If you haven’t heard of Wim Hof, you likely will soon, as the Wim Hof method (https://www.wimhofmethod.com/iceman-wim-hof) is gaining steam all around the world, helping people breathe better, and live better, in the process.
But first, who is this Dutch dude?
Wim Hof’s nickname is “The Iceman,” which he earned by breaking 26 World Records mostly related to cold exposures, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running half a marathon above the Arctic Circle in bare feet and a full marathon in the desert without drinking. Not only that, he also covered himself in ice cubes and stood in a closed container for almost two hours. Basically, the man is insane.
Prior to developing his methods that people around the world are now practicing, Wim Hof had a lot of stress, inflammation, suffering, depression and pain in his life that he wanted to get rid of. So he went into nature to figure out natural ways to combat the above. He soon discovered ways to gain control what he called your primordial connection—your brain, body and mind—“the way nature meant it to be,” he said. Now, through his workshops and courses, Wim Hof has become a popular teacher around the world, showing people a natural path to an optimal state of body and mind.
As crazy and almost ridiculous as it sounds, he really isn’t some pie in the sky weirdo. In fact, the man has intrigued the science community, who have used him and his methods in various studies and experiments, namely about pain suppression. Essentially if people can learn to activate the part of their brain that suppresses pain, we might not need prescription meds to do it for us.
Researchers have also had trained participants in the Wim Hof Method use the methods to control their sympathetic nervous system, as well as their immune response when they were injected with an endotoxin. Thus, there’s reason to believe it might be an effective tool to fight certain autoimmune diseases, among other illnesses.
OK, so what exactly is this “Method?”
It’s based on three pretty tangible concepts:
- Breathing (He teaches you to use breathing (belly breathing) to change the chemistry in your body and help fight stress etc).
- Cold Therapy
There’s a mini online class you can take here: (https://www.wimhofmethod.com/free-mini-class). It rolls out three videos to you, one a day, and puts you through very simple breathing and cold therapy drills etc. It’s worth doing.
In short, the belief is when these three concepts—breathing, cold therapy and commitment— are mastered, it helps you reduce stress, increase energy levels, improve mental health, improve performance, help recovery, and improve your sleep. Meanwhile, it has also been shown to improve symptoms of many diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, MS, Parkinson’s and asthma.
Check out more, as well as information about his various courses here: (https://www.wimhofmethod.com/iceman-wim-hof).