The team of teachers who run the centre have a wealth of experience of teaching the Technique, and their previous careers and interests enhance their teaching.
There are regular visits from well known British and International teachers who provide a rich and varied learning experience for students and members of the public.
Pam Mason: Co Head of Training
|Pam trained in Leeds with Maggie Rakussen from 1991 – 1994. She then set up her teaching practice in York and for a while also in Selby, Wakefield and Hull. She taught musicians at Hull University music department, and also taught adult education classes in York and gave many introductory workshops and talks.
She was an assistant teacher at the York training course from 2003 and became co head of training in 2013.
Pam studied classics at Oxford University. She began to work in horticulture in 1988 and in 1990 began the process of helping to set up a horticultural project for adults with learning difficulties (Brunswick Organic Nursery). She was involved in this until she retired from there in 2007.
She was recently a participating teacher in the ATLAS neck pain trial, set up by the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York.
She regularly attends the ‘Eyebody’ (Art of integrating Eye, Brain and Body) retreats and private lessons with Peter Grunwald since 2000, and studies ‘Living Sound’ Voice-work) with French musician Gilles Petit.
|Mary trained at Cumbria Alexander Training School, Kendal, Cumbria from 2004 –2007.
She then set up her teaching practice in York , giving individual lessons and running workshops in the community, including themed workshops for Gardeners, Computer workers, Parents of young children, and Yoga practitioners.
She taught musicians at University of York Music Dept. for 5 years, and taught medical students at York Medical School on their Student-Selected-Components (SSC) Programme, for 4 years.
She became a visiting teacher at YATS in 2010 and joined the teaching team in 2012.
Mary was a participating teacher in the recent ATLAS neck pain trial, set up by the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. She obtained a BA in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University in 1994.
She set up her painting/print studio in York, and also worked as Artist in Residence on placements in museums and schools and taught Art and craft at Brunswick Organic Nursery and Craft Workshop for adults with learning difficulties.
She studies Living Sound Voice-work with French musician Gilles Petit.
|Lesley trained at York Alexander Technique School from 2011 – 2014.
She teaches Alexander Technique in Howden and Cottingham, East Yorkshire.
She has taught group workshops and courses in Howden, Hull and Beverley.
Lesley is a part-time Senior Lecturer in the School of Health & Social Work, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull and has been involved in Alexander Technique research there for several years.
Her work there has included developing and evaluating an Alexander Technique group course for older people with a fear of falling (with Jane Clappison), and she is currently supervising two PhD students researching the Alexander Technique in pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.
Lesley is an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist & Health Psychologist and has worked with people with a range of physical health problems.
She is a member of the STAT Research Group.
Lena Schibel-Mason: Co Head of Training
|Lena trained with Yehuda Kupermann 1979-1982 in Freiburg/Basel.
She has worked full time with the technique since 1991 (mainly in York; also in Leeds, Beverley, Scarborough, Kirkbymoorside).
She spent 12 years as co-worker in the Leeds training school NET CAT (Head of training: Margaret Rakusen), before setting up the York School in 2003.
She has worked with actors at East 15 (Sheriff Hutton), dancers at Hull and Scarborough universities, musicians at University of York Music Department and with riders, coached by and co-working with Sally Tottle.
Her early career was as a State school teacher in Germany and she also taught at Rudolf Steiner Schools in Switzerland ad York.
Lena was a Co worker at the Centre for Transpersonal Psychotherapy near Freiburg and also trained in Person Centred Counselling (Carl Rogers).
Lena will retire as Co-Head of training in April 2019. She will continue to do occasional teaching at the School.
|Jane trained at York Alexander Technique School from 2010-2013.
She teaches Alexander Technique individual lessons and groups in Pocklington, East Yorkshire.
She has taught group workshops and courses in Pocklington, London & various venues in East Yorkshire & Humberside.
Jane worked in the NHS for 30 years as a Chartered Physiotherapist (now retired), with special interests in Mental Health & Pain Management. Jane is also qualified in a range of complementary therapies.
Jane has developed and delivered an Alexander Technique group course for older people with a fear of falling (with Lesley Glover).
She is a member of the STAT Pain Clinical Interest Group.