The Iceman

All over the world contemporary science and eastern introspective practices have joined forces to explore fields of the mind and body previously out of reach. Examining how the effects of meditation, deep breathing, yoga and mindfulness can enhance our cognition, change our physiology, rewire the brain and transform our perspective of reality. 

With the growth of new sciences like neuroplasticity & epigenetics, we are looking further into the mind, consciousness and perception than ever before. Discovering that what we think, how we feel and what we do can impact our genetics, health and our reality.

Meditation, energy therapies, chanting and other introspective ideologies spout that by thought and intention you can directly impact your body and your reality. What was once quasi-psycho spiritualist mumbo jumbo or new-age science is now put under the microscope, and those fanciful ideas are fast becoming a reality.

Just like when we thought the world was flat and we were the centre of the universe, we now are learning that the power of intention can be more mighty than homogenised medical practices in pain management, mental wellbeing and cell renewal. The next great leap for humanity will be bigger than the moon, as we learn how to impact the world inside and outside of us through our thoughts and our actions. 

Now There Is Proof

The Wim Hof Method

The most intriguing and possibly the most studied athlete on the planet to date is Wim Hof – AKA The Iceman. This Danish daredevil born on April 20th 1959, has single-handedly changed our perceived knowledge and scientific understanding of how breath and meditation can significantly alter body chemistry. 

Wim has crushed over 20 world records including; the most extended submersion in freezing water; then he has climbed Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro in a pair of shorts multiple times, run a marathon in the Namibian Dessert without drinking any water or eating any food, and of course, there is the E.coli experiment. As if this wasn’t enough, Wim has also completed a full marathon (42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi), above the arctic circle in Finland, in temperatures close to −20 °C (−4 °F) in a pair of shorts. He had gone on to baffle science and rewrite history when he and 12 students had E.coli injected into them at the Radboud University Hospital, Netherlands. 

He and a team of 12 students trained by Wim in his breathing practice were able to actively suppress parts of their autonomic nervous system and control their reaction to an incredible toxic bacterium. This active and deliberate intervention using the breath and the mind to consciously modify their chemistry was meant to be impossible – until Wim proved otherwise.

Wim can consciously modify his autonomic systems and can actively control the release of chemicals and hormones in his body by using his mind and his breath. His technique which is now accessible worldwide includes the exposure to extreme temperatures, controlled hyperventilation coupled with concentrated breathing patterns and breath holding and some good old fashion will and determination.

Exploring the depth of his unknown abilities began as a spontaneous urge to jump into freezing water in his homeland in the Netherlands when he was just 19. Wim says “nature is your teacher’” and believes that “hard nature” is the key to unlocking the hidden potential we all have to change our physiology, biochemistry and our endurance

This article is used as a general guide to better health and wellbeing. It is not intended to replace medical advice. If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or poor health we strongly advise you seek medical attention. Horatio’s jar does not uphold the beliefs, ideas, and commentaries represented in the attached media or any resources  sourced outside of our production studio.

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