The Alexander Technique was developed in the 1890s by the Australian-born actor and reciter F. Matthias Alexander (1869-1955).
He observed that the loss of his voice during his recitation performances was due to misuse of his muscular mechanisms. He went on to discover how to prevent this misuse, how to allow his muscular system to expand as a whole, not contract or tense, and he observed that not only did he regain his voice, but his health, ease of movement and breathing improved significantly.
He came to London in 1904 where he taught his technique for the remainder of his life. He wrote four books on his method which remain in print today: Man’s Supreme Inheritance (1910), Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual (1923), The Use of the Self (1932), and The Universal Constant in Living (1941). George Bernard Shaw, Aldous Huxley, Sir Stafford Cripps, and John Dewey were among his pupils who publicly endorsed his technique.
Walter Carrington trained as a teacher with Alexander 1936-1939 and continued Alexander’s training course after Alexander’s death in 1955. The Alexander Technique Imperial Wharf centre was created by and is operated by the Walter Carrington Educational Trust.