How to change?
F M Alexander discovered his technique because he had a problem. He was working as an actor in Australia, but kept losing his voice. There appeared to be no medical explantion, so he set to work to find out what he was doing that might be causing this recurrent laryngitis. He found by observing himself in mirrors that when he spoke there was an associated habitual pattern of tension that affected his voice. This was a very significant discovery, and the beginning of a process of change, of resolving not only his vocal difficulties, but also a chronic respiratory problem.
How to change? It’s all there in his story –
acknowledgement of a problem or the state of things, and
acceptance of personal responsibility for one’s wellbeing;
careful observation of self;
willingness to work at something, and determination.