Methods involving natural healing are enjoying a resurgence in popularity, and the Wim Hof method is on the rise in New Zealand, thanks to Jason Suttie – six-time former kickboxing world champion, founder director of Elite Thai Kickboxing and one of only five Wim Hof instructors in the country.
Wim Hof, popularly known as The Iceman, is the Dutch founder of the Wim Hof method known for physiology-altering breathing techniques and his ability to withstand extremely cold temperatures.
He has broken more than 20 world records for his prolonged tolerance in subzero temperatures.
Now, Jason Suttie is bringing Wim Hof to the mainstream in New Zealand by holding workshops that are growing in popularity, with word of his teachings reaching Australia and invitations pouring in.
At first glance, it is hard to believe the power behind Wim Hof’s two methods of healing your body; breathing and cold therapy, but both are now well proven by leading scientific studies.
“Up until studies were done on the Wim Hof method, it was believed that you cannot voluntarily alter the state of your autonomic nervous and innate immune systems. Now research suggests otherwise. Using Wim Hof’s training methods, you can now influence and alter your sympathetic system and immune system,” says Jason.
The study he refers to is published in the US National Library of Medicine and is one of several studies proving the benefits effectiveness of the Wim Hof method. Its findings were groundbreaking.
A more recent study by the Wayne State University’s School of Medicine states there is “compelling evidence that Wim Hof practitioners develop higher level of control over key components of the autonomous system with implications for lifestyle interventions that might ameliorate multiple clinical syndromes.”
In basic terms, the Wim Hof practice helps with healing your body by yourself by using three components: mindset, cold exposure and breathing.
Currently, there are five different studies being carried out on the different and extent of physiological changes produced by the Wim Hof method, across the world including in Australia, Europe and the United States.
With Jason’s workshops attended by people from all walks of life, those interested include elite athletes, martial artists, yoga practitioners, people with various illnesses, people suffering from anxiety and depression and simply people who want to increase the quality of their life by improving their health and wellbeing.
“We have tested the pH level of the body immediately before and after practising the Wim Hof method. The results are immediate and incredible,” says Jason.
“Cold therapy once a week does wonders for the human body. We train for it by controlling our breathing and our physiological response, and training the body gradually to withstand extremely cold temperatures, which has been proven to produce demonstrable health outcomes,” he adds.
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