F. M. Alexander (1869-1955)
Who is Alexander?
Frederick Matthias Alexander discovered the innate mechanism by which our natural coordination can be restored, ending pain and other symptoms caused by misuse of the body and giving us better quality of life.
Born in Australia in 1869, Alexander was a young actor who suffered from voice loss during performances. When doctors could find nothing physically wrong with him, Alexander took it upon himself to find the cause of his problem. After years of careful, empirical self-observation, he discovered he could restore his voice by alleviating the patterns of tension and misuse interfering with the relationship between his head, neck and back.
At the turn of the 20th century, he developed a way to teach others what he had learned. He taught his technique for many years until his death in 1955; his books and work are known and practiced worldwide.