About Annie Whitehead
Annie Whitehead is an Alexander Technique teacher who works in north Leeds, West Yorkshire. Her private practice is only 2 miles from Leeds city centre and a twenty minute drive from the edge of Harrogate. She provides individual Alexander Technique sessions and group workshops at her practice and in the neighbouring area.
She trained at the North of England Teaching Centre for the Alexander Technique (NETCAT) and qualified in 2007. The Director was Maggie Rakusen who trained under Walter and Dilys Carrington. Walter Carrington was taught by the man who invented the Technique, F M Alexander.
Annie is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT). She was one of the Alexander Technique Teachers providing lessons on the ATLAS project, a research trial that was run by the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York.
Annie does extensive Continuous Professional Development (CPD). She regularly has individual lessons with Lena Schibel-Mason, who is the recently retired Head of the York Alexander Technique Training school (YATS), and has monthly shared work sessions with Alexander Technique colleagues. She also participates in an annual weekend retreat with other teachers. In July 2018 she attended the most recent International Alexander Technique Congress in Chicago where she spent a week immersed in Alexander Technique workshops, seminars and lectures with colleagues from around the world. Annie also keeps up to date with other relevant training. For example, she has recently completed the ITC Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work and has undergone training on the screening of people with red flag problems.
There is no need to have a problem to start Alexander Technique lessons! Some people study the Alexander Technique for general personal development: musicians and sports people are two groups of people who often do this. However most people start learning the Alexander Technique for a specific reason. These include trying to find a remedy for a particular injury or problem. People who have benefited from Annie’s lessons include individuals in acute crisis such as those with a sudden back problem or the onset of regular headaches. Other examples include helping those with long term health conditions such as Repetitive Strain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Chronic Neck Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and terminal illness. Pregnant women find Alexander Technique very helpful to maintain good use and balance as their body changes.