Your NYC Neighbor – is a way of introducing New Yorkers to a rich community of savvy parents and business owners. New York is a diverse City bustling with all kinds of families and personalities. We also love to grab tips and recommendations from moms and dads in certain neighborhoods and throughout the 5 Boroughs, and especially people who have created a product, service or site that helps new parents or appeals to children. Meet Dan Rindler M.M. G.C.F.P, Director at Child Space, NYC.
Dan tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in a suburb near NYC, and was passionate about music. I was a classical and jazz guitarist and went to a performing arts high school, but developed severe pain in my wrists and hands that forced me to stop playing for a long time. I went through numerous treatments and even surgery. I eventually found the Feldenkrais Method, which helped me out of pain and to even improve my guitar playing in a way that nothing else did. This is because instead of going to someone to get my problem “fixed,” I learned to learn new patterns of coordination. I learned how to feel my body in movement very clearly so I could make small internal changes which allowed me to play in a pain-free way.
What neighborhood do you live in?
I live with my family in Park Slope/Gowanus.
What makes it so special?
We love living close to prospect park, and our proximity to so many friends with families.
What drew you to pediatric care?
I was always drawn to the playful spirit of children, and taught music to young children for 10 years in elementary and preschools. When I began to study Feldenkrais
I was interested in working with both performing artists, as I had been, and children. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to do both. As I began to practice Feldenkrais, I was awestruck by how quickly infants could integrate profound changes in their movement and I became dedicated to working with the youngest clients! It’s a joyful way to spend each day and I feel very lucky.
What are common issues facing new parents with young infants?
Parents come to my classes for such a wide range of issues – from simply wondering what to do all day with their baby – to questions about tummy-time, colic, and sometimes late milestones or other larger concerns of delays or special needs. Parents are also flooded with advice from experts: our parents only had one book, by Dr. Spock, but parents now have 100’s of books available each giving conflicting advice. I hope I help parents become more in tune with their baby’s needs through touch in a way that allows them to fine tune any advice they receive to the needs of their baby. (or even allows them to put aside a few of those books and to “read” their baby’s cues instead.)
In private sessions, I work with infants with a range of concerns: various developmental delays, torticollis – where a baby’s head is turned and tilted to one side, to infants who have had heart surgeries or other interventions that have compromised their development a well. The most common call I get is for older babies who are sitting and standing, but have trouble changing positions on their own, and may be late to walk. These babies often haven’t spent much time on their tummies, and usually have skipped crawling and other earlier stages which can support the learning of balance, strength and orientation needed for coordinated walking.
Tell us about your sites/center?
I teach 13 classes a week in several Brooklyn neighborhoods, and Kira Charles, an excellent Feldenkrais Practitioner, teaches all of our classes and private sessions in Manhattan.
I currently see private clients at Melt Massage & Body Work in Fort Greene where I work both with babies and also with parents with chronic pain – often back, neck or shoulder pain. I’m hoping to open my own studio soon. What sets my work apart from other modalities and therapies, is the focus on a child’s strengths rather than challenges, the emphasis on learning through play, and the involvement of the parents in every aspect of a session. It’s something to experience for yourself as it’s so different than most other modalities. I’m not a healer – I’m a hands-on teacher.
Daniel Rindler, Director Child’Space NYC