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Annie Whitehead

Alexander Technique Teacher

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Alexander Technique and Sports

Many Olympic athletes have used the Alexander Technique to improve their sporting performance.  Almost all top class equestrians take Alexander Technique lessons and the British Olympic team are no exception.  Decathlete and gold medal winner Daley Thompson and many olympic medal standard rowers have used the Alexander Technique to gain an edge on their competitors.  A tiny improvement in performance can be the difference between gaining a medal or coming last in a final.  For sports people whose pinnacle of achievement is an Olympic medal, this chance only comes round once every four years!  The ability to perform to the same level as usual, when under intense pressure, can be learnt through the Alexander Technique.  Sports people can use Alexander Technique lessons to enhance general fitness, improve their technique, reduce the likelihood of injury and speed up their recovery from injury.   

Specific Benefits to Sports people
The ability to think when in sporting activity can improve performance.  Benefits include:

· improving reflexes, balance and co-ordination

· reducing muscular tension 

· improving breathing

· helping recovery

· reducing the likelihood of injury

· learning to perform 'in the moment'  

Alexander Teachers who specialise in sports
Any good Alexander Technique Teacher will certainly enhance your wellbeing and sports performances.  Annie was a keen sports player as a child and played both hockey and tennis to county level.  Having played sports to a decent level, she uses this knowledge in tandem with her Alexander Technique expertise, to to help clients improve their sporting performance.  The natural spirals all Alexander Teachers explore in their work are a very useful skill to master for many sports including football, rugby and racquet sports. 
Running, Swimming and Cycling
There are a quite a few Alexander Technique teachers who specialise in specific sports.  
Malcolm Balk specialises in running.  He lives in Canada and provides workshops in England twice a year in May and October.  Annie has attended his running workshops twice and would recommend them.  His runing workshops are always available twice a year in May and October.  They are held in York at the York Alexander Training School (YATS).
Stephen Shaw is a world famous teacher who provides specialist Alexander Technique lessons in swimming.  He has taught both Olympic standard swimmers and recreational swimmers.  Courses are available all over the UK and are regularly held in Harrogate and the East Midlands.
Joe Searby provides Alexander Technique workshops in cycling.  Workshops are usually in the south of England but he recently ran a workshop in Bradford, West Yorkshire.  The workshops explore applying your Alexander thinking to riding your bicycle,improving performance efficiency and comfort on your bicycle.