cold (naked) swim

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chasing the sublime – by Amanda Bluglass

element of the unknown/discomfort/risk.. fear of cold/deep.. but..

that plunge into shared silence is a coming home.. everything slips away

it’s the getting in we find hard.. not the being in

that step forward from the shoreline.. when we stand on the waters edge, warm and dry, and regret what’s ahead.. but we love the intensity

in deep water your life is always in your own hands

we will continue to seek these discomforts and to get cold and too tired find/overcome fears.. simultaneously to feel what feels like life’s biggest freedom.. by the simplest of choices.. sink or swim.. float or flander.. to transform from ordinary to briefly extraordinary


benes of cold water swimming:

benes of cold shower:

(not original one i read.. but can’t find it.. so..) ice women cometh:


Chase Jarvis (@chasejarvis) tweeted at 8:10 AM – 4 Feb 2018 :

Kevin Rose: Ice Baths, Saying No, & the Art of Trying @kevinrose (

48 min – basically a little body hack to get more energy

49 min – science backed up by rhonda patrick (@foundmyfitness) – on cold therapy

50 min – no shivering just means i’m used to it by now and i’m using fat rather than using shivering .. and i can also produce heat from breathing exercises from the inside out

53 min – you feel like you shed like 7 yrs of your life



Turning on the cold water for 30 seconds at the end of each shower appears to boost people’s sense of energy, and produces 29% less sick days, as this experiment found:

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From the article:

“”“Swimming is the only activity that the human can indulge in that is gravity free,” he says. “You realise gravity incessantly is putting a strain on us. You can’t escape gravity even if you’re sitting down – you’re probably in a bad posture and your muscles and ligaments are aching because of it – but swimming gives you that opportunity.””

99 yr old breaking records:

 Swimming is something he does in private. It lets him exercise without pain. He only ever competes alone, and he is happy if his record encourages other masters-level swimmers to join him.

In many ways, he swims for himself, and lays down records for others.

“In the water you’re weightless. While you’re there, you can use all the muscles in your body, your sinews and elastic tissues, without that extra weight that’s on you. In the water it’s just yourself and no weight at all.”

He will go back to swimming three laps a week, sleeping well and eating a boiled egg for breakfast.


3d printed shirt that lets you breathe underwater – fins draw oxygen from water


sept 2018 – how cold water swim could treat depression

  • The treatment is based on cross-adaptation, a phenomenon where individuals become less sensitive to a stimulus after being exposed to another.
  • Getting used to the shock of cold-water swimming could blunt your body’s sensitivity to other stressors.

“Underwater, I feel an intense mixture of burning pain and, even after doing this for years, a little panic. But it’s the only time the anxious negative chatter in my head is truly silenced. After two minutes, as my skin reaches the same temperature as the water, I start to feel comfortable and my breathing slows. After even a brief swim, I feel elated for hours and calm for days.”


via maria‘s figuring


(while writing of fuller at sea w sick son – but now on darwin’s 9 yr old daughter dying) – a natural history and travel guide from the era described the craze of sea bathing at ramsgate ‘ a sudden plunge into the ocean cause the blood to circulate briskly, and promotes the threat of the body.’..  it was to ramsgate that the darwins first sent annie, hoping for maritime recovery. but her illness only escalated into fever and headaches..

cold water swim


sophia peabody’s history illustrates the limits of 19th cent med’s promised.. treated w mercury as an infant.. rendered her so sensitive to noise.. these excruciating headaches.. out of body confusion, syncopating pain, and occasional delirium.. her father.. harvard trained physician.. set about treating sophia  trying to siphon out the ‘humors’ the bodily fluids at the basis of ancient greek and roman system of medicine – believe to be causing the malady.. she was not yet 17

fluids.. cold water shock.. et al

a year earlier, the darwins had traveled to the spa village of malvern, where charles was to try a new ‘cold water cure’ devised by a dr james gully. darwins’ chronic illness at times manifested as insomnia, at other times as ‘dreadful vomiting every week’.. it was never accurately diagnosed nor treated, and he was desperate for relief..  one contemp theory holds he suffered from an acute anxiety disorder..  darwin set his sci skepticism aside and wrote to the physician.. willing to try his treatment ..  dr gully’s treatment developed in response to he 2 yr old daughters’ death..  the little girl had been treated w every known drug at the time..  his hydropathy drew such famous patients ad lord tennyson and florence nightengale and now darwin.. (and dickens’ wife)


sacks: ‘some patients i could help w drugs, and some w hr magic of attention and interest. the most severely afflicted patients defeated my therapeutic endeavors until i started to enquire minutely and persistently into their emotional lives. it now became apparent to me that many migraine attacks were drenched in emotional significance, and could not be usefully considered, let alone treated, unless their emotional antecedents and effects were exposed in detail.. i thus found it necessary to employ a sort of continuous double vision, simultaneously envisaging migraine as a structure whose forms were implicit in the repertoire of the nervous system, and a strategy which might be employed to any emotional or indeed biological end’


in his foundational treatise on migraines, sacks argued for darwinian basis of the interplay between emotions and the body in chronic headaches darwin had described an alt reaction some organisms have to the classify fight flight instinct – a response of immobilization and paralysis in the face of threat – and had contrasted these two modes as ‘active fear (terror)’ and ‘passive fear (dread)’.. migraines, sacks argues, evolved from the latter response mech and ‘have become w the elaboration of human nervous systems and human needs, progressively differentiated and refined’


darwin’s daughter ill – despite darwin’s elation over the effect of the ‘cold water treatment ‘ on his own health (all ills gone after).. when annie fell gravely ill, he couldn’t set aside his scientific doubts about dr gully’s dubious beliefs in clairvoyance, homeopathy and other psuedoscience..


later tried – but water cure didn’t work on annie.. intermittent signs of improvement.. enough to give the anxious parents hope.. but her health decline over the longer span of weeks..


Steve Jennings (@stevejennings1) tweeted at 10:19 AM on Thu, Feb 28, 2019:
‘Swimming is the new yoga’: why the fashion pack are taking a dip outdoors @L_Thomsen_Brits @shelleykuipers @JustClembo @greenape @gringreen @davidhieatt @175viatribunali @aprilrinne


Cold comfort: exposure to chilly temperatures may help fight anxiety #health
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Here’s the crucial part: This expectation is likely to extend the effects of stress-induced pain relief beyond immediate cold exposure. If such an expectation – “I confronted the cold and feel invigorated” – is fulfilled, it will lead to the release of additional opioids or cannabinoids from the periaqueductal gray. This release can affect the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, further enhancing a feeling of overall well-being. This positive feedback loop is implicated in the well-known “placebo effect.

More generally, techniques such as those Hof uses appear to exert positive effects on the body’s innate immune response as well. We expect them to also have positive effects on mood and anxiety because of the release of opioids and cannabinoids. Though these effects have not yet been well studied, by evoking a stress-induced analgesia reaction, we think that practitioners may assert “control” over key components of brain systems related to mood and anxiety.


1 mile to you (film).. paraphrase: i have to do it (running) it’s like breathing.. have to do it everyday


kim swims (doc).. on the freedom she feels in open water’s unpredictability/everchanging ness


the little mermaid – mermaid swim law

deep water is magic.. just like her love. whenever she can’t breathe.. all she need do is swim..

time for a swim..


via jon fb share – on swim ing

1:54 film about a guy who’s been swimming regularly for 80+ years.

His words: “I guess it’s a form of meditation. It makes me feel much better about myself.”

I agree  . Here’s to another 30 years for me.


the only time i realize i’m not (in my 40s rather than 90s) is when i take a look in the mirror

if i’m feeling lonely or a little depressed.. i go for a swim and my spirits rise up

mermaid swim law


the water is always changing.. your emotions never change no matter how old you get


CNN (@CNN) tweeted at 5:10 AM – 5 Nov 2019 :
“When I am in the water, I have the impression that my disability has disappeared. I have no prosthetics, no wheelchair. I am like everybody else.” (


Aeon (@aeonmag) tweeted at 5:01 AM – 25 Jan 2020 :
Therapeutic hypothermia could save lives, propel interstellar travel and expand consciousness. Why the cold feet? From the archive: (


World Economic Forum (@wef) tweeted at 6:00 AM – 30 Jan 2020 :
Lewis Pugh swims under East Antarctic ice sheet to highlight the impact of climate change #climateaction #antarctica (


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i keep wondering if the municipal swimming pools might be opened once “everyone” has adapted to appropriate distancing and hygiene protocols.

A quick search suggests that chlorinated pools prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19.

<< There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools, hot tubs or spas, or water playgrounds. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools, hot tubs or spas, and water playgrounds should inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

While there is ongoing community spread of COVID-19, there should be appropriate care taken both in and outside the pool, to protect yourself and others. Owners and operators of community pools, hot tubs, or spas should follow the interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to COVID-19. >>


Jason Hickel (@jasonhickel) tweeted at 3:04 AM on Tue, Aug 04, 2020:
This is wild. Temperatures reached 33 degrees (90F) in Canada’s arctic waters last night.


Could #ColdWater hold a clue to a dementia cure? #wimhofmethod
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Cold water swimming may protect the brain from degenerative diseases like dementia, researchers from Cambridge University have discovered.

In a world first, a “cold-shock” protein has been found in the blood of regular winter swimmers at London’s Parliament Hill Lido.

The protein has been shown to slow the onset of dementia and even repair some of the damage it causes in mice.

The research – although promising – is at an early stage, but it centres on the hibernation ability that all mammals retain, which is prompted by exposure to cold.

Doctors have known for decades that cooling people down can – in certain circumstances – protect their brains.

People with head injuries and those who need cardiac operations are often cooled during surgery, as are babies.

What has not been so well understood was why cold has this protective effect.

The link with dementia lies in the destruction and creation of synapses – the connections between cells in the brain.

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerative diseases, these brain connections are lost.

This leads to the cascade of symptoms associated with dementia – including memory loss, confusion and mood swings – and, in time, the death of whole brain cells.

What intrigued Prof Mallucci was the fact that brain connections are lost when hibernating animals like bears, hedgehogs and bats bed down for their winter sleep.

About 20-30% of their synapses are culled as their bodies preserve precious resources for winter.

But when they awake in the spring, those connections are miraculously reformed.

What these findings show, says Prof Mallucci, is that – just like hibernating mammals – human beings produce the “cold-shock” protein.

But the risks associated with getting cold outweigh any potential benefits, so cold water immersion is certainly not a potential dementia treatment, she says.


wim hof:

lewis pugh:

World Economic Forum (@wef) tweeted at 6:00 AM – 30 Jan 2020 :
Lewis Pugh swims under East Antarctic ice sheet to highlight the impact of climate change #climateaction #antarctica (


gif – swimmer diving into snow






ah. rp ness