About Bart

Doctor-turned-iceman

Bart Biermans

After completing his degree in Medicine at Utrecht University, Bart Biermans founded The Body Clinic. Successful from day 1, The Body Clinic’s two branches quickly grew in popularity and were soon voted ‘best in test’ by the Dutch Consumers’ Association. To this day, clients are as happy as ever with The Body Clinic (www.kliniekervaringen.nl).

But all this success did not do much for Bart’s desire for spiritual wisdom. Then he found Wim Hof – or, as Wim is known around the world: The Iceman. Bart was amazed at the results of the Wim Hof Method, both physically and mentally. But not just for himself: Bart now experienced first-hand what he could really do for others. This is what he had been looking for! Bart took the plunge and decided to fully dedicate himself to the Wim Hof Program.

Doctor-turned-iceman

I thought I had my life on track. I had two successful skincare clinics where I worked as head practitioner, a handsome houseboat on the river Amstel, a fine circle of friends, and plenty of time to relax.

I felt that I owed all of this to three core qualities or character traits: discipline, analytical skills and an entrepreneurial spirit. But I also felt there was something missing, something fundamental. But what it was, I could not articulate at the time.

And so, starting 2020, Bart will be teaching the Wim Hof Method full-time; a farewell to his life as a cosmetic doctor. 

And in order to hit the ground running, Bart, while working towards completing his first career, took a five-year degree course in holistic therapy, which he concluded successfully in April 2019.

“But still there was something missing.”

Quest

During my medical career I’ve always been fascinated by the human body and its connection with the mind. This connection has long been a central concept of Eastern philosophies and holistic teachings.

For the past ten years I have become engrossed in the subject, through ten-day silent retreats in the Catalan mountains, extended visits to India’s famous Osho Center, yoga retreats in Bali and Italy and stays at a great many other health and spiritual centers. I cannot stop reading. My thirst for knowledge is endless. Osho, Deepak Chopra, Paulo Coelho, Anthony Robbins – I know all of their books.

“My thirst for knowledge of…”

The Wim Hof Method

From as early as 2014 a significant amount of buzz has been surrounding the Wim Hof Method (WHM). Three esteemed universities (Radboud, AMC and Stanford) were researching the method and the first test results came out. Wim Hof and a group of ten trial subjects were found to possess the ability to actively influence their immune system and autonomic nervous system, entirely by their own free will.

Being a doctor, it’s not surprising that this piqued my interest. I quickly signed up to train as an instructor. And it was this action that changed my life. Not even two years later I would be assisting people into an ice bath and discover my life’s true purpose: to help people realize their natural potential.

“I work with small groups for maximum individual attention.”

My own workshop

In the summer of 2014, just as I embarked on my first journey with Wim to the Pyrenees, I had my houseboat extensively altered. The alteration plans were revised a number of times to allow for the addition of a comfortable workshop space. And now the houseboat is eco-friendly, utilizing solar panels and a heat pump. A life-sized green wall with real plants helps create the peaceful atmosphere for everyone to experience the profound effects of breathing exercises in full serenity. After the ice bath, you can relax in the hot tub or sauna, reflect on your experiences or take in the gorgeous view of the Amstel. We finish our day together with a selection of organic refreshments.

The houseboat has been turned into a delightful retreat and has appeared in many national and international publications (Elle Decoration, Eigen Huis en Interieur, Living, Schöner Wohnen, etc.). It also featured on the television program Binnenstebuiten (NCRV/KRO).

“It’s extremely inspiring to stand before a motivated group of people.”

Discovered my life’s true purpose

The moment that I decided to follow my heart and focus my efforts on what I truly enjoyed doing, everything suddenly started to gather steam:

  • Over 3,000 people have plunged into the ice bath under my supervision
  • During Wim Hof’s World Tour, I was responsible for the scientific presentation
  • I have appeared a number of times on Dutch television
  • I regularly teach daily, weekend and winter workshops

For me, this is a dream come true. But the WHM has meant even more to me personally. I am never cold anymore. I decide how long I sleep, I bear the heart rate of a professional athlete, I skip the winter flu – and these are just some of the benefits of the Wim Hof Method.

It is extremely inspiring to stand before a group of people and share your knowledge. I feel blessed to be able to affect people’s lives in a positive way.

My mission

I want to take you on a journey to the core, deep into the body, where a treasure trove of wisdom, intuition and power lies buried. Because of my medical background, I approach this in a scientific way. I will show you:

  • how your physiology changes when you re-learn to breathe;
  • how the body’s pH level recovers and physiological processes start to operate at optimal efficiency;
  • how you can strengthen your immune system and influence your autonomic nervous system.

I will teach you to overpower the most natural stress response: the fight or flight response, which everybody experiences when they first step into the ice bath. As a result, your body will know how to cope with stress in the future. I will also show you how to produce brown adipose tissue (brown fat), an untapped feature of the human body that regulates your temperature.

You will experience the true meaning of ‘mind over matter’. If the mind is strong, the body will follow. A strong mind is not only necessary for the ice bath, but anything you’d like to accomplish in life. By letting your mind forgo your stress response when you dip into the ice bath, your brain will reprogram itself, shedding its old fears and convictions. You become a more independent and happier person. The Method brings men closer to their primal strength and women to their softer side.

Whatever you take home from this treatment, it will surely be an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

Bart Biermans

See for yourself during the workshop!