Fredrick Matthias (F.M.) Alexander (1869 – 1955) was a young Australian actor who suffered a strange hoarseness whenever he started to recite. Dissatisfied by inconclusive medical diagnoses, he set out to find a cure for his condition. Using mirrors, he engaged in meticulous self observation. Over time he realized that his condition arose from excessive tension and habitual ‘misuse’ in the relationship of the head, neck and back. He found that this crucial relationship between ‘misuse’, vocal production and breathing led to other practical and far reaching discoveries about the relationship between ‘misuse’ and human functioning.
Through further experimentation and discovery, he gradually developed The Alexander Technique – now widely recognized as one of the world’s most effective and profound practices for the reeducation of neuro-muscular habits and tension as it relates to human functioning. With letters of recommendation from a group of well-respected doctors in Australia, F.M. traveled to London in 1904 to continue his work. During the war years he brought the Technique to the United States; he returned to live and work in the UK until his death in 1955.
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