Meditation and physical activity is the winning combination to help victims of sexual assault, according to a new US study.
According to a new study by Rutgers University (in the US), victims of sexual assault with post-traumatic stress disorder would benefit from a new technique called MAP Training My Brain, composed of meditation and physical activity. The technique is allegedly effective in improving self-esteem and reducing negative thoughts in the victimsq.
This work was conducted with 100 women aged 18 to 32 years: about one third of them had already suffered a sexual assault during their lifetime. The volunteers were divided into 4 groups: the women in group 1 followed the MAP Training My Brain technique, the women in group 2 only meditated, the women in group 3 used only physical activity and the women Group 4 did nothing at all.
The group 1 women had 2 MAP Training My Brain sessions per week. These sessions consisted of 20 minutes of sitting meditation plus 10 minutes of meditation while walking and 30 minutes of aerobic physical activity (brisk walking, walking, biking, swimming or dancing).
The Verdict? After 6 weeks, women in group 1 reported higher rates of well-being than those reported by women in groups 2, 3, and 4. Depressive symptoms, anxiety, negative thoughts, and depressing thoughts were especially less present.
According to the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, 25% of women worldwide experience sexual or physical abuse in their lifetime. Women are four times more likely than men to be sexually assaulted and ten times more likely to be raped.