Swim Mastery Coaching
Swim Mastery makes the process of learning to swim or improving your swim efficiency as a adult easier than other approaches. If you want to learn swimming for the first time, overcome your fears of the water, be able to swim more than a few lengths of the pool without getting out of breath, swim your first mile, improve your ironman swim time or your efficiency for a marathon swim, I can help you.
As terrestrial mammals who spend most of their time in an upright position, swimming in a liquid in a horizontal position is completely alien to us. Our natural instinct when in water is to survive by moving our limbs fast and keeping our head above water to breathe. We tend to assume that pulling and kicking harder will make us go faster. In fact, moving the water around rather than moving through it, as many swimmers tend to do, creates massive amounts of drag and we end up fighting the water rather than working with it.
At Weightless Swimming, I teach every swimmer, from non-swimmers to marathon swimmers, to be completely at ease and 'weightless' in the water. You learn to make your body more streamlined by using your whole body in a connected way to move forward in the water more effortlessly. You use your body weight and natural forces (gravity and buoyancy) to assist your tireless core muscles to do this rather than rely on shoulder and leg muscles which tire much more quickly and use more energy.
To become more efficient at moving through the water, we have to check your body is connected from head to toe. We focus on keeping swimmers' joints within their natural range of movement at different points throughout the stroke. If certain bones are put into unnatural positions and not in alignment, the surrounding or necessary muscles cannot be accessed to make the right movements. This is where a good knowledge of bio-mechanics is essential as a swim coach.