This upper body stretching session for freediving is short and sweet and has an added bonus of a video to help you along. Stretching before freediving is recommended to help rib cage and diaphragm flexibilty and help prevent injury. When you freedive to depth, the volume of the lungs decreases dramatically. The ribs compress and the diaphragm rises up into the chest cavity. If you lack flexibility then it is possible to have a lung squeeze.
An upper body stretching session for freediving ensures that the intercostal muscles are stretched and help the body get ready for a freediving session. An upper body stretching session for freediving is taught on every course and also on our holidays. It’s the perfect way to wake the body up and help get it in dive mode.
This article contains some useful and simple upper body stretches and also a video containing some extra stretches that you can do to prepare for a dive or at any time of the day.
When you prepare for an upper body stretching session for freediving, it’s important for your body to be warm. Always take things slowly and to your own level. Listen to what your body is telling you! Once you learn the stretches, try doing them with your eyes closed so you can fully focus on what is going on internally. Listening to the video is good for this as you can be prompted for the next stretch.
The video also contains some head and neck stretches that are great for aiding equalisation.
To do the upper body stretching session for freediving, you can sit on the edge of a chair, stand, or sit on the floor. We recommend sitting on a thick book or yoga block so that your knees are lower than your hips and you can sit comfortably with a straight spine.
Make sure that for all the stretches, you do the full, three part yoga breath to fully inflate and deflate the lungs.