Meet The “Ice (Wo)man” at Biofeedback Day in the Netherlands

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Biofeedback events in the Netherlands and Poland are attracting attention to the importance of breathing for health and performance. Physiological monitoring helps professionals guide their clients to an improved life.

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Annette Booiman

The biofeedback day is a nice opportunity to record the Wim Hof Breathing Technique as most participants have an interest in breathing techniques in general.

Forty biofeedback therapists in the Netherlands are expected to take part in an experiment during Biofeedback Day in Rotterdam on Saturday, January 21, 2012. A highlight of the practical part of the program at this event is expected to be a presentation by "Ice(wo)man" Annette Booiman and Pieter Holtland. Both attended a workshop of Wim Hof, also known as “The Iceman” last spring and experienced the challenge of taking a bath full of ice cubes. During this workshop, they were introduced to the Wim Hof Breathing Technique and how it can be practiced so that lying in a tub filled with ice does not cool the person, nor does the person feel cold.

As part of the program of the biofeedback research meeting day, Annette and Pieter plan to monitor the physiology of the body while participants practice this unique breathing pattern. “There appear to be some interesting things that happen when using this technique”, Annette commented. “The biofeedback day is a nice opportunity to record the Wim Hof Breathing Technique as most participants have an interest in breathing techniques in general. With 40 people taking part in this demonstration, we can get a better understanding of how this technique works.”

Ms. Booiman will use her biofeedback monitoring system with a screen adapted from Dr. Erik Peper’s “Biofeedback Basics” suite published by the BFE. This screen will help guide participants during the breathing exercise. The suite was built specifically to be used with the "Biofeedback Mastery” text published by the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). The Biofeedback Basics suite is a must for professionals seeking accreditation from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). For anyone wanting to practice proper breathing techniques, the BFE offers a free trial of a program they published called EZ-Air Plus that helps the user breathe better while sitting at the computer.

Contact information for registration:
Annette Booiman
Mail: acbooiman(at)zonnet(dot)nl

BFE 16th Annual Conference in Poland
The next BFE Annual Conference, their sixteenth, is scheduled to take place September 11-15, 2012 in Rzeszów, Poland. We look forward to building on the important scientific education and certification initiatives led by Monika Fuhs. Monika has expanded the scientific aspects of the annual conference by including articles from experts in the e-journal Psychophysiology Today. The seventh edition offered many interesting scientific articles from all over the world including many authors who also instructed workshops at the annual meetings in Rome (2010) and in Munich (2011). We look forward to many participants joining us in Poland to support the continued growth and success of the BFE Annual Conference.

About the BFE-LFB Program
The BFE-LFB program provides continuing education via conferences, seminars, workshops, internet courses, and software for professionals around the world. Content is developed independently by International Research & Education Project teams. Financial support comes from the Biofeedback Federation CIC, a non-profit Community Interest Corporation located in the UK. For more information, visit the BFE Online Shop at

Carol Meyers
BFE Education Manager


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