About Steven Shaw

Steven’s Story

Steven learned to swim at an early age and his love of being in the water led him naturally to join his local swimming club where he took up competitive swimming.  At the age of seventeen he quit – burnt out from the long hours of hard training and suffering from a severely strained neck and upper back. At this point in his life he vowed never to return to swimming.

While at University he was introduced to the Alexander Technique as a means of relieving his pain and became enthused by the ideas of F.M Alexander. In 1990 he started the three-year Alexander Technique teacher-training course in Israel.

During this time he began to re-explore his relationship with the water and by applying principles of the Alexander Technique in that element rediscovered his passion for swimming. He developed a new approach to teaching swimming – the Shaw Method.

Using his unique approach he has over the years helped thousands of people to find freedom and ease in the water.  Steven enjoys working with swimmers and non-swimmers of all levels ranging from those who are fearful of putting their faces in the water to competitive swimmers looking for a healthier approach. He teaches groups and individuals throughout the UK and has introduced the Shaw Method to Japan, Australia New Zealand the US and Canada.

Steven is the Course Director of the Middlesex University accredited Diploma course in the Shaw Method and has trained more than 100 teachers. He is the co-author with a former pupil Armand D’Angour of the 1997 ‘Art of Swimming in a new direction with the Alexander Technique’ and has produced four  DVDs. His second book on learning to swim with the Shaw Method, ’Master the Art of Swimming’ was published in 2006.

‘Steven Shaw is the horse whisperer of swimming. Just as riding does not to be about breaking the horse, swimming does not have to be about fighting the water. Steven Shaw teaches you how to join with the water.’

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