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March 2016

Dr. Michael Merzenich on Neuroscience, Learning and the FELDENKRAIS METHOD(R)

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Dr. Merzenich is a pioneer neuroscientist in the field of brain-plasticity research and inventor of the cochlear implant.  He & Anat Baniel are interested in advancing the therapeutic applications of his research with therapies such as the ABM Method for children.

Professor Emeritus at the University of San Francisco, and co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Posit Science, Dr. Merzenich gives the 2012 Keynote Speaker at the FELDENKRAIS METHOD Conference.


The Anat Baniel Method “We Learn to Stand Up Not Standing up”

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A newborn baby has a relatively long apprenticeship in movement before developmental milestones are reached.  It takes approximately 10 months to 1 year for a newborn to learn to stand up.  In that time, the infant is exploring myriad variations of random movements.  After hundreds of explorations, finally sense is made of the nonsense.  And a clear developmental progression occurs.  From less complexity to more complexity.

Now, the child that can’t stand up because of brain injury or other special situation, hasn’t had this apprenticeship in movement, hasn’t experienced the infinite variations that lead to greater complexity.  Thus, when a parent or therapist requires a child to stand up, by exercising them in standing, it’s as if we placed someone that lives at sea level on top of mount Everest.

The effort and disorganization  involved in such a demand will lead to greater effort in movement over time, and failure.  Increasing the hours spent and will kill the learning switch and deny the child of self empowerment and identity.

Anat Baniel speaking to students at an ABM Children’s Mastery training.


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I incorporate many of the ABM Nine Essentials in this piece from a neuro-movement lesson with “K”; variation, subtlety, the learning switch, movement with attention, slow, and flexible goals. Notice how nicely K’s pelvis moves at the end of the lesson and how easily she takes a step. Goals this lesson were to focus on functional ways “K” could experience clear head control & improved orientation.