I regularly talk with families who have a special needs child and parents are continually trying to understand how the Anat Baniel Method (ABM) NeuroMovement works.
They see it work with their child, but don’t understand what their child is experiencing. Admittedly, it’s hard to describe unless you’ve had several ABM NeuroMovement lessons yourself.
Then, through experiencing it, it really starts to make sense.
As adults we often rely on someone else to teach us how to do something new. Like gardening, for example.
We can read a gardening book, or attend a class, or talk to a friend who gardens to learn about it.
But imagine you were to learn this from scratch. And had to make it up all on your own.
You would probably start by observing the way your garden grows. You would figure out what grows best where. And what kinds of flowers or foods are produced. And then you would be adding, transplanting, and removing plants.
You would be learning about gardening through your experimentation. Trying one thing, then another. You could eventually learn to get the outcome you want through trial and error.
But stop for a moment and think about this: How many times have you learned not by a guide, but by how you feel and sense and then adapt – where your experience IS your guide.
Examples might include riding a bike and really knowing about balance. Or kicking a ball and learning the coordination required.
In ABM NeuroMovement lessons, the child learns by feeling themselves through their sensations. Feeling their contact with the ground and changes in that contact. Feeling the movement of their arm or leg or head. Feeling their experience.
As adults, we tend to forget all the experimentation involved and what it was like to go through this process.
Think about the gravitational force and knowing how to move in the gravitational field. Most folks don’t even consider this until they go swimming. Suddenly the rules of gravity have changed. The way you move in fluid is very different than how you move on land.
While in the womb, babies are suspended in fluid. We take for granted that a child will figure out how to navigate gravity continually after they are born, and most do.
Special needs children generally don’t learn how to navigate the gravitational field well in order to do actions, like roll over or sit up or walk, without guidance.
ABM NeuroMovement lessons provide that guidance in a gentle, loving way – teaching the child the experience of learning and thinking and the mechanics of moving that they are missing.
To truly have a reference point for this work and process, one needs to experience ABM NeuroMovement lessons.
It’s like the difference between being told about good chocolate versus eating a piece.
Try it, you’ll like it. And you’ll come to understand ABM NeuroMovement in a whole new way – through your own experience.