Thanks for being a part of The MindStrong Project and jumping into the Fire and Ice with us. The sauna and ice tubs have served all of us very well over the years. We look forward to progressing with you as you take on the journey yourself. Both environments have much to offer and over the course of your experience we will teach and coach you through both extremes. You will have the opportunity to learn from not only our coaches but other members in the community who have had their own experiences. We urge you to take part in the conversations that go on in what's known as the "Truth Barrel"....THE SAUNA!
Depending on how many times you use the heat and ice each week it's important to listen to yourself and understand what you're looking to achieve from these moments. As we tell all our athletes, "You will never WIN, so simply FEEL".
This is very important to recognize and deeply become aware of. The sauna does not care about our emotions or feelings and trying to win inside the heat will be a hard loss on our end. The same goes for the cold. The cold is merciless.
Use the environment the way that best fits you. If you are hitting the weight room heavy 2/3x a week then you want to give yourself exposure to the heat following exercise. If you're going after a recovery day and want to implement breath work before, during and after, then do that. We typically suggest one day a week where you push yourself mentally in the heat and ice and use the breath to control your state. On these specific days we would urge you not to do any other movements outside of Fire and Ice. Spend 60-90 Minutes experimenting between the temperature changes. Have one day a week where you are "Heat" focused and one day where you're "Cold" Focused.
We will guide you through your experiences and also work through our newsletter to give you tips and experiences we've had.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out to any of our team members as we will assist you the best we can!
We offer multiple class package options as well as monthly memberships that allow you full access to the sauna throughout the month. Our sauna is currently located behind Minnesota Mash Monday - Saturday.
Address: 2015 Silver Bell Rd. Eagan, MN 55122
Quote to Ponder:
"Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what's left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting?"-Marcus Aurelius
One could argue the optimization of performance is the choice made under pressure. At its core you have few things that you really control in these short bursts between a stimulus and your reaction. (Breath)
The paradox here is that it certainly does not seem like it. Our brain is wired to make decisions all day in hopes of keeping us safe. This creates a massive amount of chaos. Constantly bouncing back and forth between past and future decisions. And like all things this means (Energy). This is how chess players are capable of burning thousands of calories a day during a competition. They’re thinking, solving and projecting (Mental Energy). Think of people in sales, coaches or teachers...Exhausted at the end of the day purely through talking. (Emotional Energy)
(Physical Energy) Look at google or YouTube of any exhausted runner, fighter or athlete. Or observe your dog after chasing all the sticks we throw them. Chances are they’re breathing through their mouth, their eyes are squinted…
The breathing you hear, is the breathing you fear. The mind listens to it all: sound, speed, mouth, nose. It’s all noticed deeply in the brainstem. Pay attention to your thinking throughout the day and then take note on how you’re breathing during these moments of thought/emotion. Mouth breathing exhausts the tank, tends to make us more reactive. Fast breathing overstimulates us especially if it’s going on all day which makes it harder to solve problems (Few examples). Begin to pay attention at your next meeting. Can you hear yourself breathing or others while talking?Taking big sighs in between talking points? Upper chest movements? Dry mouth? (Observe yours or their behaviors during this) learn something from it. Study the next sporting event. You see problem solving and motor skills through the breath. Are the shoulders rising on a mouth breath or nasal breath? Do they look timid in their eyes? Are their decisions reactive down the stretch on a movement they’ve practiced millions of …