This book is not intended as a substitute for the medical recommendations of physicians, mental health professionals, or other health care providers. Rather, it is intended to offer information to help the reader cooperate with physicians, mental health professionals, and health care providers in a mutual quest for optimal well-being.
Do not practice the method during pregnancy or if you are epileptic. People with cardiovascular, respiratory, or any other health conditions should always consult a medical professional before starting the Wim Hof Method®.
The cold is a powerful force, and extreme cold can be a shock to your body. We strongly advise to start slowly and gradually build up exposure. If not practiced responsibly, there is risk of hypothermia. The breathing exercises in this book can likewise have strong physiological effects and must be practiced as instructed. Always perform them in a safe environment, sitting or lying down. Never practice the Wim Hof Method breathing exercises before or during diving, driving, swimming, taking a bath, or in any other circumstance where loss of consciousness could result in bodily harm. Wim Hof Method breathing may cause tingling sensations, a ringing in the ears, and/or light-headedness. These are normal responses and are no cause for alarm. If you faint, however, you have gone too far and should take it more slowly next time.
It is not necessary to take the method to extremes to receive its benefits. Listen to the signals from your body and never force any of the practices of the Wim Hof Method.
Neither the author nor Sounds True makes any representations, warranties, or covenants as to fitness or suitability of the Wim Hof Method for any particular purpose or personal situation.