Space travel has been a topic of fascination for generations. The idea of exploring the unknown, visiting new planets and galaxies, and discovering what lies beyond our own planet has captured the imaginations of people across the world. While space travel has been the subject of numerous science fiction novels, movies, and TV shows, it is only in recent decades that space travel has become a reality. With the advent of technology and advancements in space exploration, we now have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to travel beyond our planet.
The experience of space travel can be divided into several stages, each with its own unique sensations and emotions. These stages include launch, zero gravity, re-entry, and landing.
In this blog post, we will explore what it feels like to go through each of these stages. Then we will compare how space travel feels like with Watsu® experience which also offers the sensation of weightlessness, exhilaration, and immense freedom.
Space Travel Stage 1: Launch
The first stage of space travel is launch. The launch is the most intense part of the journey, as the rocket is propelled at an incredible speed from the Earth's surface into space. The acceleration can be so intense that it can feel like a heavy weight is pressing down on your chest. The force of the acceleration can also cause your body to vibrate, making it difficult to move or even breathe. The noise from the engines is incredibly loud, and it can be difficult to hear anything else.
Despite the intensity of the launch, it is also an incredibly exhilarating experience. The feeling of being propelled into space at such an incredible speed is like nothing else on Earth. As the spacecraft climbs higher and higher, the view of the Earth below becomes more and more incredible. The feeling of weightlessness starts to set in, and the sense of adventure and exploration takes over.
Space Travel Stage 2: Zero Gravity
Once the spacecraft reaches space, the feeling of weightlessness sets in. This is due to the lack of gravity in space, which allows objects to float freely. This sensation can be incredibly disorienting at first, as it feels like the laws of physics no longer apply. It can be difficult to orient yourself and to understand which way is up and which way is down.
Despite the disorienting feeling of weightlessness, it is also an incredible experience. The sensation of floating freely is like nothing else on Earth, and it can be incredibly liberating. It allows for new ways of movement and exploration, as you can move through space with ease. The lack of gravity also allows for new experiences, such as drinking water from a floating ball or performing somersaults in the air.
Space Travel Stage 3: Re-Entry
The next stage of space travel is re-entry, where the spacecraft begins its descent back to Earth. This can be a tense and nerve-wracking experience, as the spacecraft enters the Earth's atmosphere and the friction of the air causes the temperature to rise dramatically. The spacecraft can reach speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour, and the intense heat can cause the exterior of the spacecraft to glow brightly.
The sensation of re-entry can be incredibly uncomfortable, as the force of gravity returns and the body experiences intense pressure. The spacecraft can also shake and vibrate violently as it descends through the atmosphere, making it difficult to move or even breathe. The noise from the friction and the engines is also incredibly loud, making it difficult to communicate or hear anything else.
Despite the discomfort of re-entry, it is also an incredible experience. The feeling of returning to Earth after traveling through space is like nothing else on Earth, and the sense of accomplishment and adventure is incredible. As the spacecraft descends through the atmosphere, the view of the Earth below becomes clearer and clearer, and the sense of connection to our planet becomes stronger.
Space Travel Stage 4: Landing
The final stage of space travel is landing. This can be a tense and nerve-wracking experience, as the spacecraft must slow down from its incredible speed and come to a stop. As the spacecraft approaches the Earth's atmosphere, the friction between the spacecraft and the air creates intense heat, and the temperature can reach up to 1,650 degrees Celsius (3,000 degrees Fahrenheit). This intense heat causes the spacecraft to glow. Regardless of how much you are trained for this, travelling in a fireball is intense, and nerve-wracking, especially after you have been weightless for a while.
As the spacecraft descends further into the Earth's atmosphere, the parachute system is deployed, slowing the spacecraft's descent. This can be a relief for the astronauts, as they know they are getting closer to landing safely.
Once the spacecraft has come to a stop, the astronauts sense relieved and accomplished. They have successfully completed their mission and returned to Earth safely. However, the landing can also be a time of mixed emotions, as the astronauts may feel sad to leave the space environment and this once-in-a-lifetime unique experience of being in space. Space travel and receiving Watsu are two vastly different experiences, but they share one commonality: they both offer a unique sensation that cannot be replicated on Land. While space travel takes us beyond our planet and into the unknown, Watsu takes us into a state of deep relaxation and connection with our bodies and with the Universe. In this blog post, we will explore what it feels like to experience both space travel and Watsu, and we will compare the two experiences.
As we mentioned in the previous section, space travel is an incredible experience that takes us beyond the boundaries of our planet. The sensation of weightlessness, the view of Earth from space, and the intense feeling of acceleration during launch are all sensations that cannot be replicated on Earth. Space travel is an adventure that few people have had the opportunity to experience, and it is a journey that challenges us to push the limits of what we thought was possible.
However, space travel is also an experience that comes with its own set of challenges. The intense pressure and vibrations during launch, the disorienting feeling of weightlessness, and the uncomfortable sensation of re-entry are all experiences that can be overwhelming for some people. It is also an experience that requires a great deal of physical and mental preparation, as astronauts must be in top physical condition and undergo extensive training before they can embark on a space mission.
Watsu, on the other hand, is a type of therapy that takes place in a warm, shallow pool of water. During a Watsu session, the client is supported by the therapist as they are gently moved and stretched in the water. The sensation of weightlessness and the warm, soothing water can create a state of deep relaxation and connection with the body.
Unlike space travel, Watsu is an experience that is accessible to almost everyone. It does not require any special physical or mental preparation, and it can be adapted to the needs and abilities and disabilities of each individual client. Watsu is also a type of therapy that is designed to promote healing and relaxation, and it can be an effective treatment for a variety of physical and emotional conditions.
Comparing Space Travel and Watsu
While space travel and Watsu are two very different experiences, they do share some commonalities. Both experiences offer a unique sensation that cannot be replicated in our normal environment, and both require us to step outside of our comfort zones in order to fully experience them. There is no question that space travel is risky. However, receiving Watsu is a challenge also to do nothing. To most people who have experienced the need to be responsible over their capacity, to let go of control is risky and difficult. Watsu is a safe frame for us to learn how to let go through the body sensing there is no need to fight in the water, as you cannot grip onto water. You body magically learns to be more fluid, more flexible, and so does your mind. Your body and mind literally learns to relax in your sleep. It is a very direct and effective way to learn to let go and surrender. Both experiences can also be incredibly transformative, and they can challenge us to see ourselves and the world with new perspectives, in a new environment.
However, there are also some notable differences between the two experiences. Space travel is a journey that takes us beyond our planet and into the unknown, while Watsu is an inner journey that connects us beyond time and space. This inner journey takes us into an altered state of deep relaxation and connection with our bodies and our souls. Space travel requires a great deal of physical and mental preparation, while Watsu is an experience that is accessible to almost everyone. You can use the stages of space travel and compare that to a Watsu journey.
Watsu Journey Stage 1: Launch
The most magical sensation is the launch. Being taken from our normal vertical position to horizontal requires a lot of trust, even though this whole launch is at a speed that is slower than slow. You need to trust the Practitioner holding you, and you need to trust that water itself is holding you. If you start closing your eyes gently during the launch, you feel a sense of surrendering control, trusting that the Universe will take care of you.
Watsu Journey Stage 2: Zero Gravity.
Even when you are horizontal, floating in the water, you feel gravity when you are in stillness. It is only when the Practitioner moves you through the water, that you feel truly free of gravity. There is nothing pushing you, so there is no point for you to push back. Eventually, your muscle learns to relax, and so does your mind. This Zero Gravity stage can last for one whole hour, depending on the length of your session. You are in a deep meditative state continuously for probably the longest time you have ever experienced.
Watsu Journey Stage 3: Re-Entry and Landing
For Watsu, re-entry and landing are one stage. It is a stage where you are slowly and gently guided back to your conscious state. You feel spaced out and it normally takes a few seconds for you to come back. At this time, you feel very clear and ready to process your experience, your thoughts, and your downloaded messages from the Universe.
In conclusion, both space travel and Watsu offer unique sensations that cannot be replicated on Earth or on Land. While space travel challenges us to push the limits of what we thought was possible and take us beyond our planet, Watsu is an inner journey that promotes healing and relaxation. While they are vastly different experiences, both can be transformative and offer us new perspectives on ourselves and the world around us. Whether you are embarking on a space mission or receiving a Watsu session, both experiences have the potential to change your life forever.
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