Breathe + Chill
Breathwork and cold exposure are two powerful tools used to promote physical and mental healing, help reduce stress, improve focus, and boost energy levels.
Breathwork is the practice of consciously controlling one's breath to achieve a relaxed, meditative state. Deep breathing encourages proper oxygen exchange in the lungs, increases circulation, reduces muscular tension and allows for deeper relaxation.
Breathing can also be used as a form of mindfulness meditation; by focusing on your breath you can stay in the present moment and become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. Like meditation, it helps you better manage your emotions and work through difficult situations more effectively.
This is a great guided breathing session to get you started!
Cold exposure works by stimulating our bodies' own natural healing process. Low doses of stress (in this case cold water) cause beneficial adaptations that generally promote good overall health and are a great way to train your nervous system.
When you expose yourself to cold temperatures endorphins are released which create a positive sense of well being. Cold showers or baths can help reduce inflammation, improve circulation, reduce fatigue and boost the immune system’s response.
Cold exposure also enhances the metabolism which can lead to increased fat loss over time. It has also been linked to improved sleep quality, which is essential for many aspects of both physical and mental health.
Taking part in regular sessions of breathwork combined with occasional bouts of cold exposure may be an effective way to experience all these positive effects whilst promoting overall wellbeing both physically and mentally.
We have made it a part of our regular routines and can't express the positive benefits enough. What are you waiting for? Give it a try!
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One of my favorite things about ice bathing is the feeling it gives you. It's a feeling of empowerment. In a society by large part that is conditioned to take a victim mentality when it comes to health ice bathing is the opposite. It is a practice of massive health benefits and also one where your taking your health into your own hands. When you step into an ice bath you gain a sense of control, empowerment and power. It is impossible to feel powerful and pitiful at the same time. This one practice can have a ripple effect on all other areas of your life and can’t recommend it enough.
-Jesse Moreng, Founder & Owner of Optimyze / Mind, Body, Breath