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WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
The Alexander Technique was developed in Australia by F. M. Alexander (1869 - 1955), an actor with a voice problem that doctors and voice teachers were unable to cure. It took him years of extensive self-study and research to solve his problem, but he did, improving his general health at the same time.
Misuse of the balance between his head, neck and back was in fact affecting the functioning of his voice and his breathing. He also found this misuse to be a common condition, stumbling unexpectedly onto an aspect of human behavior and physiology significant for the development and well-being of humans.
The Alexander Technique is taught in countries all around the world by teachers who have successfully completed a 3 year training program. It is in the curriculum of the Julliard School of Music, The American Repertory Theater, Ohio State, among others, and it has been taught at M.I.T. and Boston University. Scientific research on the Alexander Technique was conducted by Professor Frank Pierce Jones at Tufts University. Prominent physicians at Children's Hospital, Mass General and other Boston area hospitals refer patients to Alexander Technique teachers. It has also been recommended over the years by other health practitioners and performing arts teachers.