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Wim Hof and/or cold therapy

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by hawaii_five0, Jun 18, 2021.

  1. hawaii_five0

    hawaii_five0 Peer Supporter

    Wondering if anyone on here has tried the "Wim Hof Method"? Or know anything about it, particularly the "cold shower" therapy part of it.

    I don't even know how to classify him, but Wim Hof is a Dutch extreme athlete who has set a number of cold weather records like swimming under ice or running a marathon barefoot in snow. Stuff like that. He's kind of a character. He also has an app and a "method" of renewal that in essence consists of three things: deep breathing, cold showers every day, and meditation. Looking at comments on YouTube there are people that claim to have "cured" themselves of various ailments, depression, etc. with it.

    The cold shower part of it is something I am curious about, because of an experience I had about a month ago. I was out for a walk, which usually is not that comfortable, but got caught in a huge thunderstorm downpour, and the air temperature also dropped 20 degrees. After a while I realized that walking felt way better (walking thru this driving cold rain). That was actually the most comfortable walk I've had in months, I guess because of the shock of it and my mind distracted by the extreme conditions. When I got home I stripped and took a hot bath, which also felt great. So I'm just wondering about the efficacy of intentionally subjecting yourself to a cold shower.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. FredAmir

    FredAmir Well known member

    Love Win Hof.

    I have been taking cold showers for a few years. For a while I went cold all the way with showers and everything. But I pushed the limits too much without giving my body a break. I started having rapid heart rate. So I had to balance it with some heat.

    These days I alternate between cold and hot. Feels wonderful.

    You can start with warm and hot. Then gradually over a few days go with hot and cold. Always finish with hot until you notice you feel good finishing with cold.
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  3. oneperson

    oneperson Peer Supporter

    Interesting. I don't recall ever hearing/reading of Win Hof or the cold shower therapy.
    Thanks @FredAmir and @hawaii_five0.
    If you give it a try H50 (hope it's okay I abbreviated), would you post your results on this thread?
    Cool experience with the rain and walking.
    I wonder if my daughter, as a toddler, used this therapy? lol She loved to have cold water poured over her head. That was 31 years ago. :D
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  4. FredAmir

    FredAmir Well known member

    Here’s a documentary explaining Wim’s method.

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  5. hawaii_five0

    hawaii_five0 Peer Supporter

    @FredAmir: thanks for the info! Also the video and your experience. Yes, he is a wild dude. I have not tried it yet, but I have seen people suggest 3 ways of taking a cold shower: 1) start off warm and gradually turn the temperature down, 2) cold, but start with just your head, the gradually get the rest of the body under, and 3) just full-on get in it right away.

    My most recent experience with "cold" was also kind of funny. I went swimming a few weeks back in an outdoor pool (even though I am a terrible swimmer) and got in the pool and it seemed so cold. The lifeguard was right there so I asked her what the water temperature was, not really knowing, thinking it must be in the 60s or something (it was a cold day, and this was early season). She said 78. So I had to laugh. Apparently the cold water coming out of your tap is more like 60 degrees.
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  6. hawaii_five0

    hawaii_five0 Peer Supporter

    @oneperson: thanks for your reply. Yes, there is something intense about it for sure and I guess it kind of shocks you out of your comfort zone and energizes you which can then carry over to other parts of your life.

    I will definitely post results here if I do anything. I am kind of looking forward to the next intense thunderstorm though, because I intend to just go out and walk and see how it feels, haha.
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  7. FredAmir

    FredAmir Well known member

    You can begin with ending your hot showers with running cold water on your hands and feet.

    See how that feels later. If your hands and feet feel cold for a long time, your body has a hard time rebounding from it. Keep doing that until it does.

    Once that works do the same for your legs and arms and see what happens and so on.

    Also, check you pulse and blood pressure to see if it has any effects on your cardiovascular system.
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