About Thrive

Thriving in life comes when we learn how to reduce stress. We are a wellbeing organisation with a difference. Our number one priority is to help people manage stress in a practical and sustainable way. We provide up-beat, engaging programs, workshops, and related services using evidence-based strategies that teach people how to work, learn and live better. Making good decisions is the natural result, leading to success however you define it.

Thrive is a Melbourne-based business and our people are experienced professionals who practice what they preach. Many years of experience helping people manage stress has shown us that mindfulness is the best way to do so. We are committed to make mindfulness accessible to everyone and we do so with humour and lightheartedness, and without the new age jargon.

Holistic Wellness Programs

Our programs are holistic and recognise that we well as stress management, good nutrition, the right amount and type of physical activity, and enough sleep also enable people to be at their best. Outcomes include health seeking behaviours across these topic areas. We develop packages to suit the specific requirements of each organisation to ensure we are addressing your unique challenges.

Wherever possible Thrive will donate or provide services at a discount rate to charities and community groups who cannot afford our services

The Research about Mindfulness

Most of the research about the benefits of mindfulness to date has been about health and wellbeing. More recently however there has been more research  in the areas of  neuroscience, performance and learning. Here is a summary of the research to date.

Mindfulness can improve medical conditions including diabetes and hypertension, mental health problems such as depression and anxiety and lifestyle related conditions such as weight problems, drug and alcohol abuse and sleep disorders. Mindfulness is also protective for heart health.

The neuroscience research supports that mindful meditation slows the reduction in grey matter that usually that occurs with age. It appears to improve brain function by improving our ability to focus which of course positively impacts learning, and effectiveness in whatever we might be trying to achieve at work or in our personal lives. In pain management using mindfulness practices, pain is not only perceived as being more tolerable, it appears that activity in the brain that is associated with pain is decreased. This article summarises the neuroscience research findings in depth. More research is required but there is agreement that the findings are very promising and are consistent with what mindfulness practitioners report.

Research about mindfulness in education shows very promising results.

The use of mindfulness for injury prevention in sport and by elite athletes is well established and there is a huge amount of anecdotal evidence that it improves performance. Lastly it has been shown to increase empathy which can improve interpersonal relationships, a critical factor in creating happy, productive workplaces.