with Art of Swimming
The most common problem faced by front crawl swimmers is dealing involves the transition between air and water i.e. taking a breath. Generally, the solution can be found by first addressing other elements of the stroke, such as head/body position and body rotation. This course will address all aspects of developing an effective and sustainable front crawl.
This retreat is suitable for anyone who can swim or glide with their face in the water, and wishes to learn a unique, efficient, and inspiring approach to front crawl. Our aim is to introduce a fluid and powerful full-body movement combined with smooth, integrated breathing to this most commonly swum stroke.
By the end of the retreat, you will be more efficient in:
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.
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.
Sunday, 9th July 2023
2 nights: 1st October 2023
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.