“ Many thanks for the most enjoyable swimming course, it was wonderfully relaxing, the addition of the lessons in the Alexander Technique also benefited me a great deal."
Now in my mid-sixties and having spent a lifetime with a fear of falling and heights and consequently a fear of water, I had experienced many panic attacks in the process of learning to swim and never really enjoyed swimming.
The experience at Croft Farm with Ian and Cheryl was an amazing revelation. The idea of standing in a swimming pool just letting go and falling forward into the water was a very daunting prospect. The first few attempts were very stressful producing a lot of tension in my body. However, with Ian and Cheryl’s help and encouragement gradually I learned to relax. In fact as the lessons progressed I discovered that doing nothing in the water to achieve a floating position apart from allowing it to happen was in fact a very pleasant experience.
By the end of the course I discovered that I was able to fall forward into the water allow myself to drift around calmly, gently exhale with my face submerged, and even to look from side to side. I could then allow my feet to sink without feeling I needed to keep everything rigid in order to float.
Floating by actually doing nothing in the water was amazing.
Thanks to Ian and Cheryl this was a truly unforgettable experience.
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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