Breathing problems

F. M. Alexander

F. M. Alexander mentions a number of breathing problems in his early writings. ‘Excessive and harmful lowering of the air pressure in the respiratory tract’ tends to ‘cause congestion of the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract on the sucker system, setting up catarrh and its attendant evils, such as throat disorders, loss of voice, bronchitis, asthma, and other pulmonary troubles’.[1]

In ‘Details of some Cases sent by Doctors’ in a 1906 flyer Alexander lists that he successfully dealt with pupils who were suffering from laryngitis, bronchitis, nasal and throat trouble, loss of voice, nasal catarrh, attacks of hay fever, tuberculous symptoms, the after effects of pleurisy and pneumonia followed by emphysema, and who were subject to colds and laryngeal attacks.[2]


  • ‘Alexander’s preterm birth’ by Jennifer Kellow writes that infants who are born prematurely have lungs which are not fully developed. Kellow speculates that Alexander, would have had typical respiratory problems of being born prematurely, and that he solved it through his Technique. Hence, the Technique has much to offer other people who have been born prematurely.[3]
  • ‘The art of breathing’ by Jessica Wolf reports that some of the conditions she deals with – asthma, gastroesophageal reflux disease, consequences of smoking, mood disorders – impact the respiratory system in similar ways.[4]

See also Asthma, Breathing.


[1] ‘The Theory and Practice of a New Method of Respiratory Re-Education’ (1907) in Articles and Lectures by F. M. Alexander (Mouritz, 1995, London), pp. 64.
[2] ‘Mr F. Matthias Alexander’s New Method of Respiratory and Vocal Re-Education’ (1906) in Articles and Lectures by F. M. Alexander (Mouritz, 1995, London), pp. 34–37.
[3] ‘Alexander’s preterm birth’ by Jennifer Kellow in The Congress Papers 2008, From Generation to Generation Vol. 1 edited by Jean M. O. Fischer (STATBooks, 2009), pp. 247–61.
[4] ‘The art of breathing’ by Jessica Wolf in The Congress Papers 2015, Empowering Humanity, Inspiring Science edited by Rachel Gering-Hasthorpe (STAT Books, 2016), pp. 313–16.