Our Team

Chava Shelhav and Karen Schmidt-Paas have been conducting Feldenkrais training programs in Germany since 1984. Together with Bärbel Heede they created the "Feldenkraiszentrum - Chava Shelhav" in Mechernich-Vussem in the Eifel region of Western Germany, close to Cologne.

So far more than 700 graduates have successfully completed their Feldenkrais training there. The administrational office of the Feldenkraiszentrum is located in Hilden. From there Feldenkrais trainings in Bad Tölz, Hamburg and Barcelona are supervised as well.

Dr. Chava Shelhav, (Educational Director)

Chava Shelhav
  • was trained by Moshé Feldenkrais in Tel Aviv and was his personal assistant
  • has been working with the Feldenkrais Method ® since 1965
  • diploma thesis on "Feldenkrais Work with Spastic Hemiplegic Children"
  • Ph.D. dissertation on "Movement as a Learning Model"
  • numerous research projects and publications
  • developed „CHILD`SPACE – the Chava Shelhav Method“ for parents and their babies
  • developed the "Shelhav Model of Ontogenesis" and the "Shelhav Test" on movement quality
  • educational director at the Feldenkraiszentrum in Mechernich-Vussem

Karen Schmidt-Paas (Assistant Trainer)

Karen Schmidt-Paas
  • has been organizing Feldenkrais training programs and seminars since 1982
  • graduated as a Feldenkrais practitioner in 1988 and has been an assistant trainer in Argentina, Mexico, Sweden and Germany since 1984
  • manages the seminar house in Mechernich-Vussem, which she founded in 1992

Susanne Schönauer

Susanne Schönauer
  • Training as Feldenkrais teacher from 1984 to 1988 with Chava Shelhav
  • Assistant trainer from 1993 to 2005 in international training programmes
  • Trainer in international trainings since 2005
  • Training in "Child'Space", Chava Shelhav method
  • Training in group dynamics at the GTF, (DGGO)
  • Experience in process support, Gestalt therapy and supervision
  • Co-Educational Director Training Neuss 16
  • Educational Director Neuss 17

Meike Haar

Meike Haar
  • state diploma in Business Administration
  • has been manager of the office of the Feldenkraiszentrum in Hilden since 2004
  • graduated as a Feldenkrais practitioner from Chava Shelhav's training program in 2007

Sigrid Klein

Sigrid Klein
  • manages the seminar house and adjacent residential facilities in Mechernich-Vussem
  • graduated as a Feldenkrais practitioner from Chava Shelhav's training program in 2007

Inga Adameit-Paas

Inga Paas
  • professional photographer
  • graduated as a Feldenkrais practitioner from Chava Shelhav's training in 2007
  • manages the Feldenkraiszentrum's website
  • assists in workshops and training groups
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