FM Alexander was born in Tasmania in 1869. He enjoyed success as a Shakespearean reciter and actor until vocal problems compromised his professional life. His discoveries arose as he sought to remedy his vocal defects.
Alexander moved to London in 1904, where he taught his method of respiratory and vocal re-education. His work continued in England and America after his death in 1955 and has since spread to the European continent, as well as Israel.
The Alexander Technique is a part of the curriculum of major music and drama schools throughout the world. Its supporters have included distinguished actors, among them John Cleese, Paul Newman, and Dame Judi Dench, as well as writers George Bernard Shaw and Aldous Huxley and the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Nikolaas Tinbergen.
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