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Master the Art of Swimming: Raising Your Performance with the Alexander Technique Paperback – 27 Jul 2006


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown (27 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843403498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843403494
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Shaw learned to swim at an early age and soon became a competitive swimmer. In 1990 he started the three-year Alexander Technique teacher training course and during this time he explored his relationship with the water which has led to his new and very successful teaching approach: The Shaw method. This method has had huge acclaim over the past 10 years and Steven holds workshops and courses all over the world. He lives in North London.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Fiddler on 30 Jun. 2008
After several years of unpleasant struggle to learn to learn front crawl as an adult, this book has brought me the success that I have been looking for and much more besides.

I work as a professional in ski teaching in the mountains in France and so I am very aware of many aspects of learning and teaching physical activity. 20 years in full time teaching has demonstrated to me that about 90% taught in any subject is guaranteed to be wrong information and that if a person is struggling and suffering then the fault is nearly always in the approach taken in either the learning or the coaching.

Swimming seems to be the same as in skiing in that instinctive movements cause a great deal of trouble and only learned movements work properly. Shaw bases his approach on this principle by directly relating it to Alexander Technique - which is about awareness of the body.

Swimming is also similar to skiing in that much is normally left down to natural selection. Awareness and understanding in both cases can circumvent this issue and bring amazing results with both adults and children - who would otherwise be sidelined. I was personally in the process of being sidelined as a swimmer and no friend or coach could really get me close to where I wanted to be. Shaw's book did the trick 100%. Suddenly I'm really enjoying my swimming. A kilometre of crawl isn't long enough or tiring when before I started the book 100m was my comfort zone limit.

It's a whole new universe of excellent experiences being just given to you. I was already a competent swimmer in general and a qualified open water diver - but was always reduced to zero by the crawl. I can also see now how incredibly inefficient most of the other swimmers are around me. How they strain their necks and their shoulders.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Ang on 9 Aug. 2009
To criticise a book because it's no substitute for a session with the author is about as helpful as rating the Bible account of the Sermon on the Mount two stars because it's not as good as having been there to hear it. Shaw's book has been a great help to me. Teaching muscles the right kind of movement on land before entering water makes sense. And breaking down the strokes - all the main styles, by the way - into separte steps is immeasurably better than being thrown in the deep end. The book has helped me improve my swimming, and without any other training. What else can you ask of it? Well, it falls short of five stars for me because some of the instruction is confusing and writing is ploddy in parts. I hope it returns to print soon. I've been recommending it to friends. Come on, publisher!
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By Louilly on 13 Mar. 2014
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I bought this book for my Mum who, in her seventies, has decided to train to swim a mile. This book was recommended to her by a swimming teacher and has really helped her improve her technique.
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Unorthodox approach to swimming. Very similar to TI system. Great buy if you want to improve your swimming experience and are willing to work on it.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nick on 7 Feb. 2009
Steven Shaw is an inspiring swimming teacher, who applies the Alexander Technique to his methods. I bought the book after a one-day workshop on the crawl with Steven, which was really good. The book's useful for reinforcing some of the ideas, but it's no substitute for proper, real, in the water tuition. Trying to understand the different elements and stages of a swimming stroke is very, very difficult from a book.
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