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There Is Nothing Straight About the Spine: Post(ure) vs. Act(ure)

Anat Baniel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Many of us have been told to stand up straight. However, there is nothing straight about the spine. When you look at the spine in profile, it has curves.

Transforming the Lives of Children and Adults With Cerebral Palsy

Anat Baniel | Posted 12.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Treatments include stretching the muscles when they are spastic and short, stimulating them when they are not working powerfully enough, or implementing other direct mechanical interventions. This approach has often yielded limited and limiting results for the person with cerebral palsy.

Coping With Stress: Hers and His

Anat Baniel | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

When a man has a special needs child, there's a huge amount of suffering because the greatest pain and suffering for a man is the feeling of powerlessness -- that he can't solve a problem.

Are You Just Venting and He Feels Criticized? How You Can Turn This Around

Anat Baniel | Posted 09.24.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

To men, your complaining or venting sounds like criticism. There is a way that you can communicate with him without sounding critical: Convert your complaints into very specific, direct requests.

Is Your Partner Disappointing You? 4 Steps to Getting What You Need and Want

Anat Baniel | Posted 09.16.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

One of the biggest challenges for a woman in any relationship, particularly when she has a child with special needs, is the expectation that your partner is going to automatically do what you think he should be doing.

Scoliosis: Go With the Curve -- How You Can Increase Your Flexibility and Strength and Reduce Pain Through Brain Change

Anat Baniel | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Saturday, June 29, 2013, was the first International Scoliosis Awareness Day. It's a day to "create positive, public awareness about scoliosis, promot...

Is Your Child Acting Out? The 4 'R's' That May Be Causing It

Anat Baniel | Posted 08.27.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

When your child starts acting out more intensely than before, have you ever noticed that your own stress levels prior to that moment were rising, too?

Is Stress Hurting Your Relationship? What Can You Do About It?

Anat Baniel | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

While raising a child with special needs, when it comes to keeping your relationship together and being in love, one of the most important insights is to recognize how stressful it is and how the stress can erode the best of relationships.

It's Not Your Fault, Really!

Anat Baniel | Posted 07.30.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

To forgive ourselves is no easy task. We have to rediscover our innocence. If we have the opportunity, as children, to have parents who can say that they are sorry for things, then we learn to forgive them and forgive ourselves.

Why Trying to 'Fix' Your Child Is Not a Good Idea

Anat Baniel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

We always want the best for our children. And part of my philosophy in life is to recognize that all we can do for our children is to provide the conditions and context for them to grow and face the challenges that they came into this world with.

Beating the Odds of Divorce When Your Child Has Special Needs

Anat Baniel | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

It's often said that parents of children with special needs divorce at a higher rate than the general population. So, I asked John Gray: What do you think are the causes and what suggestions can you give to these parents?

How to Win in the Blame Game

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

It's so easy to take things personally. Instead, the next time you notice yourself feeling defensive or like you're a failure or that you're not good enough, practice using a buffer phrase.

Time Outs Are Not Just for Children

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.17.2013 | Parents
Anat Baniel

Normally, when thinking about communication, we think about verbal communication or some kind of physical communication. However, sometimes the best communication skill is to know when to take a time out.

The Fitness Myths That Hold You Back, and How to Succeed: Myth 5 -- Practice Makes Perfect

Anat Baniel | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

There is no question that in order to become skillful at any sport or fitness activity, you need to participate in and practice the activity. But if that is all that is required -- practice, practice, practice -- how come not everyone that practices a lot excels at what they do?

National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day: Stories of Hope and Transformation

Anat Baniel | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

In honor of National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, I want to share three stories about children and adults with cerebral palsy we have worked with, who have tapped into the incredible potential of their brain to change, transforming their lives in ways previously believed to be impossible.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: New Hope for the Brain-Injured Person

Anat Baniel | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. It is of great importance to raise the general awareness of the prevalence of brain injury, since even mild brain injury can have devastating impact on a person's life.

The Fitness Myths That Hold You Back, and How to Succeed: Myth 4 -- The Flat Stomach Myth

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

I fully agree that strong abdominals are very useful and important to have. But this is not the full story. The most powerful muscles of our body are all the muscles that are attached to the pelvis, what I call the "power center."

The Fitness Myths That Hold You Back, and How to Succeed: Myth 3 -- The Stretching Myth

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

If you regularly apply these essentials as you do your stretching routine, it will become second nature to you, your stretching will become effective, and you will avoid the potential negative impact of forceful, fast, and automatic ways of stretching.

The Fitness Myths That Hold You Back, and How to Succeed: Myth 2 -- No Pain, No Gain

Anat Baniel | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

One of the biggest fitness resolution killers is pain. The question we need to ask: Is pain, or more importantly, forcing through pain, necessary for increasing our athletic ability and reaching new heights of fitness, performance, and health?

The Fitness Myths That Hold You Back, and How to Succeed: Myth 1

Anat Baniel | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Are you one of the many people who have made a New Year's resolution to exercise regularly and get more fit in 2013? Are you also one of the many who have made the same resolution in the past just to keep it for a couple months, or perhaps a week or two, or maybe not at all?

Children With Brachial Plexus Injury: Making the Impossible Possible

Anat Baniel | Posted 12.23.2012 | Parents
Anat Baniel

October 21-27 is Brachial Plexus Awareness Week. My desire is to introduce an approach to working with children who have suffered injury to the brachial plexus that provides breakthrough possibilities.

For Busy Women: 3 Tips for Easy Ways to Become More Fit

Anat Baniel | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Whether you are a full-time mom, working mom, working professional, or college student, one of the biggest challenges to becoming fit is finding the time in your busy life. The good news is that this challenge may not be as difficult as you may think.

Hope for Children and Adults With Cerebral Palsy

Anat Baniel | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

Sept. 4, 2012, was the first annual World Cerebral Palsy Day. This day was recognized for the estimated 17,000,000 global citizens diagnosed with cerebral palsy, in an effort to raise awareness across the world.

Children With Special Needs: A Revolutionary Approach Gives New Hope

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.25.2012 | Parents
Anat Baniel

Are you a parent to a child with special needs? Have you been trying to help your child do something he or she can't do, or corrected them over and over again to end up with little or no progress?