- New England
Ha, well if we are going to share and talk about such methods, details are important.OK, did we really need to know that though ?
I do specific breathing exercises for 45 minutes before snow laying to prime my body. Then immediately before, and for the duration of the snow lay, I do mind over body meditations. The breathing and meditations I’ve been doing for 35 years now.But jokes aside: how do you not catch a cold if naked in the snow for full minutes ? I know you can only catch a cold by catching a virus - and usually compromising your defenses by being in cold or wet conditions etc... will make that more probable. But it seems counter-intuitive to think: naked in the snow for a stretch, and no catching a cold. Have you ever while doing this ?
Anyway, both together keeps the body in a state that prevents the core temp from dropping. Only the surface layers of the body are directly affected by the cold. After the snow lay I drink warm tea and dress warm, but I don’t get “cold” when snow laying because of the primer practices.
To answer your other question, no I’ve never gotten ill by doing cold exposure. I never do it if I am experiencing PEM, feel run down, or am particularly tired or worn feeling. I never push the time either. Cold exposure isn’t for everyday, nor if someone is feeling rundown.
Personally I don’t feel just anyone should attempt real cold exposure without first learning breathing exercises and meditations. Quick showers, OK, but something like ice baths or snow laying… you go to a whole other level.
For me there are many days that if I don’t do it after getting out of bed and having done the 45 minutes of breathing, I can get body anxiety. But then if I do cold exposure my body settles and my mind recalibrates. But if I'm feeling too low, then my body doesn't crave or miss cold exposure at all.