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  Coaching for Groups  
  Welcome to our more on Coaching For Groups page. On this page you will find:
  1. Why Do Urban Workplaces Cause Stress?
  2. Over-Using the Eyes
  3. Use Your Working Day to De-Stress Your Life!
  4. Beyond Work Stress: Group Coaching to Lift Workplace Performance
  5. Preventing Workplace Bullying
  6. Interactive Workplace Workshops
  7. Educational Seminars
  8. Ice- breakers and Focus Events for Conferences and Planning days
  9. Pricing
  10. Terms and Conditions
  1) Why Do Urban Workplaces Cause Stress?  
  In today’s urban lifestyle we have largely confined movement to the gym, the sports field, or walking the dog; specific activities that jostle to find their place in our crowded lives. This widespread lack of understanding the importance of activity and movement for stress relief is adding greatly to the problem of workplace stress.

Put simply, working and living indoors generates stress simply because it greatly limits movement. Muscles work in pairs: when one tenses, its partner releases. So when we are active a great many of the body’s muscles tense and release tension. The extensive periods of time we spend sitting cause stress because sitting reduces active movement, limiting the release of muscle tension.

Shifting your habits so that you are releasing stress as it occurs throughout the modern urban working day is possible! Maximising the opportunity for movement as it arises may involve sitting in particular ways, standing to take phone calls, or looking out the window. The important place to start is with an understanding of the sensory basis of stress, and the variety of ways that movement can alleviate this.

  2) Over-Using the Eyes  
  Possibly the greatest source of stress in the urban workplace is the habitual ways we over-use our eyes. Once again, understanding the principle of using muscles through their full range of motion when the opportunity presents itself is the key to reversing this process.

Here’s how things work out for the eye muscles:

Whenever we read print, whether it is on a computer screen, on paper, or as we send a text, the focal distance required of our eyes is much the same. This means that each of the 4 pairs of little muscles that hold the eyes into the head takes up its familiar level of tension and sustains it for much of the day, day after day.

However the effect of urban life-styles goes further. Simply spending most of the time working indoors strains muscles too. The crucial factor is that most indoor spaces are smaller than 6 meters long.

The phrase ’20:20 vision’ is a catch phrase for opticians because it refers to what happens when we look at something – anything at all - at a distance of 20 feet (6 meters) or further. We need to be looking at least this distance in order to relax the muscles that hold the eyes into the eye sockets.

Very few urban workers need to switch their visual focus to 6 meters or beyond while working– to scan the horizon for changes in the weather, for example. Even when we are not reading, whenever we are indoors the focal distance is too close for some of the muscle fibers to ever get to relax.  For most people the main opportunity to look further than 6 meters and release muscle tension is when travelling to and from work.

  3) Use Your Working Day to De-Stress Your Life!  
  Recognising that movement is the body’s key stress-relieving system can reverse the common experience that life is something that has to be ‘recovered from’ in the weekend. Throughout the working day, while you are also:
  • attending a meeting
  • standing in a queue
  • waiting in traffic, or
  • being driven to work

you can also be exercising your eyes, relaxing your body, or calming your mind.  Applying smart habits to daily routines in this way can greatly reduce overload and stress, providing improved focus, satisfaction and more productive use of time.

For most people the big opportunity to exercise the eyes is to gaze out the window on the way to work. Whatever the view, as the eyes focus and re-focus on distant objects, the muscles that are mostly tensioned for close focus get to reverse their level of tension. So, simply looking out the window (rather than texting or reading) while travelling is a vital stress-relieving activity!

In fact, any time you look into the distance while thinking, waiting, or talking on the phone, qualifies as a stress-relieving action. Positioning your desk where there is a window to look out of, lifting your gaze at the photocopier, counting the clouds while waiting to speak to your manager, are all smart, stress-relieving habits.

  4) Beyond Work Stress: Group Coaching to Lift Performance  
  Our Workshops and Seminars train participants in stress releasing habits so that exercise is not just something we have to find extra time to do after work – it is easy to learn how to have effective, stress-releasing activity as part of your working day.

The simple and empowering message here is that, given all of the daily sensory demands of the urban workplace, moving muscles - including particularly the eye muscles - during the working day contributes to releasing stress, which in turn lifts workplace achievement.

It is not necessary to trample over the boundaries of personal privacy and unduly emphasise ‘personal issues’ in order to resolve workplace stress and even workplace bullying. Understanding the sensory basis of stress and embracing the habit of being active at work, lowers stress.

  5) Preventing Workplace Bullying  

High stress levels predispose workers to the increasingly common experience of workplace bullying. Actively taking opportunities to fully move the muscles of the eyes and the body counteracts the physical and mental inflexibility of the fight/flight response.

The fight/ flight response, technically known as the Tendon Guard Reflex, becomes active in both the direct victims and close bystanders of workplace bullying. This instinctual human response to alarm requires specific movement patterns to release it. However understanding the importance of moving muscles fully, and often, builds the personal resilience that helps prevent the fight/flight response from activating.

As the 21st century workforce continues to accumulate unresolved stress from increasingly mentally demanding and  decreasingly physically active work patterns, Beyond Stress’ Group Coaching provides a unique counter-measure.  Against the increasingly common experience of stress and inter-personal tension at work our classes promote an easy camaraderie, based on the common experience of urban living.

Group Coaching with Beyond Stress is exciting and effective.  Grasping these simple principles empowers people to perform the routines of living and working in ways that release stress rather than creating it, generating enthusiasm, extending productivity and lifting performance.

  " I enjoyed the course very much, especially your stories explaining the ways in which we learn to process what we see. The concept of motion and seeing needing to be integrated was a new understanding for me, and it was great to hear your observations on the seeing processes developing to bring a comprehensible view of the world to us. The smorgasbord of stretching exercises you exposed us to provides me with a great choice of exercises to do when my pc pops up its reminders every hour & I am far more serious about caring for myself and actually stopping for a break instead of ignoring them and getting on with the 'real work'."  
  6) Interactive Workplace Workshops  
  Beyond Stress’ Workshops show how to use daily activities in ways that resolve stress, rather than cause it. Our methods train participants to turn  key workplace stressors into workplace stress-relievers.

This innovative approach empowers staff performance for:

  • beating the inevitable accumulation of stress
  • responding to challenges
  • personal resilience
  • faster reports
  • creative thinking

These workshops demonstrate how to productively address the instinctual responses of human beings that function beyond the familiar level of conscious thinking.

Workshops are generally for 2 – 4 hours and tailored to the specific features of your workplace. An optional Programme Enhancer  Session is recommended 3 weeks later, to maximise the uptake of new behaviours.

  7) Educational Seminars  
  Our seminars provide education on:
  • how the brain works
  • the sensory basis of stress
  • the effects of sensory overload

We present brief daily activities and lifestyle choices that turn major stress factors into stress-releasing habits, enabling participants to take away options that improve performance and productivity. These seminars are valuable as lunchtime presentations, within Workplace Training Programmes, or as something different for your Conference Programme.

  8) Icebreakers and Focus Events for Conferences and Planning Days  
  20 or 30 minutes of interactive activities lift participant engagement and improve information uptake. Ideal for time-pressured events and workplaces seeking increased productivity. These interactive presentations provide:
  • light-hearted introduction to key focus and concentration skills
  • activities that promote relaxation and sustain mental processing
  • a format that settles your event rapidly into productive working mode

Use us to bring a welcome spot of action to those less productive after-lunch or late afternoon time slots.

  9) Pricing  
  The design and content of workshops and presentations is tailored to suit your requirements.

Pricing is as follows:
  • 3.5 hour programmes for up to 8 participants: $1,200.00
    An additional $135.00 per person over 8 participants.

  • 2.5 hour programmes for up to 8 participants: $900.00
    An additional $110.00 per person over 8 participants.

  • Programme Enhancer: a further 1.5 hours for the original group: $400.00
    An additional $50.00 per person over 8 participants.

  • 50 minute Seminars: $300.00 per session. $250.00 per session for 3 or more.

  • 20 minute Conference Ice Breakers and Focus Events: $250.00.

The above prices exclude travel costs. Travel expenses outside Wellington City to be met by the organization booking our services.

  10) Terms and Conditions  

Unless otherwise arranged, payment for Workshops and Presentations are due within 7 days.

Group Coaching Sessions can be changed up to 7 days before the time arranged and rebooked subject to availability. A cancellation fee of 15% applies at less than 7 days notice, plus any non-refundable travel costs.

  • “The tide really turned from the moment we did that work.”
  • “I experienced results right from the first session.”
  • “Even my boss remarked on the increase in my confidence, happiness, and openness to previously stressful situations.”
  • “Since the sessions I’ve been very motivated and happy with my life.”
  • “The sessions were remarkably effective, and I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending the process.”
  • “Before the sessions I was in a spin. Now I have an overwhelming sense of balance and calm.”
  • “Thanks to your sessions I now have control over my future.”
  • “Beyond Stress recognised my situation and addressed it with real competence.”
  • “Working with Beyond Stress made me steady and able to see what I wanted to achieve.”
  • “Working with Beyond Stress gave me real strength and confidence. We resolved the patterns that kept generating my oversensitivity.”
  • “Working with Beyond Stress has been profoundly rewarding.”
  • “Thanks to the sessions I developed a sense of calm and ease.”
  • “The work with Beyond Stress is the reason we are sleeping better, and are enjoying a much more positive lifestyle.”