History of the alexander technique

Alexander's legacy

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Frederick Matthias Alexander was a Tasmanian actor (born 1869) who suffered from disabling vocal problems. Medical advice brought no respite, so he decided it must be something which he was doing to himself whilst acting which was causing the problem. He observed himself acutely and discovered that his habitual speaking attitudes were compromising his voice.   The discovery of his Technique to prevent his bad speech habits led to improvement not only in his voice, but to general health and well-being. He devised ways of teaching his Technique to others and in 1904 came to work in Britain. Many eminent people sought his help including George Bernard Shaw, Aldous Huxley and Joseph Rowntree. He has left the world a legacy of generations of teachers trained in his Technique as expounded in his four books.