In this series I will tell you about the things, that are going on in your body while freediving. It is important to understand the sophisticated processes that are going on in order to improve your skills and abilities. I will launch a new post every week until the most important parts of your body and relating things are covered. Below you will find a short introduction to each chapter that will be described in detail in the following weeks. This series will be constantly updated as my knowledge and freediving science in general is growing and growing over time.
Starting with the basics. This is the apparatus that you use for surviving each and every day. Here I will describe how it works, what anatomy parts are used and how they are called.
We all breathe (as far as I know) and most of us spend not much time thinking about it. Luckily otherwise your thoughts would be very repetitive all the time. But here’s the thing. Breathing is the most important skill for your daily life and changing your way how to do it, changes a lot more than you think. In this section I will go into the details about different kinds of breathing and how to hold your breath.
Mammalian Dive Reflex
This will give you an overview of what is actually the benefit of this nature given reflex, how to use it, why it is there and so on and so on. As this is the most important thing you have to understand about your body in freediving, I will cover this section with several subdivided chapters.
Belongs to the MDR and slows your heart rate down. Here’s why, how and for what reason this is extremely helpful.
Another effect of the MDR. As you go down your brain decides to use blood in the more important parts of your body. Here’s how this works and what has to be considered.
In order to handle the effects that are working on your body you need to have certain precautions for your lungs in order not to die instantly in the depths. What this is exactly and how it works, is what this section is about.
I love this one. Let me surprise you for this section. I won’t tell you to much right now.
Pinching your nose and pushing air through and that’s it? Right? Wrong! Here’s how equalisation works, what different techniques are possible and why you absolutely have to master this.
Now we go deeper into the world of physicians. Important terms to know and side effects by going down into the blue.