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F. M. ALEXANDER 1869-1955

 

F.M. Alexander was born in Tasmania. He was an aspiring actor until his voice began to break up on stage. As his condition did not respond to medical treatment, he began to suspect that he might be straining his voice when performing.

In an effort to discover what he was doing wrong he began to observe himself in mirrors, first when speaking ordinarily then when performing, noting any physical difference between the two.

From these pains-taking observations carried out over many years Alexander developed a Technique, which not only solved his voice problem but also brought about a remarkable improvement in his general health.

Fellow actors began to come to him for help with their problems then doctors began to refer patients to him. In 1904, Alexander was encouraged to go to London to gain further recognition for his work from where his Technique spread worldwide.

"Mr. Alexander has done a service to the subject (of the study of reflex and voluntary movement) by insistently treating each act as involving the whole integrated individual, the whole psychophysical man. To take a step is an affair, not of this or that limb solely, but of the total neuromuscular activity of the moment, not least of the head and neck."
Sir Charles Sherrington, neurophysiologist