Master the Art of Swimming: Raising Your Performance with the Alexander Technique
Swimming improves your flexibility, tones your body and can help to boost your self-esteem and produce a sense of well being. It is the nation's most popular sporting activity with 11.9 million people swimming regularly. However, most people don't know how to swim properly. This book is based on a 35-year voyage of discovery into the art of swimming. Steven Shaw's method takes the Alexander Technique into the swimming pool - focusing on releasing tension from the head, neck and back. Steven has evolved a unique way of breaking down strokes into a series of therapeutic movements, which can be practised individually or with a partner, in a pool or on dry land. These provide the building blocks, which combine to make it possible for anyone to recraft their own strokes in a way that promote good body use and avoid injuries. Instead of performing physical actions in an automatic way, you begin to learn body awareness. This way of swimming not only feels freer and more open, it is graceful and has a sense of flow, often absent from the way many people swim. Shaw looks at the most popular strokes - front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke and butterfly - focusing on maximum efficiency and minimum strain.
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Alexander Technique alignment ankles arch the back arm action arm recovery arms and legs arms extended arms forward Art of Swimming Avoid backstroke backwards balance bend the elbows body rotates breaststroke breathe out gently butterfly centre direction dry land exhale gently extend the arms extend the left feel float floor front crawl full stroke Fun-da-mentals glide hands head back head-neck-back relationship hips and shoulders holding the water hyperventilation inhale lead arm learning left arm left foot left leg leg action leg press lengthen and widen lessons lift the head lower back Maintain this position maintaining the length Medial Collateral Ligament movement muscles open the arms perform phase pool propulsive pull the head recovering arm regain the feet regain your feet relaxed rhythm right arm right foot right leg sequence Shaw Method side slightly spine stable Stand Step forward Steven Shaw submerged surface swimmers torso undulation upper back upper body wrist