Origins of The Alexander Technique


The Alexander Technique was developed at the
turn of the 19th century by F. Matthias Alexander
an Australian actor.

After a successful career he found that he was losing his voice while “reciting”.

Having sought help – to no avail – from the traditional medical profession, he set out to see
if he could cure himself.

Through exact observation of his own symptoms, he noticed that while reciting, he became tense about the neck and head. This tension generalised throughout his whole body and then focused
on his vocal system.

Starting from this point he was able to evolve a complete approach to posture and bodily
awareness that has since been of benefit to many thousands of people.

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