Alexander Technique Workshops

Alexander Technique workshops

Annie Whitehead has been running Alexander Technique workshops for ten years.  The workshop content is tailored to the individual client group.  Weekly group workshops will start on Wednesday 2 May 2018 in Chapel Allerton, north Leeds.  Below are detailed a number of options for specific content in workshops. Successful workshops have a few themes and are fun as well as informative.

In the Alexander Technique we use grounding to look after our bodies and improve our sense of wellbeing.  Learning to ground ourselves throughout the day is a skill that is very important.  Games demonstrating good grounding positions when sitting and standing can teach people how a little careful thought can greatly reduce tension patterns in their body.  People who can learn to ground their bodies are much more centred than people who do not practice this skill.

Looking after your back
The Alexander Technique is on the NICE guidelines as being a useful aid to maintaining a healthy back. Teaching the classic semi-supine position is one of many ways to help people look after their back. Other ways include helping people to re-assess the way they sit, stand and walk.

Breathing work

Breathing work is an integral part of the Alexander Technique and is an excellent way to improve wellbeing by making breathing deeper and removing tension.  People can learn some basic techniques quite quickly. More advanced breathing work can be provided for participants who have greater skill in this type of work.

‘Stop, think and act’
With a bit of practice we can get in the habit of giving ourselves ‘a moment’.  If we stop momentarily, pause to think and then act we can improve the quality of our body movement. Games are used to illustrate this idea, with the aim of encouraging participants to take responsibility for the way they use their bodies in everyday life.  After a bit of practice, taking regular moments to be kind to your body can become second nature and so become a regular part of your routine.

Computer use
The relationship between the head and the neck is a key aspect of the work we do in the Alexander Technique and Annie explores how to improve this relationship, specifically when working with computers.  Handouts are provided to remind participants of the key points so that they can refer back.

Most people drive as a regular part of their daily routine.  The course provides some technical tips on how to look after your body when driving.  These include improvements to how to sit when driving, for example how people can reduce tension in the arms and shoulders when holding the steering wheel and ways to improve frequent repetitive movements such as when using mirrors.


Dan Hadley, workshop participant
Annie Whitehead is a great teacher.  This was my first experience of the Alexander Technique and I’ve found it useful and effective.  Annie is generous with her expertise, clear in her instruction and is sensitive to individual needs.  She is also good humoured and creates a relaxed and happy atmosphere.  I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone wanting to explore the benefits of the Alexander Technique.

Kevin Lycett, workshop participant  
I took Annie’s Alexander Technique workshops and I’m amazed how good it made me feel.  I have a bad back and have been looking for an effective way to address my poor posture.  Annie is hugely experienced and understood my needs straight away. Her tuition was really easy to follow and made this subtle and slightly confusing system really clear. She’s fun and friendly which helped a lot, and because her workshop group is small she gave individual attention all the time. Result? My posture, and therefore back, is a lot, lot, better. Thank you Annie.