Does your child hate TummyTime? There's a reason...

Jan 11, 2021

If there's one controversial topic that an Anat Baniel Method® Practitioner is passionate about... it's probably the case AGAINST tummytime.

Yikes... hear me out...

There are soooo many reasons to STOP and think about why we are putting babies in a position they can't get into or out of on their own (for the idea that it will help them gain new skills or to prevent flat head).

If left to their own self-initiated movements, most neurotypical children will develop the skill of rolling over onto and out of their tummy ON THEIR OWN. 

All that's needed is lots of time on the floor in a safe space to wiggle and explore how their own bodies move through gravity.

The idea of TummyTime originated after the back-to-sleep program (see blog post on Janet Lansbury.com) to counteract the amount of time babies were spending either sleeping on their backs, or spending too much time in restrictive carriers.

This isn't to bash modern realities or parenting. We live in a world where safe...

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Reaching with Intention to create change (the Anat Baniel Method® way!)

Dec 04, 2020
 

Create change (and a learning moment) for your child with special needs just by exploring reaching!

How does adding in an intention (reaching for a fun toy in this case) change the way your child's ribs move as they reach???

Get down on the floor and let's explore!

Try it yourself first...
TRUST ME... you will be better able to transfer what you FEEL yourself to create bigger changes for your child. So get down and explore yourself, before your child. 


Feel your ribs with one hand as you reach for a toy with the other.
Move the toy and feel how your rib movements change.
Do your ribs slide down, up, forward?

Now explore with your child. Make sure they are comfortable (modify if needed to keep them safe and comfy)
Place a gentle hand on their ribs.
Place an interesting toy within their ability to reach.
Feel any movement in their ribs as they reach.
Move the toy and feel if their ribs shift and move?

Remember... it’s not about ‘making’ your child reach for the toy.
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What does the Pelvis have to do with Head Control and Tummy Time...

Oct 26, 2020
 

What does the Pelvis have to do with Head Control and Tummy Time...

Turns out... a lot.

My daughter struggled with head control for a very long time. I thought she needed to "strengthen" her neck muscles.

Thankfully, my Anat Baniel Method® training taught me a few things about learning how to move our skeletons through gravity. 

Well-organized movement uses the LEAST amount of muscular effort.

The head is connected to the ENTIRE spine, which is connected to the pelvis. 

We are dynamic, whole beings. Learning HOW to use our WHOLE, dynamic bodies will improve balance, coordination AND Head Control. 

You can find out more about Head Control and slow, gentle movements here:

https://classes.mindfullmoves.com/courses

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How much Anat Baniel Method® should we do?

Oct 22, 2020
 
Ever wonder how many ABM® lessons your child with special needs should be getting?
 
I had a fabulous member ask a few questions inside our private FB group today, so thought I'd answer in a video. Watch to find out:
 
  • How many ABM® lessons your child should be getting.
  • What is ABM’s approach/feeling towards simultaneous methods of therapy?
  • AND... what you can do at home to support your child in between ABM lessons. 
 
Got more questions? 
Join us inside our private FB group for more tips and videos. 
 
See you in the next video!
XO Jen
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Touch your toes with NO stretching!

Sep 06, 2020
 

Early morning stiffness gone in under a min. No stretching!

I’ve always had “tight” hamstrings.
It wasn’t until I discovered ABM® and STOPPED stretching that I could touch my toes for the first time in my 40+ yr life.

Change in under 1 min.
No stretching. No pain.

Just simple curious exploration of movement.

Gentle reminders to my brain…

  • that it can move in this way…
  • and move in that way and…
  • it can reorganize itself to move with more ease, less pain and more efficiency.

Brains for the early morning win!

Give it try and let me know what changes you notice!

  1. In standing, reach for toes as far as comfortable.
  2. Get on floor (or can be done sitting in a chair!)
  3. Run both hands down one leg at a time, find the way that is most comfortable for you.
  4. Bring one foot closer to your chest, reaching with your hands. Keep it comfortable.
  5. Play.
  6. Come to stand again. Reach for toes.
  7. What differences do you notice?
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Move your Ankles for Better Balance

Sep 04, 2020
 
Ankles are made to MOVE.
 
Maintaining balance in standing and walking are hard to do... when your ankles don’t move!
 
You can explore the movements of the ankle with more FREEDOM when you lie down, or sit on the FLOOR.
 
When gravity is taken out of the equation, the brain can stop being busy organizing muscles to keep you upright. Which for some us (and our kids), can be a lot of effort for our brains. 
 
When you lie down, the nervous system has a chance to let go and concentrate on learning new things…. Like how your ankles can move!
 
Get down on the floor today and explore how your ankles can move!
 
Pro Tips:
  • Go SLOW!
  • Get CURIOUS!

Keep moving!
Jen

PS...
The "Learning to Stand while Lying Down" workshop is up and ready for parents interested in easy movements to explore with their child to encourage the organization of standing (while lying down!).

>>> Grab the workshop for $20 with bonus...

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Move your Feet for better Balance in Standing

Sep 04, 2020
 
Your feet are the foundation of standing.
They are the base of holding you upright under the force of gravity.
 
If your feet can’t move, adjust, shift, then your options for moving forward become limited.
It’s hard to step on a pebble, or up a stair, if your feet are solid blocks.
 
Feet were meant to MOVE.
There’s 26 bones in your foot that have the potential to MOVE independently.
 
How can you explore the movement of your feet today?

Keep moving!
Jen

PS...
The "Learning to Stand while Lying Down" workshop is up and ready for parents interested in easy movements to explore with their child to encourage the organization of standing (while lying down!).

>>> Grab the workshop for $20 with bonus movement classes right here <<<

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Help your Child Create New Neural Pathways in 2 min

May 20, 2020
 

You can access the potential of your child's brain with a few simple tools (Anat Baniel calls them: the 9 Essentials®)

Let's take a closer look at Movement with Attention and how FAST you can engage your child's brain, just by bringing attention to WHAT they are doing.  

BUT... it begins with your own awareness. 

The more Attention YOU can bring to your own movements, the more your CHILD will be able to bring attention to their own movements. 

Follow along with this 2 min video to experience tapping into your own brain's ability to change and upgrade. 

Using this tool with your child can be as easy as CREATING the space for them to bring attention to their own movements. 

To learn more... let me guide you on exploring your child's unique movement journey inside the Movement Class Membership. 

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Can the Anat Baniel Method® help my Child?

May 05, 2020
 

As an Anat Baniel Method® of Neuromovement® practitioner, I get a lot of questions from parents asking if it can help their children with a wide variety of conditions and diagnoses. 

Can ABM® help my child with cerebral palsy? 
Can ABM® help my child with hypotonia? 
Can ABM® help my child with Down's Syndrome?
CanABM® help my child with autism?  

The short answer is yes. 

But how? 

From the outside observing, ABM® looks like almost nothing.
Slow, gentle movements, all within the range of the child's comfort and ease.
How is that possibly doing anything to increase their range of motion? Increase their tone?

The secret lies in the brain. 

Whatever the diagnosis, parents are searching for a change in the quality of MOVEMENT for their children. 

Better coordination. 
Better balance. 
Less spasticity. 
Better tone.  

Now this is where things get interesting.

Most traditional...

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What is the Anat Baniel Method®?

Apr 29, 2020
 

This is one of the hardest questions I get asked as an ABM practitioner!

It seems silly, because after 9 years of taking my daughter to practitioners, 3 years of training and 5 years of practicing, I should probably be able to answer this simple question in one sentence. 

But... well...it's complicated. 

ABM is a paradigm shift from looking at our children as something to "fix", to seeing them as the dynamic, amazing humans they are (with dynamic and amazing brains). 

From a parent's point of view, this seems so obvious.  

From a professional point of view, it's just not how rehab and therapy are done (yet!). If there's something "wrong" you try and fix it. And if you are a child... other people try and fix you. 

That never sat quite right with me, as a parent. 

My ultimate goal for my daughter is for her to reach her own unique potential, whatever that is. How can I, as a parent support her in reaching her potential? 

I...

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