I am happy to introduce you to the Anat Baniel Method and the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. This work helps both adults and kids overcome limitations, relieve pain, and increase vitality. How does it do that, you ask? The Anat Baniel Method, an evolution of Dr. Feldenkrais’ work, takes advantage of the brain’s natural ability to make new connections — also known as brain plasticity. Making new connections in the brain is a process of learning through experience that improves coordination and posture … it also happens to feel terrific and invigorating.
I discovered this work through my own search for relief from spondylolisthesis, which caused chronic low back pain starting at age 16. At 20, I felt as if I were about 80 and my journey eventually lead to spinal fusion surgery at age 23. Feel free to ask me about surgery if you are considering it.
The surgery was a successful at eliminating my chronic pain, but afterwards it was this work which finally began to improve my posture and helped me shed years of accumulated habits both physical and emotional. Step by step I learned to use my back, not overuse my shoulders, to truly stand on my skeleton, and to live and work from a place of feeling whole and connected. Today, my teaching reflects a deep appreciation for the process of continual improvement.
I graduated from my Feldenkrais training in 2008, where I studied worldwide with Allen Questel, Julie Peck, Arlyn Zones, Dennis Leri, and Jeff Haller. In 2011 I met Anat Baniel at a workshop for in Seattle on her work with children. I was completely blown away. The Anat Baniel Method is her brilliant evolution of Dr. Feldenkrais’ work and I continue to study with her to this day. I cannot encourage you enough to look into her work for yourself. A great start is with her books, Move Into Life and Kids Beyond Limits. They are amazing resources to begin creating new connections in your brain and encourage your own process of change.
Feel free to contact me via email or phone. I’m happy to answer questions and be a resource for you.