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Just Floating An Idea

“ The healing properties of salt water have been acknowledged for centuries. But if there’s going to be healing, in or out of the water, the less we ‘do’, the better. And I think that might be the reality which

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Going Away and Getting Somewhere

Cheryl’s home from her Strel Swimming Adventure in Montenegro… Thank you Strel Swimming Adventures for the lovely trip in Montenegro last week. This was the prize I won in the raffle at the 2017 Cold Water Swimming Championships. On Monday, before breakfast, we

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I Am Not A Swimming Instructor

Freedom from the shackles of a job title… “ Facebook requires you to say what your business page is about. Feasible categories include Swimming Instructor, Health and Wellness Website, Teacher/ Tutor and Swimwear Store. Alexander Technique isn’t on the list.

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Old Man River

Reflections on Swimming with the Alexander Technique… “ It’s as if the river doesn’t mind one solitary human quietly joining it. With a group, it quickly becomes a human environment – we take over, make a noise, change things.” I

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Zen and Now

Clinical hypnotherapist Lesley from Sussex changes her mind in water. I thought I knew what to expect when I embarked on my 8 lessons of ‘Swimming Without Stress’. I was wrong. It’s almost the exact opposite of the normal experience

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Which End of the Pool Were You in at School?

“ The lack of a meaningful plan which caused suffering for the nervous kids was liable to be a problem for the swimmers too. Some of those envied deep-enders, including the more confident, sporty ones, were just swimming on instinct.”

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Meet Me at the Symmetry Gates

Aiming for balance in the water… “ Breaststroke and butterfly are symmetrical. The two sides of our body do the same thing at the same time. Front crawl and backstroke are asymmetrical. Like when we walk, our left and right

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Taking A Break!

Ian’s Intervals help Cheryl’s countdown to open water adventure… “ The Strel website suggests you should be able to swim about 2.2 km per hour (the course being a couple of swims a day of around this distance). And there’s

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Enjoying the Journey with Breaststroke and Butterfly

Looking ahead with no left and right turns… “ Rhythmically, meditatively, without stress, without worries, I alternated lengths of breaststroke with butterfly, looking where I was going, enjoying the view, easily coordinating top and bottom halves of the body. Diving,

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All You Need Is Love

Putting love of the water into practice… Swimmers often talk about their love of water. But one way or another we fight the thing we love. With family members, for example,  if I work a bit harder at using the

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