Wim Hof Method
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From Circus Act to Scientific Breakthrough
Scientific literature said it was impossible, but researchers have now proven that it is possible voluntarily to influence both the autonomic nervous system and the immune system by using the Wim Hof Method.
Wim Hof, aka The Iceman, became known for his spectacular records: he ran half a marathon in Lapland at -30ºC, frequently sat in a pool of ice for over ninety minutes, and swam hundreds of metres under the ice, from one hole to the next. It got him a long list of entries in the Guinness Book of Records.
Control of the Immune System
In 2011 the same researchers monitored the response of Iceman Wim Hof’s body to an endotoxin injection as he performed the techniques he had developed himself. It turned out that he produced half the amount of inflammatory proteins healthy volunteers did who did not master his method. Moreover, he hardly showed any influenza symptoms – he suppresses his immune response through the autonomic nervous system.
NO LONGER A CIRCUS ARTIST
Since a finding in one individual doesn’t constitute scientific evidence, the scientists decided to do a follow-up study. For that reason, in 2013, studies were performed on a group of young, healthy, male volunteers. It indeed turns out that we are able to influence both the autonomic nervous system and the immune system.
THE WIM HOF METHOD IS BASED ON 3 POWERFUL PILLARS
The cold is your warm friend and one of the three pillars of the Wim Hof method. Proper exposure to the cold starts a cascade of health benefits, including the buildup of brown adipose tissue and resultant fat loss, reduced inflammation that facilitates a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— the feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.
The second pillar of the Wim Hof method is breathing. We’re always breathing, yet we’re mostly unaware of its tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a treasure trove of benefits, and the specialized breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method unearths them all: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.
The third pillar of the Wim Hof method is the foundation of the other two: both cold exposure and conscious breathing require patience and dedication in order to be fully mastered. Armed with focus and determination you are ready to explore and eventually master your own body and mind.
This is the first time that there’s scientific proof, that we as humans can change our autonomic nervous system and immune system at will.
STEP-BY-STEP EXPLANATION BREATHING EXERCISE
1. Get comfortable
Sit in a meditation posture, whatever is most comfortable for you. Make sure you can expand your lungs freely without feeling any constriction. It is recommended to do this practice right after waking up since your stomach is still empty or before a meal.
4. Recovery Breath
Inhale to full capacity. Feel your chest expanding. When you are at full capacity, hold the breath for around 10 seconds and this will be round one. The breathing exercise can be repeated 3 rounds after each other.
2. 30 Power Breaths
Inhale through the nose or mouth and exhale through the mouth in short but powerful bursts. Keep a steady pace and use your midriff fully. Close your eyes and do this around 30 times. Symptoms could be light-headedness, tingling sensations in the body.
After having completed the breathing exercise take your time to enjoy the feeling afterward. This feeling will be more and more like a meditation.
3. Hold after Exhalation
After the 30 rapid successions of breath cycles, draw the breath in once more and fill the lungs to maximum capacity without using any force. Then let the air out and hold for as long as you can without force. Hold the breath until you experience the gasp reflex.
When you start doing these exercises we recommend to take your time recovering from the breathing exercise. After doing the breathing exercise and you feel good, you can start with taking the cold shower.
Besides helping you learn how to control your autonomic nervous system, the Wim Hof training method has the following benefits:
– Positive influence on the immune system
– Positive influence on your mind and body
– Improvement of blood circulation
– Improvement of concentration and focus
– Greater self-confidence and conscious development
Wim Hof Academy
Since I am active in the field of healing, both physical and emotional, I continuously explore the latest scientific studies and breakthroughs. By breathing in and out at specific intervals, we can make the CO2 level in our blood drop and the O2 level rise. CO2 is considered waste and is degraded. A higher oxygen level, or O2 level, will lead to an overall better physical condition.
I am currently a student of the Wim Hof Academy and I have already seen significant improvements in the PTSD and stress levels of the veterans that I work with, just by using the Wim Hof Method.
For more information: wimhofmethod.com
Secret to Life
I believe that the secret to life lies in hitting the breaks, really slowing down and learning to understand ourselves better. You can only be at peace and feel fulfilled, when you are honest with yourself and start closing the gap between who you appear to be and who you really are. You will then discover that you are beautiful.
– Dirk Terpstra
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