There I was, shivering in my bikini. I couldn’t believe what I just had accomplished.
Working at Treehouse Coworking, I’ve been given the opportunity to be a part of a unique community, a community that focuses on health, wellness, and sustainability. At Treehouse, we host events based around these values frequently. Even though COVID has slowed things down a bit, we are striving to maintain our focus on what is important. We are constantly adapting to regulations and mandates, working to continue providing services that could uplift our community during this unpredictable time.
We recently hosted a Wim Hof Method workshop at Treehouse. This workshop was an introduction to the mental and physical techniques developed by Wim Hoff aka “The IceMan”, instructed by advanced Wim Hof instructor and Kailua resident, Cody Krcha.
I would have to say, this was definitely one of the most eye opening experiences I’ve ever had, and one that I continue to share.
I went into this workshop with little to no knowledge about the Wim Hof method or who this guy was. What caught my attention was that even though it was going to be a group workshop, I’d still get to have an inner experience with myself as well. Being a part of a group motivates me during any task, because there's something that comforts me about knowing that you have the support of those around you, and that you're all in this together. Plus, I got to meet some new, cool people!
First, we started with a quick introduction of why we were here. Some attendees were pretty experienced with the techniques, wanting to improve, some were looking to improve mental health, and others were looking for physical health benefits.
Diving into the experience, we first used a type of meditation and breathing technique that brought our minds to a peaceful yet energetic state. Sounds confusing right? How can you feel both? Most people would say that they had feelings of euphoria, or a tingling sensation. I definitely felt the tingling sensation during the process. However, after the meditation, I was having a feeling as if I had just woken up feeling refreshed and was ready for a brand new day!
Next, it came time to put the breathing and mind-over-body training to work… which included an ice bath! Here we continued to use a breathing technique to help us get through the freezing cold waters while wearing nothing but a bathing suit. This being my first time in an ice bath, I was hesitant to be one of the first to go in the tub. I was afraid that I would make a fool out of myself in front of everyone if I wasn’t able to last long enough.
When It was my turn to get in, I shocked myself. I thought I’d be hesitant, but I was so excited to try something new that I jumped right in! I'm not going to lie, at first there was a shock and it took some getting used to, but having everyone there to support and guide me through it made it a whole lot easier. Coming out of the ice bath was probably worse than being in it. I was excited, and all over the place! I needed to get my blood circulating, which resulted in me feeling colder. I wanted to be back in that tub, back in that calm, focused state of mind. However, I enjoyed what it offered me afterwards, which was the feeling of being refreshed and ready for what my day had in store. I never thought I would find comfort in cold water, but knowing how refreshed and lively I felt after, it definitely gave me a new appreciation towards it!
After going through the process and now realizing how powerful our breath is, I dove into my own research about Wim Hof's methods and found out how beneficial his methods really are. I found that the power of the Wim Hof Method is the combination of the three pillars. (what are the 3 pillars?) A committed, consistent practice including breathing techniques and cold exposure can help you unlock a host of benefits including:
Reduced stress levels
Heightened focus & determination
Stronger immune system
As I kept digging into finding more about Wim Hof, I found that I wasn't the only one that was curious about his method. I noticed that he found himself being put up to the test by many. "The Iceman" is capable of what was long term viewed as scientifically impossible. It wasn't until the first Radboud University study in 2011 that things really kicked off. If you're wanting to do your own research and learn more about Wim Hof and his method click on the link below.
Overall, I was insanely impressed by the knowledge that I had gained by coming to this workshop. I am so grateful for being able to be a part of a workspace that provides these types of experiences, and keeps this type of energy around all the time! There's obviously a lot more I have to learn and master with the basic techniques but I'm looking forward to more training and similar types of workshops!