A system for reducing stress by adjustment of posture, the Alexander technique was developed by Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955). In the late 1880s Alexander moved from Tasmania to Melbourne, where he took elocution and violin lessons, for a time working as a clerk at Georges. His experience of vocal strain led him to theorise on the connection between posture and health. In 1895 he gave recitals at the Athenaeum Hall and commenced teaching his respiratory method of improved breathing, vocalisation, health and strength in rooms at the Australian Building. He moved to Sydney in 1899, London in 1904, and the United States in 1940.