Saturday, October 27, 2018   10:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 17 Algonquin Dr, Lake Placid, NY 12946 (Directions)

Cost: $30

Registration: Please register early with Uwe Mester at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  802 735 3770, there is only limited space

When we lose or regain our balance, it is mostly recognized through HOW we move. For balance we do not only use one sensory organ, but three different sensory inputs: the vestibular system (inner ear), vision and proprioception (cells in joints that indicate to our nervous system their position in space).

The good news is that physical balance can be improved at any age through movement and exercises to develop your kinesthetic sense and the use of your vestibular system. The Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lessons in this workshop will provide an opportunity to improve overall daily movement like sitting, standing, walking, and the transition in between.  

Join Uwe Mester for this workshop and find out how to comfortably improve your balance. You do not need prior experience to enjoy this workshop. Please bring a mat or blanket with you and wear comfortable clothes.

A number of peer-reviewed research studies have been published that show that a series of Feldenkrais® lessons enhances balance for both more and less active older adults, as well as individuals with multiple sclerosis or stroke.

Research Studies on Feldenkrais Method® and Balance

Controlled Trials:

Connors, K. A., Galea, M. P., & Said, C. M. (2011). Feldenkrais Method balance classes improved balance in older adults: a controlled trial. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2011. [Article ID 873672, 9 pages]. doi: 10.1093/ecamnep055/

Hillier, S., Porter, L., Jackson, K., & Petkov, J. (2010). The effects of Feldenkrais classes on the health and function of an aging Australian sample: a pilot study. The Open Rehabilitation Journal, 3, 62-66.

Vrantsidis, F., Hill, K. D., Moore, K., Webb, R., Hunt, S, & Dowson, L. (2009). Getting Grounded Gracefully: effectiveness and acceptability of Feldenkrais in improving balance. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 17(1), 57-76.

Stephens, J., DuShuttle, D., Hatcher, C., Schmunes, J., & Slanika, C. (2001) Use of Awareness Through Movement improves balance and balance confidence in people with multiple sclerosis: a randomized controlled study. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 25(2), 39-49.

Hall, S. E., Criddle, A., Ring, A. Bladen, C., Tapper, J., Yin, R., Cosgrove, A., & Hu, Y-L. (1999). Study of the effects of various forms of exercise on balance in older women. [Unpublished manuscript, Healthway Starter Grant, File #7672, Department of rehabilitation, Sir Charles Gardner Hospital, Nedlands, WA, Australia].

Intervention-based Case Reports:

Stephens, J., Call, S., Evans, K., Glass, M., Gould, C., & Lowe, J. (1999). Responses to 10 Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons by four women with multiple sclerosis: improved quality of life. Physical Therapy Case Reports, 2(2), 58-69.

Qualitative Study:

Connors, K. A., Galea, M. P., Said, C. M., Remedios, L. J. (2010). Feldenkrais Method balance classes based on principles of modern learning and postural control retraining: qualitative research study. Physiotherapy, 96, 324-336. doi: 10. 1016/j.physio.2010.01.004