WEST swimming technique was developed from hydrotherapy and the understanding that humans are different and they need to swim differently.
After treating thousands of people each months from lower back & neck pains we found and understand 2 amazing things:
1. If you loosen the neck and lower back you will float better, learn faster and eventually swim much faster.
2. Swimming according to your flexibility and abilities - reduces stress, treats lower back and eventually you get less oxidized and swim much faster in longer distances.
** WEST swimming is like this "tailor made" suit that is beautiful and comfortable, it will take you only 2 swimming workouts ( out of 10 ) to understand and feel , WEST is the WEST way to swim.
Most triathletes runners or people who are 18 years and above don't understand why they don't have air?, Why they sink? or why they swim so slow.
In this course you get 10 different workouts(every workout should be repeated exactly 3 times), more than 30 unique videos, if you practice 3 times a week the course will take you 10 weeks, if you practice 2 times a week the course will take you 15 weeks.
More than 100,000 swimmers learned the WEST way to swim.
WEST is the best swimming technique for triathletes, Ironman, open water swimmers or people with lower back or neck pain.
Ori is not only the founder and CEO of WEST swimming technique, he is the professional manager of Water World Academy who is the leading Academy for open water coach course, hydrotherapy, Baby swimming, swimming instructors and much more.
This course will help you stretch your body, elongate your muscles and get less oxidized in long distance swimming, you will learn how to breathe every 3 strokes, how to swim faster , and eventually swim a 4k open water swim or an Ironman.
Join us and you will understand why.
Stretch to swim – determining your personal WEST zone
Over the years, and after coaching and treating many thousands of people, we have come up with a way for each and every person to determine, on his own, and without any prior experience in coaching or water treatments, his personal optimal zone for swimming, or as we call it – his WEST D.N.A.
We are no Olympic swimmers or contortionists, and the WEST technique takes this into account and puts emphasis on taking care of the most important areas of our body: the lower back, which is the center of balance, and the neck, which is the stress and tension area.
The method we have developed includes a combination of age, gender, physical ability and three stretches which we will demonstrate below, and it allows every swimmer to learn how to swim faster, float and swim better, without tension or stress, and mainly avoid feeling pain.
Stretch 1 – The Arrow Lift
This stretch shows us how flexible our shoulders are and how much pressure we have on our shoulder blades. In fact, it shows us what will our optimal stretch depth in the water be, or, in other words, how close to the waterline we can bring our hands without creating stress. This depth is the basis of WEST swimming, and it will make us go farther, float better and swim faster.
Raise your hands, palms together, until you can feel pressure in your shoulders, neck or lower back, or that your elbows open.
A – Your hands rise to 90 degrees or less
B – Your hands rise to face level and up
C – Your hands reach behind your head easily
Stretch 2 – Back Lift
This stretch demonstrates how much stress we have in our lives. The stretch also works on the lung meridian which shows us how much air we can draw into our lungs (how open our chest is).
When our shoulder blades are inflexible and we have a lot of stress in the shoulders and neck it will make it harder for us to raise our hands and also to lift the elbow while swimming, and this will limit our range of motion.
Hold your hands behind your back and lift as high as you can while your back and elbows stay straight.
A – Your hands stay close to your backside. It’s hard to raise them at all.
B – Your hands go up to almost 90 degrees.
C – Your hands reach 90 degrees and over.
Stretch 3 – Knee Bend
This stretch will check your UB meridian, or, in other words, how much stress you have from your head to your lower back.
This is important because the more tension you have in your muscles (especially the hamstring), the harder your legwork will be while swimming, and you will tire more quickly.
People with acute back pain will have a hard time even raising the leg to the starting position, and so should not attempt this stretch and must choose type A from the start.
Raise your leg to about waist level, facing the wall, and bend your head towards your knee while keeping both legs straight.
A – You have a hard time raising the leg to the starting position or your nose-knee distance is greater than 40cm
B – Your nose-knee distance is 20-40cm
C - Your nose-knee distance is less than 20cm
Calculating your overall flexibility
No matter what level of flexibility you start with, we promise that at the end of the course your flexibility will be dramatically improved.
Even if during the whole course you will swim at B level, you will still learn how to swim and still treat your lower back, but you will progress slower and eventually will not break down your stress or move forward as quickly as we expect you to. This is why during the course you will also work on enhancing your flexibility and breaking up stress. That means your muscles will use less oxygen when you swim, and so you will float better and swim faster.
Here is how you calculate your overall flexibility level:
Add up all your stretch results.
If your flexibility level is A+B+C (1+2+3), your average is B (2).
If your flexibility level is B+B+C (2+2+3), your average is still B (2) (rounded).
If your flexibility level is A+A+B (1+1+2), your average is A (1).
If your flexibility level is A+A+C (1+1+3), your average is b (2), but in this case it’s recommended that you send me photos so that I can evaluate the situation better.
Finding the right style for your body type will help you learn how to swim, loosen your neck and lower back and enable you to swim faster with less effort.
Before you go to workout number 2 it is important to repeat workout 1 exactly 3 times, and send me a message if the workout was good?, bad? if you didn't understand something?
Some times a little tip can change everything.
I am here for you.....
Hi, I'm Ori Sela, owner and professional manager of Water World and WEST swimming technique, the healthiest swimming technique in the world.
I grew up next to the sea and never left the water since, the water was the only place I could feel good, alive, it helped me treat my ADHD & my ballet disk.
I dedicate my life to give back humanity the love the water gave me.
Today, after passing the age of 44, I have an amazing wife, Tami & 4 kids, Tom,Libby, Dean &Reef 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.