Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. With this week being International Stress Awareness Week, we were reminded of Friend of FINDRA, Emma Estrela Corrie who, in June, told us about how learning a new mantra and immersing herself in the world helped her learn how to relax differently.
Friend of FINDRA: Emma Estrela Corrie
“I absolutely love the outdoors and I’m really grateful to be living in the Lake District. Generally, my days here are hiking, biking and chasing waterfalls.”
When we chatted with Emma back in June, she told us about her discovery of the Wim Hof Method after she experienced ‘burnout’. The method involves three “pillars”: cold therapy, breathing and meditation. It has similarities to Tibetan Tummo meditation and pranayama, both of which employ breathing techniques.
Emma used this method to help regulate stress ahead of her adventure to walk The Camino De Santiago, where she put this new approach into practice.
“I didn’t want to put off living anymore and I felt intuitively that the Camino would help me process the Wim Hof Method (WHM) Winter Travel experience I just been on weeks before. The breathwork involved with the WHM was a welcome release of suppressed hormones and I felt lighter and better after each breathwork session. The Camino allowed the pieces to settle in a new way of self-trust.”
Upon returning to Cumbria, she signed up for a marathon and ultra-marathon.
“I made my training about aligning myself with nature’s rhythms. It was about investing in myself, stepping outside the conditioned mind, cultivating self-understanding and honing a positive mindset. Part of my investigation was to pioneer new ways of feeling relaxed and feeling abundantly connected to my body and to nature.”
Discovering the Wim Hof Method allowed Emma to connect with her true self, find inner peace and harness the power of her own inner fire. She is now only female Level 2 instructor in the UK.
Read Emma’s original blog here.
The Wim Hof Method
The Wim Hof Method helps regulate stress using three pillars: cold therapy, breathing and commitment/meditation. We’ve previously told you about the benefits of cold water swimming, and the theory is the same here.
“Proper exposure to the cold starts a cascade of health benefits, including the buildup of brown adipose tissue and resultant fat loss, reduced inflammation that facilitates a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins”.
Emma herself told us that “The cold brings you back to the present moment”. Part of this also comes down to focussing on your breathing, which is the second pillar of WHM. To master both of these things, you need the third pillar – commitment. All together, the WHM claims benefits such as reduced stress levels, faster recovery, enhanced creativity, a stronger immune system and better sleep.
The WHM is named after the man himself. Wim Hof got his nickname “The Iceman” by breaking a number of records related to cold exposure. His feats include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts, running a half marathon above the Arctic Circle on his bare feet, and standing in a container while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes. After all of this, he wanted to share his method with the rest of the world to help others.
The WHM is backed by science – which you can read more about here.
Book of the Week
Music of the Week
We’re building a FINDRA Community Playlist over on Spotify, bringing you music of a rather eclectic variety! From classic dance tunes to lesser-known indie songs, we hope there’s something new in there for you. If you’ve got a favourite you’d like to hear in the playlist, drop us a tweet!
When asked about her favourite song, Emma said “I feel recently I’m a bit of a breathe DJ so I listen to songs that I can transfer into my workshops. With this song, I hum the tune when I hike sometimes”. Enjoy!
Whatever you’re up to this week, friends, remember to find your everyday adventure.
Love, Team FINDRA x