Anat Baniel is my teacher and mentor. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books, Move Into Life: The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality and Kids Beyond Limits. She has a background in clinical psychology and dance, and was a close professional associate of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for over a decade. After graduating from his training program in 1977, she began working full time as a teacher in his method. In 1986 she founded her own training organization and has been involved in training over 1000 practitioners during her career.
In addition to her training programs she maintains a busy practice at The Anat Baniel Method center in San Rafael, California, as well as teaching workshops internationally and is a highly sought-after guest for interviews and events around the country.
Moshe Feldenkrais, D. Sc. (1904-1984), was an internationally regarded scientist, physicist, and engineer. He earned his D. Sc. in physics from the Sorbonne. Early in his career he worked closely with Nobel Prize Laureate Frederic Joliot-Curie at the Curie Institute in Paris where he was a Judo black belt and highly respected instructor who published several books on the subject. Judo founder Jigoro Kano chose Dr. Feldenkrais to open the Judo club of Paris- the first such school in the West.
While living in England in the 1940s, Dr. Feldenkrais found himself unable to walk after suffering a severe knee injury. Using his vast knowledge of such diverse systems as anatomy and physiology, developmental biology, psychology, physics and learning theory, he began an intense exploration into the relationship between movement, thinking, feeling, and learning. As a result, he made a full recovery-regaining his ability to walk again without pain and even returning to Judo in later life. The synthesis of his discoveries became the method that bears his name. Find out more at www.FeldenkraisMethod.com