Penn Valley, CA, USA
I am 40 years old, and was born and raised in Arizona. From childhood through adult-life, I have had many injuries and, as a result, many surgeries; which eventually lead me to explore alternative healing modalities. When I was 21, I met a grandmaster in experiential Tai Chi and Kung Fu. I can still remember the day when I first became aware of my Chi, or energy, and had a powerful paradigm shift. I learned to channel my energy to the parts of my body where I was experiencing the most pain, and literally felt it alleviating as I practiced this flow of energetic healing.
After having much success with this, my next step was to help others in pain. I got certified as a Reiki 2 practitioner, and then became a licensed massage therapist. Eight hours of my day was spent helping others in pain, and this really showed me how we as humans store our “issues in our tissues”.
A few years ago, I started feeling a different kind of pain – this pain was in my mind, not in my body. I was experiencing severe anxiety and depression. To cope, I turned to food and alcohol; as a result, I gained a bunch of weight, and my family became very worried about me. In 2018, my incredible brother basically gave me a Wim Hof intervention. He brought me to a friend’s house who is a WHM instructor and had me do the breathing exercises and cold exposure. Again, another paradigm shift, and I could not believe how amazing I felt! I began practicing the method every day; and, for the first time in years, the pain in my mind dissipated. I became happier, healthier, stronger, and more in the present moment. I became a better father to my son, and I started thinking about how I want to be in order to show him how I live a happy, healthy, life.
I started the instructors course November 2018. During this journey to become an instructor, I noticed the circulation in my legs had drastically improved. After several surgeries in my life, this was a huge bonus! I had also been on three different allergy medications the prior Spring, and when the next allergy season rolled around, I was able to go off of all the medication after practicing the method for almost a year. I was going deeper and deeper into the subconscious, uncovering layers and releasing trauma faster than anything else I had ever experienced. I can truly say the Wim Hof Method is the most powerful tool I have ever found for optimizing my mind, body, and spirit. I am extremely grateful to be able to share this method with you!