Are You Ready to Try the Wim Hof Method in Miami?
How does running a marathon in the snow with bare feet sound to you? Or, how about sitting in an ice bath for 30 minutes? These extreme techniques are part of the Wim Hof Method, which is a powerful meditation method that includes breathing exercises and building up a tolerance to cold. Book calling 786-789-2562- Locations in Miami Dade County.
Who is Wim Hof?
The method is founded by Wim Hof, a Dutch athlete also known as The Iceman. He holds world records for the longest cold exposure and swimming under the ice. The belief is that you can use your nervous system to control your immune system. When your nervous system is overwhelmed with the extreme cold, it releases large amounts of epinephrine, which in turn boosts your immune system.
Wim Hof Medical Claims
According to the Wim Hof Method, these techniques “boost all areas of physical environment , mental and spiritual health.” Specific medical claims include more energy, better sleep, an increase in willpower, boosting concentration and pain relief from such conditions as fibromyalgia and arthritis.
The scientific community was skeptical about these claims because it would indicate a connection between the nervous system and the immune system, which has never been proven.
Wim Hof Proven Study
However, because no human being can withstand these extreme temperatures, researchers wanted to learn more about Wim Hof. They now believe there may be some truth to his claims. There is a study from the National Academy of Sciences that states, “through practicing techniques learned in a short-term training program, the sympathetic nervous system, and the immune system can indeed be voluntarily influenced.”
Wim Hof Disclaimer
This journey is not for the faint of heart and should be done at your own risk. If you want to proceed, it is highly recommended to first check with your medical professional before you start the procedure. Any current or underlying medical conditions could be exacerbated by following these methods.
Wim Hof The Three Pillars
The Wim Hof Method is based on these three principles, breathing, cold therapy and commitment.
Miami Wim Hof Breathing Exercises Classes
The exact exercises are described on the Wim Hof Method website. For the condensed version, the first step is learning power breathing. It can be described as hyperventilation in a controlled setting. You take several deep breaths and hold each for a moment then exhale completely. Then, as if blowing up a balloon, do 30 power breaths. Try to become aware of how your body is feeling throughout the breathing process. Take one more large breath, then exhale and hold as long as you can before taking in another breath.
Hof believes the high oxygen levels have many benefits. You can also add some yoga poses while practicing breathing techniques.
Wim Hof Cold Exposure
It may be difficult, but try to relax for this part of the process. Let your body feel cold and try to embrace it. Cold showers are a way to get your body used to the cold, and it lets you discover how your body reacts to it. This is a shock to your body but try to breathe easily and keep calm.
After a few weeks, you can work up to an ice bath. Put two or three bags of ice in a half-full bathtub and let it melt a little bit. Start with about five or ten minutes and try to relax as much as possible. Get out if you feel pain or are unable to stop shivering.
When you get out, it’s normal to feel cold for a short while. Get up and get your blood flowing again. You can drink a warm beverage if you like.
According to Hof, consistency will get you the best results. This method is a learned skill and must be practiced to see results. You can learn it through his various workshops and video courses offered on the website.
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