FM Alexander (20 Jan 1869 – 10 Oct 1955) was an interesting man. Gambler, Actor, Horseman and Teacher. The first of ten kids growing up in Tasmania. He was surrounded by actors and horses all the time. His dad was a blacksmith and his mum was a midwife that had to hoof it on horseback cross country at a moments notice to births and to nurse people. He would also see visiting performances from bands of actors and eventually became inspired to try and make it as an actor himself, moving to Australia.
He specialised in reciting Shakespeare and was making a name for himself when he started to loose his voice. He tried everything the acting teachers, doctors and specialists threw at him, without success. Rest brought it back, but it would go again at some point in the performance. In a moment that can only be described as Sherlock he deduced that if he had his voice before, it must be something he was doing during the performance that made him lose his voice. He observed himself in a mirror for a couple of years. Long story short he developed an amazing power over himself. FM Alexander continued acting but got sidetracked teaching the technique to others and eventually started using it to make money. It then became what we now know as Alexander Technique.
Having a lesson from him was an incredible experience. He came to England on a bet winning £750 on a horse! In 1904 that money went far. While he was successful, he did get addicted to gambling on horses. He had a boy named George place bets for him in between lessons. You would have seen him riding a unbroken or green stallion through Hyde Park in the morning because he loved the untamed spirit. He liked roller skating and fencing too. Check out this video of him teaching, it shows you a spritely old man who looks in good shape for his age (82). I hope that it inspires you to think that you can still be in good shape later in life. Although he has passed away his technique lives on from his teachings and continues to benefit mankind through all sorts of problems.
You can read more about FM Alexander by following these links
Hi, I'm Edward Fisher and I believe that everyone can have a life free from back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and many other musculoskeletal pain related conditions. I recovered from slipped discs and sciatica. I spent 10 months being unable to walk. After 3 months of Alexander Technique I was walking again. Now I show others how to do the same thing for themselves.
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