Wim Hof Method – Day 10

“If man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts. But if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties” – Francis Bacon

I felt a few doubts today conducting the breathing practice. The breath holding is improving, however, I wonder if the times depend more upon how empty my lungs are versus how “charged” my body is with O2 . . .

After the breathing I decided to take a few deep breaths and hold with full lungs. My time was 10 seconds less than my empty lung best. That said, I also have not been fully emptying my lungs due to the posture that results in fully raising the diaphragm. When you exhale, it feels like you are pushing the air out with your mouth. In reality, the diaphragm is doing the work.

Respiratory system.svg

The diaphragm functions in breathing. During inhalation, the diaphragm contracts and moves in the inferior direction, thus enlarging the volume of the thoracic cavity. This reduces intra-thoracic pressure: In other words, enlarging the cavity creates suction that draws air into the lungs.(1)

Outside of my slight apprehension, the breathing practice and cold shower were great. I will just have to keep practicing and stop second guessing every tiny variable.

Observations:

Breathing Practice Cold Shower
Part 1 – Exhale Part 2 – Inhale

Part 3 – Fire

 

 

Physical

Minor numbness in feet and pain in hips when seated. Cold sensation in ears and tingling fingers at 25 breaths.

Trace closed eye visuals after 30 breaths.

Slight out of body feelings, trace closed eye visuals. Most sensitive around shoulders and armpits.

Started shivering around 5 min.

Vivid colors

 

Mental

Able to focus on exhale/diaphragm and count. Fully focused on breath and count. Fully focused on breath. Calm today. Some aggression. Compassionate upon exiting and drying off.
 

Measurable

 

15 full exhales

30 full inhales

Hold times – 1:25, 1:51, 1:55

 

None

 

4:40

 

Notes

 

None

Questioning how much to empty lungs at point of hold.

 

Music with matching rhythm would be ideal  

None

Practice explained on Day 9 – https://stevedaws.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/wim-hof-method-day-9/

(1) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoracic_diaphragm#Function

 

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