Since this appeared, there've been thoughtful and very worthwhile swimming books from Ian Cross, and from Terry Laughlin, but this was the first, and it's one I go back to. Quite simply, it reorientates your thoughts about what you're doing with yourself in the pool, and about how you can be in the water. Unlike Steven Shaw's more recent "Mastering the Art of Swimming", which is highly detailed, and chock-full of step-by-step drills, this book sets the mood for thinking how you can enjoy the benefits of Alexander Technique as you start to swim, or return to swimming. It's highly enabling, it has you believing you can do it, happily, and that's a great start. "Mastering the Art" is great too, but it's at times scary in the sheer amount of fine detail with which it analyses aspects of each stroke. This book gets you back to moving, as does Ian Cross, with core priorities in place, and not too much worry over wanting to be exactly right. Maybe it's simply the tone - whatever - it changed radically how I think about being in the water, and (I believe) for the better. The dvds (sold separately) are a great back-up, and also well worth acquiring. For me, Terry Laughlin's Total Immersion books proved very compatible with this approach, and an inspirational way to move forwards.