About Me

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I have found my greatest teachers in Special Needs Kids

I work with children who are hungry to learn new ways to use and express themselves more fully and effectively. The Anat Baniel Methodsm (ABM) for Children is the most direct and powerful way that I have ever experienced as a means of helping children to connect with their own vitality and uniqueness.

Along with this work with children, I  teach elders and parents to change their neurological potentials through movement. As adults open new brain pathways they also become more child-like, more excited about learning and as a bonus they can move with greater pleasure and ease.

Parents who engage in this process for themselves are better able to understand the joy of learning in their children and to help their children continue their learning every day at home.

As a a licensed massage therapist and a licensed clinical social worker, I have always treated the body and mind as a unique whole for each individual. Children with special needs often have a history of extra hospitalizations and may have experienced a traumatic start. My background in listening skills helps me to meet children and parents as they are. My philosophy is to be available without being intrusive.

I hope to be a loving presence to each child and parent that I meet. At the same time, I have learned to be present for what occurs for each person in the moment and then we move forward! Children are amazingly able to express themselves and then go for joy, curiosity, and bonding.  This is another beautiful way that the children teach me. As a result, I am constantly learning, including new ways to help children. My newest addition is the MNRI® Reflex Integration which combines beautifully with ABM.

Josie and Paul Davenport

I live and work in Gainesville, Florida with my husband, Paul, since the early 1980′s. We co-own the Florida School of Massage where we share our passion for teaching peace through touch.

We also enjoy playing music together along with our love for nature, art, photography and our cat Zorro.

Professional Summary:

Feldenkrais Practitioner(R) for Infants and Children since 1998. Anat Baniel Method For Children Practitioner(SM) since 2003. Teaching movement lessons to enhance neurological development in Children with Special Needs.

Skill Highlights:

Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner – GCFP(R)
Anat Baniel Method for Children Practitioner –  ABMCP(SM)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker – LCSW since 1997
Successful Private Practice with families from the SE US , Europe and S. America
Co-Owner Florida School of Massage since1987
Licensed Massage Therapist Florida since 1980


Guest Speaker at the PMGA Conference June 2013, Free ABM clinic for 15 families.
ABM with families in Denmark and Istanbul in 2013, schedule set for Denmark 2014.
ReachingtoLearn.com informational web page and blog 2012
ABM for Children(sm) workshops for parents and professionals in Florida since 2003.
Free Children’s Clinics – Anat Baniel Method(sm) lessons 2x/year since 2003.
Designer/instructor Communication Skills for Massage Therapists 1990-2000.
Program taught today at the Florida School of Massage and other schools.
Co-Authored book – Korb, M.P., Davenport, J., Martin A., & Korb, J. (2007)
iContact: A Gestalt Guide to Skilled Communication. Gouldsboro, ME: Gestalt Journal Press.

Education & Training:

Feldenkrais® & Anat Baniel Methodsm

Support Staff ABM Practitioner(sm) Training 2007-09
Support Staff ABM for Children(sm) NYC 2006
Anat Baniel Method for High Level Performers(sm) 2005
Anat Baniel Method for Vitality and Anti-Aging(sm) 2004
Anat Baniel Method for Children(sm) Mastery 2003
Feldenkrais Training 1-year, Mia Segal 2002
Feldenkrais 2-year Children’s Mastery, Anat Baniel 1998-99
Feldenkrais Practitioner Training, Anat Baniel 1993–97

Advanced Body/Mind Therapist since 1982

MNRI Infant Dynamic & Postural Reflex Patterns, Christine Poulin 2012
MNRI Children With Challenges, Svetlana Masgutova 2012
Certified Neuro-Synchrony Trainer, Fehmi 2011
Certified Open Focus Trainer, Fehmi 2011
200 hour Aromatherapy Certification with Christina Polnyj 2011
Craniosacral Therapy Certification Training, Milne 2003–06
Licensed Clinical Social Worker 1997
EMDR Trauma Recovery Certification 1995, 1998
Gestalt Therapy Professional Training 1994
Craniosacral Therapy Certification Training, Upledger 1989–91
Instructor for Injury Evaluation and Treatment, Benjamin 1990
Gestalt skills and principles in practice Pat Korb 1985-1990
Structural Integration Certification Training 1982
Bioenergetic Certification Training 1981
Licensed Massage Therapist 1980

Higher Education

Music (AA  Santa Fe Community College ’83)
Health Education (BS University of Florida ’85)
Clinical Social Work (MSW Florida State University ’93)


Photography – All photos (except those of Josie & Paul,
and the child on the ball) © Josie Davenport
Music – I love jazz, classical, folk, some modern music and I play
flute, whistle, concertina and sing traditional Irish Music
Hiking/walking/canoeing/biking & tennis

Josie Davenport, LMT LCSW, MA 3599 ~ SW 5130

Anat Baniel Methodsm ~  Feldenkrais® ~  Reflexes

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