Since ancient times, the sea is considered an excellent means of soul cleaning. (Sea’s healing properties have been known since the time of the father of medical science and hydrotherapy Hippocrates). Euripides characteristically states, in the tragedy “Iphigenia in Taurus”, “the sea cleanses all the bad of the people”. This is the purpose of “Underwater Self-Awareness”.
The composition of seawater contributes to the treatment of chronic health problems and offers a sense of rejuvenation and wellness. The inhalation under the sea is deeper, our heart rate is elevated and contributes to the alleviation from respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and others. It also significantly improves respiratory function and helps to relieve the nasal system.
The fresh air – which is charged with negative ions – along with the sound of the sea waves alter the rhythm of the brain waves and lead us to a state of deep relaxation. Important molecules such as magnesium, lithium, and bromine help to maintain the levels of certain substances in the brain, like serotonin, melatonin, and tryptamine, which are responsible to a great extent, for the appearance of many Emotional disorders. In addition, the negative ions help to oxygenate our brain and balance the levels of serotonin in our body. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that is directly related to our mood. When serotonin levels are low, we have symptoms of depression and anxiety.
“Underwater Self-Awareness” is a combination of mental health counseling, Breathwork techniques, and safe scuba diving. It is beneficial as a physical exercise, while it improves the mental and emotional well-being of an individual. The tranquility, serenity, and beauty of the underwater world encourage positive feelings to arise and offer a joyful sensation to those who experience them.
U.S.A also improves mood, by significantly reducing feelings of depression and anxiety, increases self-confidence and contributes to the mental well-being as well as to the physical condition of the body. These Breathwork techniques improve the inspiration and educate the body to absorb more oxygen in each inhalation. By diving, the lungs are trained to be indexed in ambient air having inhaled compressed air, which is higher in oxygen content. Human cells ensure most of the energy they need to stay alive through chemical reactions with O2. The body uses only a quarter of the oxygen it inhales, but the dive can increase the efficiency of the lungs to accept more oxygen over time.
Diving is not the only event with interest, but it’s the whole process. The routine of dressing and arranging the equipment, the entrance and the exit from the water also contribute to the total workout value in scuba diving. A diving bottle can weigh from 12 to 18 kilos roughly depending on its size and material, if we calculate the weights we carry and the other necessary parts of the equipment, we have a weight transfer equal to lifting exercises that are used in the gym.
Only in the sea can the body “relive” the rocking movement and the maximum harmony of coexistence that once experienced as a fetus and lost forever with its birth. An immense feeling of freedom can flood the body, in neutral buoyancy, when it remains shallow and motionless. It has been found that scuba diving eliminates the stress of the week. An hour of diving is enough to eliminate the stress of everyday life.
“Underwater Self-Awareness” allows a person to enter a different world with beautiful colors, shapes, and creatures. In this world, everyday life stays on the coast and the senses of rejuvenation, excitement and energy dominate. Diving stimulates curiosity which in turn stimulates creativity by immersing the individual into new senses and experiences. It really transforms a person’s perception of life. The immense tranquility of the sea and the incomparable beauty of the seabed, that compose the colors of the fishes, shape the world of our dreams and help us to come in contact with our emotions. Those who have the ability to find themselves on the seabed, even for a short period of time, are considered privileged and perhaps special. In any case, the feast of colors and sensations of the underwater world, along with the life below the surface have a significant impact on people who experience the everyday life of big cities and usually find themselves submerged in stress.
These feelings are not the only mental experience offered to those who engage in this activity. At the shore, before and after diving, the contribution of counseling is very important. Via a synthetic approach, the consultant-scuba diving trainer, helps the people who engage in “underwater self-awareness” to come into contact with their feelings, gain confidence in their senses, self-awareness, self-control, conscious interaction, coexistence (with their diving pair and dive team) and contact with their bodies. All these are achieved by:
Trust in their senses; because words are useless on the seabed and all individuals are compelled to rely on their senses, sharpen them and revive them, so that they can communicate better. By observing their companions, they slowly recover a skill particularly important for human communication and survival.
Coexistence; because learning to coexist, exercises the control of their own body. Perhaps it is the only activity, where in a shallow environment, man is obliged to coordinate his breathing with small and large movements of his body. Moreover, each one has to monitor simultaneously the diving organs, synchronize with his partners, observe, feel, think and control his body. That is why the seabed is probably the greatest exercise of self-awareness and self-control. It is the place where all mental functions are formed and co-operate.
Conscious interaction; it is the moment when two people conquer the possibility of mutual acceptance and complementary acts, which enables coexistence and “ideal” mutual interaction. Precisely because at the bottom of the sea individuals cannot speak, but are obliged to communicate non-verbally, the experience of diving, enables them to exercise forms of communication that can help us achieve coordination in a relationship. This non-verbal communication obliges the individuals not just to look but to see, not just to hear but to listen, not just to touch but to feel the other. How much more attention can you give and take from a companion inland life?
Through “Underwater Self-Awareness”, a person finds the opportunity to be liberated in an environment for which he maintains primordial and primary memories, already recorded in his cells from embryonic life. The seabed revives the physical memories of cruising, rhythmic and harmonic rocking, as well as the sense of movement. Thus, the lost contact with the body can be regained. Submerged with his body, soul, heart, mind, conscious and unconscious, himself and others, each individual finds the opportunity to coordinate with the mind, the soul and the others around him.
In the seabed, he can come into contact with his emotions, sharpen his senses, gain self-awareness, self-control, discover hidden aspects of his personality and rediscover his body. No form of treatment, neither mental nor physical, can bring an individual into contact with himself and others or alleviate the fatigue and pain of the soul and body; experienced during the stressful daily life. That’s why underwater self-awareness is a perpetual psychical adventure.