‘Iceman’, dare-devil and innovative health expert Wim Hof arrived in Sydney to host his incredible ice-bath experience and breathwork sessions exclusively at the Human Kind festival, at Luna Park back in March.

Lisa Hollinshead at HumanKind Sydney

Dutch-born extreme athlete Wim Hof, widely known as The Iceman, hosted a series of experiences sharing his signature method of blending extreme cold with mind-set exercises to alter physiology and improve brain function. Known around the world for his unique health method, Wim Hof has also gained notoriety for his dare-devil activities such as climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in shorts, standing in a container while covered in ice cubes for an hour and 44 minutes, and a Guinness World Record for the fastest half marathon run while barefoot on ice or snow.

Wim Hof’s groundbreaking work in the field of cold exposure and breathing techniques has revolutionized the way we think about health and wellbeing. His incredible feats of endurance and his dedication to spreading his message of health and wellness have inspired thousands of people around the world to take control of their health and live life to the fullest. Wim Hof is truly a pioneer in his field and a true inspiration to us all.

I was very zen (not asleep ha)

I was one of the lucky media guests who was given a preview with the man himself as Wim Hof guided is through an ice bath and breathing session for several minutes before they emerge feeling refreshed and with a clearer mind. Wim Hof’s breathwork sessions and ice bath experiences are out of this world and I feel so incredibly lucky to have met him.

I was incredibly humbled to be able to experience the Wim Hof Method® with the man himself, estimated to be used by about a billion people around the world.

Wim Hof, also known as “The Iceman,” is a Dutch extreme athlete and pioneer in the field of cold exposure and breathing techniques. He is widely recognized for his incredible ability to withstand extreme cold temperatures and his groundbreaking methods for controlling the body’s response to stress and inflammation.

Born in Sittard, Netherlands, in 1959, Wim Hof grew up with a passion for outdoor sports and adventure. In his early twenties, he discovered his natural ability to withstand cold temperatures and began experimenting with cold exposure. Over the years, he developed a unique method of combining cold exposure with specific breathing techniques to achieve extraordinary results.

The Wim Hof Method is a combination of breathing exercises, cold exposure, and meditation techniques designed to help individuals control their immune response, reduce inflammation, and improve overall health and wellbeing. The method has gained a significant following in recent years, with thousands of people around the world adopting Hof’s teachings.

Hof’s method is based on the idea that by exposing the body to extreme cold and using specific breathing techniques, individuals can activate their sympathetic nervous system and control their immune response. This, in turn, can lead to a host of health benefits, including reduced inflammation, improved circulation, and increased energy levels.

Hof’s methods have been studied extensively by scientists and researchers, and his results have been nothing short of remarkable. In one study conducted by Radboud University, researchers found that individuals who underwent Hof’s training showed a significant increase in the number of white blood cells in their body, which are essential for fighting infections and diseases.

Hof has written several books on his methods, including “The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential”.

Despite his many accomplishments, Hof remains humble and committed to spreading his message of health and wellness to as many people as possible. He continues to travel the world, teaching his methods and inspiring individuals to take control of their health and wellbeing through cold exposure, breathing techniques, and meditation.

What is cold therapy?

Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is a form of treatment that involves exposing the body to cold temperatures for therapeutic purposes. The goal of cold therapy is to reduce inflammation, swelling, pain, and muscle soreness.

There are different ways to administer cold therapy, including ice packs, ice baths, cold showers, and localized cryotherapy. Ice packs are commonly used to reduce pain and swelling after an injury or surgery.

Ice baths involve submerging the body in cold water for a short period, typically a few minutes, to promote circulation and reduce inflammation. Localized cryotherapy involves applying a device that emits cold air or nitrogen to a specific area of the body, typically for a few minutes. My personal fave is the sauna – cold plunge method, which I’ve written about previously here.

Cold Plunge

Rimba Sweat Neutral Bay


Sauna – Rumba Sweat

Cold therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years, with the rise of cryotherapy centers and the development of at-home cryotherapy devices. Advocates of cold therapy claim that it can improve athletic performance, boost metabolism, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve skin health, among other benefits. However, some of these claims are not supported by scientific evidence, and there may be potential risks associated with cold therapy, such as frostbite, nerve damage, and hypothermia. It is always important to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new form of treatment.

Founded by John Winning, Human Kind is an immersive summit featuring transformative experiences, keynote addresses, comedy, music, art installations, pitch competitions, wellness sessions and more from over 50 world-class industry leaders, artists and changemakers. The inaugural event will be held March 16-18 at Luna Park in Sydney. Human Kind is a not-for-profit event, with profits going to a different Australian charity every year the event is run.

About The Author

Lisa Hollinshead
Editor & Director

Boss lady over here at Social 101. Lover of all things that inspire creativity, individuality and happiness! Former party gal, now mama to a beautiful baby boy!

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