The Anat Baniel MethodSM

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Mar 25, 2009

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Anat Baniel, MA, a teacher of the Feldenkrais Method® for over 20 years and a student of Moshe Feldenkrais for 11 years, has developed a mind- body-spirit training method evolved from his work. She describes the Anat Baniel Method as “based on cutting-edge scientific theory and on the understanding of how our brain learns and transforms our body, our mind and our spirit.” The method avoids machines and devices, instead using touch and movement to create new connections between mind and body. The central concept is that the body can teach the brain. Baniel has defined nine essentials that the brain requires to grow and develop new patterns.

Baniel’s program for children with special needs has received attention from the medical community. She has worked with children with cerebral palsy, autism and brachial plexus injury. Her method of assisting children with developmental disorders is based on the concept that the brain is plastic and that providing direct stimulation to the nervous system helps the brain construct missing neural patterns.

The Anat Baniel Center is located in San Rafael, California. To learn more, go to

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at