1 Day | Forest Mere | From £295pp

Breaststroke Workshop

with Art of Swimming

This day is for anyone who can swim or glide with their face in the water and wishes to develop a graceful and flowing style of breaststroke. NB. Anyone suffering from serious knee problems should seek professional advice before considering choosing the breaststroke course. Our aim is to show you how to perfect this elegant stroke and, enable you to take full advantage of its health benefits.
By the end of the day you will be efficient in:
•    Maintaining a healthy head/neck/back alignment during all phases of the stroke,
•    Establishing proper timing and co-ordination leading to easy breathing and a relaxed glide,
•    Developing a symmetrical leg action thereby preventing a twist of the spine,
•    Gaining maximum propulsion from the arm and leg action, and
•    Discovering how a long glide is at the heart of the stroke, allowing time to release the breath and lengthen and widen the back.

Breaststroke is easy to swim but hard to swim well. When swum well it improves the mobility of the neck, shoulders, wrists, spine, hips, knees and ankles; strengthens and tones the quadriceps at the front of the legs and the hamstrings at the back. Despite being the slowest stroke, it burns the most calories.

About Steven Shaw

Steven, age 60, hasn’t always enjoyed a healthy, happy relationship with water. As a successful competitive swimmer in his teenage years he dreamed of becoming a champion before overtraining triggered an excruciating shoulder injury. Heartbroken, he left the pool and vowed never to return.

Mastering the Alexander Technique in his 20s meant he was finally able to find relief from his shoulder injury. Steven then wondered if he could apply the holistic principles of the therapy to movement in water.

By adapting his style and technique, Steven was able to swim pain-free with a new sense of freedom and enjoyment. The Shaw Method had been born. For over almost four decades he has enabled thousands of people all over the world to overcome their fear of water and learn to love and embrace it.

His unique method – breaking the strokes down into a series of separate movements learned both in the water and on dry land - makes the learning process both stimulating and enjoyable, inspiring people of all abilities to move through the water with a new sense of ease and freedom beyond what they ever believed possible.

How does it work?

The Shaw Method is an innovative, therapeutic approach to swimming which helps people of all abilities transform their relationship with water.

Created by former competitive swimmer, and Alexander Technique practitioner, Steven Shaw (also known as the ‘Horse Whisperer of Swimming’), the method has helped thousands of people – from complete beginners and those with aqua phobia to injured champions - swim with a greater sense of ease, freedom and enjoyment.

The benefits reach far beyond learning an essential life skill. Learning to swim via the Shaw Method promotes and cultivates body awareness, improves posture, confidence and a sense of wellbeing, and encourages a more efficient, functional movement patterns.

Steven has trained hundreds of teachers globally, written two books (‘The Art of Swimming’ and ‘Master the Art of Swimming’) and appears regularly in the national press and media speaking about his groundbreaking work.

How does it work?

1 Day Retreat Inclusions

Standard inclusions

Art of swimming
Champneys foundations:
  • Arrival from 9am
  • Healthy lunch
  • Access to the full range of Champneys fitness classes (additional charges apply)
  • Use of Champneys facilities
  • Option to add spa treatments
  • A fluffy robe to wear during your visit, Champneys flip flops and tote to keep
  • Depart Champneys (6pm)

Retreat inclusions

From £295pp
Standard inclusions, plus:
  • 2 group pool sessions
  • 2 group dryland practice sessions
  • Video Feedback

Dates & locations

1 day | Forest Mere, Hampshire

Sunday, 4th February 2024

Book now

To book, please get in touch with the 'Art of Swimming' team by clicking here 

Alternatively, email janet@shawmethod.com or call 07947 39898

Retreat terms & conditions

There is a minimum number of people required for the break to run. Breaks will be cancelled if numbers are insufficient two weeks before the start of the break.

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If you find the retreat you were looking for is sold out or your preferred room type is not available, please email cer@champneys.com and include the title and date of the retreat you would like to book.

Alternatively, please call us on 0343 210 1939. We often have reserved spaces available, which do not appear on the website.