Stress management

A growing part of my work consists of stress management and trauma prevention. A majority of the groups and teams that I work with live and work in conflict areas or perform in international settings under high pressure. The importance of physical and mental fitness is all too often underestimated. My background as a Critical Alignment Yoga teacher and certified TRE® Provider blends in naturally in my regular work as trainer and facilitator.

Team challenges
I offer practical team trainings focussed on stress management in order to help teams to function on a better level. Usually this addresses internal team challenges at the same time.

For organizations and various groups I teach courses on stress management with TRE®. I use practical restorative yoga exercises and mindful breathing and physical exercises. I combine them with theoretical background on stress to increase awareness in the teams on the impact of acute and chronic stress on the body.
These trainings are often combined with sessions of Trauma or Tension Releasing Exercises TRE® in order to provide teams with more powerful and practical tools to reduce physical stress.

Trauma prevention with TRE®
For hands-on trauma prevention and reducing the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), I work with Trauma or Tension Releasing Exercises (TRE®). Working with TRE® as self-help method is very practical.

How does TRE® work?
If your body experiences a threat, it reacts with a fight or flight response. If that doesn’t work anymore, the body freezes like a computer crash. Like mammals, we are made to deal with stress and traumatic events. We have only forgotten how.

In sports or yoga, muscles release their tension superficially, TRE® works more profound in the body. The method enables you to release tension on a deep level, and to learn to regulate the release process yourself. After 3-5 sessions people are usually equipped and empowered with enough tools to apply TRE® back home safely.

I am a certified TRE® Provider. You can find me on the international website of TRE®.
Additionally, I am secretary to the board of the Dutch foundation of TRE® Netherlands.

For Dutch readers
In an interview with the Dutch magazine Gender en Duurzame Vrede, you can read more about my work with NGO’s from Libya, that specialise in supporting female victims of violence: http://nicolien.com/mijn-werk-als-trainer-met-ngos-in-libie/, autumn 2017.