“Change is carrying
out an activity against
the habit of a lifetime.”
Frederick Mathias Alexander (18691955) developed his remarkable
technique in response to vocal problems he experienced as an actor.
The Alexander Technique, now in practice for over 100 years, serves
performers of all sorts; and has been accepted by the scientific community,
as well, as an effective method for reducing unnecessary muscular tension,
thereby improving coordination and alleviating chronic pain.
Here are two brief videos highlighting principles of the Alexander Technique.
Some well-known proponents of the Alexander Technique:
Actors: Juliette Binoche, John Cleese, James Earl Jones, Steve Martin, Hilary Swank, Robin Williams
Medical Professionals: Dr. Lucy Brown, neuroscientist, Professor Nikolaas Tinbergen (Nobel Prize
for Physiology/Medicine, 1973), British Medical Journal study on back pain British Medical Journal
Musicians: Julie Andrews, Sting, Paul McCartney
Writers: Aldous Huxley, John Dewey, George Bernard Shaw
The Alexander Technique is included in the curriculum of noted institutions worldwide.
Some of these include:
The American Conservatory Theater, The Juilliard School, Los Angeles Philharmonic Training
Program, NYU School of the Arts, The Old Globe Theater, Pomona College, The Royal Academies of Music and Dramatic Arts, London, UCLA, and Yale Drama School