F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) was an Australian actor who developed what is now known as the Alexander Technique. As a young man he had an excellent reputation for his one-man Shakespearian orations, but he would have trouble with his voice every time he performed. The solutions prescribed by numerous doctors and specialists did not cure him. A turning point came when Alexander hypothesized that he himself must have been doing something to make himself lose his voice. He then embarked on an extended period of self-observation and discovered that the way he was actually using his body did not match his perception of how he was using his body. Over the course of many years, he developed and continually refined a method for increasing sensory perception by freeing oneself from habitual patterns of thinking and movement. The Alexander Technique is now taught all over the world.