Serving Santa Cruz & the Greater San Francisco Bay Area
children with special needs
AVAILABLE FOR 5 DAY LESSON INTENSIVES*** anywhere in THE US and abroad (A 5 day lesson intensive includes 5-10 lessons for the child and 1-2 private lessons for the parent(s).
AVAILABLE TO WORK WITH SPANISH SPEAKING FAMILIES
***The high frequency of lessons provided at the recommended INTENSIVE pace allows for an accelerated response of the child’s brain in generating new neural connections and learning. Ideally an intensive is then followed by 1-2 lessons per week for about 3-4 weeks before another intensive is done.
It is highly recommended that parents read "Kids Beyond Limits: The Anat Baniel Method for Awakening the Brain and Transforming the Life of Your Child With Special Needs", by Anat Baniel, before or while working with Mauricio.
adults and the elderly with pain due to injury, hip/knee surgery, and chronic pain
stroke and neurological conditions
PAIN DUE TO CANCER
45 min. lessons for Children $80 (5day/10lessons intensive blocks $700 and includes two 45 min lessons for parent(s)
60 min. lessons for adults $150 (5 consecutive days/1 lesson per day blocks $700
Mauricio also sees children for mini-intensives on the first weekend of each month at COPEC (Community Program for Exceptional Children) in Oakland. Lessons at COPEC are offered at a low-fee sliding scale.
Photos by Jacinta Collins
"Three months after my stroke I started working with Mauricio. We did daily sessions for five days in a row, and after the third session, I noticed I was able to roll in bed at night, and I didn’t have to wake up my caregiver to help me with that. After the fourth session, I was able to use my right hand to feed myself and to write my name. What I appreciate the most was that the pain in my shoulder and tension around my neck were reduced significantly. Now when I tense up again, I know how to let it go and relax."
Mary Gonzales, Corte Madera, CA
"I worked with Mauricio twice daily for four days straight, as he suggested. After the fourth lesson I was able to feel my toes and right foot, which I hadn’t felt in twelve years since my stroke. As a consequence of being able to feel the floor under that foot my balance felt much improved…"
Jeanne Elling, Ahwahanee, CA
"My life changed the morning I met Mauricio. My regular therapist scheduled me to meet with Mauricio to check my balance problems. We chatted about how my fear of falling was in control of my life and what I wanted to accomplish. I instantly felt trust and wanted to learn more about my fears. I learned to listen to my body and observe what I was feeling and how I was positioning my body. Mauricio taught me how to trust the floor and my instincts to connect my brain to my butt. I learned how to get out of a chair, to walk up and down stairs confidently and most importantly how to skip again.
My goals were to climb up and down stairs with no handrail, walk around my property with confidence and to garden without any fear of falling. I am now able to do all of these and much more. I am looking forward to a new year of growing and gardening. I have also shared my lessons with my friends."
Rebecca Jones, Ephrata, WA
"I first came to experience ABM with my therapist Mauricio, when I finally decided to try rehab for my rheumatoid arthritis. I had struggled with nagging pain and depression off and on for about 10 years. Various medicine attempts and some near-disastrous reactions to them, and I thought 'what can it hurt?'. So I was amazed and relieved to discover some obvious results from this gentle therapy.
At first the subtle and slow manipulations seemed strange to me. But I thought 'what the heck... go with it'. And after 3 sessions I could not believe my feelings of relaxation, release of tension, and even the discovery of new love for myself! And wow, the healing of my body began. The feelings of peace I experienced were miraculous in relaxing a tense body that I had no idea plagued me for most of my life. That's definitely healing in my opinion."
Shannon Sieker-Lewis, Artist Cle Elum, WA
"I gratefully found this work 6 years ago after my first of 5 surgeries for breast cancer. I was astounded at how such simple gentle movement resulted in profoundly increasing my freedom of movement. It brought this new sense of awareness to my whole being. I didn’t even realize how much the surgeries to my chest area affected even the most basic functions such as breathing! Through my commitment to this work I was able to experience noticeable faster recovery with my subsequent surgeries. I had less pain, less nausea, less everything! These results drove my commitment to the practice. I have continued with this commitment throughout my cancer journey. And I attribute a big part of my high quality of life to this work. I now have been diagnosed with metastatic cancer to T6, T9 L2 and L4 of my spine, my left shoulder, my left hip, my pubic bone and my 6th right rib. With the increase in sites, I found myself relying on opioids for pain relief…(4-8 pills per day and still having pain). Although my doctors kept prescribing more and different opioids, I decided to up my focus on this neuromovent deal. I started doing movement lessons 5 days a week for 30 min or so in length. After a month or so of commitment to the movement lessons, I followed with a 5 day intensive with Mauricio which consisted of private sessions 45 -60 minutes 5 days in a row. I am now so excited to report I am off all opioids and back to doing the things I love like hiking and traveling. If pain starts to creep up, I up my movement lessons and get a tuneup from Mauricio and I’m good to go. My doctors keep saying “I don’t know what you're doing, but keep doing it”. I know the science calls this brain plasticity, but I simply call it a miracle."
Stephanie Stavrianoudakis, RN San Francisco, CA