Find below a selection of the most popular FAQ’s we get asked.
Ice baths are experiencing a surge in popularity due to the growing body of scientific evidence supporting their positive benefits. What was once considered a niche practice has now piqued the curiosity of a wider audience. The increasing number of podcasts discussing ice baths has contributed to its broader recognition.
However, the primary catalyst for interest has been Wim Hof, a global icon, featured on TV shows worldwide and speaking at major festivals. With a Hollywood movie depicting his life story on the horizon, the practices Wim Hof has been championing for four decades are finally scientifically validated for their remarkable advantages.
While the Thai culture traditionally avoids cold experiences, we have noticed a remarkable shift in attitudes towards ice baths. The growing scientific evidence validating its benefits has sparked curiosity among more Thais. Additionally, the trend has been further popularised by numerous celebrities and high-profile individuals showcasing their ice bath experiences on social media, capturing the interest of Thai audiences.
Over the past four years, our journey with the Wim Hof Method has witnessed a transformative wave. Initially, the concept was relatively unknown to Thais, but as we conducted workshops, the interest steadily surged. Having successfully trained over 2000 individuals in Thailand, we are delighted to see more and more Thais embracing ice baths and exploring the profound benefits of the Wim Hof Method.
We have also trained several high-profile Thai celebrities.
Ice baths are suitable for individuals in good health. Athletes and sports enthusiasts, including MMA fighters, Muay Thai practitioners, and marathon runners, benefit from ice baths as they aid in post-exercise recovery, enabling increased training volume and frequency.
However, if the goal is to enhance strength or hypertrophy, waiting 4-6 hours after resistance training before taking an ice bath is essential. Studies suggest that cold exposure might interfere with the adaptation to resistance training, potentially limiting muscle growth and strength gains.
Business executives and those interested in longevity also embrace ice baths to manage stress levels, reset and improve wellbeing.
Conditions like uncontrolled high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, panic attacks, or pregnancy contraindicate ice baths. As with any new fitness regimen, consulting a doctor before attempting an ice bath is crucial, especially if there are health concerns.
Safety always comes first. We can’t stress that enough.
We offer ice baths as part of our Wim Hof Method workshops. The Wim Hof Method encompasses cold exposure, specialised breathwork, and mindset training.
By combining these three components, we achieve a synergistic effect, amplifying both the physical and mental benefits. As Thailand’s only certified Wim Hof Method instructors, we provide participants with not only an ice bath but also a powerful transformative breathwork session and critical mindset training.
Cryotherapy and regular ice baths share common benefits like inflammation reduction and immune system enhancement. Cryotherapy offers convenience as it doesn’t involve getting wet and is easily accessible at local cryo centres. However, the cost may deter regular use for many individuals.
Ice baths provide a stronger cold shock response, which elicits various benefits. Although cryo is generally physically and mentally easier, it may offer a different intensity than ice baths, and depending on your goal, you will prefer one over the other. We recommend trying both and choosing what works best for you.
In the Wim Hof Method, we focus on cold water immersion, using ice baths or natural cold water instead of cryotherapy.
Some benefits of ice baths include reduced inflammation, improved muscle recovery, enhanced immune function, increased circulation, and increased dopamine levels by over 250%. Cold exposure through ice baths can also boost mood and provide a sense of invigoration and resilience.
Some risks of ice baths include potential hypothermia, skin injuries, breathing difficulties, passing out, panic attacks, migraines, tension headaches, and dizziness. Cold shock can cause a surge in adrenaline, dropping blood sugar and potentially.