I found this overview of Wim Hof's breathing technique the other day, and it did strike as like EE. Perhaps others can chime in with their thoughts as i haven't really looked that much into it. In the full post linked the writer goes into detail about cold therapy and some scientific studies:
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And what is the Wim Hof method?
From what I have read (and I could be wrong here – happy to be corrected), the Wim Hof method involves 3 pillars:
The first pillar is a breathing exercise which has been likened to controlled hyperventilation. You sit in a comfortable position insuring that you can expand your lungs without any impediments. Many folks do the exercise immediately after waking up as the stomach is basically empty.
Then you warm up by inhaling deeply. Really deeply. Drawing in breath until you feel a slight pressure inside your chest. This breath is to be held for a moment and then exhaled completely. Once all out, you should hold for a moment before repeating the process. This warm up should be repeated 15 times.
Next, you should close your eyes and do 30 power breaths. This is the “controlled hyperventilation” part, and it involves inhaling through your nose and exhaling through the mouth in short but powerful bursts. Like you are blowing up a balloon. It is recommended that you keep a steady pace and use your midriff fully.
During these 30 power breaths, you should be very mindful of your body. Try to be aware of all aspects of your body and imagine all negativity melting away.
After these power breath, draw in a slow breath – fill your lungs to their maximum capacity. Then exhale completely and hold for as long as you can, before once more inhaling. Set aside at least 5 minutes after each session to relax your body.
This breathing technique can be done daily. If at any point you feel dizziness or experience pain, stop the session, lie on your back, and breathe normally again.