Monday, March 22, 2010

Anat Baniel Center...Day 1

What a day!

We are so enjoying our time here! Even though we are doing therapy we have had a good amount of down time and it has been much needed! I want to say a big thank you to all of those that have made this possible!

We took Makenzie down to look at the fish this morning! She was very intrigued.

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Makenzie had her first two lessons today at the Anat Baniel Method Center. To say it went well would be an understatement.

Neil was great. He worked a lot with Makenzie's arms, chest, legs, low back. Makenzie showed off her bridging and worked flat on her back for a long time. He got Makenzie's right arm over her head and Makenzie initiated rolling onto her stomach. With some assistance so was able to put weight into her elbows prone with her head up very nicely. When we left she felt so good.

We came back to the hotel and I laid her on the couch. She hung out there on her back for a long time playing with her shakers. Watching her purposeful movement in getting the toy to her mouth was amazing! She was bending her arm and moving it to her mouth so much better missing her target only a few times. I took video but I am just too tired to edit and upload it! Not to mention it would take forever on this super slow connection.

About 3 pm we were on our way back to the center for our first appointment with Anat Baniel!!! I was so so excited but really had no clue what to expect. Anat was AMAZING!!!

She asked a few questions while beginning to work with Makenzie and picked up on many of her physical roadblocks very quickly. Anat worked a ton on her chest, and arms. Then she worked with her flexion. I wasn't sure if I wanted to laugh or cry. She got very stern with Makenzie. A sternness that I do not ever use with her. I decided to laugh and turn away so I wouldn't distract Makenzie. Anat also asked Andrew and I not to even look at her so that she would have all of Makenzie's attention.

Anat recognized Makenzie's ability to control her body patterns and gave Makenzie the opportunity and structure, demanding that she learn how to self regulate. Guess what happened? As the lesson went on Makenzie began to flex less and less ending the session with a very quiet and loose body.

We headed back to the hotel for some dinner.... and free happy hour...I felt bad for putting her in her chair but then this happened.....

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Notice how Makenzie right elbow is several inches from her body resting on her elbow with her wrist loose hanging over the edge. HUGE!

I can not wait to see what tomorrow brings! Please pray for God's healing touch through all of the practitioners that lay their hands on My precious baby girl!!!


Anonymous said...

AWESOME stuff!! God is good!!! I am just thrilled thrilled thriled. Call me again when you get time. Anat sounds amazing, a genious :-) Love and prayers to you,,,
Jami Poore

Alicia said...

I am so glad to hear that things are going so well for Makenzie!! God definitely knows how to guide our footsteps, doesn't He?

SAVANNAH said...

Wow Pam.. You go Makenzie! Her arm was the first thing I noticed when I saw the picture. I am so happy for you. This post is exactly what I needed to keep going.. Love you both, Kelly and Savannah

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