The era is the 1890s in Melbourne, Australia. The young Frederick Matthias Alexander has a passion for Shakespeare and is intent upon building a career on the stage. His ambitions are thwarted by his ailing voice, which cannot stand the strain of performance. He has taken the advice of doctors and tried all the treatments they could offer. So, with the fix-it-yourself attitude of his native Tasmania, combined with ideas gained from his actor’s training, Alexander sets about curing himself. What he learns, as he studies himself in mirrors, is that he alone is responsible for his hoarse voice. Every time he opens his mouth, his habitual way of breathing and speaking recreates the conditions which lead to his problem. And so Alexander embarks upon a life-long study of human habit, and how to change it.
Alexander’s story began with his own personal problem. It continued with his journey to a new life in a new country, and new fame as the originator of the educational method known as the Alexander Technique. Alexander died in London in 1955, but the Alexander Technique lived on in the work of teachers Alexander trained, who all developed their own styles of teaching. The Alexander story continues today, with new teachers being trained and taking the work to all corners of the globe. Every one of us who takes on the challenge of learning the Alexander Technique is part of the ongoing story.
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