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Dolphin Kick and Body Undulation Drills for the Butterfly Stroke [Only Swimmers: December 31, 2011, 1:38 am]
The legs remain together throughout and the movement flows through the hips, resembling a dolphin swimming along. Gliding with the knees released, a butterfly swimmer presses down with the upper body as the hips rise, then presses down with the legs, causing the upper body to be pushed to the surface. This first lesson takes […]

Benefits from Breaststroke Swimming [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 3:05 pm]
Breaststroke has existed since prehistoric times. Stone Age paintings featuring a similar stroke were found in the ‘cave of swimmers’ near Wadi Sora in Egypt. It was the only stroke permitted during the great plague in the Middle Ages, because swimmers could keep their faces out of the water and therefore would not, it was […]

Swimming: co-ordinated breathing – breaststroke [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 3:04 pm]
In the breaststroke, exhalation takes place as you release into the glide. Extending the arms forward exerts pressure on the diaphragm, naturally encouraging the expulsion of air from the lungs. Similarly, raising the body up and bringing the arms round encourages the opening up of the chest and lungs, thus promoting an unforced inhalation. Assuming […]

Finding your feet and aspects of balance in the water [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 3:04 pm]
Try the following set of maneuvers for recovering your footing in the shallow end of a pool. This procedure is particularly important for beginners and those who lack confidence in recovering an upright position in shallow water after a glide. Breathing presents a challenge to maintaining good orientation in the water. If we were able, […]

Technical aids and accessories of swimming [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 3:03 pm]
Because a sense of ease in the water is so essential to the art of swimming, equipment that helps to promote this is a worthwhile investment. Adults who have difficulty putting their face in the water for any length of time can find good-quality swimming accessories invaluable. As the majority of swimming-pools use chlorine as […]

Swimming – tips of fitness can damage your health [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 3:03 pm]
There is a Law of Reversed Effort. The harder we try with the conscious will to do something, the less we shall succeed. Proficiency and the results of proficiency come only to those who have learned the paradoxical art of doing and not doing. Aldus Huxley A common feature of the case histories is the […]

Exploring swimming orientation – backstroke [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 3:03 pm]
When performed correctly, backstroke can be the most elegant and relaxed-looking of all the strokes. However, if a good head-neck-back relationship is not maintained, it becomes disorganized and awkward. Some swimmers pull their head right back so that their eyes are focused on a point behind them, which can cause the back to arch unduly […]

Swimming – healing power of water [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 3:02 pm]
Water is both literally and symbolically the source of life. It’s the most abundant substance on the surface of the Earth, covering more than 70% of the planet. It constitutes a large proportion of all living things: about two thirds of a human being’s body mass is made up of water. To ensure the efficient […]

Swimming – the force of habit [Only Swimmers: December 1, 2009, 3:02 pm]
Everything we do involves a complex interaction of conscious and unconscious actions. In practice the Alexander Technique (AT) tends to work with relatively undemanding, commonplace activities, like standing, sitting, and walking. The effort of performing more complicated activities is likely to furnish distractions from the initial task at hand, that of learning to be aware […]





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