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About Anat Baniel
Early in her life, as a serious student of dance, Anat began participating in Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais’s movement lessons. In college, she was drawn to psychology and then pursued a third interest in statistics, which kept her connected to the sciences and rigorous intellectual activity that she had always loved. She graduated cum laude from Jerusalem University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and statistics.

While continuing her studies toward a master’s in clinical psychology at Tel Aviv University, she worked as a psychologist for an Israeli Army program that addressed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Looking for answers to PTSD in the discipline of psychology, she found limitations in its verbal approach. Searching for ways to integrate what she had learned about movement from her work with people, she rediscovered Israeli physicist Feldenkrais, who had frequently taught classes in her parents' home when she was very young. In applying his techniques to her patients, Anat was struck by the immediate results she and others experienced, where the seemingly impossible occurred over and over again.

Through an apprenticeship with Dr. Feldenkrais, Anat found what she had been seeking: an approach that had rigorous scientific underpinnings, profound and integrated knowledge, authentic contact and communication with others, and high levels of awareness and accountability. At the center of it all was movement as a self-referencing, highly effective means of communicating with the brain to promote change.

For 15 years, she continued her close association with Feldenkrais, teaching, studying, and traveling with him all over the world. During that time, she opened her own practice, where she taught and treated adults and created her unique method for working with children who had developmental problems. It was through this work and miraculous successes with children that she discovered the Nine Essentials the brain requires in order to transform pain and limitation into vitality, well-being and skill.

Anat’s move to the United States in 1982 enabled her to bring these groundbreaking treatments to a greater number of people, meanwhile creating larger circles of professional acceptance in the medical and therapeutic communities. More and more people came to her private practice and seminars for help. She has been called a miracle worker for her ability to bring new life and vitality to literally thousands. Modestly insisting otherwise, Anat states that what she teaches people to do is both scientific and based on deceptively simple applications that virtually anyone can learn. Undoubtedly true, but among those whose lives have been changed, “miracle worker” seems quite appropriate.

Born in Israel, Anat Baniel (M.A. Clinical Psychology) has established an international reputation as one of the world’s leading authorities in finding ways to access the brain to overcome pain and limitation, increase vitality, and help children with special needs make the impossible possible.

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