What are the exercises to eliminate our enemy “Valsala“, the most hated equalisation technique of all freedivers.
Well, let’s start, Valsalva is a compensatory pressure technique, you have to close the nostril with your fingers and then create a pressure inside the nasal cavity in order to open the Eustachian tube. This technique creates pressure inside the lungs, mouth and nose cavity because the glottis is open. Unfortunately does not allow the freedivers to create the right pressure to open the Eustachian tube.
It is true that we need a bit of pressure to equalise and often we use too much and badly. When we feel pain is too late to equalise and we need in that situation more pressure and more physical effort.
An important thing is to equalise especially in the first few meters far more than you think. One thing I always tell to my students is to equalise for the first ten meters ten times. More we do better it is for us.
Let’s start by saying that if you do not exceed 10 m depth and, above all, you can not compensate, it is because you use a wrong compensation technique. Unfortunately, Valsalva for freedivers is a technique that should not be practiced. Let’s start with an exercise that allows us to solve the problem and move from Valsalva to Frenzel.
First, we must be able to do this exercise, exhale as much air as possible from the lungs, pull the diaphragm and hold it for a few seconds.
Once we can do this exercise and then keep the glottis closed for more than a few seconds, we can begin to pronounce the letter ” T” or “Ka” or “H” . If you fail, it is because saying these letters you are trying to open Glottis or because we do not create enough pressure with our language.
First of all we should know how to do these exercises and then move on to another more advanced one with the diaphragm at the top, the closed glottis, say one letter at a time (T-Ka-H) close the nostril with your fingers and start to feel that nostrils swell to pronounce the letters. If the nostrils do not swell, the soft palate is in the closed position and, therefore, we do not have pressure in the nasal cavity and therefore does not open the thrombus to equalise. Now the transition is to open the soft palate and have pressure in the nasal cavity.
This is only the first step to change your equalisation technique, but it is a very important step that will allow you to get off and enjoy the sea and the beautiful sensations of apnea.
I hope you enjoyed this article and above all that it is useful to change the equalisation technique.I