THE [RADBOUD] STUDY DEMONSTRATES THAT, THROUGH PRACTICING TECHNIQUES LEARNED IN A SHORT-TERM TRAINING PROGRAM, THE SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN INDEED BE VOLUNTARILY INFLUENCED. (2014 KOX, PIKKERS ET AL.)
A NEW DISCOVERY FOR MODERN SCIENCE
The Wim Hof Method has changed the paradigm of modern science.
‘What Wim Hof does is medically impossible’, Maria Hopman, professor at Radboud University Medical Center, remarked. To test her hypothesis, Hopman set up an experiment. She put Wim in a huge bucket and buried him up to his neck in almost 1 metric tonne of ice cubes. For an untrained individual, this would be life-threatening: a person could die once their body temperature dropped below a certain level. Remarkably, Wim’s body temperature did not drop, but remained at a steady 37 degrees Celsius during the whole experiment. Hopman was astonished.
There was only one possible conclusion for the professor: Wim Hof knows how to influence his autonomic nervous system; the part of the central nervous system that controls, among other things, heart rate, respiration and circulation: the part of the central nervous system that we always thought we could not control!
"What Wim can do is medically viewed as impossible"
WORLDWIDE INTEREST IN THE WIM HOF METHOD
Maria Hopman is only one of many scientists to have studied Wim in the past few years. With his phenomenal feats, Wim has captured not only the nation’s eye but the attention of scientists over the whole world.
Not a day goes by that Wim isn’t on national TV, appearing as a guest on such highly popular Dutch programs as 'De Wereld Draait Door' or 'Pauw en Witteman', as well as 'Joe Rogan' and ABC News. Celebrities such as Oprah, Barbara Streisand, Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks have undergone workshops with Wim with amazing reviews.
ONGOING WORLDWIDE SCIENTIFIC INTEREST
2018 – article: “Brain over Body” a study about conscious control over the autonomic nervous system during exposure to cold, Wayne State University, O. Muzik, K. Reilly, V. Diwadkar
2015 – article: the role and the predicted results of a program consisting of meditation, breathing exercises and exposure to cold after administration of an endotoxin: a proof-of-concept study, Radboud University, M. Kox prof Pickkers
2014 – article: repeated exposure to cold, brown adipose tissue activation and thermogenesis in a monozygotic twin, Maastricht University, J. Vosselman, W.D. van Marken – Lichtenbeld
2014 – article: controlled hyperventilation after training can accelerate acclimatization after altitude training, Radboud University, G.Buijze and prof. M. Hopman.
2014 – article: voluntary activation of sympathetic nervous system and inhibition of inflammatory response in subjects, Radboud University, dr. Kox and prof Pickkers
2012 – article: the influence of concentration/meditation on the autonomic nervous system and immune system, Radboud University, prof. Hopman en prof Pickkers
2009 – study: blood tests during meditation and breathing exercises, New York, dr. K. Kamler & G. Stewart
2007 – study: blood tests during meditation and breathing exercises, Feinstein Institute, dr. K. Tracey.
BENEFITS OF THE WIM HOF METHOD
Following the breathing exercises, cold training and the correct mindset can reap you the following benefits:
Mind and body rebalancing
Faster and deeper sleep
Confidence in your own ability and developing that ability
The power to consciously affect your autonomic nervous system, allowing you access to previously unconscious processes such as sleep, temperature regulation, heart rate and respiration.
Control of your immune system
Improved athletic ability, both power and endurance
Reduced chance of altitude sickness when mountaineering
Faster recovery after endurance feats
HOW THE WIM HOF METHOD WORKS
THE WIM HOF METHOD CONSISTS OF THE THREE COMPONENTS:
BREATHING - MINDSET/COMMITMENT - COLD TRAINING
The Wim Hof Method breathing exercise optimizes your breathing pattern and heart rate, and de-acidifies your body. It allows you to access your autonomic nervous system, improve your immune system and train your veins, while reaching a deep level of meditation. The exercise can also be used to improve your sleep or to enhance endurance for sports and mountain climbing. The possibilities are endless.
Mindset is the most important aspect of the Wim Hof Method. The brain can be divided into three parts: the reptilian brain (brain stem), the emotional brain and the neocortex. The Wim Hof Method helps restore the harmony between these three brains, giving you more of a say over your body and mind. Many fears and old patterns could disappear. You are able to reach inner strength and trust in yourself. During the workshop you will be taught the right mindset to go into the breathing exercises as well as the ice bath. A correct mindset is the backbone of the Wim Hof Method, which you will encounter this during your training.
Everyone who steps into an ice bath exhibits the so-called fight or flight response. This is the most powerful stress reaction in existence. During the workshop, you will learn to overcome this reaction through trust, focus and letting go. It teaches your body to relax in stressful situations. By practicing this more often, your body will learn to cope with stress in daily life! Overcome your fears and step into the COLD!