Strong, happy, healthy: benefits of the Wim Hof ​​method!

By MakisWarrior | Spirituality | 30 Apr 2021



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A few years ago I started practicing the Wim Hof method. This method comes from a man named Wim Hof, nicknamed The Iceman, who has claimed 26 Guinness World Records for his various "superhuman" feats! He developed this method to let people know that what he can do - we can do it too!

From my first session I saw something inside me changing. After a few sessions I saw more improvements (which some of them I state below). Of course there are the short-term and the long-term changes that you notice, which differ from human to human.

-The following list of benefits is from my own experience. As time passes I record more. These include both short-term changes and long term ones.

-It is also from the testimonies of many people which I gathered into my notes, and from scientific evidence and studies on the method. Of course science remains to discover and reveal much more!!

I originally wrote these notes in my home language (Greek). In the beginning I often updated these notes, but later, kept them intact for a few years without researching more into new healing testimonies.... So there may be new data and new healing properties and testimonies which I am not aware of.






-Extreme resistance to cold and frost! For example, climbing high mountains such as Kilimanjaro (-26 degrees Celsius) wearing only shorts and shoes.

-Very increased resistance to cardiorespiratory type of exercise when combined with the breathing technique.

-Even greater recovery in the above [I mean 1) shortness of breath/pant, 2) the huge/sharp drop of increased pulses].

-Increased flexibility and agility. (While doing stretching you send the blood where there is tension, with your focus and your breathing).

-Increased ability to remove lactic acid from muscles, due to much improved blood circulation.

-Increased athletic performance for many of the reasons I list here.

-Dealing with all kinds of fear, and the fear of the cold.

-Improvement of strength, balance, concentration, etc, from the exercises (yoga and others).

-You learn techniques regarding the dealing of extreme cold, such as visualization, brown fat activation, etc.

-Resistance to heat.

-The moment you do the breathing method, you can do an average of 25% more repetitions until failure in muscle-training exercises.

-Increased calmness and decreased pulse.

-You learn to hear your body better.

-Better sex.

-There are reports that it helps some people in lucid dreams.

-Brings you in closer contact with nature.

-It also brings you in closer contact with your authentic nature and physiology.

-SELF KNOWLEDGE (no comments).






-Healing in many kinds of diseases. The evidence and scientific data are increasing daily. Also faster healing and recovery on everything that has to do with the immune system.

-According to many testimonies, scientific measurements and evidence, it completely cures, helps to cure or relieve the following: multiple sclerosis / diffuse encephalomyelitis, arthritis, diabetes, fear, depression, anxiety, psychical pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, cancer, faster healing of wounds and burns, Parkinson's disease, inflammation, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, asthma, nausea, headache, lower back pain, structural L5 / S1 damage of spinal disc (annular tear), degenerative disc disease L5 / S1 of spine, inflammation of the sciatic nerve, urinary tract infection, panic attacks, cardiomyopathy, (after?) Pneumonia, herpes, bronchitis, endometriosis, cystitis, thyroid problems, bone pain, lichen planopilaris, leukemia, and more.

-You take control of the autonomic nervous system and the autonomic immune system. Something that scientists thought was impossible! Scientific books are currently being rewritten.

-It quickly raises the pH of the blood to a more alkaline level.

-Larger increase in adrenaline! Even more from someone who is ready to make his first jump in bungee jumping. This results in much of what I write in this text.

-Increase in testosterone.

-Release of toxins from the body (you should drink more water too).

-Great improvement in the circulatory system, so that you can send blood (+ hormones) to the parts of the body that need it.

-Helps to treat cold hands and feet.

-You get sick much more rarely.

-Immediate relief in situations of high stress and panic.

-Reduces (white) fat tissue.

-Better sleep quality.






-Can help bring the brain to higher states of consciousness. These types of brain waves are gamma, theta, and delta.

-It is a very easy Portal for experiencing the Power of Now (and its benefits) that the Spiritual Teachers, religions, spirituality, philosophy, some kinds of psychology, etc., have been talking about for thousands of years.

-Dealing of depression, as well as any kind of psychological theme, such as stress, etc., with the help of the corresponding increased hormones, and the Power of the Now.

-Easier understanding for the pointlessness of material goods. Helps in turning to Spiritual goods.

-Gain easy access to the experience of your inner energy (chi / ki / bioelectromagnetism / spirit / chakras / tingling, etc).

-Because you manage to hold your breath from 1 to 3, 4 (etc) minutes, you have a sense of success and curiosity inside you.

-It is a beautiful goal, and so it offers the corresponding benefits that one gets when he has substantial goals in his life.

-Serenity (especially the moment you drop your pulse)!

-You could see the light / stroboscope (meditation - is an important step in education, and indicates increased concentration).

-You feel great/"high", without the side effects (natural production of DMT, beneficial hormones - stimulation of the endocannabinoid system, etc.). This means the famous phrase: Getting high on your own supply!


.... Also many other potential benefits because everything is a chain and one brings the other!




--- Contraindications ---

-If you do weight-lifting for hypertrophy and / or strength and you want to do an ice-bath, then it would be good to do the ice-bath with a difference of 24-48 hours from the gym (or at least 2 hours later), and also not before the gym (otherwise there will be smaller gains on strength and hypertrophy).

-Always practice safely the Wim Hof method, as indicated by Wim Hof himself!





Pictures are taken from the official Wim Hof method site:



Quotes of Wim Hof

-If you can learn how to use your mind, anything is possible.

-We can have power over the body by our mind.

-I do not fear death, I fear not to live fully. I am not into death, I am living.

-I tried to go into the depth of myself and look for answers. I found it in cold water. It brought me back, because cold water really is merciless, but it is righteous. And it brought me into absolutely certainty within myself, within my thoughts […] it united all of the mechanisms within myself. Making me, for example, able to stay in freezing temperatures, all night long, just sitting.

-In the Bhagavad Gita they say, "The mind under control is your best friend, the mind wandering about is your worst enemy." Make it your best friend, to the point where you can rely on it. Your mind makes you strong from within. It is your wise companion. The sacrifices you make will be rewarded. Life doesn't change, but your perception does. It's all about what you focus on. Withdraw from the world's influence and no longer be controlled by your emotions. If you can grab the wheel of your mind, you can steer the direction of where your life will go.

-We are not in balance with nature any more, that is gone... Go back to be in balance with nature… Nature is our teacher.

-Breathe motherf*cker!

-The cold is an absolute doorway to the soul.

-Feeling is Understanding.

-Consciousness can influence our autonomic nervous system.

-Power is within us all. Anything can be overcome by going within. Recognizing that is great, and great for all.

-We are so successful in being comfortable, that comfort is becoming the enemy of success.

-Breathing is the single MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do for your body.

-If you want conviction, dig within yourself. If you want understanding, just do it!

-And what do we have in this world? A whole lot of disease, and a whole lot of powerlessness against disease, against depression, and all that. And why? We lost track of what nature is; within us and within interaction. So in the future we have to take away all of these borders, and this way of thinking, and this [addiction to] too much comfort, and thinking that we are able to control Nature. […] I am trying to astound, every time, showing that the power within every human body, every person in the world, is able to do a whole lot more to become happy by his or her own control. […] I think it’s time. For a world that is able to make such beautiful technology, like iPhones and all that, to learn to guarantee happiness, strength and health [for ourselves].

-"We can do more than what we think." It's a belief system that I have adopted and it has become my motto. There is more than meets the eye and unless you are willing to experience new things, you'll never realize your full potential.

-Do you experience that? Ask yourself, "Have I ever experienced the wonders of life?" Meditate about it. Meditation helps your spirit bloom like a beautiful flower. The experience can be beautiful and great. Poetry is the language of the soul. So listen. "Life is like a dewdrop on a grass leaf. When it slips away, it's gone forever."

-Fear does not go away by itself. You have to confront your fear, mold it, then learn to control it in it's own irrational reality. Every human being has the power to do just that. To go deep within and confront your inner being is a powerful act. Going deep and developing the will power is the only way.

-It is moments like this that one needs to face his fears. The best way to have such a moment is to gradually confront the fear and approach it in a way that is both exciting and inspiring. You have to be decisive and physically prepared to do your best. After

that, little by little, you will see progress.

-A conditioned mind can cause narrowed perception, especially when you only focus on one sense and rarely use the others. Also, it's not about simply using them; it's about forming your entire perception through those other senses. Subsequently, you can begin to see the world in a different light. Tom and I discovered this as we spoke during our progression through the canyon.

-Challenges bring about the true nature within me. It alerts my body and mind, altering my state of being. It makes me feel so alive! It's like I always say, "We can do more than what we think." At those moments when I encounter a challenge, I become extremely aware of the deeper layers of my soul.

-Spirituality actually is the normal very sane state of the mind the way nature meant it to be.

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