Everything you need to know about the Wim Hof Method
By Laura Hett

We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Nigel Beach. A Mount Maunganui based physiotherapist and certified Wim Hof Method instructor. 

Taylored Health Hub is hosting Nigel for a breathwork workshop. Join us for Wim Hof Method Fundamentals of Health and Performance Workshop on Saturday the 10th of July.

Nigel has gained fame for his cold therapy related workshops and events, alongside his groundbreaking work with some of the country’s top CEOs and athletes, including the Wallabies rugby team, NRL’s West Tigers and even the All Blacks. He explains that our “controlling of environmental conditions — via air conditioners, heat pumps, artificial lighting and an abundance of food — has conditioned us,” bringing about an unnatural lack of resilience when we are forced out of our comfort zones. 

Nigel breaks down what the Wim Hof method is and what benefits you can expect from it.

What is the Wim Hof Method?

The Wim Hof Method is a four part process of learning breathwork, developing resistance to “controlled discomfort” and focusing on mental discipline. And yes, the ‘controlled discomfort’ bit involves sitting in freezing water! The technique can be exceedingly powerful, but it needs to be done right.

Cold immersion isn’t a new concept but it’s definitely been popularised in recent years by Wim Hof’s own impressive efforts combined with more weekend warriors giving it a go.

The theory goes that we can become stronger and more resilient by exposing our minds and bodies to small levels of stress. Basically, if we’re capable of sitting in an unbearably uncomfortable, tank of frozen hell for 15 minutes, then really, we’re capable of anything.

The method was created by Wim Hof, a renowned Dutch extreme athlete, and pioneer of cold therapy. He acquired the nickname ‘Iceman’ after his breathtaking feats withstanding extremely cold temperatures blew the minds of wellness aficionados everywhere. Feats which he attributes to his ‘Wim Hof Method’, a combination of meditation, regular cold exposure and breathing techniques. He asserts that this trio of training tactics, when harmonised in the correct way, can allow us to rewire our autonomic nervous system. He even goes as far as to say that we are capable of consciously controlling our immune systems in order to fight off diseases. 

Benefits of the Wim Hof Method

  • More energy
  • Boosted immune function
  • Improved mental health
  • Better sleep
  • Reducing chronic pain
  • Improved sports performance

Nigel recommends starting slow, so why not try a cold shower tomorrow? Have a normal warm shower then for one minute, before you get out, switch to completely cold and STAY under the water.

Join Nigel Beach and the Taylored team on Saturday July the 10th. All Taylored Hub members get an exclusive discount so reach out to us to grab the discount code.

Reserve your ticket here.

 

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