F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) developed the method of postural and movement re-education we now call the Alexander Technique. Alexander discovered that the way we “use” ourselves has a dramatic impact on our overall functioning.
F.M. Alexander’s important discoveries came about through his attempts to understand and resolve his own difficulties with his voice and breathing. The work of F.M. Alexander first gained popularity in the early 1900’s with actors and people with breathing and vocal difficulties.
Quickly, the usefulness of the Alexander Technique to people with a range of issues was realized by medical doctors. Alexander became aware of relevant research being done at the time by Sherrington on neural conduction and by Magnus on the role of neck tone in posture and movement. He realized that the new understanding of what he termed “use” was supported by even the very first explorations into neuroscience and motor control.