Step 1:comfort and confidence
The T.I. method starts by introducing the swimmer (whether they are a beginner or experienced) to learning balance and pelvic stability. The aim of this learning is to replace the feeling of heaviness in the water, which tends to drag you down, by a joyful sensation of comfort and weightlessness.
First of all, you need to become aware of gravity (pulling you down in the water) and understand its physical principles, so that you can find the best swimming position: the one that will require the least possible effort.
Next, it is important to learn to stabilise your pelvis, so that you can stay perfectly aligned and engaged, even during lateral movements or rotations, which can easily disturb your alignment.
Becoming aware of your body in the water will help you to control your swimming position, sensations, and coordination more easily. When you start by “taking control” of your body, you will be able to swim more easily and comfortably, and tackle more advanced swimming techniques.
Aside from the stroke itself, this crucial stage of the T.I. method will give you the chance to find out more about the behaviour of the human body in the water, and use these concepts to minimise obstacles and maximise the inherent resources of the water.
So balance and stability are crucial… nothing surprising so far! Let's move onto step 2!