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Working in the sea

Working in the sea
When we teach children to swim, or when we work with special needs children in the sea, it is important to pay attention to primary control (the dynamic balance of the head in relation to the body) and to breathing, which must be as natural as possible. The same goes for adults who wish to improve coordination in the sea, which was disrupted due to incorrectly learned concepts, or due to illness.

Children acquire the greatest feeling of safety and trust moving in the sea when they are accompanied in this activity and taught by adults. It is important for these accompanying adults to be relaxed and without fear. This is much more natural and better than learning to swim with swimming accessories.

When swimming accessories are used, they have to be specially selected and properly used in order not to hinder primary control and breathing. We support accessories such as swimming noodles, which do not raise the body above the surface of the water, but just support it, and do not disrupt natural breathing and movement in the sea. Children should first feel that they can float without doing anything because the water itself supports them. Learning to swim should be done through play and enjoyment.

What does primary control in the sea mean?

When a child or an adult is in a vertical, horizontal or any other position in the sea, the relationship between the head and the spine must be free, which means that a dynamic balance of the head in relation to the spine must be maintained.

We often see a child holding a swimming board in front of them with both hands and holding their head backwards and down. This position is not good because it blocks natural breathing, hinders movement, and creates tension in the neck and shoulders, which disrupts the proper and easy movement of the entire body. As a consequence, children, instead of relaxing and breathing normally in the sea, increase the tonus of the upper body, and disrupt natural coordination and natural breathing.

Alexander Technique lessons support natural and unhindered movement and breathing. Good coordination of the entire body is encouraged in all positions in the water. When transitioning from one position to another, it is important to use the joints that are designed to do just that, and the head leads the movement with its natural dynamics.



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