The Shaw Method & Alexander Technique

Nager.London teaches the Shaw Method based on the principles of the Alexander Technique together with the focus on body awareness and its alignment.

The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities…” Read more click here

The Shaw Method of swimming applies principles of The Alexander Technique in the water to generate Alexander Popov’s 3 R’s : Rhythm, Relaxation and Range of movement.

By applying those principles individuals taking our lessons will be able to swim with more ease, efficiency and effortlessness. Each stroke is broken down into a series of progressive movements working towards establishing essential elements of a stroke. The emphasis of Shaw Method is on a quality of experience rather than distance or speed and building better body awareness by transforming swimmers’ relationship with the water. The main building stages of this form of swimming method is the alignment of the head, neck and back and their relationship outside and inside of the water; secondly “smart swimming” which is understanding that before every propulsive movement there is a non- propulsive – preparatory movement; thirdly allowing in – breaths to be passive and not gasping for air.

The Shaw Method of teaching is suitable for people who struggle to swim or who are terrified of water. The main priority of this form of teaching is to get you at ease without any hurry in the water, rather then to get you to move through the water. It is a slow pace of learning preventing you from feeling panicked.

Our hands-on guidance, demonstration and land practice will enable a swimmer to develop core swimming skills and awareness in the water promoting good body alignment while minimising the risk of strain or an injury.