History of the Alexander Technique
The Alexander Technique was developed by Australian actor and reciter Frederick Matthias Alexander (born Tasmania 1869 – died London 1955).
Alexander began to experience vocal problems during his performances. When doctors were unable to help him he decided to search for a solution himself. He practised reciting in front of mirrors and, over time, he noticed a habitual reaction which caused him to tense his neck. Gradually, he managed to unlearn this habit. As a result, his vocal problems stopped, he moved with greater ease and his overall well-being improved.
Alexander realised the importance of the relationship between the head, neck and back - the spine - and how this affects the whole body. He called this the "primary control". Often, as we grow up, we develop unconscious habits of "mis-use" which interfere with the body's primary control. These can lead to disorders, particularly chronic back, neck and head pain, and shoulder, wrist and knee problems. Alexander continued to refine his theory and, in the 1930s, began to train others to teach what is now known as the Alexander Technique. His four books, Man's Supreme Inheritance (1910), Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual (1923) The Use of the Self (1932) and The Universal Constant In Living (1941) are still widely read.
Today, the Alexander Technique is a well-established practical method of self help that can enable you to avoid pain and manage your life more effectively. Posture Plus in North London offers a simple, clear approach to learning the Alexander Technique.