One Big Breath is all you can bring while freediving
Have you noticed that relaxation is always there in every phase of freediving discipline?
Relaxation is always there before any apnea or descending phase.
You need to understand that Relaxation has a bigger impact on freediving than you can imagine.
Here are a few of the many things that you need to know about Relaxation.
“Your first lessons in freediving are mostly about letting go of unneeded physical and mental activity in order to allow yourself to relax.” – AIDA 2 Course Manual
In AIDA Freediving Education System, learning to relax is one of the disciplines every freediver needs to master.
One Big Breath is all you can bring while freediving.
This one breath needs to be used efficiently with your body so you can be freediving longer and safer.
To be efficient is the main reason why relaxation is the most important word in freediving.
Relaxation is important to minimize unnecessary physical & mental activity before, during, and after the apnea or diving phase.
Relaxation helps you to flush out any excess CO2 in your blood and minimize any oxygen use while the breathing phase (before the apnea or diving phase).
Thus, in this phase, you have to learn to let go of any unnecessary muscle tension and mental activity.
Remember, thinking also use oxygen and produces CO2.
If you have a lot of CO2 in your blood before the apnea phase, you will experience the urge to breathe & contractions earlier. No matter how efficient your movement is during the apnea phase.
Moreover, relaxation also helps our body to execute a technique properly.
Due to minimum mental activity, we can have more focus only on important tasks.
Muscles also move efficiently because of minimum tension, especially the muscles that are responsible for equalization.
So don’t rush in the relaxation and breathing phase.
Find a way to have more relaxation in the breathing phase and minimize any physical or mental activity during the phase.
Ask your instructors about any relaxation methods that you can use in every freediving session.
Some of them are:
- Body Scan Meditation
- Counting Breath
- Mental Torch
- And many more
You can choose one or more and find which ones suit you best.
However, most students forget that Relaxation is also a skill that needs to be learned and mastered.
It is important to use the relaxation methods as frequently as possible.
Not just while in the freediving training, but also on a daily basis, such as after waking up in the morning, during the break hour at the office, etc.
The more often you use it, the better it will work for you.
So, relaxation is also a skill that needs to be mastered too!
Find relaxation methods that you can use easily in freediving and daily activities.
Learn to do it properly and use it often every day.
Soon you will find that the relaxation method will not only helps you in the freediving journey but also in every aspect of your Life.
Stay awesome and relax! See you at the next article and the training session!