Alexander Technique Kilkenny & Tipperary

Regain control of your body and improve the quality of your life.

What is it? ...

Frederick M. Alexander

F.M.Alexander

The Alexander Technique is based on the work of Frederick Matthias Alexander. Born in Tasmania, Australia in 1869 Alexander was a successful actor and Shakespeare orator whose career was affected by his breathing and voice problems. Unable to get help from the medical profession, and coming from a determined outback mentality, Alexander undertook intensive observations of himself over months convinced that the cause of his voice difficulties lay in the way he thought about, and used his body.

Alexander's explorations of his strongly established habits allowed him to understand how hidden tensions and unnecessary tightenings in his body - particularly in the way he stiffened his neck, pulling his head back on top of his spine and compressing his back - were interfering in a natural and easy coordination of himself. Understanding that his mind, body, and habits were connected in a way he had not appreciated, Alexander taught himself how to inhibit his initial responses or reactions to a stimulus such as speaking (bringing him unhelpful habits of muscular tension), and direct a better use of himself- not only resolving his voice and breath control problems but improving the overall functioning of his whole body. He began to sucessfully share his technique with actors and medics becoming known initially as 'the breathing man'.

Realising that his insights were applicable to all aspects of living -not just voice and breathing- teaching became the main focus of Alexander's life. Arriving in London in 1904 he built up a practice in London with many influential supporters from the Arts, Medical and Scientific worlds such as Sir Henry Irving, John Dewey (an American Philosopher and educational reformer who wrote Introductions to three of Alexander's books), and Sir Charles Sherrington (considered the father of modern neurology). Alexander drew pupils to his work from many walks of life including Aldous Huxley, Leonard Wolf, Lilly Langtry and George Bernard Shaw.

In 1931 FM Alexander began his first training course in London to teach his work, and he continued both his private practice and the training school until he died in 1955 at the age of 86. Over his lifetime Alexander continued to refine his work and published four books outlining his understanding and insights. His discoveries became the basis of what we now call The Alexander Technique.

Until the end of his life Alexander continued to develop a practical 'hands-on' teaching approach, guiding people towards a new experience of balance and poise within a more conscious awareness of how they used themselves, and training others in the way he taught. His training course in London was continued by Walter Carrington who had trained and worked with him since the 1930s. Walter, with his wife Dilys and other teachers, continued to train Alexander Technique teachers at The Constructive Teaching Centre in London until 2005.



David Gutiérrez Beired

Yvonne Craddock

Tel 089 2372790

Qualified teachers by STAT (Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique)

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Alexander Technique: Kilkenny & Tipperary

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Tel 089 2372790

David Gutiérrez Beired // Yvonne Craddock

Qualified teachers by STAT (Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique)

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