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Swimming lessons

Just a quick note of thanks to you both for your help , understanding and endless patience this week. I really can't express how anxious I was but I guess you could see it!  The thought of putting my head under water etc freaked me out but with your help I could and did and I'm forever grateful. I came with no expectations but I'm proud that I coped with it and it will be the springboard to greater things.

John, Merseyside, June 2016 → read more testimonials

The Alexander Technique In Water

The Alexander Technique In Water

The water's a great place to reduce unnecessary tension, to release and expand, to relax.

The Alexander Technique is very useful for people with any kind of difficulty in the water. Swimming problems almost always go back to balance and breathing. We help you become more at home in water by discovering what’s going wrong with the coordination of your head, neck and back and helping you prevent this. 

The emphasis on our course can actually be on learning the Alexander Technique instead of learning to swim, if you want it to be. To carry out very basic movements in water, both swimming related and land-based, without swimming up and down, can be wonderful. 

Learn Not to Swim

The water's a great place to reduce unnecessary tension, to release and expand, to relax. But working on swimming technique inevitably moves us away from the realm of non-doing; from just making discoveries about ourselves in water. Whether you're a non-swimmer or a swimmer, if you'd like to discover the benefits of working with very simple movements and floating positions in water, you're welcome to learn not to swim! 

That's right, if you're interested in exploring the Alexander Technique in water, without the pressure of learning to swim, we don't have to do any swimming.  If you're a non-swimmer who doesn't put your face in the water, we will need to teach you to breathe so you can enjoy floating and gliding. So long as you can do that, we can focus on doing basic movements well, with lots of stillness and non-doing in between.

Think how you might want to be when visiting a thermal spa instead of swimming lengths in a leisure centre. Ian and Cheryl believe that non-doing in the water is the best thing since sliced bread and when we go swimming ourselves, our aim is to remember this. 

For information on Alexander Technique lessons with Ian on dry land, visit the Cardigan Alexander Technique website