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Evidence - some relevant studies
Two studies on Lift sessions have been completed and the results are below
Project HOPE
  • From September 2011 to June 2014 Project Hope was offered to examine the effects of Lift sessions formerly known as Ignite Your Spirit Therapy, on sufferers of depression.
  • 120 participants started and 76 participants completed the program.
  • Each participant received 8 individual sessions.
  • Each participant had a confirmed, independent diagnosis of depression from a psychologist or GP prior to commencing the program.
  • As a measure, participants agreed to complete three DASS forms (the Depression Anxiety and Stress scale) at weeks 1, 6 and 12.
PROJECT HOPE
Although Project Hope was aimed at offering assistance to those with depression, we found some exciting results with stress and anxiety as well.
Results on Depression
Results on Anxiety
Results on Stress

Study on people suffering from depression

  • In 2008 we did a study of an 8 week mentoring program utilising the tools of Lift sessions.
  •  We worked with 27 severely depressed people and 20 completed which is a high retention rate.
  • They attended one morning a week for a group Lift session.
  • They had one individual session of Lift.
  • All were stable on their medications for at least six months before the study, all were severely depressed and some were also anxious and agoraphobic.


Depression Pilot Study 2008
  • The mean level of depression at the commencement of the study, on the DASS Scale was 27.1, - severe to extremely severe depression.
  • By follow up this had significantly reduced to 10.5 - mild depression, (below 10 on this scale is normal).
Depression scores
pre and post treatment
DASS Depression Scale
Anxiety scores
pre and post treatment

DASS Anxiety Scale

Levels of anxiety were also significantly reduced from the severe to normal range.
STRESS scores
pre and post treatment

DASS Stress Scale

Levels of stress were also significantly reduced from the moderate to normal range.
LIFE SATISFACTION scores
pre and post treatment

Satisfaction with your life

Life satisfaction significantly improved.
The normative range for Western means is
70-80 points. This was a vast change for
such a short period (8 weeks).
SELF ESTEEM scores
pre and post treatment

Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale

Self esteem levels were
significantly improved.
LIFE SATISFACTION scores
pre and post treatment

Dysfunctional Attitude Scale

There was a significant reduction in dysfunctional attitudes, bringing the mean score for the group into the normal range.

One of our practitioners offered weekly Lift Meditation (then called IYS Meditation) to staff and patients at the Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for approximately 3 months, and survey responses from participants as to its benefits are set out in Table C below.

Table C Survey Results - Lift Meditation Children’s Hospital Melbourne

A meta analysis of 47 studies of meditation undertaken by Johns Hopkins University, showed that it lessens depression, anxiety and pain equal to medication, but without side effects. (Goleman and Davidson, The Science of Meditation, 2017  ISBN: 9780241975688). Studies in meditation and mindfulness based meditation therapies has gone from nil in 1990 to around 11,000 per year by 2016 (ibid). Goleman and Davidson, scientists working in the field of meditation research, also say it is advantageous to have a teacher in order to optimise the benefits of meditation.

Self-compassion, a mindfulness based program that has been well researched, is part of our Lift session suite of techniques. Studies show that it creates a substantial positive change in a number of indicia of good health and wellbeing: see table D below.

Table D - Benefits of Self Compassion

Energy Healing

We also include energy healing where appropriate. The evidentiary basis includes two meta analyses of non contact healing studies[1]. Of these studies one related to human and one to cells, plants and animals. 49 non-whole human studies from 34 papers and 57 whole human studies across 56 papers were included. The evidence from both suggested that subjects in the active condition exhibited a significant improvement in wellbeing relative to control subjects under circumstances that do not seem to be susceptible to placebo and expectancy effects. [1] By Roe, CA Sonnex, C and Roxburgh, EC published in Explore journal Volume 11, Issue 1, January–February 2015, Pages 11-23.

Our Point of Difference

We combine all of these robust approaches to wellbeing to ensure that our clients receive exactly what they need to overcome burnout, overwhelm, depression and pain.  It is our joy to see the vibrancy and resilience returning to people who have been wrung out and feeling exhausted.
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