Frederick Mathais Alexander was born in Australia in 1869.
He was not a well child and spent a lot of time, while he
was growing up, outdoors on the family farm. He always enjoyed
the theatre and decided his future was as a performer. He
always struggled to project his voice and as he performed
more recitals within his work, he found his voice would
elude him half way through. This soon became quite a serious
affliction so he visited his doctor whereupon he was told
to rest his voice for two weeks. On returning to the stage,
he began a recital and his voice eluded him again. His doctor
told him he was unable to help.
Refusing to accept defeat, he looked at himself in mirrors
to ascertain what was wrong. He realised he was altering
his neck position which was affecting his chest. He worked
on improving this and his recitals became clear and strong
He studied how posture affected so many things and his
fellow colleagues came to him for help with various problems.
He was very successful in helping them and soon had a very
good reputation. He was persuaded to travel to London whereupon
he set up clinics and continued to teach his findings. He
died in 1955.