue Hitzmann. With the use of props, including balls and soft foam rollers, the method works on the neurofascial system to increase body awareness, re-hydrate connective tissue, and quiet the nervous system. It is an excellent addition to any form of fitness or bodywork as it can help to alleviate or prevent pain and the effects that stress and active living may cause, allowing your body to get the greatest benefits from your practice or workout.
Franklin method combines creative visualization embodied anatomy with physical and mental exercises. Level 1 is working with bone rhythms for whole body coordination and imaging the movement of bones. This method uses props such as balls, resistance bands and other household objects that help with Imagery. Its principal goals are to obtain dynamic body alignment to move the body with maximum efficiency.