VDA PARTNER PROFILE #130
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).
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 and Lake Placid (NY).