Wim Hof

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He’s been called the Iceman. He’s set world records running barefoot in the snow, being immersed in ice, and swimming almost 58 metres under ice. He’s climbed mountains wearing no boots. But above all, Wim Hof has become internationally famous for his eponymous Method, a set of techniques that he asserts can increase energy, improve relaxation, boost the body’s immune system and confer a range of health and well-being benefits. Together, he believes, they can help us reclaim our inner power as human beings and create a more resilient world. It’s all about triggering our age-old survival mechanisms and re connecting with nature.

About the podcast episode

Putting mind over matter

“I’m sharing great joy and power. I call it love”

Wim Hof has become internationally famous for his eponymous Method, a set of techniques that he asserts can increase energy; improve relaxation, and boost the body’s immune system. It’s all about getting into icy water – and breathing deeply.

In this episode of Health To Wealth you’ll hear about the circumstances that compelled Wim to jump into that water in the first place. You’ll also discover how Wim’s method helped him heal from trauma and bereavement.


References to suicide. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123.

In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries can be found here.

The breathing exercises can have strong physiological effects, and must be practised as instructed. Always perform them in a safe environment, sitting or lying down. Never practise the exercises before or during diving, driving, swimming, taking a bath, or in any other circumstance where loss of consciousness could result in bodily harm. Wim Hof breathing may cause tingling sensations, a ringing in the ears, and/or lightheadedness. These are normal responses and are no cause for alarm. If you faint, however, you have one too far, and should take it more slowly next time.

The cold is a powerful force, and extreme cold can be a shock to your body. We strongly advise to start slow and gradually build up exposure. Always train without forcing anything, and listen to the signals from your body. If not practised responsibly, there is risk of hypothermia.

Do not practise the method during pregnancy, or if you are epileptic. People with cardiovascular issues, or any other serious health conditions, should always consult a medical professional before starting the Wim Hof Method.

‘Are you interested in learning the Wim Hof Method? Visit for workshops, online courses and more, or download the Wim Hof Method app for free in the Google or Apple store.’

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