F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) was an accomplished Australian Shakespearean orator by the time he was 18 years old. During his career he developed chronic hoarseness and loss of voice causing him to curtail his acting carrier.
When he consulted voice experts and physicians, no evidence pointed to any type of infection. F.M. began to realize, the cause must be from something he was doing.
Over years of investigation Mr. Alexander noticed, when he began to speak his head pulled back and down, (as if startled). This pattern restricted the body causing it to implode upon itself. He discovered when he set his intention, by directing his neck to be free. His head gently moved in an upward direction without stiffening or effort. The new orientation sent a message through the entire body to lift, expand, and to free up.
Forward and up is considered a primary action in movement. The dramatic effect of this activates an opposition at our hip joint. The torso lifts; the legs move away to allow the feet to rest on the ground supporting our body with balance and ease.
The Alexander Technique is an exciting way of experiencing origin of thought and movement. F. M. Alexander published a book in 1932 "The Use of the Self" outlining his discoveries.
"People do not decide their futures. They decide their habits, and their habits decide their futures." ‒F.M. Alexander