Underwater Healing

Johanna is striking out across a long expanse of untouched snow, heading to a frozen lake seeking a healing.

“My leg was so badly broken that they thought I might lose it,” she says. “They had to leave the fracture open for ten days to avoid necrosis. That was the reason I started the cold-water treatment.

Repeated exposure and submersion in ice-cold water has healing properties, including long-term pain relief.

She swims beneath the ice of the lake, using a single breath. “Under the ice you need to trust yourself completely,” she says. “When you can do all that, you find a different world.”

Watch the video to join her in her death-defying ritual.