You probably heard that breaststroke is not healthy or even worse that it's going to heart and cause pain to your lower back?? So You are right and wrong, you will cause pain if you swim like Olympian swimmers, no you won't cause pain if you swim in the WEST swimming technique which was developed in order to loosen your body and protect neck and lower back.
So what is the difference? And why is WEST swimming technique breaststroke the best swimming technique for people above the age of 21?
70% of the people around the world at the age of 21+ suffer from lower back pain, when we swim the “normal" breaststroke we create an arch on our body which can lead to stress in our knees, lower back, shoulders and neck, you don't need to be an expert to understand that throwing your hands above the water while starting the legs is too painful for your lower back.
You probably ask why even bother on learning breaststroke? Maybe learn to swim freestyle? Breaststroke works on the greatest number of muscle groups in the body compare to all the other strokes, the breaststroke is important in order to strengthen more muscles in our body in order to protect our joints.
In this breaststroke WEST swimming technique course you will learn how to elongate your muscles, you will understand why you should stretch your hands under the head and glide 3 seconds, in this swimming course you don't need to think we did the thinking for you, you will follow the workout step by step, see amazing videos and drills, learn and improve your breaststroke and adopt it to our crazy way of life.
Walking with arms circling:
We walk in the water and perform wide circles with our arms. We want to stretch our arms forward shaped like an arrow with one palm touching the other.
We do a wide slow circle in the water, keeping our arms underwater the whole time, till our hands touch our belly, at which point we go back to the arrow position.
We try to keep our back as straight as possible during the walk. We take a breath the moment we open our arms, and exhale once we close them to an arrow. We do it all very slowly and calmly.
Learn breaststroke in WEST swimming technique
Arms circling, legs kicking using fins + flipping on our back and standing up
We move our arms in circles and wait 3 seconds in an arrow position. During the wait our legs gently kick using fins. We do this drill without exhaling throughout the swim and shortly before we run out of air, we exhale through our nose, flip on our back and slowly stand up. Unlike swimming without fins, where we can bring our knees to our belly, we shouldn't try this with fins because we might cause unnecessary pressure to our back, swallow water, and find it very hard to stand.
Learn to swim breaststroke in WEST swimming technique
Walking with arms circling + lifting the head after 3 seconds
We walk for 3 seconds with our arms in an arrow position, head in the water facing down, slowly exhaling through our nose. After 3 seconds we open up our arms in the water and lift our head using the arms' strength and not the neck's.
As we open our arms we breathe slowly and then put our head back in the water and the arms in an arrow position
Learn to swim breaststroke in WEST swimming technique
Breaststroke swimming with separated movements and breathing.
We do a slow circle with our arms and at the same time lift our head for breathing. It's very important to lift the head as part of the arms movement and not the neck's. All this time we keep our legs closed and straight. Once our head enters the water we start folding our legs towards our bottom, circling with our legs as we've learned, close our legs and wait in an arrow position keeping our arms and legs straight for 3 seconds.
Hi, I'm Ori Sela, owner and professional manager of Water World and WESTswimming technique.
I grew up next to the sea and never left the water since. The water was the only place I could feel good, relax and just swim. I was never a talent or an Olympic swimmer but I believe in hard work and love long distance swimming.
Today, after passing the age of 42, I have an amazing wife, Tami & 3 kids, Tom,Libby & Dean, and over 30 years of experience as a swimmer, a qualified hydro therapist, swimming coach, babies swimming instructor, Watzu, Jahara and shiatsu therapist, triathlon coach, open water coach, therapeutic swimming instructor, pregnant women coach and for my mom - hold a BA in business & marketing from IDC, Herzliya.
But most importantly, I work with thousands of babies, kids and adults, some of which suffer lower back or neck pains, recover from CVA or an accident, or fighting a fear of the water, and teach them the right way to swim.
Today, Water World is one of the biggest most professional swimming and hydrotherapy clubs in the world with over 140 coaches and therapists working in the water, believing in the water and the strength it can give you.
I believe people are different and every man or women needs to swim according to their own unique DNA. What's right for Michael Phelps is probably not right for you, and what's right for you is not right for Muhammad, Charles, Jennifer or Tom.
I am here in this world to help people; I believe in the water and love the water with every part of my body and every breath I take.
Join us, and feel amazing, you will know that it is right for you.
Coached, swam and claimed the World record with 5 of my friends in the longest relay open water swim, from Cyprus to Israel and swam with his team 377 km, in order to raise the awareness on the issue of sea pollution in the Mediterranean (in association with Zalul NGO).
The Dream – to teach and heal millions of people who suffer from lower back pain all around the world with the WEST (Water World Swimming Therapy ) swimming technique and all online.
In Addition – Ori gives consultations on building and operating swimming pools.
Ori talked about “The Power Of The Sea" in TEDx Nicosia and told his story as a problematic child until breaking a world record.