What is the Shaw Method of Swimming?
Develop core swimming skills while improving poise and body awareness.
Created by Steven Shaw and Limor Shoresh Shaw, 1996
The Shaw Method applies principles of the Alexander Technique to swimming.
- The maintenance of a balanced head, neck, back relationship is a key principal.
- Another important principle is that efficient swimming is more about learning to let go than it is about doing more.
This integrated approach cultivates a fine balance between power, grace and efficiency for people of all skill levels.
Swimming uses all the major muscle groups, and is a demanding aerobic exercise that helps to keep your heart and lungs healthy. Swimming also helps to keep your joints flexible as your limbs and body move through the water – especially the:
You can increase your level of physical activity by swimming, therefore increase the amount of energy you burn up – a vital component of a weight management program.
TheShaw Method of Swimming applies principles of the Alexander Technique to swimming.
This integrated approach cultivates a fine balance between power, grace and efficiency. Unlike traditional ways of teaching, where the emphasis is more on swimming length after length as quickly as possible, the Shaw Method of Swimming places emphasis on:
- Quality of experience
- Promoting the best possible body alignment
- Putting minimum strain on the joints
The Shaw Method of Swimming breaks down each stroke into a series of progressive movements, enabling you to work on the essential elements of the stroke and to unlearn unhelpful habits.
Whatever your ability, the Method offers a unique opportunity to develop core swimming skills and explore aquatic movement. General body awareness is developed, promoting good alignment while minimizing the risk of strain or injury.