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The Art of Swimming: In a New Direction with the Alexander Technique Paperback – September, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgrove Publishing; 2nd edition (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853981400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853981401
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

STEVEN SHAW teaches swimming and the Alexander Technique. ARMAND D'ANGOUR is a writer and musician. They both live in London.

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Armand D'Angour has been teaching Classics at Oxford University (Jesus College) since 2000, after careers first as a cellist and subsequently as a businessman. Having learned to swim late in life, his first book (co-written with Steven Shaw) aimed to promote a new way of thinking about water that could help both non-swimmers and experienced swimmers to overcome the hurdles to enjoying the water. His main academic book, The Greeks and the New, seeks to counter the commonly-held view that the ancient Greeks were averse to innovation, and reads the texts of Classical Greece through a new, innovationist, perspective. More information can be found on www.armand-dangour.com.

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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I've been a regualr swimmer for about 30 years - 4 to 5 times a week, an hour or so each time. About 2 years ago, a friend gave me a book about the Alexander Technique to read, saying it might be of interest to me and my swimming. I was quite interested and managed to attend a workshop where I got some hands-on experience with the work. One evening, a group of us went to the pool with one of the teachers and she showed us how to apply some of the ideas to swimming.
I couldn't believe how much of difference that little bit of information made! I realized that I had been using too much, and the wrong kind of effort, particularly with my back stroke. I'd always loved to swim, and the feel of the water, but now swimming became a whole new experience for me. Much more fluid and with less effort, and yet just as invigorating. Several friends have commented on the change.
The Art of Swimming is, as far as I know, the only book devoted specifically to swimming and the Alexander Technique. I found it very readable and I think it would make a good introduction to the ideas of the Technique for swimmers. I'd also recommend the book that got me started by Rickover, called "Fitness Without Stress - A Guide to the Alexander Technique". Also a book called "The Authorised Summaries of the Four Books of F.M. Alexander". END
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pete Lake on August 20, 2013
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To swim for duty or for enjoyment ... that is the choice ...

I teach swimming and this has been an inspirational book ...

What a great help!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Duncan on April 23, 2012
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Taking swim lessons, reviewing a DVDs in Total Immersion swimming and reading this book will help you become relax while swimming. That's one of the most important skills in swimming is to relax and not fear the water.
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