F.M. Alexander himself said about his technique.
others said of his technique.
F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) developed the technique as a result
of a recurring loss of voice while performing on stage. Being
an up-and-coming actor and reciter in the 1880s, this was
When doctors failed to help him, he decided to find the cause
for himself. The only clue that he had was that he lost his
voice only when performing on stage, and not when he was talking
concluded that it must be something he was doing to himself-but
showed "self-strangulation" of voice
He decided to observe himself-with the aid of mirrors-as
if he were performing on stage. After some time, he saw that
the main cause of the problem was that he stiffened his neck
muscles and pulled his head back when performing. When he
corrected this tendency, his throat problems disappeared.
But when he went back on stage, he found himself pulling his
head back once more-a habitual response to the stimulus to
then spent nearly 10 years of patient and scientific study
in re-educating his manner of self-use, by inhibiting his
old, habitual response patterns, and instead directing himself
with conscious guidance and control.
back plus improved health
This not only overcame his initial problem, but
also brought about the discovery of the importance of the
head/neck/back relationship in human functioning, or what
Alexander called "primary control". Alexander found that as
well as his voice problem disappearing, he also showed a remarkable
improvement in his general health.
He spent the rest of his life in England and America, perfecting
his technique and training others to teach.
there are Alexander Technique teachers in practice throughout
the world, helping people just like you.
What Alexander himself said about his
desire that mankind will come into the heritage of full individual
freedom within and without the self remains an idealistic
theory. Its translation into practice will call for individual
freedom in thought and action through the development of conscious
guidance and control of the self. Then and then only will
the individual be liberated from the domination of instinctive
habit and the slavery of the associated automatic manner of
can't do something you don't know if you keep on doing what
you do know."
an investigation comes to be made, it will be found that every
single thing we are doing in the work is exactly what is being
done in Nature where the conditions are right, the difference
being that we are learning to do it consciously."
What others said of
The Alexander Technique teaches you how to bring more practical
intelligence into what you are already doing; how to eliminate
stereotyped responses; how to deal with habit and change.
It leaves you free to choose your own goal but gives you a
better use of yourself while you work toward it."
- Professor Frank Pierce Jones, Tufts University USA
recommend the Alexander Technique as an extremely sophisticated
form of rehabilitation. Many types of underperformance and
even ailments, both mental and physical, can be alleviated
by teaching the body musculature to function differently."
-Professor N. Tinbergen, Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1973
of feeling one's body to be an aggregation of ill-fitting
parts full of friction and dead weights pulling this way and
that, so as to render mere existence in itself exhausing,
the body becomes a coordinated and living whole, composed
of well-fitting and truly articulated parts."
-Sir Stafford Cripps, Former Chancellor of the Exchequer
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