I’ve been taking cold showers for about 15 years now.
I can’t remember where exactly I first read about the benefits, but I do remember thinking that I would absolutely die the first time I tried it.
I’ve never used a guide or any scientific methodology for my shower routine but I trusted the way it made me FEEL and I went a little longer than 10 seconds every day.
Then, for a few weeks now, I’ve been wanting to learn something new to add to my meditation practice. I honestly felt drawn to include something physical. Yoga? Some martial arts? That’s how I came across The Wim Hof Method. It turns out Wim is the boss of all things cold water and exactly the answer to my prayer.
“When you go into cold water, you learn to breathe deeply—automatically and naturally. Your blood vessels constrict, giving your vascular system a complete workout. This is the flow of life force itself, and you can learn to regulate it. ” ~ Wim Hof
Aha! I signed up for a course with him right away. Over the next couple of weeks, I know I’m going to want to cry as I’m asked to go colder and deeper. I mean, this is the dude who climbed Kilimanjaro in shorts & swims under icebergs!
That said, I’m excited to learn about:
- the potential of the breath to alkalise the blood
- how to boost our oxygen intake
- using cold water to release chemicals in the brain to benefit the body
So, now that you’ve got the lowdown, are you keen to join me for that cold shower sometime? If not, are you going to listen to that little voice of your own, giving you direction about your own journey of self-care, self-mastery and learning?
I think you will…
For more info about The Wim Hof Method