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Contractions... : what about the throat?

Discussion in 'Beginner Freediving Q&A' started by Jo_duiker, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. Jo_duiker

    Jo_duiker Active Member

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    5:52 PM
    I did a search, but couldn't find it directly: it's about contractions in the throat...
    (If someone knows about a thread that exists already, do feel free to redirect me.)

    When I'm going through contractions (during static), I frequently experience them as waves going from my diaphragm all the way up to my throat. (Emphasis on "all the way up to my throat" here!)

    The part of the contractions in my throat is quite tense and most of the (overall) discomfort of my contractions are due to the throat part.
    Sometimes I am able to keep my throat relaxed, and somehow, I can redirect contractions to affect only my stomach/diaphragm. It feels a lot less uncomfortable (at least "throatwise"), but on occasions like this, contractions come much more frequent in a fast way. Instead of coming every 4-5 seconds, they come every 1-2 seconds... (quite soon into the contraction phase!).

    Has anyone the same experience? And if so, how do you deal with that?
  2. Jo_duiker

    Jo_duiker Active Member

    Local Time:
    5:52 PM
    I realize my question may be (or simply is) rather impossible to answer in a straightforward way. Every one's different and has different experiences and copes with things differently. I'll just have to find my own "spot".

    Moderaters: feel free to delete this thread - there are tons of threads about contractions already. :)
  3. BigWhity

    BigWhity Member

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    11:52 AM
    I have had them. I get them not very deep either and I get them so bad that it causes my throat to bleed sometimes. I also am looking for any information on this because every time it happens I’m out of the water for a week but it happens usually at around 60 feet when I’m spearfishing not sure if it’s about the rate of decent
  4. Chad StClair

    Chad StClair Member

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    8:52 AM
    Bigwhity you probably are getting minor trachea squeeze if u are bleeding with big contractions at that depth means to me you are not flexible enough.. I was the same way and have done a lot of empty lung stretchs and breatholds empty and it helps a lot so when you go to depth your contractions only start from co2 so they are much easier and gentle on you and the tissue is more flexible. Also you may not be comfortable at that depth so you may need to stick to 10m for a while.

    If you want to keep the contractions in the chest and not the throat your epiglottis needs to be closed!! Do empty lung breath holds with the mouth open and tounge out to make sure that's where u are holding your breath from on you tube type in this fuc**** glottis for a good film how to!!!
    kevind likes this.