Terry Laughlin in Finding Comfort Swimming, Total Immersion in an Endless Pool

What does it mean to be comfortable in the water? Well, first of all, It’s entirely natural not to be comfortable in the water. I mean humans are not aquatic creatures. Virtually everyone’s first experience with swimming is a near-death experience. They’re worried that they’re going to drown, um, and drowning really comes because you sink and you can’t come back up. No swimmer is comfortable in the water, it doesn’t matter if they’re a non-swimmer or if they’re a great swimmer. They do have to to learn body position. They’re fighting for survival in the water. I think a lot of people tend to panic when they get in the water and start to swim. The biggest key is to relax. Because if you can relax you can manipulate the water better. The first thing to do to get somebody comfortable is to teach them how to float effortlessly. How to basically have the feeling of that they can just lay there and do nothing and have the water support them. People when they swim they’re swimming according to their instincts and their instincts are sort of to flail, to move the arms and legs pretty quickly. And the disadvantage of that is that water’s a fluid, and and because it’s a fluid it has certain properties, and anything you do in the water that’s not fluent, anything that’s rough or rushed or flailing is a huge disadvantage. What matters most in swimming is to be balanced first, to be slippery second, and third to not disturb the water, to not create turbulence when you swim. And you have to really mindfully, really patiently, imprint the movements that make you more fluent and economical in the water. I swim now for an aerobic capacity. I don’t swim to sprint or anything like that I did in my Olympic days, and I swim because I like to stay in shape. Swimming in general is just a great sport for me. There’s relatively low injury risk. Low impact, or, I think running you end up having problems sooner or later in your life as far as injuries go. And not all runners, but certainly it is a higher risk of injury and long-term injuries. Whereas swimming there, isn’t there isn’t that problem. You don’t have any risk really of injury. People who have diseases, whether it’s arthritis, or diabetes, or injuries, even athletes with injuries. Everybody can swim and it’s a way to keep your body fully supported and in motion, so it’s good for everybody. Once you reach your middle years, weightless exercises is more, is more helpful for you than exercise that might be hard on your joints. Rhythmic exercise is good, fluent exercise is good. Most important, I think, is exercise you enjoy. Something that feels good to your body because if, if that’s the case, you’ll do it. I’m more and more convinced that the biggest value swimming is not simply aerobic but, but when swimming is practiced with the same mindful spirit of Tai-chi, let’s say, or yoga, and there, there are great holistic benefits to doing that sort of thing. It’s, it’s good for your body, but it’s also good for your psyche at the same time. The more you swim with awareness, the better your chances of always feeling good, every stroke you take, at always feeling good. And And over the course of your entire life getting better, and better, and better. There’s no reason why someone seventy years old can’t still learn a whole lot about being comfortable and fluent and simply beautiful in the water. And just to go through that process where you’re able to do one simple step at a time, understand the things that are causing you to feel uncomfortable, learn the mechanisms that allow you to be comfortable, tweak those until you are yet more comfortable and just be able to do it at your own pace, in a patient way. That’s it’s it’s valuable for any human trying to be a fish.

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3 thoughts on “Terry Laughlin in Finding Comfort Swimming, Total Immersion in an Endless Pool

  1. Swimming is the perfect exercise to stay healthy. I've run/walked, I've weight lifted, and used a variety of machines, in an effort to maintain critical occupational health requirements. Swimming regularly is the best activity based on my highly health monitored occupation.

  2. Below is Korean translation of the description.


    테리 로클린의 편안한 수영을 찾아서, 엔드리스 풀과 토탈 이머전

    테리 로클린이 엔드리스 풀에서 토탈 이머전 방식의 수영을 선보입니다. 토탈 이머전(TI)은 이른바 "물고기처럼"이라는, 수영에 대한 유례없이 성공적인 접근방식으로 전 세계에 걸쳐 열렬한 추종자들을 만들어 냈습니다.

    그들은 개인 교습과 단체 교습뿐만 아니라 책, 비디오, DVD 등의 자율 학습 도구들을 통해, "개선하고자 하는" 15세 이상의 사람들에게 가르쳐왔습니다.

    토탈 이머전 방식은 사람들에게, 균형과 미끄러운 자세 그리고 부드럽게 추진하는 동작들에 집중하면서, 물고기처럼 헤엄치는 법을 보여주는 데 가장 뛰어납니다.

    더 간단히 말하자면, 토탈 이머전 방식은 힘들게 물과 싸우는 것이 아니라 물과 조화를 이루며 나아가는 법을 가르칩니다.

    토탈 이머전 방식을 숙달한 사람들은, 물과 하나가 되는 경험과 각 동작의 수준과 부드러움 그리고 미묘함에 집중함으로써 생겨나는 정신-신체의 결합을 통해 변화됨을 느끼게 되며, 이것은 엔드리스 풀 안에서 뚜렷하게 좋아질 수 있다고 테리는 말하였습니다.


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