Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) developed a tool for change with a clear objective in mind: He was searching for a way to overcome difficulties he faced when reciting in his theatre work. Through a determined self-examination he uncovered a number of powerful principles which enabled him to change for the better and realising their power, he made it his life's work to educate and help many people according to these principles.
Alexander's work is based on drawing on our inherent reasoning facilties in order to move in more useful ways. We can sometimes fall into patterns of movement where we hold excess tension in our bodies. Learning Alexander Technique teaches us how to free ourselves from unnecessary tensions. Fundamentally concerned with movement and the thinking which guides these movements, students learn to evolve their thinking to take advantage of simple physiological and bio-mechanical principles to move more efficiently and more effectively.
Alexander's work has proved very popular among actors, musicians, dancers and performers. It is taught in conservatoires around the world and famous proponants include William Hurt, Christopher Reeve, Kevin Kline, John Cleese, Mary Steenbergen, Robin Williams, Paul Newman, Maggie Smith, Jeremy Irons, John Houseman, Keanu Reeves, Sir Colin Davis, Paul McCartney, Sting, Joel Gray. However, it's worthwhile pointing out that this work is equally applicable to any activity which we wish to undertake outside the arena of performance. F.M. Alexander himself also worked with a number of eminent writers and philosophers including Nicolaas Tinbergen (1973 Nobel Prize Laureate in Medicine), Aldous Huxley, George Bernard Shaw, and John Dewey.
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