"Airspace Indoor Skydiving is the best therapy for me!"
Following a lack of oxygen in my brain after an accident in 1994, I suffer to this day from a combination of dystonia, spasticity and Parkinsonism.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
I don’t have balance, I am in pain and I suffer from all the classic symptoms that are linked with Multiple Sclerosis.
For the last couple of months I have gone twice a week to Airspace Indoor Skydiving!
I have my personal coach, Bill S. He’s a World Champion and comes from Arizona, USA.
Every time I go to Airspace I feel genuinely great! I have my personal equipment: suit, helmet and shoes. As opposed to what you might think, I don’t need any special gear.
When I arrive, we start with a briefing. Bill explains in short what we will do and then I prepare to enter the tunnel.
I used to fly 2x 3 minutes and now I fly 3x 4 minutes. What I learn now is to keep my body in balance. This isn’t easy because of my condition. I am already able to go forward, backward, up and down.
I need to think really hard to be able to execute those movements, but I can do it! Nevertheless, this needs to become a habit for me so I need to keep exercising.
Once I am back on the ground, I analyze the video with Bill and he tells me what I should change in order to improve. This stimulates me a lot because I know I could do better next time.
Ever since I started flying I feel better, not only physically but also mentally. I feel light, as like I’m floating in the air.
I would say: if I can do it, you can do it!
Vanessa Folkner – 29/11/1972
Ondanks haar ziekte heeft Vanessa iedere week een vaste afspraak bij haar zus in de windtunnel om zorgeloos te skydiven.
woensdag 4 november 2015