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A Question about contractions time gap !

Tal-Shahar Marzuk

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Nov 17, 2016
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Hi and thanks for showing interest in my post..
I consider myself new to freediving and I have an issue with dealing my contractions.
I signed up for this forum hoping I can find here an answer so.. here goes :)

Everytime I work on my breath holding, inside or outside of the water, at around 45 seconds of holding,
I get my first contraction :/
But thats fine!
The thing is.. that the one after that comes in a gap of 2 seconds! and another 2 seconds, and then 1.7 sec..
and 1.6.. and so on until I breath again.
After reading a bit, I understood that I am activating my abdominals every contraction!
(probably a habbit I kept from the time I was training Krav Maga)

SO, my questions is.. Have any of you expierienced something similer? maybe even manage to solve it?
This fast contractions sure cut off alot of my diving time.

I only afraid that if I keep on practicing without changing something (physical or psychological) this issue is gonna stick to me harder.

THANKS ALOT!
♥
 

Kiekerjan

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That's completely normal :) They always start slow, but as you continue to hold your breath they will get gradually stronger and more frequent.

There is nothing you can do to prevent it, but you CAN make them more comfortable. The key is not to resist them and just allow them to be, if you are able to relax during the contractions they won't be (as) unscomfortable. Also keep in mind that this is a mental game. If you think negatively of the contractions they will cause discomfort, but if you just accept them without resistence or aversion you'll see they're not that bad at all. Try to see it as your body helping you out.

Personally I actually prefer the later stages of contractions because they come more rythmically.
 
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Tal-Shahar Marzuk

New Member
Nov 17, 2016
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Eilat, Israel
That's completely normal :) They always start slow, but as you continue to hold your breath they will get gradually stronger and more frequent.

There is nothing you can do to prevent it, but you CAN make them more comfortable. The key is not to resist them and just allow them to be, if you are able to relax during the contractions they won't be (as) unscomfortable. Also keep in mind that this is a mental game. If you think negatively of the contractions they will cause discomfort, but if you just accept them without resistence or aversion you'll see they're not that bad at all. Try to see it as your body helping you out.

Personally I actually prefer the later stages of contractions because they come more rythmically.
Thanks alot Kiekerjan :)
For sure I'll keep in mind to be more accepting to the contractions.

But is it also nomral the gap between each one? I mean.. 2seconds each contraction from the first contraction? that's not kind of strange :X?
 

Kiekerjan

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It's different for everyone. mine usually start quite slow with longer intervals, but they also start very early. Other people I know have their contractions start later but when they come they directly come frequently.

I don't think it matters a lot, at the end of a long breathhold the results are generally the same: strong and fast contractions :D
 
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