“ You need a certain amount of confidence in water really to get the benefits of experiences like visiting thermal spas."
Consider A 'Not-Swimming' Course
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 have a course of 'Not-Swimming' lessons.
That's right, if you're interested in exploring the Alexander Technique in water, without the pressure of learning to swim, we really 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.
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“In these posts we want to encourage anyone who'd like things to be easier in the water. You may be a non-swimmer struggling to trust the water, an improver trying to understand how the strokes work, a recreational or fitness swimmer who tires easily, perhaps with aches and pains, or a swimming teacher looking for a different approach. Two questions running through this blog are: What is it about being in water that makes us happy and benefits our health? Where does our focus need to be, to enjoy these benefits?
If you find a post helpful, see the links underneath it to others with similar themes. Oh, and if you're on Facebook, please click 'Like'."Ian and Cheryl Cross - Swimming Without Stress