TOTAL IMMERSION- THEORY
Total Immersion teaches you to work with the water, instead of fighting against it. As humans are not aquatic animals, it is natural for us to sink in water, and our instinct is to fight for survival.
For many people, this involves switching on muscles and pushing water away; even once they feel confident in the water, the habit of churning limbs continues: pulling the arms and kicking the feet as hard as possible.
Total Immersion is about increasing efficiency – covering a greater distance in the water while reducing the energy used. Achieving this requires us to engage our mind and our body differently to the ‘traditional’ approach to swimming
Total Immersion provides a structured approach to an effortless swimming technique, based on four core skills.
Successful learning involves sensing the water around you, and your body’s position and movement; switching muscles off rather than switching them on; always engaging your whole body, from head to toe.
Each stroke you take in the pool reinforces muscle memory. Each stroke you take that is not efficient will make it harder to replace existing muscle memories with new ones.
When you practise Total Immersion, you learn from every stroke. If the feedback from a stroke is positive, build on that success with the next stroke. If a stroke doesn’t achieve what you wanted, work out what you need to do differently with the next stroke.
Find out more about Total Immersion in the UK and its founder, Terry Laughlin visit www.totalimmersion.co.uk.