Shaw Method Aquatics
The Integrated Motion Studio offers a unique approach to aquatics: a therapeutic method of doing fundamental movements in the water and an ergonomic approach to swimming using the Alexander-based Shaw Method. Private or joint lessons and group classes are available.
Whether you are a regular swimmer or someone who hasn’t put their head underwater for years, the Shaw Method may be just what you need to make your time in the water as enjoyable and productive as possible. Discover how to rid yourself of the neck tension and breathing habits that keep you from improving your stroke. Discover how easy it is to overcome the fears or pain that keep you away from the water. Discover the art of swimming!
Shaw Method lessons are perfect for you if you....
Shaw Method swimming training is guided by four principles:
- Maintain a good head-neck-back relationship or alignment
- Non-propulsive movements precede propulsive movements
- Never "take" a breath
- Cultivate an open, positive approach to learning
Each student will be taken through fundamental practices to familiarize them with the principles. Students can also choose which of the main strokes they would like to work on: front crawl, breast stroke, back stroke, and butterfly. Each stroke will be taught as a series of practices designed to encourage good use during all aspects of the stroke before adding breathing and performing the full stroke. The strokes vary somewhat from how they are taught in typical Red Cross swimming instruction because the Shaw Method strokes emphasize using yourself well while you are swimming and therefore teach movement patterns that do not strain your neck, back, shoulders, and knees, and allow you to breath freely. Most people find that when they are breathing more freely and moving in a way that is good for their body, not only does it feel better, but they are faster and have more endurance too.
It takes about 5-10 lessons or classes to develop instroductory swimming skills or to learn or re-learn a stroke. I can also do single lesson swim checks to assess your stroke if you let me know this is your goal for the lesson.
It is recommended that swimming students take at least three Alexander lessons during their aquatics training in order to be able to understand how to apply Alexander technique principles to their swimming practice.
Private lessons are available at any teaching location. Group classes are available at Reavis Rehab and Ergo Wellness.
If you have a pool available to you that is warm and has space available for walking in waist-deep water, I would consider teaching you there.