“O Romeo Romeo…” – a review of Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet

Artcile by Rachael Richardson-Bullock 27.07.16


If you’ve read my streaming theatre article, you’ll know I love Shakespeare! So when my best friend bought tickets for us to watch Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet streamed live from The Garrick in the Spa Centre, I could not say no! We were the youngest people in the cinema, but we didn’t care; plus the screen was packed, which made us happy.

Branagh is Shakespearean acting royalty, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company at aged just 23. On stage and screen he has played a number of roles including Hamlet, Henry V and Romeo. This time though, he is directing. Teaming up once again with Lilly James, Richard Madden and Derek Jacobi who Branagh also directed in 2015’s live action Cinderella.

Now, I have a confession to make. I didn’t like Cinderella, despite my huge excitement for it. Visually it was stunning, but unfortunately I didn’t feel a lot of chemistry between James and Madden. Their romance seemed a bit forced, a bit too quiet, a bit unbelievable…yes I’m aware it’s a fairy tale! So I was a bit apprehensive. Perhaps without the restrictions of a children’s story and the U BBFC rating they could blossom together as actors, and that they did!

Before I move onto them, let me first talk about the play itself. I have seen many adaptations so was intrigued to see how Branagh would put his stamp on it. Initially when the cinema attendant told us the play would be screened in black and white, I was disappointed. However, this quickly subsided as it became obvious what Branagh was offering us. This wasn’t Shakespeare, this was an Italian drama, punctuated with much beautifully spoken Italian by actors in 1950s attire and staged as if it was a film noir or silent film. These elements seem random, but when they were thrown together under Branagh’s direction the play truly shined; it was enticing, it was modern and stunning to look at, which is not always a given for Shakespeare.

Though Branagh had announced before the play started that Madden had an ankle injury and would try his best, there was no sign whatsoever of his discomfort or fragility. He was unbelievably relaxed and genuine; I have never seen a Romeo like him. The language rolled off his tongue as if it was all he had ever spoken, his comedic timing was faultless and his passion was heart breaking. I would go so far to say he’s the best Romeo I’ve seen…yes even ahead of Leonardo DiCaprio!

I was concerned about James at first, I’ll be honest. At the party where she meets Romeo, she came across as a little whiny. She is of course meant to be playing a 14 year old, but I’ve never liked the dumb teenager interpretation, for me it spoils the story. However, when she stepped onto the balcony, she was entirely different. She spoke maturely, even with some comedy thrown in, and the chemistry between herself and Madden was electric. As the play went on, became darker and more challenging for Juliet, James excelled. I was immensely impressed.

I sobbed at the end. Madden’s lonely death wasn’t overacted, it was emotional and raw. James’ too, a little rushed perhaps, but still well timed and executed. Branagh did not glamorise their deaths, bringing the tragedy to its rightful conclusion.

Branagh’s real achievement here, for me at least, was that he made this play real to me in a way I have never experienced before. It was new again and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

Romeo and Juliet runs until the end of August at The Garrick in London. For information please click here. I’m tempted to go to London myself and see them in the flesh and in colour!

Rachael Richardson-Bullock is a novelist and blogger living in Leamington Spa.

Could YOU be missing something ?​​​​

Article by Simon Perkin 15.06.16


As Napoleon Hill wrote, ‘every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit’. Are you looking for your opportunity ? 

In my case, I was struck down with Blood Cancer and my whole world fell apart. I was fearful of the future.

 Why did it happen ? Well. To be honest, we will never know but I believe it was all down to my lifestyle. When I look back, I was working long hours (60 hours plus a week) in a stressful job, drinking heavily (15 pints plus a week) and although I was exercising regularly, my diet was poor. I was no different to about 85 to 90% of the population, not eating my 5 a day in fruits and vegetables. Thankfully, the wonderful NHS, friends, family and the Anthony Nolan Trust and a very kind stranger, who donated their bone marrow, came to my rescue.

Fours years later, I am probably fitter now than I have ever been. As any leading scientist and doctors will tell you, good health is not just about good luck or good genes, there’s science behind it. My good health is no fluke or accident. I have worked hard at it and I am now on a mission to give something back.

Who do you know who is overworked and under paid ? Who do you know who is not paying attention to their health ? Is it time to get the balance back in your life ? 

Napoleon Hill continues to write, ‘if the opportunity is not immediately apparent, keep on looking. If you still can’t find opportunity, get busy and make your own’.

Imagine if you could, but you never did do anything about your health. 

Feel free to contact me via simonperkin@me.com and let’s meet up for a coffee or a beer / glass of wine.

Are you being Sun Safe??

Article by Helen Chidgey 25.05.16


We all know the links between sun exposure and the incidence of skin cancers so most of us have a bottle of suntan cream to hand but are we really sure of how to apply it properly and how to stay Sun Safe??

Eight out of ten people are failing to adequately apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, according to a survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists to mark Sun Awareness Week (9th-15th May 2016).

The survey also found that 70 per cent of people fail to reapply sunscreen every two hours as recommended.

No surprise then that 72% of people admit to having been sunburnt in the last year.  A troubling statistic given the risk of developing melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – more than doubles in people with a history of sunburn compared with people who have never been sunburned.

So what do I recommend to stay Sun Safe? Here are my 5 top tips!

1.BE AN UNDERCOVER  AGENT!

UVA/UVB rays can still reach your skin and cause damage, even when it’s cloudy or when you’re in the shade. So when you’re sipping cocktails under cover at the beach remember to apply your Sun Screen to help prevent a surprise sunburn, OUCH!

 2. APPLY THIS WAY

Make sure you apply your sunscreen half an hour before you go out and just before exposure too.  Pay extra attention to the areas most likely to catch the sun and the ones not exposed very often!


3. SHELF LIFE MATTERS

You know those sunscreens you have hiding in the back of your cupboard past their expiry date? Don’t worry, we all have them but it’s about time we threw them all away! That’s because you can’t rely on the SPF protection of products past their expiration date!

4. REAPPLY REGULARLY

Keep your sunscreen topped up by reapplying at least every 2 hours, to provide maximum coverage (but I’d recommend even more often, depending on your skin type). Always reapply after being in water, even with water resistant creams you will have lost some protection during your little paddle!

5. DON’T FORGET YOUR FACE!!

Body Sunscreen can be applied from head to toe, but if you’ve got a sunny date you want to look your best for, using makeup that includes a high SPF is an easy way to keep your skin protected and you looking gorgeous!

 

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New Series from Pilates with Diane

Article by Diane Clark 13.05.16

Hello, I’m Diane Clark the owner of Pilates with Diane. I been teaching Pilates around Southam and Leamington Spa for 5 years now.I’ve been practicing Pilates for over 10 years. I started attending Pilates classes at my local Leisure Centre as well as working out in the Gym and going swimming. After only a few sessions I was “hooked” on Pilates and haven’t looked back since.

Over the next 5 weeks I’ll be showing you different exercises that can help stretch, strengthen and mobilize the back. Add them together for a mini routine or do separately.

With the cobra & swimming – release into child pose or Cat Stretch (shown next week) after to stretch & relax the spine.

Cobra – 10 reps

Strengthens and stretches the spine and promotes sequential movement of the spine. Strengthens the glutes and backs of the legs promoting openess in the hip joint. In the fully raised position it also stretches out the stomach muscles (rectus abdominus) and strengthens the triceps.


1. Lie face down on your mat with arms positioned as in photo. Inhale to prepare


2. Exhale & slowly raise head & shoulders off the mat. Inhale and hold


3. Exhale & return to start position. Repeat up to 10 times in total


 4. Finish in Child’s pose for 5 breaths.

Level 2 – Carry out options 1 & 2 then

Article Inhale, slowly raising the top half of the body (keeping the hips & legs in contact with the mat) off the mat. Looking straight ahead, exhale and return slowly to position (1)

I hope these exercises give you a little insight into Pilates …


Please contact me for any further information or to book your trial session whether
£8 for the trial session

Or

A group class – Only £42 per 6 week course – Harbury or Ufton

Or an hour personal session at my Southam Studio

– whether 1:1 (£35) or 1:2 (£60)

 

Diane Clark

Pilates with Diane

Tel: 07809 621142

Email: diane66pilates@gmail.com

Twitter: @Pilates_Diane

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PilateswithDiane66

 

Is Confidence Overrated?

Article by Marie Haycocks 20.04.16

 
I was 21 years old, a few months into my first ‘proper’ job after graduating from University, and this was what my boss said to me at the end of my three-month probation period….

“The thing that is holding you back Marie is your confidence, and the only person who can give you that is yourself”.

I remember thinking ‘Oh no, is it that obvious?’. But I didn’t really know how best to respond or even know what to do about that feedback. I certainly didn’t know how to give myself confidence or recognise the impact that not having confidence would have on my life.

From then I just ‘got on with it’, burying how I felt inside. Other than the occasional periods of blushing I thought I hid it pretty well.

A bit of history

For as long as I remember I lacked self-confidence. Growing up, I moved schools a few times (6 times in 18 years!) following my dad’s promotions at work. Whenever we moved house in an attempt to settle in quickly and be liked, I learned to demonstrate confidence externally – making eye contact, approaching and talking to other students.

Despite my external confidence, it didn’t stop me having ‘imposter’ syndrome i.e. always comparing myself to others and doubting myself. This got worse as I progressed through University and my career. On the inside I was very self-conscious, lacking confidence in myself and my own capabilities.

It wasn’t until I was 39 years old that things changed. I was made redundant after 18 years in the same company, and assigned a coach to help my transition back into the workplace. It was with the help of my careers coach that I finally found my inner confidence! The process didn’t happen overnight and she didn’t explicitly say to me that what she was doing, however, it did transform my confidence levels and me… for the better, and I am eternally grateful for that.

So, why does confidence matter?

Research has proven that people with high self-confidence and self-esteem are happier and more successful. Certainly in my case, I know that it was lack of confidence that contributed to me:

  • Making the wrong decisions about relationships
  • Staying in a career that I was unhappy with …for 18years!!
  • Not realising that I was capable of achieving more.

I also hid it from others, thinking that I was the only person who felt like that. This is what stopped me from seeking support. It felt quite lonely at times.

It wasn’t until many years later that I fully understood, accepted and valued myself – my strengths, preferences and values – and that I felt truly confident in myself.

So, with my real life experience and further research on the topic of confidence, I would like to share my top tips on how to increase your confidence to enable you to have the success and happiness that you deserve.

How to find your inner confidence

I agree that there is an element of ‘fake it until you make it’ when it comes to confidence, but based on my experience the danger to this approach is that it can lead to you to feeling quite empty inside. Therefore, my top tips for finding your inner confidence are:

1.Learn to understand and love yourself – 

Acknowledge and appreciate your key achievements in your life. Notice what qualities and skills you demonstrated at that time. We often put things down to fate, but these successes don’t happen by accident! You had a role to play that led to a successful outcome. Take time out to reflect on, and accept, all of your achievements and unique qualities.

2. Find and trust your inner compass –

Our values are the things that are important to us. I believe that your values act like your inner compass when making decisions. Ask yourself the following questions, using examples from both your career and personal life;

When have I been happiest? What were you doing? Were you with other people? Who? What other factors contributed to your happiness?
When have I felt most proud?
When have I felt most fulfilled and satisfied?

Then determine your top values, based on your experiences of happiness, pride, and fulfilment.

3. Take control –

It is easy to be a victim and think that we are being ‘done to’, however there are many things we are in control of. We can control how we think (what we say to ourselves) and how we behave/act. Write a list of the things that you can take control of and action them NOW! This sense of empowerment and progress will then help boost your confidence.

4. Step out of your comfort zone –

If we stay in our comfort zone we might feel safe, comfortable, calm however this can become the zone of stagnation and negatively impact our confidence. By doing things out of your comfort zone, you will build your list of achievements and this will increase your confidence. Seek support if required.

5. Ask for feedback –

Ask people close to you for feedback about your qualities and strengths. Hear what they are saying. Accept these compliments with gratitude. This will help you on your journey of recognising and appreciating your own strengths and qualities and boost your levels of self-belief.

6. Manage your mindset –

Neuroscience has proven that our thoughts drive our feelings which in turn drive our behaviour. Therefore, if we repeatedly say negative things to ourselves, and effectively beat ourselves up, this will knock our confidence. Start recognising what your inner dialogue is saying. Write it down. Consider ‘how is it helping me’? Then decide to change your inner voice. Talk to yourself like you would a friend. Be kind. Be gentle.

7. Focus on the right things –

You might have heard of the expression ‘You get more of what you focus on’. Instead of dwelling on the bad, fill your mind and time up by setting yourself some positive, exciting goals. By focussing on your goals and dreams, and taking action, it will release positive endorphins helping you feel more positive about yourself. Click here http://www.certanovo.com/articles/make-2016-your-best-year-yet/ for my latest article on goal setting.

8. Embrace your body image –

It sounds cliche but it’s true that if we look good we feel good. It easy to focus on the things we don’t like about our body. Instead, take action to improve your body with exercise and nutrition or embrace what you have. Learning how to dress to suit your body shape will help you look your best and feel more confident about yourself. 

9. Utilise your strengths –

Once you understand your qualities establish which ones that make you feel strong and good about yourself i.e. you strengths (Tip #1), then find or create a job where you can use them as much as possible! For example, I am reasonably good at maths (I got a ‘B’ grade at A level) and quite analytical, however when I put these into play they don’t make me feel strong, instead, they make me feel weak. But when I am utilising my people skills I feel strong and confident.

10. Power pose!! – 

This is my favourite tip. Research in America has proven that if we practice more open body language this has the effect of increasing the level of testosterone and reducing the level of cortisol (the stress hormone) in our bodies. Additionally, research has proven that more confident people also have higher testosterone and lower cortisol. So start power posing NOW and notice the effect on your confidence! To see Amy Cuddy’s TED talk on this click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc

  
Why I do what I do

Self-confidence does have a big impact on our success and happiness, and I don’t want anyone, especially teenage girls, to spend their life beating themselves up, comparing themselves to others and feeling like they are not good enough, like I did.

I would like every female to reach their full potential and be confident within themselves. This is why I retrained to be a coach, to give my clients the support, empowerment and accountability to find and keep their inner confidence.

If you would like to know more about my Confidence & Clarity coaching programmes for individuals, professionals or young people and have a free initial discovery session then please contact me on 07554883026 or mariehaycocks@certanovo.com. I would love to help you.

Healthy Habits for Homeworkers

Article by Michelle Abrahall 30.03.16

Working from home is the dream for many people – the flexibility, the convenience and of course being able to wear what you want. But as anyone who works from home (be it working for themselves or remote working) knows, it’s not all pajamas and lie-ins. Not having the stability and structure of an office environment can present a lot of challenges, and if you’re not careful you can slip into bad habits. Here’s how to avoid them and be a healthy homeworker:

Be like a rolling stone

‘A rolling stone gathers no moss’ as the saying goes, and it’s a positive thing! Many homeworkers unintentionally sit immobile for long periods staring at a computer screen. Without the routine and distractions of office life, it’s easy to become sedentary. Take regular breaks, stretch your legs, put the kettle on, whatever you need to do to avoid gathering dust (if not moss!)

Seek out human interaction

Working alone can be great for productivity – I find I get twice as much done in an hour now than I used to in my office job. But long periods of solitude are not great for your mental health, so take steps to avoid them. Arrange to meet a client face to face (always great for relationship building) or perhaps there’s a connection you’ve made on social media that would make for a good coffee date? Even going online and chatting to other freelancers and remote workers can make you feel part of a community, and there are loads of great groups and resources out there.

Avoid the pajama trap

Yes, it’s a wonderful novelty to not have to adhere to a dress code, but beware of spending days in slobby leisure wear. There is a proven link between patients in hospital who stay in their pajamas for long periods and the length of time they take to recover. This is also even more reason to arrange meetings during the week, for which you need to dress well.

Vitamin D for the win

As all Brits know, vitamin D in the form of sunshine can be a rare commodity for most of the year. And if you work from home and the weather’s crap, you might go days without venturing outside. I realise it’s a lot more appealing to go for a walk on a balmy summer’s afternoon than it is in the winter drizzle, but don’t let that put you off. Experts agree that even on cloudy days, you will still benefit from going outside in the fresh air, and if there’s an area of greenery near you, even better.

These points are all common sense, but even seasoned homeworkers will find they need to be reminded of them from time to time. Try to make them all part of your daily routine and before you know it they will become second nature.

  

 

Michelle x 

 

 

How can Pilates with Diane help you?

Article by Diane Clark 18.03.16

Pilates improves core strength which in turn will help your posture. It tones all parts of the body and is especially good for easing low level back pain. Not only does it work your body but as you are concentrating on the lateral breathing pattern and what movements you are doing it is also working your mind. Many clients have said although they know they have worked out after a class they feel relaxed and stretched out too.

“I now have improved mobility in my shoulder” – Southam College Class Client

“Diane is an excellent tutor & the classes are varied” – Ufton Class Client

“I like the feeling of wellbeing after the sessions..” – Client of 4 years

Look out for these Pilates Exercises in my weekly Grow Leamington blog:

Roll-down Kneeling –

Stretch out the back and sides & relax

Stage 1-  
Stage 2-

  
Stage 3- 

 
Here’s details of my Classes in Leamington Spa:

Intermediate Pilates Class Wednesday @ 6.15pm
& Friday Beginners Pilates Class @ 2.30pm
both held at The Cloister’s Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in Lower Leam Street Leamington Spa.

Both classes at The Cloisters have a maximum of 10 clients attending in order for me to give personal help when needed. Telephone 01926 316420 and speak to Sarah to book your place.

I also teach 1:1’s & 1:2’s in my Studio in Southam. These are an hour long and cost only £35.
Ideal for complete beginners or those who are recovering from injury. These are good if you prefer a personal rather than group session. Some of my 1:1 clients have later come to my classes or vice versa.

  
Hope you enjoy the series and see you next week for your Pilates Exercise of the Week! 

Diane Clark

  
Tel: 07809 621142

Email: diane66pilates@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PilateswithDiane66 

Twitter: @Pilates_Diane

Deaf/deaf Awareness – Your name what?

Article by Tarnya Brink 24.02.16

  

As an HR practitioner I have interacted with many people with various disabilities, but it was my son at the age of 14 who asked to learn British Sign Language (BSL). Having brought my children up to respect the ability of people with disabilities, it made me proud that someone so young recognised the benefit of learning BSL.We learnt together 5 years ago, and although I am not the most competent signer, the one thing that really stuck with me was that most people don’t have much knowledge of Deaf/deaf awareness and that by learning to sign the alphabet a world of communication opens.

So, as I have been doing at various 4 Networking meetings, I would like to share a few of the things I learnt.

Deaf vs deaf

Deaf with a capital ‘D’ refers to someone who has no hearing whilst deaf with a small ‘d’ refers to someone with partial hearing.

Language

Learning BSL is like learning any other foreign language – don’t underestimate how hard it is. After 18 months of 3 hours one evening a week, my son and I achieved Level 2 – which is conversational signing.

The structure of the language is different, so for example, in English we say ‘What is your name?’ in BSL you sign ‘Your name what?’. It is important to recognise that for a person whose first language is BSL, English is a second language. BSL does not use all of the words in the English dictionary – it is a more abbreviated language so words like ‘is, it, am’ don’t exist.

Like any other person whose second language is English, it is not uncommon for written English to require significant development because the grammatical structure is quite different.

There are regional differences in BSL, so some words can be signed in a number of different ways.

Facial Expressions and Lip Reading

When we watch interpreters on TV, or watch people signing to each other, we notice the use of what a non-signer may think of as ‘over-exaggerated’. This is an integral part of communication for the Deaf/deaf community. As fascinating as it is to watch people signing, remember that if they are having a private conversation, you are effectively eves-dropping.

Not all Deaf/deaf people sign, some rely solely on lip reading, and reading facial expressions.  

We all use facial and hand gestures when they speak – this is an extension of that. By using expressions together with signs, it portrays emotions which are easy to read.

A couple of interesting things I learnt about lip-reading which are actually obvious when they are pointed out – if you have a very thick long mustache, it is very hard to read your lips because they are covered with hair. If you shout (which serves absolutely no purpose!) your lips shape differently or if you mumble, you are not forming your lips in a way that people can read. Speak normally and clearly as you would to a hearing person, not in an exaggerated manner.

Using Interpreters

In order to be an interpreter you need to have a Level 6 (degree equivalent) qualification in signing and interpretation. With a Level 2 I can follow very little of what is signed on TV and would definitely not be able to interpret a discussion. I can, however, interact with people who use BSL and can always rely on using the alphabet when I get stuck.

If you have a meeting with a Deaf person and a BSL interpreter, you will need to allow at least twice as much time for the meeting. Think about when you go on holiday to a foreign country and you need to explain to someone what you want, they in turn need to translate it, get an answer and translate it back. It takes a lot longer than asking and receiving an answer.

Remember that your meeting is with the Deaf person and they should be your primary audience, not the interpreter, but obviously you need to seat the interpreter so that they have a clear view of the person they are signing with. The interpreter is the tool who removes the barrier to communication.

Interpretation is tiring – you will often see two interpreters playing tag in a meeting or a presentation – with an average of 20 minute slots each, so if you are hiring an interpreter, bear in mind how long your meeting is going to be and whether you need more than one person.

If you are chairing a meeting with a Deaf/deaf person present (with or without an interpreter) it is important to control the meeting, so that only one person speaks at a time and the pace of the meeting allows for interpretation. If there is no interpreter present, make sure the Deaf/deaf person has a pen and paper, so that they have a way of participating fully in the meeting. If you buddy this person with a hearing person next to them so that they can ask the questions on their behalf, then they will not be excluded from participating.

Learning to sign the Alphabet

I learnt to sign the Alphabet at Girl Guides when I was a child – I have never forgotten it, and I strongly believe that every child (and adult) should learn the alphabet. Imagine that you are in a car accident and the first person to arrive on the scene is Deaf – you would be able to communicate with them.

There are some great on-line tools to show you how to sign the alphabet and free sheets you can download onto mobile phones, and print.

My challenge to you is to go on-line – learn to spell your name, get your family to learn to spell their names, and then put the alphabet on the fridge and learn the alphabet. It is fun, rewarding, and great to use in noisy place too! http://www.british-sign.co.uk/fingerspelling-alphabet-charts/ 

Tarnya Brink

Area Director

  

T 0333 005 0066

M 07986 544 694

E tbrink@sagegreen.com

W http://www.sagegreenhr.co.uk

Mindfulness for Baby Swimming?

Article by Jo 22.02.16

Of course, there are always the obvious benefits of baby swimming that have always been there… 

Physical: strengthen heart/lungs

Social: learning to take turns, making friends.

Vital safety skills: turning to the side, back floating, rotations.

  
But has anyone thought of it having also having the most powerful notion of teaching parents to relax, live in the moment, and to have open hearts? 

In today’s busy world, baby swimming could have an ever greater role to play in teaching our water parents to ‘live in the moment and to really connect’ with their baby. Facilitating strong, powerful bonds between parent and baby.

  
Due to our busy lives, one where we are constantly bombarded with images and words via the Internet. We are becoming so connected to the tech world that we have forgotten to connect to the people around us.
We have become a society that creates ‘to do lists’, planning and thinking about the future and sometimes we get caught up in comparing our lives with others. Do we have a true sense of identity or have we lost who we are as we are surrounded by what others are doing? Our minds are preoccupied with taking photos or writing the moment for others, that we actually forget to live and enjoy the moment our self. How many of us check in daily with our heart and soul? Feel the sun, smell the aromas around us, listen or feel our breath?
We often miss the beauty around us. Opening our hearts and minds and offering compassion and love.

Children are so much better than us, living in the moment… But as they grow and adapt their environment …

Perhaps baby swimming can facilitate mindful practises for both parent and child?

Can we help increase our awareness of our senses, which in turn might help reduce anxieties and fears? 
  
How can baby swimming help promote a mindful presence?

*We can ask our swimming parents to check in. Are they participating in the classes or just going through the motions?

* We can offer a couple of moments at the start of the class to have ‘an open awareness’. To take a deep breath in and to release any tensions. 

* To start in a wide stance on the pool floor … To feel safe and grounded. allowing gentle movements to flow naturally.

You don’t have to go into full ‘yogic detail’ but just a few kind words, to create a sense of calm at the start of the class… A gentle reminder to watch our babies cues, ensuring they are happy throughout all of our swimming practises. And by ending the class with a lovely swim together, where parent and child can connect and enjoy the moment….

Reminding our selves to tune into their laughter, smiles, playful nature that the water brings. Creating a non-competitive environment through our swimming practises, where our swimming parents feel nurtured, safe our babies feel protected.

An environment where we are NOT teaching our babies to swim…. As that will just happen over time with patience…

But one that creates a powerful environment where we can truly relax, enjoy the water ….

One where we can escape just for 1/2 hour with our babies and dream and grow together.