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The Use of the Self

Frederick Matthias Alexander was born in Tasmania in 1869. In his twenties, he became a professional reciter of dramatic pieces. After almost completely losing his voice he pioneered a method of improving the 'use' of his body musculature in all positions and movements and cured his vocal problems without medical aid. Alexander then realised that most people stood, sat and moved in a defective manner and that incorrect 'use of the self' might be the cause of much human suffering. He moved to London and established a school, publishing several books and achieving success, with recommendations from famous contemporaries such as Aldous Huxley and Sir Stafford Cripps. Alexander died in 1955 but his 'principle' lives on through the work of many teachers of his method.
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First published in 1932, this is the classic book by the pioneer of the Alexander Technique Essential reading for those who already practise the Alexander Technique - and for those who are coming to it for the first time Reissued in new cover design alongside Wilfred Barlow's The Alexander Technique The Use of the Self has reprinted regularly, in various editions, and is the foremost text on the revolutionary Alexander Technique Includes an introduction by Wilfred Barlow, who studied with F. M. Alexander and practised his teachings for over 40 years

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F.M. Alexander was an Australian actor who developed the process known as the Alexander Technique.


First published in 1932, the landmark work by the originator of the Alexander Technique.

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