My personal Story and Performance Experience:

In 1991 I nearly took my last breath at the age of 19 years. A head-on collision between my motorcycle and an on-coming car left me with devastating injuries to both upper and lower limbs.

After 2 days in a coma, 4 months in hospital and over 15 operations later I began the long, painful and arduous task of rehabilitation. The injuries were so extensive that it took six months before I could walk without crutches. If that wasn`t bad enough, the trauma of the accident triggered a pre-existing cardiac condition to emerge. For no apparent reason my heart would go into a tachydysrhythmia (rapid and abnormal heart rate) and race up to 220 bpm and scare the hell out of me and the nurses in the hospital.

This went on for months and I had to have my heart stopped and re-started using electric shocks on 2 separate occasions. In the end I was prescribed beta-blockers and valium to keep my heart quiet. Eventually I was taken off the medication and all was going fine until I was undergoing reconstructive knee surgery at the Princess Grace Hospital in London when my heart went into a dangerously fast tachydysrhythmia.

A Cardiologist was rushed to the theatre and brought it under control. He diagnosed my condition as "Wolfe-Parkinson-White" syndrome or an "AV extra nodal pathway". In a nutshell my heart was short-circuiting. He informed me that I had two choices; (1) go on beta-blocker medication for the rest of my life or (2) I could let him try to fix it with a relatively new procedure at that time called "Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation".

Both solutions carried risks but there was only ever going to be one option for me because the orthopaedic surgeons wouldn't operate on me with the way my heart was behaving and I was still going to need more surgery.

Fitness and Health was always a big part of my life before the accident and in particular Martial Arts, Swimming and Running. I wanted to be able to return to some form of cardiovascular fitness training for mental and physical wellbeing so the "Catheter Ablation" was the way to go for me.

I went ahead at Bartholome's Hospital in London in 1993 and after 4 hours in theatre the Cardiologist zapped the tissue in my heart which was causing problem. There was a risk that the tachydysrhythmia could re-emerge later despite success on the operating table so there was going to be bit of a wait to confirm the good result.

Once I overcame the depression, anger and emotional uncertainty of a major crisis at age 19, I eventually put together a plan to re-build my life. To make a very long story short I trained to become a physiotherapist and I also discovered the amazing sport of Freediving and I trained to the level AIDA****Certified Freediver.

In 2003 I got an opportunity to begin what would be 4 years of professional classical voice training, this proved very interesting as the diaphragm control for singing proved to be a bigger challenge than I first thought and almost conflicted with the Freedive training.

I began to question how much diaphragm control is ideal and how much was too much control when it comes to human performance. I researched the scientific literature; the yoga literature, and combined my experience of the extreme physical performance of Freediving with the demands of diaphragm control for singing.

What I discovered was a new window into breathing and human performance and I then created the "Tri-Logic Rhythms™" Performance Breathing Programme.

Peter Walsh,

Director of Tri-Logic Body Rhythms