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Annie Whitehead

Alexander Technique Teacher

About F M Alexander
An Introduction to AT
How can AT help you?
Annie Whitehead
The Lesson
Workshop Details
Wakefield AT lessons
The ATLAS trial
Back Pain
Pregnancy
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Testimonials
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Frederick Matthias Alexander
 
Frederick Matthias Alexander was born in 1869 in Tasmania.  He came to live in London at the turn of last century.  He worked as an actor and therefore used his voice extensively for his living.  Initially he devised the Alexander Technique to solve a problem he had of losing his voice regularly whilst performing.  His work led him to explore good body use in general and he became known locally as 'the breathing man'.  
 
Ahead of his time, Alexander quickly realised that the body and mind are inseparable.  He had the insight to realise that if someone could stop doing what was 'wrong', the 'right' thing would do itself.  For example if someone tries to 'sit straight' (and do the 'right thing') this approach will inevitably be unsuccessful.  Whereas trying to stop slumping (by stopping 'doing') this approach is much more likely to succeed. 
 
The page An Introduction to Alexander Technique describes the basic principles of the Technique in more detail.    
 
 
Quotes from FM Alexander
 
" All that I am trying to give you is a new experience."
 
"Control should be in process not superimposed."
 
"You can't do something you don't know if you keep on doing what you do know. "
 
"There is no such thing as a right position, but there is such a thing as a right direction."
 
"When the time comes that you can trust your feeling, you won't want to use it."
 
"What you gain in one way you lose in another.  Therefore you must not try for specific results."  
F M Alexander working
on a young boy
 
 
 
 

 Testimonials

 

"The Alexander Technique has relieved much of my pain and improved my sleep greatly."

Anne Kellett, Pupil 2013

 

"I've done the Alexander Technique previously, but this is helping me to reintegrate it back into my life and I'm getting more from it this time round.  I think it is due to Annie's excellent teaching."

Dawn Beck, Workshop participant 2012

 

"I needed a gifted Alexander Technique teacher near to my home and have been very fortunate to find Annie."

Robert Pell, Pupil 2013

 

"Annie is a sympathetic teacher who guides you gently and with humour in this journey of deep discoveries."

Marta Smith, Pupil 2011, 2012 and 2013

 

"I remain virtually pain free.....I am now a firm believer in the Alexander Technique and would recommend Annie in particular."

Richard Yeadon, Pupil 2012