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Where Did It All Go Wrong?

We can’t be free until we stop pulling our head into our body. This means allowing separation of the head from the neck. This is what the Alexander Technique direction ‘neck free’ is about.

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Welcome to the Comfort Zone

I often see this kind of motivational writing: You’re fat. Have a good look at yourself and work out how you’re going to run your first 5k. You can’t swim. Start with a length, which feels impossible at first, then work towards 4 lengths without stopping. Before you know it, you can keep going and do your first mile.

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Only More Freedom

What does ‘going swimming’ mean to children when they beg us to take them? Play. Adventure. Fun. Adults are different in water but we can still be creative and explore.

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New Windows

The people most capable of getting something really beneficial from being in water are the least likely to do it.

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Learning to Swim Like a Robot

What I’m doing isn’t helping me rest, breathe or move. I’m hindered by the starched, heavy cloak of trying, doing it ‘right’, and there’s nothing worse!

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Underwater Swimming

Want to swim like Shinji?

Don’t associate Alexander Technique in water with the perfect stroke, if there’s any such thing, because it can be so much more basic, and available to everyone, than that.

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Flip Side of Front Crawl for Fitness

“I need front crawl for aerobic fitness,” said Joe today. He doesn’t believe his beautifully coordinated breaststroke gives him enough of a workout, but a physical disability prevents him from lifting and fully extending one of his arms. Partly because

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Quality Time

Are you a recreational swimmer who needs to be more relaxed?.. “ Spending more time underwater, then more time getting air in, is easier than centering swimming around quick, frequent inhalations.” Two things that put people wrong in water are

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Non-swimmers: Know Your Needs

Advice for anyone not enjoying the water… “Can we have another go at this breaststroke breathing?’ asked David, red faced and out of puff, desperate to learn, prepared to suffer in his efforts but no more likely for that to

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