And so.... I guess that this reflection would be about this weekend's last weekend. It was definitely a hot one last weekend when I visited my ABM Friends in Eugene! My weather app threatened me with a 108* day... but Eugene was kind to me and it only hit 102* on Friday. Phew. And while the heat waves were "flowing" so were some series brain waves. I had a great time with all the kids on my table. And we all came away from the lessons with some new connections (neurologically and emotionally!)
Joel is the speaker of the above quote (the title to this post) - it's my FAVORITE quote of the weekend! He has so many reflections and we always have great conversations together. Something we touched on this time was the subject of consequences. We discussed how most people think of consequences as "bad," but in fact, consequences are just the effects of a choice. Then, we might have some feelings about that consequence and that choice. For example, we spoke about the consequences of a good night sleep: feeling rested and ready for the next day. We spoke about the consequences of a healthy meal: getting good fuel into our body. And it can get a little confusing too! We thought about after that good, healthy meal, sometimes we might have the consequence of a dessert or treat - Yay! But, the consequence of too many sweets might be: an upset tummy. Hmmmmm, consequences are a little complicated and no matter what they are, they can bring up all kinds of feelings: happiness, sadness, frustration, hunger, anger, joy etc.... I'm so glad I got to work out some of these tough issues with my friend, Joel!
Ollie, as usual, comes in bright and enthusiastic. He is a long time friend and keeps working so hard to learn, and feel, and connect to his body. Our weekend together had some quiet, focused moments and, of course, our usual silly times too. He was working hard to bring himself up to sitting in a beautifully smooth way - Way to go Ollie! Oh, and one last appreciation: I always treasure his "I love yous" throughout our lessons.
Can't you just see the amazingness in this one?!?! Annalise can captivate anyone in the room - it can be a little hard to get any work done... when all I want to do is just hang out and take her in! Annalise is new to Eugene and fits right into this wonderful community. Together we softened some stiff shoulders and ribs and figured out some of the pieces of rolling to the side. And, we chatted all along the way. She is one motivated girl who is definitely on the move!
Killian and I are going to be fast friends! I just know it. But since it was our first time together, he was sure to put me through a series of tests to see if I was up for the great task of being his friend! Well done, Killian! He was definitely the ultimate "moving target." While we whirled around the table enjoying mommy hugs, and music, and bean bags, and blocks, we also worked on what Anat calls "attentioning." Talk about a "smart cookie!" By the end of our series he had a more clear sense of self and more moments of clarity and awareness. I'm looking forward to our next time together.
Reflections of Spring/Summer
These past few months have been full of wonderful ABM experiences. Below you see a few snaps of my work. I've met some new kids and their amazing families and expanded my traveling office to include the the Newport area as well as my usual Eugene trips. I've had the great honor to be witness to some amazing outcomes and life-changing experiences.
One new-to-ABM mama shared about her experiences in her daughter's first ABM lesson series:
Angie had her second and third treatment of the Anat Baniel Method today. Tonight, the most amazing thing ever happened........Angie (left functional hemispherectomy) said, "Mom, Righty wants to hold your hand." And Righty did ! Her hand opened completely on its own and wrapped around mine. This has NEVER happened before!! Angie has three more treatments scheduled this week and I cannot wait to see what happens. I am a believer!!
I truly feel lucky to have stumbled into this life-changing career. Many of you have heard me say: I have the best job in the world. I look forward to my work whether I'm working in my lovely PDX office or traveling to Eugene and/or Newport. Thanks for being part of my ABM family!
Changes to MoveAbilities
Have you tried my online scheduling feature? It's easy and convenient. All you do is just click the button on my website that says "schedule a lesson." From there it will take you to the Portland Wellness Professionals scheduling site and you can choose Anat Baniel Method and find a day/time that works for you. Here is direct link to the site: MoveAbilities Schedule
If you are traveling to Portland and want to check weekend availability, you'll still have to just email or call.
As of September 1, 2016 my prices will increase. There are a number of reasons why I am choosing to do this. To begin with, it has been 3 years since I have raised my lesson price. Over the past 3 years, I have moved offices into the beautiful, welcoming space we call Portland Wellness Professionals. I have also continued my education by participating in an advanced training annually with the masterful Sylvia Shordike. With my increased business costs and as well as the increase in my level of expertise and experience, I feel it is time for me to bring my pricing up to the value I give to each individual that I work with. The changes are as follows:
Individual sessions will be $100/lesson
A series of 5 or more will be $95/lesson
A series of 10 or more will be $85/lesson
A series is a cluster of lessons all booked together with lessons given within a 1 or 2 week period (depending on the series size). I will continue to stand by the statement: I do not want finances to keep you from ABM. I will offer flexible payment plans, if needed, as well as some scholarships. Please contact me directly with questions or concerns.
All lessons booked before September 1, 2016 will be honored at my current prices. This does not mean that the lessons need do be given by Sept 1, but booked and on the calendar. So, if you are feeling organized and ready to put down some dates, please go online and book ahead for a discount. I will invoice all lessons by Sept 1, but payment will be due at the time of service.
I had a fantastic time in Eugene this past weekend. Everybody seemed to be in a space of movement, growth and learning! Here are some highlights:
~ Working with 2 "ABM mamas":
I rarely get to give lessons to the caregivers in my world. These parents and grandparents work tirelessly to give to their children/grandchildren...and rarely take time to nurture themselves. My hat goes off to Sara and Sally for hopping on my table. It was great to witness Sally's arm "floating" up above her head, and Sara reflecting on feeling a touch on her sternum all the way down to her toes.
~ Giving lessons to a sibling:
I had the great privilege to work with Joel this time. Usually, I work with his brother, James, but it was time for Joel to have a little NeuroMovement experience! In the past he has "loved" me from a-far without a big desire to get onto the table. This time, I was so pleased to have Joel run into the room and leap onto my table. We connected quickly and went to work feeling/discussing/exploring his connection to himself and feeling his body more clearly. Oh, and we built a cool tower!
~ Connecting with an "old" friend:
Andrew is one my my very first clients...and my very first Eugene connection. We can all thank Andrew's mom Sara (discussed above) for bringing ABM to Eugene. What's more, Andrew's lovely family hosts me in this lovely ABM studio and apartment! I feel so grateful for this family!
As a 6 year old boy (who I've know since he was about 10 months), Andrew can be quite a "moving target" to work with. This weekend, however, was a lovely quiet time for us together. He was so attentive to his body and allowed some much needed quiet work on his spine, and with his pelvis. What a gift!
~ Hearing Tegan sing to me:
Tegan is an amazing 10year old who LOVES singing. He comes into each lesson with a few favorite requests (sometimes over and over). This time, I asked Tegan to help me out and.... together we sang, alternately we sang, and sometimes he just sang to me. (All the while building relationships between his arms and ribs and sternum and pelvis.) Sorry! We were so focused, we didn't snap any photos this time!
~ Chasing a "moving target":
I was laughing with Jovie's mom, Katie. There was a time when Jovie would lay on my table, face down, not wanting to roll, or move in many new directions. This weekend, she started off not wanting to go near the table, and instead invited me to "chase" her around the room. It was a good exercise in flexible goals, and we ended up on the table for some quiet integration.
~ Harrison's smile!
I've know Harrison for a number of years now....and I cannot think of a person who has a brighter or bigger smile. Unfortunately I didn't get any "mug shots" this time. Next time Harrison! Oh, and we'll continue to knock over towers as you twist from side to side!
~ Watching Ollie walk into his lesson:
Like Andrew, I've know this cutie since he was about 10 months old. And, like so many of my families, these lovely folks have worked their way into my heart! He has come so very far and I am always inspired by Ollie's drive, determination, and bright spirit. He's just simply awesome! (Sorry no video... I had technical difficulty adding it to this post - but check it out in my Facebook site!)
~Taking in the Eugene scene:
I had a few moments to get out between rain showers. I had a lovely walk in Amazon park, my usual trip (or two) to Cafe Yumm, and I saw some wild turkeys on my way out of town.
See you very soon!
This is great clip highlighting how a child's mindset can effect their growth and achievement. Sounds obvious...but what's not perhaps as clear to "us parents" is how we praise our children makes a HUGE difference in how they face a challenge and persevere through difficulties. I love how it's presented visually. Please watch!
I love this video!
This is brain plasticity at it's core. Riding a bike the "normal" way is so deeply grooved, it took Destin Sandlin 8 months to "un-learn" this so-called easy endeavor. Then, he tried it with his 6 year old son.... (I won't spoil anything). What's even more fascinating is how what happened when re tried to re-learn riding the "old way."
Brain Plasticity = the ability of your brain to make new neural pathways.
That's what ABM is all about!
Who wants to "unlearn" something? I do!
I will continue to look for information about his research. Important read!
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Janet Lansbury has an excellent blog on parenting and childcare with respect. I would highly recommend following her blog.
This article touches on such an important part of development - independent movement and not placing a child into a position that s/he cannot get into themselves. While I have spoken about this to many parents, I believe Janet is much more eloquent.
Take it away Janet:
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Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in a way that creates space for insight.
Movement is intimately connected to learning.
Professor of Psychology Sian Beilock states:
A very strong predictor of academic achievement was how early kids were moving, exploring their world...When kids can explore their surroundings, all of a sudden, things change.”
The article, goes on to mention how gesturing improves learning as well as the environment we learn in. People who were exposed to busy stimuli were less able to focus than those exposed to a natural setting. I do take slight issue with the brief mention of "tummy time." But, that topic is for another post...
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