More You Know: Cold Feet and Cold Showers

coldfeetWhile I haven’t had any scientific and medical evidence, I believe my feet and hands have poor circulation. You tend to think of poor circulation belong to elderly people and even I’m getting more white hairs, I’m not a senior citizen by any means although sometimes I feel it. My feet can get cold when it’s 70 degrees inside the apartment. This is not normal. I now have a heater underneath my desk to warm up my feet when in the winter and sometimes when it is cold inside. I’m not one to turn on the heat during the winter and only when I can’t stop sweating do I turn on the air conditioner in the summer. While this isn’t a post about my feet and hands, one of my massage therapists recommended I look up Wim Hof. He’s a Dutchman who likes the cold whether submerging his body in ice cubes, climbing Mt. Everest in shorts, and controlling his breathe. He brought it up because I spoke about watching this video of a Swedish woman who takes an ice bath, outside, every morning before work. If you ask me, that’s a lot of dedication and for a lazy American, not for me. Let alone, I have no ambition to get in freezing water, sit there as if it’s comfortable, and then get out and make yourself a nice hot cup of coffee or tea. But it does show that over time things become routine for people and bodies can adapt. Over time hot water feels warmer and cold water isn’t so shocking although I have a ways to go. After I took the bulk of my shower, I tried to stand under cold water with my shoulders down and relaxed. I couldn’t fully have the cold water hit my back because yes, it was cold, but I did put most of my body under it as well as my head. It became harder to breath, but this is part of the challenge: not fighting against it, relaxing your body, and controlling your breath. It’s sort of a shock to the system, resetting it if you will, and while I’m not going to devote my life to this type of thing, it did make me think again of how powerful a mind can be. I wish I had all the money in the world to experience all kinds of therapeutic techniques, but I don’t so I do what you can. I’m not one of those extreme people who do something to the point of addiction (okay some things), but I’m also aware of pushing yourself beyond your comfort zones a little bit. Am I going to wear something on my hands in the cold? Hell yes, I am. I don’t want frostbite. I’ve seen what it does to a hand. Purple and black fingers anyone? Do I wish I could hold my breath longer underwater? Yes because my lung capacity is not that good. So on that note, I’m open to new things within reason. Maybe this is something you want to try? Maybe not? I’m going to try it and see what happens. Is it going to get rid of my arthritis? No, it’s not going to get rid of my pain and inflammation. I’ve submerged my hands before in ice water and while it numbed my fingers, they still looked ugly. But, if nothing else this breathing technique and standing under cold water will allow me to challenge myself in ways I haven’t done before. I included a few videos of Wim Hof and he also published in a book in 2011 called Becoming the Iceman. With everything, there are naysayers and critics. I can’t really say whether it is not my cup of tea because I haven’t given it the good old try. If you do or have already done this, let me know what you think.


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