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Taking a Leap of Faith

9 years ago on Sunday 14th October 2012, I tuned in with 12.6 million people to watch Felix Baumgartner jump from space - could it really be, a skydive from space?

The edge of space to man is considered at 64,000 feet, Felix was going to jump from 128.000 feet.

Image Courtesy of Red Bull

Some amazing facts about the jump...

  • 12.6 million people watched it live on TV

  • 9.6 million people watched it live on YouTube

  • The balloon, which transported Felix all the way up to 128,000ft, when fully inflated was approximately 55 storeys high.

  • Felix became the first human to break the sound barrier without engine power during the feat and also broke the records for highest manned balloon flight and highest altitude jump.

  • Felix accelerated to a top speed of of 1,342.8kph (834.5mph)

  • He was in freefall for 4 minutes and 19 seconds

  • Felix broke 3 records. He was the first human to break the sound barrier without engine power, took the for highest manned balloon flight and completed the highest altitude jump.

  • and perhaps one of my favourite facts. Felix had hypnotherapy in the preparation for this incredible challenge

Why Hypnosis?

There is no surprise having read some of the risks associated and the in depth details about the suit that Felix returned home for a year after the physical training to prepare himself mentally. He talks about using hypnotherapy as part of this process.

Read the incredible full article with interviews here

This was an extremely dangerous manoeuvre.

Some of the risks included Felix entering a spin in freefall which would render him unconscious, or his suit ripping open in the atmosphere. which would certainly be fatal

"At that altitude, if the suit were to tear open — by any means — you'd start bleeding from the mouth," Art Thompson, technical project director for the Red Bull Stratos Mission, says in The Pressure Suit.

"With that cold exposure, minus 60 degrees, your saliva starts to freeze up, you start oozing fluids from your eyes. The level of horror is straight out of a science fiction movie."

Again - it is no surprise to me that there was some anxiety there....but there was also claustrophobic feelings associated with the suit.

"Having this suit on my body and feeling it, and the smell of the rubber, made me anxious," Felix Baumgartner

"It's just you - having a hard time breathing, and it's hard dealing with the loneliness. You start thinking about the big jump, when you're sitting in the gondola for two hours, getting higher and higher, you've totally lost your connection to the earth. If something goes wrong, you have to pay for it."

During training Baumgartner had to fight his fear - and the urge to tell the team to get him out of the suit. "I couldn't even stand being in the suit on the ground."

If you have never seen this incredible jump you can watch it here

Mental focus, positive mental attitude, confidence, all needed to take on something so hugely challenging. Hypnosis can be a supportive holistic approach to helping you to unlock your inner power and supportive belief system for a huge challenge or just day to day life.

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