Our first Irish Health Found Wellness Day

Yesterday we hosted our first Sauna Day in Nature at Myrtleville in Cork. The short day-retreat, set in nature on the grounds of 17th century Myrtleville House, was designed to introduce guests to:

  • An experience of deep breathing and the reasons why it helps body and mind.
  • An experience of saunas/heat-shock and what it does for promoting good health.
  • An experience of awareness and techniques for staying mindful and powerful.

Multiple world record holder, Wim Hof, is a Dutch advocate of deep breathing who created the Wim Hof technique. He has been very vocal about how higher oxygen levels in the blood and brain can produce new body chemistry that results in powerful healing of the body and mind!

We brought in a sauna from The Warming Wagon to demonstrate and discuss how heat shock promotes healing and wellness. Dr Rhonda Patrick of Found My Fitness in the US has done some amazing research on this to show it prolongs life, rebalances body chemistry and promotes healing.

For the final part of the day we had a Buddhist monk from Mitchelstown temple called Rumpai Kaenkul (he’s on Facebook @watmahadhatuireland) to walk us through a beautiful meditation while he shared his teachings about mindfulness and awareness. Very inspiring I must say.

We hope to do something similar again in the future as a retreat day again and also as a community event at Inch beach in Cork and a talk some evening at our soon to be opening Irish Health Found Centre in Douglas Cork.

Hope to see you there sometime! 🙂

What is The Irish Health Foundation?

The Irish Health Foundation – a bridge to ‘healthy-living’ for Ireland. Bringing knowledge and understanding of health and wellness and building the infrastructure across Ireland to deliver it.

Who is doing anything positive and powerful on a national scale about promoting health and well-being deeply in Ireland?

The Irish Health Foundation (IHF) is a non-profit organisation with a mission to promote ‘healthy-living’ in Ireland. The results of this mission will make Ireland the most health-conscious nation in the world and create an underlying nationwide infrastructure that gives all the Irish people easy access to ‘healthy-living’.

There are so many organisations out there who are focused on specific diseases or health challenges but to me they are missing the bigger picture. All the big players (for-profit and not-for-profit) allocate funding and investment towards finding a ‘cure’. So by their nature they are largely reactive to existing problems. On the proactive side, there is always the token mention of healthy lifestyle, get some exercise, eat your vegetables – but this is more of an after-thought than a guiding principle.

My understanding is that most of the money ever invested in health in Ireland has focused on almost exclusively helping people who are already suffering and sick versus investing in actually preventing the disease from developing in the first place. If we took all the organisations in Ireland (public/private/non-profit) that aim to tackle health problems/diseases and calculated how much they spent on finding ‘cures’ over the past 10 years, I’m sure it would total hundreds of millions of euro. By contrast, how many national organisations (public/private/non-profit) have invested deeply in ‘healthy-living’ (as opposed to investing deeply in ‘disease-curing’). I have not come across any that have done anything of note. I’m sure they probably exist but they are largely unknown and small in comparison to the big ‘disease-tackling’ organisations. I say it is time to change this focus!

Stop waiting to get sick. Live to be well. Understand why you get sick and take preventative action. Add to that, the fact that the human body can actually become super-human and super-charged when you introduce lifestyles like non-meat, vegetarian, vegan, raw whole foods, organic foods, exercise, breathing, meditating and so on. This is what the Irish Health Foundation is supporting and promoting. We are that organisation that will stand for ‘healthy living’. We will promote it and support it up and down the country. Our work is only just beginning, please support us if you believe you can help in any way.

The Irish Health Foundation is giving the gift of great health back to the Irish people.

Learn more by following the link. 

Written by Jonathan Comerford – Founder of The Irish Health Foundation