Karate cures seasickness/nausea! I've been meaning to write about this experience for a while, and I'd love to hear other similar stories if anyone has one to share.
I spent two weeks this past winter working on a small ecotourism kind of cruise, for the first time. It was a 150-foot boat, and you could really feel the waves/motion. From day 1, I was derailed by nausea/seasickness. (Who knew?) I tried everyone's recommendations: look at the horizon, ginger, gingerale, ginger candy, frequent naps, Sea Band pressure point bracelet, median nerve electrical stimulator watch band device, deep breathing, meclizine (nausea medicine).....and really, nothing worked all that well.
By day 3, I started to panic a little. After all, I was *working*, and had responsibilities; I had NO time for overwhelming, incapacitating nausea. After 3 days without a moment's relief, after HOURS outside on deck trying to make the horizon stop moving, after a few episodes of losing my lunch....I started to get anxious (which is not typical for me...and I think getting anxious makes me very anxious). Everything was moving. I closed my eyes....it got worse. I opened my eyes, that was even worse. I wanted to cry...made it worse. Tried to sit, tried to stand...all worse, worse, worse.
As I started to panic a little, I realized I needed to snap out of it...immediately...and told myself to *just breathe*...which was not enough. I started to count while breathing. Breathe in...1,2,3. Breathe out...4,5,6. This didn't help all that much...but it DID remind me of karate class....opening exercises, really. So, I started Jumbi Undo. The first few seconds were terrible, but I persisted. After 10 seconds, it was very slightly improved. After 30 seconds, it was really starting to improve.
Within 5 minutes of starting Jumbi Undo, the nausea was gone. GONE, GONE, GONE....truly gone....and stayed gone for 30-60 minutes or more. Long enough for me to reset, to settle down, to get a nap. Over the ensuing hours and days, I had many more episodes of nausea, but just knowing that I had a tool to make it go away was beyond priceless.
I learned that, for me, seasickness is "all in my head". It may be triggered by the sensory input overload (inner ear vestibular function, visual cues, and body-space propioception), but the cure...the cure lies in meditation---which I learned how to do in karate class.
Amazing tool. Wonderful, terrific, miraculous tool.
Karate cures seasickness/nausea! Thanks, karate.