He toured his native Tasmania and then New Zealand reciting and receiving more and more compliments on his voice and performance. In many towns he visited people with voice problems were seeking his advice. Observing those seeking his help, Alexander quickly realized that the interfering body tension he had believed to be particular to himself, was commonly present in other people. He started to share with others what he had discovered and many of those he taught testified to an improvement not only in their voice but also in their general health. With time he became so well-known for helping to solve breathing problems that people referred to him as ‘the breathing man’. Finally he gave up his now established reciting career and started to work full time as a teacher of the method he discovered – the Alexander Technique.
Alexander taught for almost sixty years in Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA. He taught many influential people of his day including the playwright George Bernard Shaw, novelist Aldous Huxley, philosopher John Dewey, and lawyer and politician Stafford Cripps as well as many leading doctors and scientists. His technique received increasing recognition and many doctors have believed that the Alexander Technique should be an obligatory part of a medical studies curriculum.
Alexander wrote four books about his technique: ‘Man’s Supreme Inheritance’ in 1910, ‘Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual’ in 1924, ‘The Use of the Self” in 1931 and “The Universal Constant in Living’ in 1941. They are all written in stylish, by now rather old-fashioned, prose and are full of descriptions of his experiences and observations as well as more general philosophical thoughts.
In the 1930s Alexander was persuaded to train teachers of his method so it could be passed on to following generations. From that time preparing future teachers became a big part of his work.
Alexander died in 1955 when he was 86 years old. He had continued teaching until a fortnight before his death.
Since Alexander’s death the popularity of his work has been steadily growing resulting in thousands of Alexander Technique teachers in many countries all over the world. Some of the best education institutions for musicians, dancers and actors offer individual Alexander Technique lessons to their students (e.g. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, The Royal Academy of Music in London, The Juilliard School of Performing Arts in New York, The Boston Conservatory of Music, The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto). In recent years, the number of medical and scientific studies on the Alexander Technique has grown rapidly – you can read about their findings following links on https://www.alexandertechnique.com/research.htm