Body Detox: Wim Hof Breathing Technique
Perhaps some of you have heard of Wim Hof before. If you have, you probably know him as the Iceman. You may have seen this Vice documentary about him (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaMjhwFE1Zw), listened to one of his many interviews- like this one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np0jGp6442A), or you may have encountered him and his students in your biology textbook.
You see, the feats performed by Wim Hof have earned him a spot in almost all new biology textbooks. Through his feats of superhuman performance, he has literally rewritten the books on what the human body is capable of. He’s stood submerged in ice for an hour and 52 minutes, he’s hiked to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in two days wearing nothing but shorts and tennis shoes, he’s run a full marathon above the arctic circle- again in his shorts- in 5 hours and 25 minutes, and he even ran a full marathon in the Namib Desert with no water.
More than that, he’s submitted himself to scientific study wherein scientists study what is happening to his biology while he performs many feats. It is these studies that have earned him the spot in science textbooks. Under scientific supervision he’s performed many of his cold-related feats. One of the most impressive studies, though, is this one (http://www.pnas.org/content/111/20/7379.abstract). In the study he demonstrated his ability to consciously control his immune response- thus neutralizing an E. Coli endotoxin administered to him in the lab. This endotoxin normally produces fever, sweating, and vomiting in patients- but he displayed none of that. Instead, he activated his body’s natural systems to perceive and eliminate the toxins from his body. It’s for this capability that I am introducing him to you now.
You see, Wim Hof is not abnormal. He’s simply developed a technique to get in touch with the body’s natural healing mechanisms. He says we can all do this. And he’s proven it.
Remember that Hike to Kilimanjaro I mentioned? What I didn’t mention is that he had company. He trained a group of 25 people in his technique.. After training them, he led the group to the peak of Kilimanjaro in 48 hours- a trek that takes normal hikers 5 days. Not only that, but some of these trekkers had diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease. In the aforementioned study on the immune system, too, he was not alone. Not only him, but 12 of his student neutralized the endotoxins. So if you want to detox your body, this is a surefire way. You’ll be happy to know the technique is extremely simple:
Take a sharp, deep breath in- filling your lungs completely
Exhale by relaxing- don’t push the air out, simply relax. You won’t empty your lungs completely, that’s okay
After 30 of these breaths, relax as before, and hold the exhale- you will feel many strange sensations in your body. Notice and feel these sensations. Hold the exhale for as long as you can- you may be surprised to find that you don’t feel the need to breathe for several minutes
Inhale sharply again as before- and hold it for 10-15 seconds
Repeat this cycle for 3 rounds.
If you’d like, there’s a good video on this technique here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxYq2wivLaI).
That’s it! Simple right? If you do this daily I’m confident you will be amazed by the results- I know I have been. If after trying this you want to learn more, check out Wim Hof’s website where he offers more in-depth instruction (http://www.wimhofmethod.com).
– Dan Rosenberg
About the Author
Dan is a reiki healer, life coach, writer, magician, and all around warrior of truth. He is bursting with passion and interest in science, spirituality, and the transformation of humanity. He believes that all people have a vast untapped potential and would love nothing more than to help people realize the power within them. He also loves traveling and has hopes that he’ll soon be living on the road in a sweet van so he can see more of this great and beautiful world as well as be of service outside of his small corner of the world. He’s currently working on the creation of a website to spread good vibes and be a wellspring of truth. When he’s not working to empower others, you’ll find Dan practicing martial arts, journeying through nature, reading, playing guitar, or wandering aimlessly in search of adventure. To contact Dan follow him on The Bridge Between Dreams.