2019 is probably the year that one of my childhood dreams becomes a reality “space tourism“.
Regular trips into space will be offered by Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and SpaceX. Even more amazing is that from as early as 2020 NASA will open the ISS station to space tourists and in 2022 there might be actually be a hotel in space, the Aurora Station.
A holiday in space, oh my… Needless to say that we live in an amazing time in human history where technology is offering us opportunities that only a few years ago were thought impossible.
I first got to think about space tourism thanks to an interview, I saw on the need for space tourists to be prepared. In this interview the VRT interviewed Nancy Vermeulen (see photo) a colleague speaker, astrophysicist, airline pilot, commander and chief organizer of the “MDRS90” Mars Simulation Mission and founder of the “Space Training Academy“.
When I saw this interview I was immediately asking the questions: “How will the body deal with this unprecedented experience?” How will the body deal with the stress of forces equal to three times Earth’s gravitational force during lift-off and weightlessness? But also how will body, mind and spirit cope with an unprecedented experience in our evolution… seeing the earth for the first time in its entirety. (also read the article “SpaceX’s moon loop will affect passenger’s health” by Rachel Becker)
This overview effect might be life-changing for some in a positive way but for others, it might leave a devastating effect when suddenly faced with the reality that the earth is but a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere.
How many units of stress would Holmes and Rahe give space travel on their Stress Inventory? Knowing when you have 300 units with a year the likelihood of becoming ill or having an accident is increased with 70%.
All of these questions were going through my mind…
Wouldn’t it be essential that space tourists not only train for their experience of a lifetime also receive appropriate Osteopathy and Body-centred Stress Coaching?
Wouldn’t it make sense to make sure your body is in a state of dynamic balance to cope with the extra stressors put on it before and after ‘the’ flight of a lifetime?
So I contacted Nancy and arranged to meet… because who better to ask than the person that trains the space tourists.
Turned out to be a very inspiring conversation for both of us with many new insights and a plan to put to the test my theory during one of her training sessions using the simulator.
To be continued.
Osteopath, Body-centred Stress Coach for Space Tourists , Speaker, Author of “Futurize Yourself“
Yes, the holiday season is here. After many months of hard work, the time has come for you to have a well-deserved break, to relax, unwind and recharge the batteries. However, for a group of people, the start of the holidays isn’t always as relaxing as they hope.
Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself you’re finally off work and on your first day at your ideal holiday destination a severe headache, a cold, fever and flu-like symptoms start. Worse, just then a shooting pain in your back that has you in its grip and you’re bedridden for days.
This phenomenon is generally known as ‘leisure sickness’ and overcomes more often within the first days of being off work to those with high levels of stress.
Although not much is known about this phenomenon, most people attributed their condition to difficulties with the transition from work to non-work, stress associated with travel and vacation, as well as work-related stress and personality characteristics.
One of the many explanations researchers have suggested is that physiological processes play a key role in the development of these health problems.
One study demonstrated that in workers with a high workload, the production of adrenaline was not only increased during working hours but also in the evening hours and the rest periods after finishing work. In other words, when the relaxation response had to set in for the body to unwind, recuperate and regenerate it didn’t.
When this goes on for a day or two, there isn’t a problem. However, when this is weeks or even months on end and your immune system is chronically inhibited because of the increased production of the stress hormone cortisol, your heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension are permanently increased due to excess adrenaline production, and well yes illness will eventually set in.
But it could also be that last minute acute stress has just given you that extra boost you needed and then when the external demands suddenly stop the body fails to inhibit the counter-pressure in time, then this might result in a situation of being physiologically off balance, accompanied by an increased susceptibility to illness.
Whatever the reason 'Leisure Sickness' can be avoided by minding your body before it reminds you. Regular breaks at work, breathing exercises, taking enough 'YOU' time, having enough sleep, and so many other practices can help you.
When all of that is not enough and you feel your body, mind and soul needs a helping hand than don't hesitate to make an Body-centred Stress Coaching appointment.
Be good to you, always.
Osteopath & Body-centred Stress Coach, Brussels
Author of "Futurize Yourself"
As an Osteopath and Body-centred Stress Coach I have 12 years of experience and still everyday I'm marvelled with the amazing results body-work can provide not only for physical complaints but also on a psychological level.