- Improved health, immunity, sleep and reduced anxiety, depression, burn-out
- Increased energy levels and sense of rejuvenation
- Deep release of chronic and accumulated stress, trauma and healing
- Access to inner peace in the midst of conflict
- Better clarity of mind and greater focus
- Improved ability to manage challenging situations and people
The benefits of the techniques taught in the training are immediate and deepen over time with continued personal / group practice.
- Peacebuilding, development and humanitarian staff
- Health care workers in the pandemic
- First responders
“I have never seen such an effective stress relief as in this workshop…”
“You are more effective than any other psycho-social support organisations”
“This program helped me in finding one of the most important keys to achieve my psychological, mental and physical health”
“This course has released a lot of tension and irritability, leaving me feeling refreshed, cleansed, and quite free in mind, body and spirit.”
“I feel as if every negative thought in my mind was erased.”
“I benefitted from the course on the psychological, mental and physical levels. I was passing through a very stressful phase that I was able to deal with it. I also had sleeping disorders, now my sleeping is settled perfectly and I wake up fresh early.”
“I realised my ability to face problems and obstacles in a better way. I got deep physical rest, and released the stress of the tensions, instability and problems.”
About the Training
Working on or in conflict poses great challenges for our inner lives and can be extremely demanding for our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Peacebuilding practitioners are often working under extremely challenging conditions, which often lead to stress, tension and reduced productivity, but also to burn-out, depression or substance abuse. The impact this has upon the quality of our work as peacebuilders is often underestimated. Rarely have we been trained or educated in practical stress and self-management tools to effectively handle this aspect of peacebuilding work.
This training draws upon proven and scientifically validated techniques to assist people working in difficult, challenging and often traumatic contexts to deal effectively with emotional and physical stresses. The central focus here is on integrating psycho-social health and well-being and personal resilience and stress management into effective peace work.
Independent research from four different continents, published in more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, has shown that SKY and accompanying practices significantly:
- Reduce levels of stress (reduces cortisol – the “stress” hormone)
- Benefit the immune system
- Relieve anxiety & depression (mild, moderate & severe)
- Relieve Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms
- Enhance health, well-being, emotional regulation & peace of mind
- Affect the mind-body system at the molecular level
- Enhance brain and autonomic nervous system function (increases mental focus, calmness & recovery from stressful stimuli)
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Clients and Partners of IAHV’s Professional and Personal Care Programs
ICCS, IRD, Save the Children, Handicap International, NRC, World Vision, UNRWA, Relief International, Jordan River Foundation, Madrasati, Insani, Jesuit Refugee Services, Australian Embassy, SOS Children's Village, Progressive Women Union, Fedasil, Brussels Prevention and Security (BPS), G4S, Swissport,
Case Study: Trauma-Relief Training for Swissport and G4S after the terrorist attack on Brussels Airport 2016
"I am really stunned by the effect of these techniques" - Security Personnel of G4S, 10 months after the terrorist attacks on Brussels Airport.
Having been present at the scene of terror, some personnel were still not leaving their house almost one year after the attack, not getting sleep, suffering from new physical illnesses, not able to care for their children, constantly being bombarded by images and thoughts about the events,....
When they saw psychologists or psychiatrists, these either prescribed medication that made them suicidal or hyper, which they stopped. Or they wanted to hospitalise them on the spot, which they refused.
Instead, through the 15-hr IAHV Trauma Relief Training, they found some rest for the first time in 10 months, fell asleep without sleeping pills, and realised the power of the mind and breath to live life now instead of in the past, and reorient themselves towards the future.
Also several Swissport personnel still suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms, including sleeping problems, living off coffee, emotional outbreaks in public and anti-social behaviour such as not leaving the house. Following the trauma-relief training that Swissport requested IAHV and Art of Living Belgium to conduct, the participants reported they put the butcher's knife with which they had been sleeping under the pillow back into the kitchen, went out into the garden for the first time, reduced their coffee intake to 5 cups a week, could talk openly about what happened, got their sleeping pattern restored instead of waking up 10 times a night, were less invaded by memories, had less emotional outbreaks, went back to the airport for the first time, and smiled again.