Googled bikram and heart attack and chest pain . . .
Saturday, December 05, 2015
. . . and my goodness, I came up with some rather sobering articles.
People DO experience heart attacks in high heat(105 degree)/high humidity (40%+-- goes up quickly if the room is crowded) conditions. And fainting. And injuries, especially to 'chest wall muscles", from excessive stretching which is made possible by the loosening-up effects of the higher heat.
Had I read these articles before attending bikram, I might not have attended.
And I am thinking very hard about whether I want to return when my chest muscles are healed.
Apparently bikram has a particular appeal to "competitive" Type A personalities -- the kind of person who's accustomed to "toughing it out".
This is going to require more reflection. In the meantime, I cancelled my mammogram scheduled for Monday and postponed to March: there is no way I'd be able to tolerate it right now.