F.M. Alexander’s technique began as a method for freeing the breath and the voice, and evolved into a technique for freeing the whole person. It is a practical means of dealing powerfully with uncertainty, liberating us from haste and hesitation, so we can respond to life with full awareness and vitality.
Learning the Technique consists of developing skills to 1) give yourself time to pause before reacting, and 2) make conscious choices to direct attention in a way that is expansive and life-giving. Underlying these two aims is an awareness and experience of an ever-present current of dynamic coordination that supports well-being and personal evolution.
If you would like…
- relief from patterns of strain
- increased capacity for recovery and rehabilitation
- access to ongoing improvement
- practice being kind to yourself
- the ability to manage stress and calm your own nervous system
- improved confidence and presence
- an embodied method of constructive thinking
… the Alexander Technique awaits you.
Who was F.M. Alexander?
Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) was a Shakespearean actor challenged by severe, recurrent hoarseness while performing. Because doctors found nothing wrong with his vocal mechanism, he reasoned that the cause might be related to how he was using his voice. After years of rigorous self-observation and experimentation, he recognized what he was doing that was causing the problem and figured out how to prevent the patterns of tension he had inadvertently practiced throughout his career. He regained a full, rich voice and returned to the stage, with improved posture and overall coordination as well as freedom from the breathing problems he had experienced since childhood.
Alexander continued to develop his technique, exploring the relationship of tension habits, thought and perception to human movement and functioning. He taught his discoveries to other actors with such success that doctors began referring to him patients with various breathing and coordination problems. As word of his success spread, people came from around the world to study with him.
With more people interested in studying than he alone could teach, F.M. developed a program to train teachers in his technique. Over 100 years later, there are now thousands of certified teachers across the world.
Alexander’s discoveries evolved into core principles, the basis of his practical educational method. Students of the Technique today are as varied as the disciplines that have been influenced by this work: education, medical rehabilitation, skill development, stress management, the performing arts and athletic skill enhancement.
Watch a brief video of this lively man.
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