Home Farm Blog: The Shaw Method Swimming Course
The Shaw Method Swimming Course
your swimming - or learn to swim - “from the inside out”
We are delighted to offer for the
first time, The Shaw Method Swimming course which will run between the 4th
– 7th March.
Conventional approaches to teaching swimming focus perhaps too early on what
the arms and legs should do. By using the Shaw Method, rather than starting to
work on a whole stroke, you’ll discover how to connect to yourself and the
water which will improve your balance, alignment and breathing. Rather than
just getting instruction from the pool-side, you will be shown & then
helped in the pool to experience what is required.
Having built your confidence - and
feeling more comfortable with these fundamentals - you will then be guided
progressively through the basic steps necessary to coordinate two swimming
strokes: breaststroke and either back crawl or front crawl. You’ll learn how to
glide through the water, how to generate power efficiently and, most of all,
not to waste energy. Understand why it’s not recommended to actively breathe
in: it disrupts the rhythm and flow of swimming. Cherish the vision of the path
to swimming more enjoyably, creatively and sustainably and know what skills
need developing and how to continue practising.
Our private heated swimming pool is
the perfect, relaxing venue to gain confidence in the water.
About the instructor
This course is run by Jonathan Drake.
Jonathan is an experienced
teacher of the Alexander Technique and Tai-chi, and author of three books
on Alexander Technique. He is passionate about holistic approaches to
improving fitness and well-being using Alexander
Technique principles. These include running and walking, rowing, skiing
and skating, and swimming. Swimming did not come easily to him & he felt
cold and uncomfortable in water as a young person. This all began to change
when he started having Alexander Technique lessons. In 1999 he met
Steven Shaw, pioneer of the Art of Swimming and then the world of swimming, its
joys and possibilities of connection to self and the water, began to open up to
him. Jonathan has assisted Steven on Art of Swimming holidays in Iceland and at
Champneys in the UK. He is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander
Technique and a Swimming Teacher Association qualified teacher
Award winning Cranmer Country Cottages have a collection of 8 luxury Norfolk holiday cottages, sleeping 2-12 people in beautiful North Norfolk. Our Norfolk holiday cottages benefit from a fabulous indoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts and extensive 175 acre grounds.
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