The WIM HOF Pillars
These foundational elements make up the Wim Hof experience.
Mindset training in the Wim Hof Method involves both the breathing and cold exposure. You need to be committed to the regular practice in order to get the benefits and in order to do that you need the right mindset. You also train the mind in the cold.
The method has specific breathing techniques that when practiced regularly allow to learn to tap into the body’s amazing potential. Allowing you to release stress, decrease pain, and reduce inflammation and anxiety. While at the same time training your cardiovascular system.
Consists of slowly building up your tolerance to cold air and water. We do this by practicing ice baths cold showers and getting outside when the temperature drops. Regular cold exposure can increase white blood cells in the body, decrease inflammation and leave you energized.
The Wim Hof Method decreases inflammation within the fascia, helping to relieve tension and stress in the body.
The History of the WIM HOF Method
Wim Hof is the creator of the Wim Hof Method. Wim has spent more than 30 years of training in nature. The story goes that nature has always been calling Wim. Even as a kid he liked to walk barefoot in the snow during the winter months in the Netherlands and in 1977 at the age of 17 he took his first winter plunge into the moats of Amsterdam’s Beatrix Park. Wim couldn’t resist the call anymore and found himself coming back again and again as he slowly learned to train the mind, and the breath to withstand the colder for longer. Fast forward a few years to 1995 after Wim grow up and his wife have four small kids and he loses her suddenly and tragically when she committed suicide.
Wim says that his kids kept him alive but this time in nature perfecting what is now the Wim Hof Method that healed him. In the same year Wim loses his wife the media had started to take notice of his antics in the cold. By chance one day in 1995 a television crew visited for an outdoor interview and a nearby skater fell through the ice, and Wim jumped in to rescue the man. Instantly Holland had a hero.
Wim grew bolder breaking one world record after the other to today where he holds 26 of them including running a marathon under the polar circle in nothing but shorts, climb Mt. Everest to the Death Zone point also only in shorts, and running a marathon in the Nimbi Desert without water.
However, it was in 2007 when Wim did a world record in New York that the Feinstein institute studied Wim’s feats. The results showed that Wim developed the paucity to influence his autonomic nervous system and reduce the inflammation in his blood. Influencing the autonomic nervous system was thought to be previously impossible up until this point.
Wim continued to try and get more people to study him and the Radboud University took up the call. First, they studied just him and they were amazed by the results and because of Wim’s continued to claim and believe the he is not special that anyone can do what he can do. The scientist repeated the previous endotoxin study that they had done on Wim on a small group of people Wim had personally trained the scientist were again amazed by the results.
Not only did Wim but the group he trained also were able to influence their immune system something that was part of our autonomic nervous system and supposed to happen automatically and outside of our control. The typical results of this study result in patients getting severe fever, chills, nausea for several hours.
The endotoxin tricks the immune system to believe that there is e coli in the blood stream (even though the patients are not injected with a live version of the bacteria the body and immune system recognizes the endotoxin and mounts a defense). This causes the immune system to release large amounts of inflammation markers called cytokines resulting in the patients’ worsening systems.
It is our immune system’s adaptive reactions that cause the symptoms typically seen like fever and chills. However, when Wim and his group practiced their breathing techniques before and after being injected with the endotoxin. Their immune system mounted a more balanced defense and the experienced little to no symptoms and what symptoms they did only lasted for minutes compared to their hospital roommates who became very ill for several hours after being injected.
This study has very large implications not only because ordinary people like you and me were able to do things with their bodies that scientists had previously thought impossible all with a little training and practice. But also, because this research is leading to new possibilities for people suffering from autoimmune diseases. Diseases where the body’s own immune system is overreacting and attack itself causing pain and widespread chronic inflammation which over time damages the body’s tissues and systems even further.
With this new study Wim could now prove that his method could help people and that anyone could do it. It became his life goal to share his finding with the whole world to help old and young, healthy and sick so they could all benefit.
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