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The Alexander Technique

Frederick Alexander

Frederick Mathias Alexander was born in Tasmania in 1869-1955. He trained as an actor but suffered from ever more frequent bouts of hoarseness, often losing his voice completely during performances. After exhaustive examinations, doctors found nothing wrong with his throat, so Alexander was obliged to analyze his own manner of use and eventually determined that his vocal troubles were caused by mechanical misuse overall

Much painstaking observation revealed excessive tension in his neck and repeated contractions of his head each time he spoke which depressed his vocal chords. After intensive experimentation he worked out a way of preventing these negative patterns which solved his vocal problems, whilst bringing about remarkable improvement in his general health. Later, he taught his revolutionary method to others

A remarkable man, who lived life to the full

Alexander Technique teachers train for three years on full time course at a registered training centre approved by STAT (The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique) and embrace the code of practice and a formal constitution. After qualifying, Alexander Teachers are expected to develop and continue to expand their professional skills

 

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