Space Tourist's Health, Stress-Less

Osteopathy & Body-centred Stress Coaching for Space Tourists

Tom Meyers Futurize Yourself and Nancy Space Training Academy2019 is the year that one of my childhood dreams becomes a reality “space tourism“. Regular trips will be offered by Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and SpaceX. Even more amazing is that in 2022 you will actually be able to spend a holiday in space in 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.

Tom

Osteopath, Body-centred Stress Coach for Space Tourists 😉, Speaker, Author of “Futurize Yourself

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Health Matters

Tenets of Health

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 15 December 2014

I’m Tom Meyers and welcome to the last regular episode of Health Matters for this year.

In the last 14 episodes I‘ve taken you an a journey to find answers to the question: What is health?

We all seek health but are we ready to take up our responsibility to give it at least a chance to express itself? Are we willing to look into our own bosom and act today rather than wait till someone else does it for us as I can tell you with certainty that day will never come…

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As soon as we are born we know one thing for sure the body will die. However from that moment of birth until your last day, your body – by nature – is genetically programmed towards health which in other words means that it strives for unity or wholeness through creating a physiological dynamic equilibrium.

That dynamic equilibrium however is being challenged more than ever before through our changing environment that leads us astray from nature towards an artificial unsustainable IT dominated culture that is in conflict with our biological system that hasn’t changed since prehistory.

However health and our current technological environment don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Both systems have laws that govern them and what we need to find is the right milieu where both support each other and not work against each other as is the case now.

As the IT world doesn’t stop expanding and renewing itself it isn’t there that we need to start our quest for change or reflection on health matters. Health on the other hand is being halted even though we have more means to our disposition to stay and be healthy we do get sicker by the day not only individually bot also as a society.

So why not add to your list of new years resolutions the intention to reflect upon the essence of health and to implement health behaviour?

To get you started here are a few tenants you might like focus on:

  • Health is in my hands it is my responsibility.
  • I’ll be mindful of what I think and say as thoughts alter my biology.
  • What I eat I become.
  • I will remember that what I send out comes back, what I saw, I reap, what I give I get, what I see in others exists in me.
  • I am human, not super human.
  • I will find out and never again ignore what my heart beats for.
  • Unless you start caring about myself no one will.
  • Don’t live another ones dream live your own there is room for all.
  • Have less be more.
  • Know that you are awesome

Well, that’s it from me this year I hope I’ve been able to inspire you with the information shared here in Health Matters on Radio X. The English commercial radio station that has a heart for you.

Rest me to say may love and light accompany you during the holiday season and be good to you always.

TomTom Health Navigator

Happy-Holidays

When you like more information about my presentations or consultations or when you just want to get in touch, then visit the website www.tommeyers.be

Together Magazine

A pain in the neck

Together Magazine 52

Article by Tom Meyers published in Together Magazine 52, October 2014

According to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, musculoskeletal pain in the neck, shoulder and back is the most common work- related health problem.

Its increasing prevalence in modern society is concerning, and when left unresolved it contributes to distress at home, loss of productivity and increased absence at work.

Working as an osteopath and Stress-Coach for Body and Mind, most of my patients make an appointment for relief from musculoskeletal pain. When asked about the cause of their discomfort, I mostly hear patients say it is related to working in an office all day: my chair at work isn’t the best, I’m not sitting straight, my computer screen isn’t at the right height, I’ve been working with the computer mouse a lot – in other words, patients most often put the blame for their discomfort on ergonomic or postural issues.

And, yes, prolonged static postures or repetitive movements can lead to muscular chronic tension and eventually pain.

This biomechanical link has been researched extensively, and, although it seems logical, it will

probably surprise you to know that scientific studies show that ergonomics aren’t the main problem. There is in fact only limited evidence for a causal relationship between computer work, computer mouse and keyboard time and neck, shoulder and musculoskeletal pain.

In other words the desk, the mouse, the posture are contributors. However, they aren’t the main cause of your pain.

So what is?

It turns out the biggest contributors to musculoskeletal pain are psychosocial factors, mainly job stress as we try to cope with a heavy workload, deadlines, information overload and reorganization.

On a behavioral level these psychosocial factors prompt you to work longer hours, increase your pace at work and make you take fewer breaks, to give but a few examples.

On a physiological level these factors contribute to triggering the stress response which increases heart rate, blood pressure, cortisol and adrenaline levels and heightens muscular tension.

Chronic stress in turn leads to mood swings, anxiety and depression, and these change your posture and so contribute to musculoskeletal problems.

This combination of biological and psychosocial factors means that we must observe musculoskeletal pain from a ‘biopsychosocial’ perspective.

So the next time you have musculoskeletal pain:

  • Take a moment to reflect what has been happening in your life or at work lately.
  • What are the changes that have taken place and got you all tied-up?
  • How much stress have you experienced lately and what have you done to relax?
  • Are you still carrying the weight on your shoulders of issues from long ago?
  • Have you taken too much on your plate lately?

Take time to understand the true cause of your pain, unwind and be mindful of your beliefs and how others affect you. If pain persists then consider professional help.

For more health and wellness tips, tune in to the feature Health Matters on http://www.radiox.eu or visit www.tommeyers.be

Health Matters

Health Matters continues…

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 1 September 2014

I’m Tom Meyers and welcome to Health Matters. In the upcoming weekly new episodes of Health Matters I will share with you my personal experience as an osteopath and stress coach, bring you scientific insights and practical tips about the wondrous existential matters of health and well-being.

Yes, ”Health”, we all seek it, spent lots of money, time and effort running after it and still it seems we are further away from it then ever before. Why?

We go to such lengths that we are prepared to change or replace unhealthy and even healthy body parts without question in our quest for health. We take more pills and supplements then ever before and still ‘health and wellbeing’ eludes us as more people suffer from anxiety, depression, burn-out and cancer. Why?

Especially in our Western society where we have more means to be and stay healthy, gain more knowledge by the day, have more technology to our disposal and were trillions are spent on research annually we tend to get sicker by the day. Why?

We have more resources and time – although you might not think so – to take care of our health. So I ask the questions why and how come that we are making ourselves so sick, depressed, burned-out to the point that some end up taking their own lives?

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Is HEALTH slipping through our fingers?

Health!? What message or lesson is there to be learned that we don’t seem to get, that we are too blind to see, are we too afraid to ask?

Have you ever asked yourself the question, what is health? Truly took time to reflect upon it’s meaning and come up with the key elements needed to give health a change to be?

If not, why not?

In Health Matters I will take you on a journey over the coming weeks and maybe months to shed a light unto the topics of health and wellbeing. A light that my work as an osteopath, stress coach and researcher in body-mind medicine has brought me and that I like to share with you. On this journey, let me be your Health Navigator your Tom Tom for health and wellbeing.

So please join me from mid september onwards every week on Health Matters here on Radio X.

You can also follow Health Matters via Facebook, my blog on WordPress and as a podcast on Mixcloud. Links for all and more you can find on my website www.tommeyers.be

Stress-Less

Health Matters Today

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 12 May 2014

Want to listen to this feature then visit: Health Matters on Radio X or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or RSS feed.

Take Time Out and Reaset Yourself

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters.

Today I like to talk postponing health promoting behaviour.

I often see it in people who have to much on their mind – with deadlines at work, family obligations, kids to take care of – and are hoping and waiting till it gets a bit calmer to then take time to take care of their health.

However that calmer day never seems to come, the day that there is less to do, that all troubles are solved and that we have more time… and so the inevitable happens.

We’re living in a society where the current challenge isn’t over yet or the next is already there and thus time for health, well never presents itself.

Think about it when you recognise this behaviour in yourself. Think about it for just a second. What will the outcome be eventually?

Yes you’ll probably fall ill or create a ground for chronic disease or cancer that manifest themselves years later.

Taking care of your health can’t be postponed as everything else depends on it and I don’t know anybody that doesn’t see good health as one of there top wants in life. However few will act accordingly and really take care of their health.

The reason for our ignorance is probably that we don’t feel it that we’ve upset our health until it is too late. Our mind usually knows and tells us in the form of an internal twitter message ‘hey ho you know if you continue like this you’re going to get ill’ but there is no physical sensation backing it up and that tells us that something is not ok and thus we continue and override the twitter message.

My view however is that we probably do get a physical sign with that twitter message but we are so astrayed from our physical sensations that we aren’t aware of it.

The bottom line is that we’re forgetting that we are biological beings with a body that has very different needs and limits than our mind.

The very down to earth observation I usually bring up is I can’t see my thoughts but I can see my body that means they are two very different frequencies with their own spectrum of possibilities. Or in other words in my mind I can run several marathons one after the other and win them all in an instant but my body can’t it can’t even complete 1 marathon.

Being more mindful of the body can it be learned? Yes… Mindfulness and yoga are typical practices that are training you to do just that. However these aren’t always the best to start with as they take time and aren’t they also a form of postponing behaviour? Haven’t got time to do my exercises now but this evening I’ll rush off to my yoga lesson.

Breathing exercises on the other hand are always to your disposition and are the most effective way to calm body and mind.

Go to my website and download the FREE eBook ‘Reaset: The return to ease’ which has all the info you need to make breathing for health a ongoing dynamic process in your life.

Take time before time passes you by.

I’m Tom Meyers Osteopath and Stress Coach for Body and Mind and contributor of thought to your health and wellbeing.

For more information about my work and presentations on understanding and managing stress, visit the website tommeyers.be

 

Stress-Less

Pressure vs Stress

Pressure

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 5 May 2014

I’m Tom Meyers Stress coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters.

Pressure and stress are words that are often used interchangeably, but what is the difference?

Pressure is the feeling of urgency caused by the necessity of doing or achieving something.

The word pressure is especially used in connection with limited time-frame… like you can be under pressure to achieve a deadline. Pressure can also be a force that others or you put on yourself and that motivates you, makes you achieve your goals, pass exams or helps you to perform better.

We’re hard wired for pressure as it encourages us to continually grow and push our boundaries. Sometimes we also refer to it as positive stress.

However pressure doesn’t always lead to a positive outcome. Some forms of pressure can have the opposite effect then the one desired it can make you unmotivated and weak when you need to be strong, fail your exams or decrease your performance. For example you can feel the negative side of pressure when you unexpectedly, have to give a presentation but you really don’t like speaking in front of an audience. Another example could be you’re asked to perform a certain task but you don’t have the skills or knowledge to do it or just not enough time to do it in.

This type of oppressive pressure,… but also too much unwavering pressure, without the needed recovery time leads to stress.

Stress

Insufficient pressure on the other hand isn’t without consequences either. Lack of pressure or challenges at work can lead to boreout and this isn’t because the person is lazy.

Boreout

Boreout is when there is not enough stimulus in other words not enough pressure and can lead to lack of drive, inability to enjoy life, fatigue and underperformance.

Stress on the other hand, when used to describe a subjective feeling is experienced when the demands put on you outweigh you’re ability to cope with them and is regulated on a biological level by the stress response.

Stress is often described as the ‘fight and flight’ mode, an adaptation response inherited from our prehistoric ancestors that had to protect themselves from physical threats and is associated with among other things the increase of the sympathetic nervous systems and the hormones adrenaline and cortisol.

In other words when it comes to pressure versus stress, pressure is a stressor that can act as a motivator. However, when pressure gets out of hand or isn’t kept under control it leads to stress that in turn becomes harmful for your health.

The ability and scope to cope with pressure are different for everyone and depend on: gender, age, genetics, previous experience, skills, knowledge and the specific situation,…

Ease

Tips to ease pressure:

  • Take more time to relax
  • Follow stress management courses
  • Implement stress management – relaxation exercise
  • Stay positive and keep things in perspective

For more tips pick up your copy of this months Together Magazine or go to their website tomgethermag.eu

I’m Tom Meyers Osteopath and Stress Coach for Body and Mind and contributor of thought to your health and wellbeing.

For more information about my work and presentations on understanding and managing stress, visit the website tommeyers.be

Stress-Less

Health Awareness Week

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X from 31 March 2014

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to this weeks episode of Health Matters.

On the 7th of April The World Health Organisation celebrates it’s World Health Day.
This year the WHO will blow out 66 candles and although it has done some great work over the years it faces big new challenges.

Challenges like work related stress that is effecting 1 in 4 employees and is associated with the increase in conditions like back pain, anxiety, depression and burnout.

But what is health? Obvious as it may seem but have you ever asked yourself this question?

On radio x we’re going to do just that. Next week from the 7th till the 11th of April Radio X is organising the Health Awareness Week.

Health Awareness Week Radio X

A week where various therapists will be interviewed or come to the studio to talk about health.

However health is about all of us so we’re hoping to hear from you too. Want to contribute to the Health Awareness Week then keep tuning in to Radio X and also interact with us on our Facebook page and maybe you’ll win one of the various consultations at Osteo & Co in Woluwe, Brussels.

To get you in the mood for the Health Awareness Week lets see how health currently is defined by the World Health organisation.

According to the WHO, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Infirmity meaning physical or mental weakness.

This definition was adopted at the birth of the organisation in 1948 and hasn’t been amended since.

However what I wonder about is – is health a state? A state meaning a particular condition that someone is in at a specific time?

I rather see health as a dynamic process that adapts itself constantly. You are not the same in the morning then in the afternoon or evening. When you’re facing mental or physical challenges health must be balanced in a different way then when you’re lying on the beach.

Health what is it? What does it need? Is the idea you have of what health is, in alignment with what your biology dictates what health is?

All questions that we need to reflect on and that will be addressed in the Health Awareness Week here on Radio X and no I don’t presume that will find the ultimate answers but I sincerely hope it will contribute to reflection and hopefully some aha moments.

We on Radio X will start the dialogue but hope you will carry it on to your family, friends and colleagues as Health Matters today.

I’m Tom Meyers Stress Coach for Body & Mind have a great week and hope to hear from you during the Health Awareness Week.

For more information on my work or if you have a question go to www.tommeyers.be

Stress-Less

Recognise and Change

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X  from 03 March 2014

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters.

Last week I talked about how important it is to have down-time after working hours and that some big companies are taking action as the cost of sickness due to work-stress is getting out of proportion.

Not surprising as work-related stress is now being considered one of the biggest health challenges in Europe. In Belgium it is estimated that 2 out of 3 employees are affected by it.

The impact of stress on your health, wellbeing and the economy can’t be left ignored anymore with personal suffering, increased sick days and social and economic consequences being very real and present.

However and as I mentioned before it is amazing how little effort it really takes to make the difference. Increased stress level awareness followed by small adaptations to lower the stress response can make the difference between being ailed by stress or living and working with ease.

How to recognise that stress has got you in its grip is an important factor to changing the tide. So lets have a look.

Physical signs: Neck, shoulder or back pain, tension headaches, digestive problems,…

Emotional signs: Negative thoughts, loss of motivation and mood swings.

Mental signs: Confusion, difficulty to concentrate, memory loss

Behavioural changes: Seep disturbance, increased smoking, drinking or medication intake.

Specific work-related stress signs are deteriorating relationships among colleagues, increased staff turnover and numbers of employees being absent due to sickness.

Once you recognize that you’re stressed acknowledge it and respond ,don’t let it drag on.

Here are some tips to help yourself.

Seek professional help when you feel you’re not in control anymore.

Take care of your physical and emotional health by learning and implementing daily health promoting behavior. Don’t postpone taking care of your health till it gets calmer at work or at home. That day might never come when you haven’t got your stress levels under control in the first place.

Take regular breaks and don’t feel guilty about it. To perform well, regular pauses to clear your mind is not a waste of time as it will make you more and not less productive.

Don’t over-commit yourself.

When work or your workload gets out of hand talk it over with a colleague. Sharing or connecting with others has proven to be a great way to reduce the pressure.

Make sure you take enough time to unwind when the work day is over or at the weekend. Have a look at your diary is there still room for you?

With ever changing demands, more to do and less time to do it in…. reflection on how to stay healthy and health promoting behavior isn’t a luxury and must be seen as a personal and social priority.

On tommeyers.be you can download a free copy of ‘Reaset: The return of Ease’ with information, exercises and free audio to breathe your stress away and help you to drift into ease.

I’m Tom meyers, Osteopath DO, Stress Coach for Body and Mind, Public Speaker and contributor of thought to a healthier way of living and working.

Stress-Less

Move it… but low impact.

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X  from 13 January 2013

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to a new season of Health Matters.  In Health Matters I take a closer look at the S word that has become one of the biggest challenges to our health and wellbeing Stress.

This week I’m going to get you moving.

That exercise relieves stress probably doesn’t come as  a surprise to you but did you know that the long-term effects of daily exercise can be a powerful antidepressant more effective than any antidepressant drugs on the market?

The question you will ask off-course is how much exercise and what type? Well that depends on you? Are you a sportive person or not? How long have you been inactive? Too much too quick and you’ll become discouraged because you can’t keep it up or get injuries. So set yourself a realistic goal.

As time goes, it is better 5 minutes now and then then a 1h work-out if stress relieve is what you seek. This can be a walk around the block, cycling to work or to the shop. It doesn’t have to be sport? It is about moving. Taking the time to stretch those legs and move those arms.

Gardening, walking the dog, playing with your children, taking an elderly person for a walk a couple of times a week can all be seen as exercise, even cleaning if it is done with a certain vigour and heart.

The mistake many people make is to sit all day in the office stressing out but then to compensate go for a good hard run in the evening? The purpose of exercise is to relax, to lower the sympathetic tone of your autonomic nervous system and increase the relaxation response.

Stress heightens your heart rate, blood pressure, breath rate with all the adverse effects that has and that I’ve talked about before on Health Matters. So imagine that when your heart rate and blood pressure has been high all day and you on top of that go and strain your body more with a good challenging run… you’re putting the pressure on even more… that can be a recipe for a heart attack or stroke… and unfortunately it is more common then you think.

Oh you don’t like exercise, you think it’s boring then the solution can be to make a mind shift and see it as transport from A to B and walk and cycle as much as you can to go to the shop, work or for any reason you need to get around. Leave that car behind if you have to get somewhere within a radius of say less then 5 km away. Get a decent backpack with waist strap that can hold some groceries and a few 1.5l bottles or something that you think you’ll need to make that exercise – shopping or trip to work practical and more enjoyable.

So in short regular 5 minutes of low intensity exercise decreases stress. Best is what scientist call green exercise meaning exercise that takes you outdoors.

  • Short sessions are better then 1 long one
  • Take the time as time doesn’t come to you.
  • Find something that gets you moving that you know you enjoy.

The benefits over time are improved heart rate variability, lower heart rate and blood pressure, increase in willpower and resilience. In general improved health and wellbeing.

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress coach for body & mind and contributor of thought more joyful and healthy way of living. For more information on Health Matters go to the website tommeyers.be

Stress-Less

How to make those resolutions stick

Transcript of the Feature ‘Health Matters’ on Radio X  from 06 january 2014

I’m Tom Meyers, Stress Coach and welcome to another episode of Health Matters. In Health Matters I take a closer look at the S word that has become one of the biggest challenges to our health and wellbeing STRESS.

This week I like to talk about how to make those health resolutions you made over the last two weeks stick.

I sincerely hope that with the insights I shared with you last year that some of your resolutions include health and health promoting behavior.

In fact recommended for making your goal stick is to choose just one resolution. One challenge that you like to take on your journey and that you can focus on fully and what is more important then health?.

Resolutions are changes of things you’re not so happy about and always go hand and hand with conflict. On a bad day when you have too many conflicts with your resolutions on top of the daily challenges you are more prone to fall into the bad habits again and that needless to say creates negative emotions and stress.

So to avoid that choose 1 firm resolution.

Other steps to success are the following:

Be realistic: Choose a resolution that is challenging but don’t put your goals to high either.

Get support: Although they are personal talk to someone about it. Get a support partner or circle of people that can help you and on who you can count on to help you back on track. Talk to them about your journey and discuss how they can help you in the process.

Learn a Reaset breathing exercise or practice a meditation technique: Changes and challenges are stressful and thus the body is always involved. Reducing stress levels in your body therefore is essential as it will help you to focus, handle distractions and temptations better. They will also help you to master your fears and moments of anxiety that you surely will face in the course of your journey. In a nutshell it will help increase your willpower and you surely will need that.

Get a notebook: Write down your goal, why you want this change, what the benefits are in the long run and what the pitfalls are. To go deep into quest behind the question use the 5 why’s iterative question approach. Which is when you’ve written down your answer to the first question ‘Why you do this’… to ask ‘why’ again in response to the answer you’ve given and after that Why again and so on 5 times? This way you really determine the root motivation. After that you could also add what the benefit could be for others? Your family, friends, colleagues? Try to see the bigger picture.

Willpower workout. Like training to run a marathon, or learning how to play an instrument changing a habit, implementing health promoting behavior or increasing your willpower it is all about repetition and to keep on practicing and expecting that some days it will be difficult.

Good luck and let me know how you get on.

I’m Tom Meyers stress coach for body and mind and contributor of thought to a healthier and more joyful living.

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