We live in a world that is getting faster and faster. More and more people are finding it hard to keep up with the pace of a multidimensional lifestyle.
From school to pool while on the phone, from high paying careers to just making ends meet, to a mother of two or a single father of one, we are all craving more quality time with ourselves and with our loved ones.
And yet we find it so hard to find the time and space to even breathe, slow down let alone switch off. Always running on a high, we live on a perpetual flight or fight mode. Overthinking, overdoing, and overcompensating. We are running our senses into constant overdrive.
Do we set aside enough time for ourselves to rest, absorb, integrate? Do we let things settle inside us a little deeper before moving onto the next thing?
As the stress hormone, cortisol runs through our systems on an all-time high, it is affecting our energy systems. We are living as if on high alert.
Babies and children living among us are most sensitively and most directly affected by our vibratory levels. They try to keep up as we race through our own lives trying to keep up with ourselves.
We urge them on, feeling frustrated if they slow us down. They feel this and react accordingly as all they really want to do is get back to play.
The Power of Slow
In our Aqua Sensory aquatic classrooms, we are discovering the power of slow. We are finding out from experience, that slowing down is not always about moving slowly.
By slowing down in some instances we are in a better position to gauge what the right pace actually is for our babies as well as ourselves.
Babies process information cognitively a lot slower but perhaps feel everything much more strongly, emotionally than us adults.
Their senses are naturally heightened, sensitive and unfiltered. They are unpracticed and yet they are forming more new connections per second in their brains than at any other time in their lives.
Slow is the new fast
Aqua Sensory is introducing parents to the water at baby’s pace. While practising, taking things slow themselves when in water, they are also learning to carefully read their baby’s cues in water and to respect their own time, space, and pace.
We as Aqua Sensory teachers are also becoming aware of our own pace in the water as we practice slowing down ourselves. Our position of ‘authority’ in class really does place us in a powerful position to set the pace.
Slowing down is up to us
No one is going to come along and say slow down. We would mostly react quite negatively about being told what to do. But by modelling the behaviour we want to see and feel in the pool ourselves, we are bringing a new awareness in our classes.
We are noticing that:
- Less is more, the more we slow down.
- The more we slow down the more we notice.
- By slowing down we process what we are experiencing more accurately.
- We feel safer when we go slow.
- It gives us enough time to gauge what we really want and how to respond to situations
Going slow in the water is not just about movement. It is also about the neutral observer we develop over time is ourselves as aquatic professionals and who becomes practised at slowing us down from the inside out.
Our tribe membership platform is a pool of resources to guide you through the process of slowing down and how this might look like in your own classes or businesses.
Aqua Sensory is an ethos that we apply across our swim school business. ‘We take our time’ is a theme we practice each term in the water as well behind the front desk at Swim Works.
We take our time to get to know you and to support you on your swim journey.