F. M. Alexander
Matthias Alexander (1869-1955), an actor, was confronted with increasingly frequent problems of aphonia. Having given up on having his voice treated by the methods proposed by doctors, he began a long process of self-observation using mirrors. He realized that it was his misuse of mirrors that was having a detrimental effect on his “functioning”. He developed the fundamental principles of “use of the self”, and taught them first in his native Australia, then in England, where he settled, and in the United States. He was soon recognized by neurophysiologists, doctors, educators and artists.
He then trained teachers who spread his method throughout the world.
F.M. Alexander is the author of several publication, notably “The use of the Self”, translated into French “L’usage de soi“, Contredanse Editions.