Trauma therapy

Sport in peace work

Any peacebuilding that aims to emancipate persons and redefine gender roles requires a clear mind.

contributed to D+C/E+Z in spring 2016 as a sports and movement therapist specialising in psychological issues. Since July 2013, she has been working with the Young Women’s Christian Association of the DR Congo (YWCA-DRC) as a Civil Peace Service expert deployed by Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service, non-governmental German agency.

Massage for everyone after back training. S. Bischoff Massage for everyone after back training.

People need to be prepared and encouraged to question their inner feelings and change attitudes. Doing so liberates them from a sense of helplessness.

In a fragmented world marked by fear, peacebuilding requires practice and training. Asian martial arts such as Qigong, Tai-Chi or Aikido, are most useful in this context. They permit the persistent, fear-free repetition of exercise that is needed to foster the kind of personal growth that leads to the awareness of painful patterns and habits and resolve them in new patterns of action and thought.

Peacebuilding also requires protection of individuals by the community as well as security in it. There is a chance of linking physical sensations and emotions to conscious thought in groups guided in a competent manner. The result can be behavioural change in the sense of stronger personal coordination and self-confidence.

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