Frequently Asked Questions

  • Click on the video below. Wim will give you his answer to this question

  • Click on the video below to hear Wim give you his answer to this question. In addition, we suggest you limit your practice to the breathing exercises when feeling ill, and skip the cold therapy parts, as these tend to compound the existing stress on the body. Get well soon!

  • The Wim Hof Method can be practiced by every healthy individual. If you are dealing with a serious medical condition, we advise to counsel a healthcare professional before attempting any of the WHM techniques.

    We advise against practicing the WHM if you are dealing with any of the following:

    •    Epilepsy
    •    High blood pressure (in case of prescription medication)
    •    Coronary heart disease (e.g. Angina Pectoris; Stable Angina)
    •    A history of serious health issues like heart failure or stroke

    If you suffer from migraines, we urge you to be cautious about taking ice baths.

  • The effects of the WHM techniques differ from person to person. Everybody’s experience is slightly different, and is partially determined by your goals and expectations. A professional tennis player for example, will likely seek improved athletic performance, whereas someone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis will sooner see benefit from lower inflammatory markers.

    Reported general benefits of the Method include: increased energy, improved sleep, reduced stress and anxiety, heightened focus, accelerated recovery, and a general improvement in quality of life.

    The potential benefits are numerous and diverse. Ultimately, the only way to find out what the Method does for you is to try it for yourself!


  • The breathing techniques can cause lightheadedness and even loss of consciousness. Children often have not matured to the point where they can adequately assess these risks. Moreover, their brains are also physically still developing.

    Thus, we advise that children under the age of 16 are supervised by a parent or legal guardian. Please be careful with regard to cold exposure, and build this up gradually.

  • Start your day right and do them in the morning. Jump-starting your body right from the get-go will help you spend the day both energized and relaxed. For best results, do the exercises on an empty stomach. Click on the video below to hear Wim give you his answer to this question.

  • If you are pregnant, we advise against practicing the Method. We do not know if the increased adrenaline levels associated with the WHM techniques adversely affect the health of the baby. This is of course a tremendously delicate matter, and we want to be as careful as possible.

    When the baby is born, you are safe to resume practicing the Method.

  • The average daily investment is 20 minutes to start your day. During the day focus on deeper more conscious breathing. Once you have unlocked how to do the Wim Hof Method, you can access it indefinitely, and move through the stages at your own pace. The Wim Hof Method does not finish after our courses. The method should be implemented in your life daily to reap the full benefits. 

  • In order to become a certified WHM Instructor you must successfully complete the Wim Hof Academy. All the application requirements and course details can be found on our Academy page.

  • Although Wim would like nothing more than to personally engage with each and every one of you, he has become so popular as to make this unfeasible. The good folk at can answer just about every question you may have, and will relay your message to Wim when merited.

    If you want to send a physical letter or package, you can send it to the Hoffice at Willem de Zwijgerlaan 350, 1055 RD Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

  • We do not provide invoices for our products, but you can download a PDF of your proof of purchase under 'Purchase History' in your user account.

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Frequently Asked Questions