The human experience, particularly for many people in the western world, is not nearly as physically challenging as it used to be. Instead of hunting and gathering, we can now simply visit the grocery store. And instead of enduring the elements, many of us live in climate-controlled homes.
But Wim Hof, the Dutch athlete also known as The Iceman, argues that we’ve lost something in our abundance of comfort. By subjecting our bodies to physical stresses — cold, specifically — he suggests that we can support our ability to heal and rejuvenate ourselves.
To help you tap into this holistic healing opportunity, Har Hari Khalsa, DC, and our team at Transformational Healing Universe offer cold massages and breathing guidance using the Wim Hof method. You don’t need to go to the arctic to realize the benefits of this method. It’s available at our office in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles.
How the Wim Hof method works
Hof gained notoriety for withstanding intense cold. For example, he ran a half marathon in the Arctic Circle barefoot. As he braved the elements, he noticed his body changing.
Today, researchers are studying his method and the physical and mental benefits. What we know preliminarily is that studies have shown that the combination of cold exposure and controlled breathing can help to reduce inflammation, treat certain illnesses, and even help people feel more comfortable in the cold.
Here at Transformational Healing Universe, our Wim Hof method treatments blend cold water massage and controlled breathing to deliver optimal results. Let’s look at the benefits you can expect.
Physical and mental benefits of the Wim Hof method
Generally, you can break into two categories the positive outcomes for patients who practice the Wim Hof method:
With the combination of cold exposure and controlled breathing, people have seen:
- Reduced inflammation
- Heightened energy levels
- Improved immune response
- Faster workout recovery
- Better sleep
- Lower blood pressure
- Faster metabolism
Additionally, some people report finding relief from specific health conditions, including:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Lyme disease symptoms
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
But the Wim Hof method doesn’t just deliver physical perks. It can also help with mental acuity and wellness.
Some of the mental benefits people have enjoyed after practicing the Wim Hof method consistently include:
- Reduced stress
- Reduced symptoms of depressive disorders
- Greater focus
- Heightened creativity
- Improved cold tolerance
- Increased endorphin production
Some people have also reported that the Wim Hof method has helped them either deal with feelings of burnout or avoid burnout.
Are you interested in learning more about the Wim Hof method and what it can do for you? To get started, book an appointment online or over the phone with our team at Transformational Healing Universe today.