Thinking About Learning to Swim?
If previous swimming lessons have failed you, it's because of what learning to swim has meant, for you and the people teaching you. If you'r...Read more
Taking a Breather
I went for a lane swim this morning. I thought I'd take some full, deep breaths before each length and then, if I needed to come up for air,...Read more
Drowning In The Sea of Reaction?
We've been working this week with someone who almost drowned as a child. Being in the water has always been likely to excite her fear reflexes.&...Read more
When swimming is, and isn’t, therapy
Two opposite kinds of behaviour in water relieve stress. Cold water immersion Getting into cold water, embracing the cold, possibly e...Read more
The Wonder Of A Natural Breath
This 1 min animation from Alexander Technique teacher Jessica Wolf shows natural human breathing. Watch it for a couple of minutes and see if you...Read more
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
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
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
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