Feldenkrais: Move Like a Baby – LIVE ONLINE, Interactive with Uwe Mester
Wednesdays 4:15 – 5:15 pm HST (6:15 pm PST / 9:15 pm EST)
December 16, 2020 – January 13, 2021
One of Moshe Feldenkrais’ inspirations for the development of the Feldenkrais Method was the observation of babies and how they learn to move and engage in their environment. As babies we experience our world through movement before verbal and cognitive development take center stage.
Reconnecting with some of these early learning patterns will give you a unique experience. You will find clarity, ease your own movement, and expand your own movement possibilities. Your balance and coordination will improve and you will discover how to integrate these experiences into your life. This series is also particularly helpful for parents, grandparents, educators and care/medical providers working with babies and young children across various disciplines.
Anyone–young or old, physically challenged or physically fit–can benefit from the Method. Feldenkrais is beneficial for those experiencing chronic or acute pain of the back, neck, shoulder, hip, legs or knee, as well as for healthy individuals who wish to enhance their self-image. The Method has been very helpful in dealing with central nervous system conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and stroke. Musicians, actors and artists can extend their abilities and enhance creativity. Many Seniors enjoy using it to retain or regain their ability to move without strain or discomfort.
NOTE: Prior Feldenkrais® experience is not necessary to enjoy this Move Like a Baby series. You can join any time, even if you missed prior lessons. Uwe will teach a new lesson every week.
What happens in a Feldenkrais Method® session?
Feldenkrais work is done in two formats: group classes and private sessions. In group classes, called Awareness Through Movement®, the Feldenkrais teacher verbally leads you through a sequence of movements in basic positions: sitting or lying on the floor, standing or sitting in a chair.
Uwe Mester brings the compassion of someone who has suffered back pain and surgery and emerged into health. His clarity and good cheer uplift every class.
Uwe Mester took his first Feldenkrais® lesson in 1997 after recovering from lower back surgery. After unsuccessful rehabilitation attempts with both traditional (medical) and non-traditional methods, Uwe explored the Feldenkrais Method®. His pain symptoms immediately decreased, and he developed a deeper interest in this form of somatic education.
In 2001, Uwe began a four-year training in Germany with Dr. Chava Shelhav (Israel), one of just a few remaining original students of Moshe Feldenkrais, the Method’s founder. Uwe has been a licensed Feldenkrais Practitioner since 2005, teaching both Awareness through Movement®(group classes) and Functional Integration® (individual classes).
He continued his study with Senior Feldenkrais Trainers Yvan Joly (Montreal), Carl Ginsberg (Frankfurt) and Larry Goldfarb (California).
In addition to his Feldenkrais® training, Uwe also holds Master’s Degrees in Education and Social Work. As a social worker, he worked with diverse populations in a variety of settings including: a substance use disorder Therapeutic Community in New York City, and in Germany, a school for special needs children, a group home for juvenile delinquents, and a correctional facility.
In early 2008, Uwe and his family relocated from Wiesbaden, Germany, to Charlotte, Vermont. Since September 2009, he has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method in the greater Burlington/Middlebury area in Vermont and Lake Placid, New York.
“Uwe has been the guide that let me continue the fascinating process of learning how to learn.”
“I began attending Feldenkrais lessons with Uwe about ten years ago and never stopped. Initially, I was trying to work through a low back pain problem that had vexed me for many years, but once we figured that out I wondered , ‘How else can I move better?’ Uwe has been the guide that let me continue the fascinating process of learning how to learn.”
— Turner Osler, MD, Emeritus Professor, Department of Surgery, UVM