Your Teacher

Your teacher, Trisha Harbord

I’ve been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1991 and the Shaw Method since 2001. I’ve always loved moving through water, and find it a great privilege to be able to share my passion for it with others. I really enjoy helping people to discover their potential, and to get greater fulfilment out of being in the water. View the what people say page for more on my teaching.

My swimming teaching qualifications:

I trained to teach the Shaw Method by gaining a Diploma in Aqua Development and Health, accredited by the University of Greenwich. Tuition in swimming teaching on the course was given by Steven Shaw, originator of the Shaw Method of Swimming. I’m a member of the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA). I’ve passed the Amateur Swimming Association’s Teachers’ Certificate, and the current Royal Life Saving Society Rescue Test.

My swimming teaching:

I teach the Shaw Method to adults in Bath, working largely on a one-to-one basis, but I’ve also taught groups in the UK, Argentina and Estonia. I’ve often worked with Steven Shaw as a teaching assistant.

My Alexander teaching:

I qualified as a teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1990, and since then have worked with individuals as well as giving introductory sessions to groups. I’m a member of the profession’s main body in the UK, the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT).

The Shaw Method of Swimming was created by Alexander teacher and former competitive swimmer Steven Shaw and his then wife Limor in the late 1980s and the 1990s. They applied the principles of the Alexander Technique to swimming, and initiated a series of progressive practices for learning each stroke, which Steven has further developed. The Shaw Method uses Alexander’s principles to help people move through the water more effectively, with less effort and/or anxiety, and greater enjoyment.

The Alexander Technique was devised by actor FM Alexander in the 1890s, initially to overcome his own difficulties with his voice, breathing and physical presence during solo performance. He began to teach his Technique to fellow performers, and then to others who found it helped them cope better with challenging situations ranging from muscular pain, breathing difficulties, and co-ordination and balance problems, to spending long hours at a desk, performing better at a particular sport, and dealing better with stress. It’s now taught all over the world, and trains people to respond with greater ease in difficult or demanding situations.

  • Trisha

    Practising front crawl arm action

    Enjoying a lesson

    Encouraging greater freedom in the neck