FM Alexander

What is the Alexander Technique

F M Alexander was born in 1869 and developed the technique because he lost his voice as a professional actor. He soon realised it was not a medical problem but the way he used his voice.

Alexander realised that much of what goes wrong with us is actually caused by the way we do things. The simple example is the person lifting a plant pot who pulls a muscle.

It is not only that the pot was lifted badly, but that the person’s condition over time had so deteriorated, that the plant pot became the straw that broke the camel’s back.

To a certain extent we are all suffering in this way. Alexander Technique helps us to run better and to develop our faculties bringing about more freedom of movement and improved general well being.

Using the technique leads to improved motor skills and greater happiness.

So apply it to your work, rest, and play!


Nick Chapman is an Alexander Technique teacher in private practice.

He qualified as a teacher at The Constructive Teaching Centre Lansdowne road in Holland Park and is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. He holds the certificate for teachers of the F. Matthias Alexander Technique. He was trained by W.H.M. Carrington.and D.M.G. Carrington. W.H.M. Carrington studied with Alexander and was the most influential teacher in the country. He is now a legend. His wife Dylis was also his teacher and was just as influential.

Nick Chapman is employed by Merrill Lynch and UBS as the resident Alexander Teacher.

Nick Chapman has considerable experience in the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal, stress and anxiety related problems.

He worked with the Odyssey Trust, where he used Alexander Technique and other relaxation methods for the relief of drug withdrawal.

He also worked in nursing homes where the nurses found great benefits using the technique for stress and the management of various physical problems from maneuvering and handling high risk patients.