- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Collins & Brown; 1 edition (1 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843405423
- ISBN-13: 978-1843405429
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.8 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Master the Art of Swimming Paperback – 1 Jun 2009
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About the Author
Steven Shaw is a teacher of the Alexander Technique and a former competitive swimmer. Over the past twenty years he has developed a revolutionary approach to swimming, The Shaw Method, which has helped thousands of people to find freedom in the water. Steven offers private lessons, group workshops and residential courses throughout the UK and abroad. Shaw's method is rapidly spreading throughout the world and is currently taught in over 10 countries.
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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.Read more ›
It certainly has worked for me so I can thoroughly recommend this book both to beginners and those like me who have always struggled and thought they would never be able to swim properly, and also to experienced swimmers who are beginning to find their conventional strokes uncomfortable or tiring. The book is clearly written and very thoroughly illustrated with photos. It may also be worth considering Shaw's dvds from his website [...] You will find many useful sample clips from these on Youtube
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a useful book but initially badly written with far too much repetition of the benefits and so.Published 7 months ago by Boulton
I am very glad to have come across the "Shaw's Method of swimming". As a professional Swimmteacher I am happy to say it gave me new ideas for teaching points and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by monika power
Bought this for my husband who is mad keen on swimming. He says it is the best book he has ever bought on swimming. It was recommended to him after a course he attended.Published 13 months ago by Chris Rose
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.Published 15 months ago by Roman
Another good book that is well worth buying if you enjoy swimming either for leisure or competitionPublished 18 months ago by Retiredgent