Learning to Swim

How Slow Can You Go?

November 2, 2021

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."...

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Swimming for a Bad Back?

September 27, 2021

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 ...

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Confidence In A Free Neck

May 18, 2021

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...

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Cheryl, Swimming Without Stress

Do you still work with swimmers?

April 28, 2021

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...

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Inhibition v excitation

Trying Not To Get Too Excited

March 11, 2021

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...

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Is Swimming Without Stress still on your list?

November 30, 2020

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...

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Top Tips For Dips

October 24, 2020

If there's magic in the water, three simple activities may help you find it. 1. Floating face down 2, Sitting, letting yourself drop ...

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When does the ‘Without Stress’ bit start?

September 8, 2020

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 ...

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Visit Wales. Later

August 2, 2020

When arranging courses I'm often talking to two people about the same vacancy, a salesman, hurrying people along to place their deposit for lessons...

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making bubbles

Missing Bubbles?

July 23, 2020

We've had a few dips in the sea during the last four months without access to the pool. Being in saltwater has many obvious, and celebrated, sellin...

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