Do you want to learn how to hold your breath?
The BreathManual app is designed to familiarise you to breathing techniques used by freedivers. You will learn the basics of holding your breath and safe practices.
Learn to relax, increase your oxygen intake or prolong your breath hold.
Are you interested in freediving?
This app will orientate you towards safe breath holding practices before participating in freediving courses.
COURSES WITHIN THE APP
BASICS OF BREATH
Learn to understand how breathing works and how it can be controlled.
BASICS OF BREATH HOLDING 1
Includes four 45min training programmes
BASICS OF BREATH
Learn to hold your breath up to 2 minutes.
BASICS OF BREATH HOLDING 2
Includes seven 45min training programmes
Learn to internalise the training programme calmly and without strain.
Includes seven more 45min training programmes
INCREASE YOUR BREATH HOLDING TIME
Are you a freediver, scuba diver, surfer, open water swimmer, paddler or other water sports enthusiast? The exercise program allows you to increase safety and to become more relaxed in your hobby. After just a few days of training, you will be able to hold your breath around two minutes.
INCREASE YOUR OXYGEN UPTAKE
Breathing exercises can increase your oxygen uptake. With this exercise program, you will strengthen the muscles of your respiratory system, increase your endurance and carbon tolerance, and activate your body's own production of the Epo hormone.
Breathing exercises stimulate the vagus nerve. The purpose of the vagus nerve is to lower your heart rate and blood pressure and to lower the levels of stress hormones in your body. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system with breathing exercises, you can consciously relax yourself.
Why practice breath holding?
The skill of breath holding is vital in many sports, such as surfing, kayaking and diving - but also running and mountaineering.
Respiratory arrest (holding your breath) strengthens the muscles of the respiratory system increasing endurance and carbon tolerance and additionally activates the body's own production of the Epo hormone.
Holding your breath is also an easy way to practice mind control. Our thoughts can make us either calm down or take action. How we react to different sensations can either strengthen or soften them.
This app teaches you how to breathe properly and how to hold your breath for longer. It also teaches calming the mind. The relaxation and mind control techniques learned in the app are useful for all aspects of life.
ICE DIVING WORLD RECORD HOLDER
Experience has taught me how important breath holding is and the benefits it can bring about.
I work as a freediving instructor and train a lot of beginners. While some of them will never become freedivers, I have seen how much of a benefit they have had from life-sustaining exercises.
I have also trained surfers, paddlers and open water swimmers who have gained confidence and courage through my courses. Once they understand the physiology of breath-holding and learn their own limits, they can focus more on the performance aspect of their own specific sport.
Breath control training has also brought a lot into my own life, both for diving and leisure.
I have set 3 world records in freediving. As of this writing, I hold the world record for ice diving 103 meters from hole-to-hole in only a swimsuit.
One of the biggest reasons I was able to successfully attain this performance in cold water, is due to my ability to cope with different sensations through the help of breathing exercises.
“I learned a lot during the 4 training days. On the first day of training I hold my breath for about 45 seconds and on the fourth for about 2 minutes. Day by day, I learned new things about the functioning of my body while holding my breath. "
MIRA ITÄSALO / Graphic designer
“A really strong recommendation from an adult with ADHD. The exercises gave a whole new angle of concentration and calming down. ”
“Photography is my profession and I love to shoot underwater. With the help of the app, I was finally able to create a routine for my training. I have gained confidence in my breath holding and learned to relax faster in challenging shooting situations. ”
ELINA MANNINEN / Photographer