Jan. 23, 2020

The WimHof Method : How Cold Therapy, & Focused Breathing Is Changing Lives

The WimHof Method : How Cold Therapy, & Focused Breathing Is Changing Lives

Wim Hof , The man himself,  also known as "The Iceman"  got his nickname by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure. His feats include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes.

Here is a little background:

Over time, we as humans have developed a different attitude towards nature and we've forgotten about our inner power. This is the ability of our body to adapt to extreme temperature and survive within our natural environment. Because we wear clothes and artificially control the temperatures at home and at work, we've greatly reduced the natural stimulation of our bodies, atrophying the age-old mechanisms related to our survival and basic function. Because these deeper physiological layers are no longer triggered, our bodies are no longer in touch with this inner power.

The method itself is based on three princicples…cold therapy, breathing and commitment and has been said to help with a number of factors including stress reduction, better sleep, faster recovery, more creativity, better sports performance  increased focus and mental clarity along with certain medical conditions like inflammation. 

There are those around the world who share and teach the WimHof way of life,  Johannes Egberts being one of them. Johannes, an avid biohacker who grew up in the Netherlands has been traveling the world teaching and inspiring others to live by the wimhof principles. He is quick to point out that he believes the Wimhof Method to be the most powerful and available tool to achieve health, happiness and strength. Johannes joined us from Sydney Australia for the podcast.

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