1) Get comfortable and close your eyes
2) Warm Up
3) 30 Power Breaths
4) Scan your body
5) The Hold
6) Recovery Breath
Interview with Wim
Autonomic nervous system and concentration techniques
Typically, the autonomic nervous system, and independently regulated by the unconscious body. The autonomic nervous system controls functions such as breathing, internal organs, digestive system, the widening and narrowing of the blood vessels and affects the heart. In current medical thinking would not affect the autonomic nervous system can be exercised.
However, it appears from several studies that certain concentration / meditation techniques can independently exercise (Phongsuphap, Pongsupap, Chandanamattha & Lursinsap, 2008; Wu & Lo, 2008, Paul-Labrador et al, 2006), autonomic activity indeed. Mindfulness -based stress reduction has for example, led to a reduction in sympathetic nervous system activity in fibromyalgia patients (Lush, Salmon, Floyd, Studts, Weiss Becker & Sephton, 2009). Also, evidence is found that Wim Hof through his technique autonomic nervous system can affect (Pickers et al, 2011). By researchers at Radboud University examined the influence of the concentration technique Wim Hof was the activity of his autonomic nervous system and the (innate) immune system.During this experiment, parts of the E-coli bacteria were injected with Wim Hof and 200 other subjects. Administration of this matter, the body thinks it is being attacked. Normally, this provides an overreaction by the immune system, which for several hours resulting in flu symptoms (headache, fever and muscle aches). However Court had only a mild headache at the moment that the griepssympomen normally the strongest. The results showed that further Court only the half of the number of inflammatory proteins produced than the average of the other subjects who received this bacterium is administered.Lead researcher Pickers Court stated that through the concentration-controlled technology could generate a response against the administered bacteria. There arose a so-called "fight or flight response ', which ensures that the body is more the" stress hormone "(cortisol) was creating. This increase led to a reduction of the immune response, enabling the ignition protein (cytokine) that cause the flu symptoms for a large portion were suppressed.
Also from this study seems to be the autonomic nervous system. Impressionable The difference between this study and other studies (Lush et al, 2009; Phongsuphap, Pongsupap, Chandanamattha & Lursinsap, 2008; Wu & Lo, 2008, Paul-Labrador et al 2006) on the impact of concentration / meditation on the automatic nervous system, is that the body has not been put into relaxation but a "fight or flight" response was elicited. Meditation / concentration techniques are commonly seen on the same line as reducing stress and cortisol levels (Lush. et al, 2009; Carlson, Speca, Faris & Patel, 2007). You bring the body to relax, reducing the amount of the "stress hormone cortisol in the body is reduced. The technique of Wim Hof is also different than that of other meditation / concentration techniques. The technique of Court, not as a primary goal to be the body in a relaxed state, but to bring. In the active state Wim Hof has therefore a strong mind-set and used (trained) concentration to achieve certain goals in the above case the influence of the autonomic nervous system. This excited some chemical reactions that are conducive to his physical condition. The next page will elaborate on the last component of the WHM, gradual exposure to cold.
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