Physical Rehabilitation for Adults

Regardless of our current conditions and limitations, NeuroMovement using Anat Baniel Method (ABM) offers everyone a real possibility to improve because it relies on our brain’s ability to change and significantly upgrade how we function. Trying to push through limitations or doing mindless repetitive exercise is more likely to cause failure, frustration, and pain than to create lasting, positive change. The gentle, neuroscience-based movement techniques in ABM provide the brain with new information that makes it possible for you to expand your possibilities, move beyond pain and limitations, and improve quality of life.

Unlike many rehabilitation interventions that attempt to bring change directly to specific joints, muscle groups, or bones, the Anat Baniel Method shifts the focus away from the `problem areas`to where solutions lie – the brain – and uses movement as a language, a means of providing the brain with the information it needs to guide the body and mind to higher levels of functioning and coordination.

ABM sessions involve gentle touch and guiding movements executed with close attention to what you feel. Through these explorations, your brain wakes up to itself, becoming aware of how it interacts with other parts of the body and the outer world. As this process unfolds, the brain organizes the various sensations into meaningul patterns of experience, with which it spontaneously discovers new solutions that contribute to easier movement as it becomes better organized.

When we experience pain it is natural to focus on the area of pain and to try to do something directly with the muscles of the back, neck or shoulders, such as strengthening exercises. What is more elusive and harder to grasp is that even though we feel the pain in the back, it is the brain that dictates to the body how to move; the muscles have little say in what they do.

The focus needs to shift to from just one part of the body to the whole body, and from the muscles to the brain. Most back pain is caused by long-standing, poor movement and posture habits that are controlled by deeply ingrained brain patterns. The good news is that with movement lessons your brain is able to begin differentiating and integrating new patterns that are more in harmony with how the human body is built to move. Through this method the brain rapidly begins creating new pain free solutions.

It is faulty movement patterns that cause pain, and it is better organized movement patterns that get rid of pain. This is true even when the neck, shoulder or back pain began as a result of an accident, abrupt trauma, surgery, or illness.

The Anat Baniel Method is particularly effective for Neurological Rehabilitation

  • Chronic Back pain and sciatica
  • Joint and nerve pain
  • Chronic pain from injuries and accidents
  • Balance and coordination issues
  • Limited movement and stiffness
  • Recovery from injury or surgery
  • Occupational or repetitive strain
  • Symptoms associated with aging
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain injury & Stroke recovery
  • Autism spectrum disorders, incuding Asperger’s
  • Sensory integration dysfunction
  • Scoliosis
  • Anxiety, PTSD, ADD/ADHD
  • Neurological issues: MS and Parkinson’s disease

What happens during a private appointment?

While dressed comfortably, lying or sitting, you will be given a series of instructive movements that help resolve tense areas, alter habitual patterns and provide your brain with new movement options. These instructions are communicated through slow, gentle touch and verbal cues.

Most people experience change after a single lesson and begin to retain the changes after three to six sessions. Most experience a profound sense of calmness, letting go of muscle tension, increased range of motion, and renewed freedom that restores overall ease and comfort.

You can now book an appointment online.

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