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Intensive or Relaxed Course?

August 26, 2023

If you're thinking about booking a course with us, you may not be sure whether to go for the Intensive or Relaxed version. The Intensive cou...

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Learning to Swim “Properly”?

January 24, 2024

“I'm 56 yrs old, planning on doing my first triathlon in July, and really need to learn to swim properly. What's holding me back is my breathing. I...

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Thinking About Learning to Swim?

October 31, 2023

If previous swimming lessons have failed you, it's because of what learning to swim has meant, for you and the people teaching you. If you'r...

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Taking a Breather

July 14, 2023

I went for a lane swim this morning. I thought I'd take some full, deep breaths before each length and then, if I needed to come up for air,...

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Drowning In The Sea of Reaction?

July 8, 2023

We've been working this week with someone who almost drowned as a child. Being in the water has always been likely to excite her fear reflexes.&...

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When swimming is, and isn’t, therapy

May 13, 2023

Two opposite kinds of behaviour in water relieve stress. Cold water immersion Getting into cold water, embracing the cold, possibly e...

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A Clear View

March 2, 2023

 I went for a pool swim today.A bad workman does blame his tools. But I've always found it a challenge to be fully content with a pair of swimming...

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The Wonder Of A Natural Breath

January 10, 2023

This 1 min animation from Alexander Technique teacher Jessica Wolf shows natural human breathing.  Watch it for a couple of minutes and see if you...

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Heaven Nose

November 2, 2022

I woke up this morning from a dream about swimming. I don't often go to the pool these days (apart from the one we teach in at Croft Farm). But the...

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Weather to Wear a Wetsuit (or Not?)

June 29, 2022

Twenty one years ago when we moved to Wales, I rushed out to get a wetsuit so I could make the most of being by the sea. Some years later I sold it...

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My Submission

May 8, 2022

I read my brother Mike's daily Facebook posts, on ancient Buddhist texts he has translated from Sanskrit and their relevance now. Common the...

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Follow the Penguin

February 28, 2022

Through a glass wall at Folly Farm's zoo today I observed penguins swimming underwater. It was lovely to watch their streamlined bodies as they div...

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Swimming Teacher Training: A Ripple Effect

January 25, 2022

Have you ever had a bad swimming lesson? I know I've given a few.  Swimming teachers can fall into a trap that causes us to fail our pupils....

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How Slow Can You Go?

November 2, 2021

Marjory Barlow, Alexander's niece, said, "My goal, and my only one, is to help you adjust your inner tempo so that you do not lose pace with time."...

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Swimming for a Bad Back?

September 27, 2021

Lots of people recommend it. And many back pain sufferers confirm that swimming makes their back feel better. But when I observe people with a bad ...

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