Does learning to breath in a certain way offer us a solution to health issues?
Meditation has been a feature of some religions for centuries.
The incredible Dutchman, Wim Hof, left. The Master of breathing techniques.
Medical science is generally sceptical and rarely gives positivity to the benefits of these techniques due to the lack of funding that is necessary to carry out large scale group studies.
Another reason is the difficulty for the study to collect continuous data over a period of time as the participants loose interest and might give false data.
Free divers dive to unbelievable depths, the biomechanics involved in achieving their amazing attainments are unclear, even when the competitors have compromised lung function they are capable of greatness.
Recently a Dutch athlete called Wim Hof has come to the forefront of what is possible by learning and teaching specialised breathing techniques that changes his body in a way that enables him to maintain a normal body temperature when pushed to extremes of hot and cold.
He maintained his core body temperature while sitting in an ice bath for nearly two hours.
He climbed Everest in only a pair of shorts, yes it is amazing but true. He has run extreme marathons without water!
Mainstream practitioners might be sceptical but if benefits of such techniques are helpful they are definitely worth a look.
I recently had a terrible cold with the symptoms coming on during the afternoon, I went straight to bed when I arrived home, my sinus membranes were sore and painful, my head ached and I couldn't sleep. I decided during the middle of the night, because I couldn't sleep that I would try the Wim Hof breathing technique, after a couple of minutes my sinus membranes began to pop and become less sore. I spent time massaging the areas around my nose and head and vigorously carried on with the "Wim Hof breathing method". After a while I felt much relief. I managed to get a couple of hours of sleep and by the morning I was well enough to go to work and felt perfectly fine.
I personally believe that the positivity of these methods and wanting the process to work can be a powerful and potential remedy that can help us hand in hand with short term medical intervention.