About F.M. Alexander
Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) was an Australian actor. He suffered from a severe, recurring vocal problem that interfered with his performances. After seeking help from the medical profession but failing to find a cure, he reasoned that his problem was likely caused by the way he used himself in performing. This insight led him to a lengthy process of experimentation and self-observation. Not only was he able to solve his own problem, he found that his discoveries could be helpful to others in a wide variety of ways. He turned the solution to his personal problem into a unique teaching. Although there is often immediate therapeutic value in one-on-one sessions and group workshops, generally Alexander Technique clients are referred to as “students” because, on a very basic level, the work is a teaching.
Today, medical researchers continue to carry out studies on the Alexander work (for more information on current research, see alexandertechnique.com/research.htm), and the Technique is taught at major American and European colleges, conservatories and universities. Well-known students of the Technique include Yehudi Menuhin, Paul McCartney, Sting, Julian Bream, James Galway, Hilary Swank, and Jeremy Irons, to name but a few.