HITE TEACHERS IN HARLEY STREET LONDON 

Claire Rennie and Kamal Thapen, both directors of HITE Ltd, are certified members of STAT (Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique) and teach the Alexander Technique at 10 Harley Street, London. Claire and Kamal are passionate about helping clients achieve their goals with the Alexander Technique and are committed to Continuing Professional Development. Kamal is registered with the CNHC - Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council. The Department of Health in November 2009 stated:  
 
"CNHC is the only voluntary regulatory body for complementary healthcare which has official government backing. No other organisation has the same exacting criteria or focus on safety and quality." 

Claire Rennie BSc (Hons) MSTAT FCollT 

Claire Rennie originally qualified with 1st class honours in Engineering & Management in 1992 and following graduate training and development programmes went onto work as a Senior Quality Engineering Manager in the Automotive Industry with Rover, Honda and BMW. The award of a prestigious Daiwa Scholarship gave Claire the opportunity to study Japanese intensively and work as an engineer and study in Japan for 3 years. 
 
Claire is an able public speaker in the fields of education, health and business having presented / given workshops / taught to the: 
 
House of Commons Parliamentary Committee on the subject of addressing back pain in school children. 
National Charities including RSI Action, BackCare, and the British Polio Fellowship, The Thalidomide Trust (including being filmed),ME / PVFS / CFS Support Network. 
National Exhibitions such as ‘The Back Show’ at Earls Court & Olympia. 
British Medical Association Employee Awareness Day. 
NHS GP Practice and Hospital Physiotherapists team CPD Presentations / Demos 
Kindergarten and Primary School of Educare and to ‘A’ level and degree students at ArtsEd – the School of Acting & Musical Theatre. 
Royal Northern College of Music, Esterhazy Singers, Kilmallie Singers, Piano Students 
Haberdasher Aske's Foundation School 
 
Passionate about getting the Alexander Technique more into mainstream life - education, business, industry and healthcare, Claire became a founding director of HITE Ltd. 
 
Committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) within the Alexander Technique and related fields, Claire has completed the Post Qualification Pathway OCN qualification and is a Fellow of the College of Teachers. Claire transfers this learning to both private students and as a core teacher trainer to UK & International trainees at the STAT accredited, 3 year, full-time, Alexander Technique Teacher Training School based in Balderton Street. In addition, he has delivered CPD workshops for other Alexander Technique teachers on 'Teaching People with Challenging Disabilities'. 
 
The Alexander Technique plays its part in every aspect of one’s life. On a voluntary basis, Claire has been a Director of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) and is still a member of the Preliminary Investigation Committee. Separately, she was a founding Trustee of The Weir Link, a charity focussed on urban re-generation, community & education – for which she has honoured by a Civic Award, a tree planting (!) and a nomination to carry the Olympic Torch for London 2012 Olympics for her contributions between 2003 - 2011. When not working, Claire greatly enjoys playing the trumpet both in church and in a jazz/dance band and keeps fit though running with the Herne Hill Harriers - hence her genuine passion to teach others, through example, to learn and apply the Alexander Technique to health, leadership, education, music, running, sport - and to whatever YOU want to achieve in life! 
 

Kamal Thapen BSc(Hons) MSc MSTAT FCollT 

Kamal Thapen originally qualified with 1st class honours in Aeronautical Engineering in 1971 and followed it up with a postgraduate degree in Operational Research and Management Studies. After qualifying he went onto work as a Manager in the Printing Industry with The St Ives Group. Wishing to be independent, five years later he started his own business. For the next twenty five years he was involved as an owner and partner in businesses, in the printing and food industries. 
 
Kamal is an able public speaker in the fields of education, health and business having presented workshops and taught to: 
 
Businesses and Organisations such as Accenture, Chanel, BAA and Southwark Council 
Numerous media organisations such as The Telegraph, while acting Chair and spokesperson for the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique 
National Charities such as the Philadelphia Association and the VSO. 
National Exhibitions such as ‘The Back Show’ at Earls Court & Olympia. 
Adult Education colleges – Morley College, City Lit and South Thames College. 
 
Passionate about getting the Alexander Technique more into mainstream education, business, industry and healthcare, Kamal became a founding director of HITE Ltd. 
 
On a voluntary basis, Kamal has been both a Director and former Chair of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) and is currently a director of the Friends of Alexander Technique, the Charity for the F Matthias Alexander Technique. He is also a trustee of the Alexander Trust and was a founding member and Director of The European School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. When not working, Kamal greatly enjoys reading and keeping fit though T’ai Chi, which he also teaches. 
 

HITE AFFILIATED TEACHERS 

Sean Carey PhD MSTAT 

Dr Sean Carey studied social science as both an undergraduate and postgraduate at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He started taking lessons in the Alexander Technique as part of his rehabilitation and recovery from a motorcycle accident in which his right leg and foot were badly broken. He became so fascinated with the process that he went on to train as a teacher qualifying in 1986. He is co-author of four critically acclaimed books on the technique – The Alexander Technique with John Nicholls, Explaining the Alexander Technique and Personally Speaking with Walter Carrington, and Alexander Technique: the Ground Rules with Marjory Barlow. 
His latest book, of three published with HITE, 'Think More Do Less: Improving your teaching and learning of the Alexander Technique with Marjory Barlow', is now available. 
 
Sean has worked on four Society of the Alexander Technique (STAT)-approved teacher training courses in London. He has written for The Guardian, The Independent, Mauritius Times and New African. Sean is also honorary senior research fellow in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester. 

Tanya Shoop BSc (Hons) MSc MSTAT 

Tanya Shoop originally qualified with 1st class honours in Management Sciences in 1989, following with a postgraduate degree in Industrial Relations. She subsequently worked in both the NHS and the Law Society in Human Resources and Training and is familiar with the stresses and pressures of working life on both mind and body. She started the Alexander Technique for back pain. She’s tried a variety of other treatments and the Alexander Technique was the one that worked. 
Tanya is also a qualified DSE assessor. She saw that in the corporate world, people who carry out assessments are often just focussed on the desk related equipment but have no insight into how posture and body habits make the biggest difference. She has worked with a wide variety of clients including pregnant women and new parents, musicians and horse riders. 

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY 

"I think that my posture has improved enormously. I now stand and sit up straight, and feel very comfortable doing so. This has improved my self-image. It is now very rare for me to feel any pain at all in my lower back." 
 
Mother of two & serious tennis player, female 
 
"Within two sessions pain greatly reduced and able to walk and drive. Within 6 sessions painkillers no longer required and I have learned ways to prevent the pain recurring. Surgery has been avoided. When walking after the seventh session I found the neck and head felt remarkably free. Although the pace of walking remains slow, the sense of liberation and well being is quite dramatic. It is now again a pleasure to walk. The effects noted have remained 6 months after the 18 sessions." 
 
Retired Professor in Endocrinology, age 82, male 
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