I read my brother Mike's daily Facebook posts, on ancient Buddhist texts he has translated from Sanskrit and their relevance now. Common the...Read more
Follow the Penguin
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...Read more
Swimming Teacher Training: A Ripple Effect
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....Read more
How Slow Can You Go?
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."...Read more
Swimming for a Bad Back?
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 ...Read more
Haiku Are In!
We had a great response to our Haiku competition, inspired by Simon Armitage in his shed with Johnny Marr. Here are our favourites: Inhale, p...Read more
Confidence In A Free Neck
Breathing out comfortably into the water is the cornerstone of water confidence. And the key to being able to breathe into the water is relaxing yo...Read more
Do you still work with swimmers?
We just had a call from Rosemary, who had front crawl lessons with us in 2012. She said learning to free her neck and lengthening her stroke out wa...Read more
Trying Not To Get Too Excited
Inhibition, the key to the Alexander Technique, is easy to understand when you think of it in terms of its opposite, which is excitation. Ov...Read more
When You Can’t Swim
From childhood, related to my genetically weak vestibular system (poor balance), I've had a kind of kink in my nervous system where my head goes to...Read more
Is Swimming Without Stress still on your list?
People we speak to about booking a course often say, “I am (insert any number over 50)...” as if that might be an issue. In fact, a large perce...Read more
Top Tips For Dips
If there's magic in the water, three simple activities may help you find it. 1. Floating face down 2, Sitting, letting yourself drop ...Read more
Swim Your Own Swim
In The Madness of Crowds Douglas Murray is clear on problems of identity politics and social media. We latch on to popular ideas without thinking t...Read more
When does the ‘Without Stress’ bit start?
For many years, after training as a swimming teacher, and especially a Shaw Method one, I laboured under the idea that every person taking lessons ...Read more
Looking For A Challenge?
Challenge. 'A call to someone to participate in a competitive situation or fight to decide who is superior in terms of ability or strength.' ...Read more