iRest Integrative Restoration, A Meditative Approach to Healing: Bringing Calm and Ease to Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and/or Stalking.

Jennifer R. Shearin; Kim Anderson, PhD, MSW, LCSW; Terry Wilson, M.Ed., R.N., C.H.E.S
Published:2014

ABSTRACT

METHOD © This research single-subject design tested the feasibility of iRest – Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra an evidence based form of meditation—as an intervention for trauma recovery for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) and/or stalking. Through purposeful sampling, two participants were selected to receive the intervention for 8-meditation sessions over a 5-week period. In order to compare differences, one participant met criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and one participant did not. Findings indicated: The main category to emerge from the qualitative data analysis included the process of finding and reconnecting with one’s true self. Quantitative analysis revealed a decrease in PTSD, anxiety, stress, and depression. An increase in resiliency and mindfulness as it relates to non-reactivity to inner experience and acting with awareness. Qualitative analysis revealed a primary construct of “finding and connecting with inner self,” which included other aspects of self.