Stress Awareness Presentation
A gym wanted to add value for its clientele, as well as differentiating itself from the competition by keeping its members engaged. As such, they promoted holistic living during an annual, week long event and booked speakers who would present interesting and inspiring material to their yoga students.
The usual yoga lesson was substituted with a knowledge presentation containing new information about Ayurveda. The yoga students learned that there are various stress body types and discovered how to balance ones own stress-body-type with nutrition and lifestyle. The interactive discussion and ‘find your body type’ exercises enabled the students to gain insight into their relationship dynamics with stress.
The feedback from the interactive session was positive and as such the same presentation is to run four times a year at this particular yoga studio, helping not only the students themselves to make a difference to their lives, but also enabling the staff to provide extra value to their members.
Following the success and fantastic feedback of last year’s holistic week, we are planning another one at the beginning of August. I would love for Sonja to be involved again as her energy and enthusiasm was a great contribution last time!
(George Kousouros, Virgin Active Health Club)
Lunch & Learn
The team was looking for an engaging and stimulating lunch time presentation to break up the weekly routine, which was very focused but lacked variation.
A lunch-and-learn session began with the participants engaging socially with stimulating music whilst having their lunch together in the presentation room. This set the session up with a lovely atmosphere and prepared the attendees to enjoy the journey through the presentation. As such, they were engaged and interested in learning new things about their health and well-being.
The participants felt that they had been on a journey of discovery during their lunch break, which provided the external stimulus and creativity they had been looking for. Due to this, the company found that the presentation content was not only useful to the individuals themselves, but to the overall business as well because staff happiness keeps the place running smoothly. Plus the presentation served as a talking point for the team for several weeks afterwards.
“The well-being seminar at Euromonitor International’s lunch hour was very informative and enjoyable. It was designed for those who are interested in health lifestyle issues, but do not have enough time or experience to explore this subject individually. Sonja gave focused and thought-provoking information on different body types and their reactions, a starting point for further interest. It was interesting, interactive and relaxing time, with some personal discoveries, laughter and communication – excellent break in the busy office day in the circle of like-minded people and the expert”.
Evelina Fisher, Head of Sales MEA
Entrepreneurs are the first to realise that they often suffer from a lack of productivity due to impaired wellness, and those who work freelance don’t benefit from corporate HR and wellness policies, such as ergonomic seating and other such wellbeing solutions. If you combine wellness unbalance with a constant requirement to work to a deadline, then you can kickstart further occupational health problems and a vicious cycle of stress as further deadlines come around.
I was invited to speak to entrepreneurs one evening at one of their premises about healthy work habits and stress management. This was a more formal approach to a lunch-and-learn as it was regarded as a ‘must have’ rather than a ‘nice to have’ knowledge presentation.
The entrepreneurs felt that they were in control and knowledgeable about preventing occupational related health problems. They also benefited from the Ayurveda-stress-body-type system, which will allow them to monitor their own stress indicators and modify behaviour proactively and accordingly to avoid any future health problems which may have otherwise have developed.
“Freelance translators have some of the least healthy work habits – long hours crouched over a laptop, pushy project managers who shorten our deadlines to give themselves longer ones, and always the temptation to overwork which is less prevalent than in the 9-to-5 world. How refreshing, then, to benefit from Network Wellness’ structured and ayurvedic-based wellness regime. By incorporating Sonja’s wise words and experience in our daily regimen, we return to the market refreshed and ready for the tightest project.”
Matthew Paines, Japanese to English Freelance Translator
We appreciate the immense contribution Sonja has made to make to our small health business. Her dedication to our customer’s well-being was a great asset to our business. We now work with more customers, produce better products and have more knowledge of the market as a result.
(Ayhan Sezer, SAF Express)
Lunch & Learn
Philip Kienzler, Senior Programmer
” Sonja was available to cover for an absent yoga teacher at short notice for us. We have received a ton of positive feedback from our members about her class. We will certainly have her back when we need somebody again. “
Milena Petrova, Studio & Events Manager, Fitness First Harrow