Who founded wobbelturnen / wobbelgym?
The wobbelturnen course was founded by Frauke Molen. It's a unique sport set up in Belgium, suitable for both adults and children.
Frauke graduated as a Master in Psychology and worked as a child psychologist for multiple years. She also built up experience as a kindergarten and primary school teacher. Today you can find her as a team- and pedagogic manager at the daycare. And of course as founder and instructor of Wobbelturnen.
She has a profound experience with children and found an educational, though very fun, way to use and combine all her knowledge about them: Wobbelturnen.
After a while there came international interesse in Wobbelturnen. To make things more clear we uses also Wobbelgym to cover the content of Wobbelturnen more international.
Next to a busy professional life, she's a mother of two young rascals and a bonusmom.
Her firstborn helped her to discover the Wobbelboard which resulted into the foundation of Wobbelturnen in May, 2017.
She tells us, "Taking into account my professional background and combining this with my observations at home, I got more and more convinced of the positive outcome such a wobbelboard can have. It's way more than a 'bended board', as some people describe it.
My firstborn used to be quite rigid in his movements. He never learned to crawl and running wasn't a great succes either. He never learned to fall properly, he always forgot to use his hands, resulting in a bruised face. He was lacking a kind of flexibility which crawling toddlers did have acquired.
When he was a toddler we started to teach him "the art of moving without bruising your face", supported by the use of a wobbelboard. Which was an immediate succes and a great aid.
Waldorfschools' philosophy, the origins of the wobbel, states that children first need to learn how to move before they can sit still and be educated.
This definitely accounts for younger children. They explore the world using their body and its senses, trial and error and cause-consequence, "What would happen if I put my foot down here?". They acquire a great consciousness about their own bodies, orientational skills, knowledge about the world surrounding them, but also self esteem.
We focus a lot on all this during wobbelturnen classes. It's a lot of fun for all children!"
Soon adults became interested too, the XL wobbelboards were discovered and Wobbel Work Out was born! Courses were created based on adults and their physical abilities and classes were instructed.
Good to know, classes are suited for everyone! We do our work out in small groups and it can be adjusted to all levels of fitness.
Wobbelturnen turned out to be a great succes and soon Frauke was in need of another teacher.
Iris joined the wobbelturnen.be team at July, 2018. She is a great instructor and also helps with classes on different locations. A winning team!
Ready for many more classes and new ideas to come.
Moreover we started with instructor courses in 2018. Creating the opportunity for other people, also outside of Belgium, to become a certified wobbelturnen instructor.
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You're a professional? You would like to integrate wobbelgym / wobbelturnen® into your professional environment? Check the heading 'professionals'.
For instructor courses in Belgium/The Netherlands or other countries: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For instructor courses in Austria: contact Anya Minarik www.wobbelturnen.at
For instructor courses in Germany: contact Milena Wegner www.wobbelturnen.de
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