1 Day | Henlow | From £295pp

Breathe with Ease Workshop

with Art of Swimming

Introducing a brand new workshop from the Art of Swimming. Up until now all of their courses and workshops have been stroke specific. Most new swimmers tell us that no matter which stroke they are learning, the element that they find most challenging is the breathing, or to be more specific, the transition between the water and air.

So, here is a more general workshop on the Shaw Method approach to aquatic breathing.

Participants will learn:

  • How to overcome the startle reflex and activate the dive reflex
  • How to stop getting water up the nose without having to use a nose clip
  • How to develop a swimming posture that promotes optimal breathing
  • How to negotiate the transition between water and air in a more comfortable and meditative way

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.

The Shaw Method

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 | Henlow, Bedfordshire

Sunday, 21st April 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.

Retreat sold out?

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.