So often, when exercises is recommended, swimming is chosen, as the weight is taken off the joints and there is freedom and more flexibility, as well as giving a greater sense of well-being. Because gravity is not enforced, mobility can increase as well as heart rate and breathing be improved.
However, there is often misconception as to damage that can be caused without realising it. While there is gravitational freedom in the water there is also the solidness of the water ‘wall’ which can make a barrier that creates resistance. And misconception is compounded when more effort is used to gain headway through this wall while swimming.
When swimming, an Alexander teacher will look very closely how you are moving in the water, particularly the relationship between the head, neck and back.the cornerstone of good movement. The most subtle of changes in head, neck and back can make a big difference in the progress.
Alexander Technique really works with how much we do that is way over what we need to in any action. And we are often unaware of how much and how damaging our doing is to our system, our energy and the overall result that we get both in the water and in life itself.
Essentially, you have to go with the flow instead of fighting the wall of resistance. As the song goes it aint what you do, its the way that you do it……..and that’s what gets results.
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