How exactly does swimming help anxiety?
'It's great for the body and the mind' has become a swimming platitude. How much truth is there in it? As swimming becomes more and more pop...Read more
Think or Swim?
If you fancy a change in the pool There's joy to be found in the most simple swimming activities, and lots to learn, and to gain, for yourself. ...Read more
45 kilowatt hours in a day! Our son's home for Christmas. He left the heater on in his space, 21.5 degrees, and disappeared for 2 days. 'Hell is o...Read more
Gradual Progression to Good Enough
Robert (65) has come to Pembrokeshire for our residential course a few times over several years. On the first day of his course earlier in the y...Read more
Taking the swimming out of swimming
On how we help non-swimmers 'I just want to feel comfortable in water,' Karen told us on her first day. We always like to hear this, from ...Read more
Poet in motion
Observations of Leonard Cohen swimming nude and BBC Naga running before she can walk I watched a documentary about Leonard Cohen on BBC last nig...Read more
Back at home
We received some feedback this week from a lovely pupil who came to Croft Farm last year. I'm sharing it because it made me think about what happen...Read more
If I win the lottery…
The autumn sunlight streams in through the pool windows at Croft Farm and bounces off the clear, shallow water. An adult who's spent a lifetime wit...Read more
Ameo Powerbreather – Unique Twin Tube Fresh Air Training Snorkel Review
I've been enjoying swimming with the Ameo Powerbreather. I've tried 'training snorkels' previously but never one like this. Fresh air comes in thro...Read more
Fight or Flight, or Float
The startle pattern, also known as the Moro/ baby panic/ parachute/ fear reflex, affects all swimmers, non- swimmers and swimming teachers to some ...Read more
Swimming with the Alexander Technique – or the other way round?
The Alexander Technique is straightforward but for any success with it you have to give yourself time and space, to make things easier for yourself...Read more
How to Swim Head Up Breaststroke
Swimming breaststroke with the face out of the water gets a bad press. There are good reasons for this. But if you're aware of what y...Read more
A Natural Breath – What are the chances?
‘How the hell should I know how to breathe?’ an Alexander Technique teacher trainer asked, making the point that we can't control this natural proc...Read more
Look At Me
“There was a video on his website of his own effortless crawl, but I knew I'd never be able to swim like that," Gill told me, about another of her ...Read more
Where Did It All Go Wrong?
A definite goal in the Alexander Technique, achieved by means of non-doing or ‘inhibition and direction’, is letting our head go forward and up. On...Read more