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Can You Have Your Cake and Eat It?

‘Let go and float like an embryo/ learn to move forwards with some kind of flow’. I came up with that line whilst in the woods with the dogs after a trip to the craniosacral therapist. As I lay on

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Diary of a Man Learning to Swim

Michael from Gloucestershire came for our residential course as a non-swimmer with fear of water. After each of his 8 x 45 minute lessons with Cheryl and Ian, Michael took notes to help him process his new experiences…

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Getting a View on Front Crawl Sighting

‘It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it’ isn’t always true!.. “ Sighting in front crawl inevitably involves pulling your head back against your spine, hunching your shoulders and shortening your lower back. Being an established

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Searching for Still Water

Does too much head movement negate the benefits of swimming for people with sensitive vestibular systems?.. “ The vestibular system is the sensory system that provides the leading contribution to the sense of balance and spatial orientation for the purpose

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Mindfulness: Word of the Moment

Mental health benefits or meaningless buzzword? “ Aerobic exercise releases endorphins, which makes you feel happy, and gets you out and about talking to other people. These things are probably useful for mental health. But what about mindfulness? What do

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A Sea Swimmer in June

June discovers a new approach to front crawl and takes it into open water. “ When I arrived I could already happily put my face in the water etc – but swimming made me breathe hard and I was ‘end-gaining’

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Surface Tension?

Learning to get your face out to breathe… “ It’s helpful if coming up for air isn’t learnt as part of a formal stroke, because there’s too much to think about then. It’s easier if you spend most of your

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Get creative and enjoy the bohemian pleasures of a dip outdoors… “ There’s a growing number of people who swim outdoors, not for aerobic exercise but for more holistic benefits.” People who recommend swimming for exercise are often unaware of

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Following the Flow

When leading is misleading… “ Anticipation of the next movement and a preconception of what it should look and feel like makes you rush ahead. Ahead of the rhythm of the stroke and the help of the water.” When I’m

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