Trial session

30 minutes against stress

The functions of our body are based on opposites. In everyday life, the principle of tension and relaxation is often forgotten. If the weight is on only one of the two poles, this leads to a dysbalance in both manifestations – either due to a lack of movement or due to too much tension in everyday life. Dysbalance, in turn, triggers stress. It is not without reason that the World Health Organization (WHO) has dubbed stress the greatest health threat of the 21st century:

  • Physical consequences of stress: Chronic stress puts the body into a permanent state of activation, which can lead to sleep disturbances and exhaustion, muscle tension and a weakening of the immune system. Likewise, permanently stressed people have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
  • Psychological consequences of stress: Inner tension and concentration difficulties can cause considerable psychological stress, including depression, panic attacks, anxiety disorders and burnout.
  • Social consequences of stress: Permanent stress endangers social and family relationships and resilience in the workplace.

Stress-induced illnesses on the rise

In this context, the Swiss Stress Index 2018 shows a disturbing development: Around one in four employed persons in Switzerland experiences chronic stress. The proportion of emotionally exhausted people tends toward 30%. However, stress is not only associated with personal suffering, but also with significant productivity losses: in 2018, stress cost Swiss employers around CHF 6.5 billion.

Addressing those factors that alleviate or prevent stress therefore makes sense not only from a health perspective, but also from an economic one.

Combating stress sustainably

People who are well equipped to combat stress are those who regularly engage in physical activity, relax and thus switch off their thoughts – and, above all, are able to be mindful of their own needs. Stress researchers agree that all these skills can be systematically practiced and intensified.

We at Zenmove have taken the lack of balance between tension and relaxation as an opportunity to develop a unique method of combating stress and thus all stress-induced complaints (tension, back pain, sleep disorders, nervousness, etc.) with movement and relaxation. Since people who are particularly susceptible to stress very often have few time resources available, the Zenmove method is designed to achieve the greatest possible effect on body and mind in the shortest possible time (30 minutes). This effect is achieved by the fact that in the first 15-minute part, an individual trainer-guided workout is completed, which leads to maximum muscle tension. This is followed in the second part by a special relaxation method, which is performed in a relax box developed by the start-up itself. Both parts, according to the company’s philosophy, can only be performed together and interdependently.

Tension and relaxation even in a short time

Zenmove thus appeals to people who want to make significant changes to their lifestyle in a short amount of time – whether to alleviate existing stress complaints or to prevent them. The trend-setting method makes it possible to integrate tension and relaxation into everyday life with professional guidance and a minimum of time.

In view of the ever-increasing number of people who have to make use of the health care system because of stress-induced complaints, it is to be expected (and hoped) that the method of tension and relaxation will still find many customers.