Anja van der Pol

Life coaching and personal development trainer at Oh, zit het zo!

You are stronger than you think! That is the starting point in the coaching I offer. People come to me with very different issues, both private problems and work-related issues. Often help is only sought when they are really struggling. Stress has then already built up considerably. It is great that I can offer the VRelax glasses in the initial phase of a coaching program. Relaxing for 15 minutes every day has proven to be an effective way to reduce stress. From this relaxation the coaching process can begin. Both clients and employers say they are enthusiastic about the use of VRelax glasses! Below is the experience of a client of mine:

“Because I had to wait two weeks before I had the first interview, Anja gave me the VR glasses. I had told her during the introductory meeting that I have a lot of stress. I was nervous, quick to anger and slept badly. Every day before I went to sleep I used the VR glasses to watch different nature movies. I quickly fell asleep peacefully. Really nice! It has done me good. I became calmer in my head. I also put on the glasses sometimes when I felt restless. Then I felt relaxed.”

Marlies Nauta

Logistics employee international transport company

My father passed away after a years-long illness. Shortly after, I lost my dog, our family had to move and Covid-19 came around the corner. Since then I have been suffering a lot from depressive thoughts. I always smile, like in the picture, but my walls have completely collapsed inside. I am in the middle of a grieving process and at the same time my work demands full attention. So now I have to sit at home, exhausted, and have an appointment with a psychologist every week. Months ago I entered a phase in which I felt I wasn’t getting anywhere. I was really stuck so I started Googling myself and that’s how I came across VRelax. The psychologist was not familiar with VRelax but bought it from the organization in the hope that more people could benefit from it.

I can now combat the persistent gloominess with VRelax so that I can work a little again. Talking helps and releases a lot at the same time, but thanks to the combination treatment with the use of VRelax at the end of a session, I can really relax. What makes me most happy is that the family at home perks up when I am more cheerful. I really hope that people start using these kinds of techniques more. I never thought what effect those horses in the VRelax goggles would have on me. Cool! I would say less pills, more glasses! 🙂


Pupil at Stichting OBO Duin- en Bollenstreek

Emma (8) has an energetic and enthusiastic character. She can easily get overexcited in her head and has trouble concentrating during the lessons at school. She is also a newcomer and comes from a dynamic home situation where Dutch is not the native language.

The conclusion is that VRelax helps Emma to calm her overstimulated brain, learn through play by exploring the different worlds in the VRelax app and, for example, count the dolphins she sees swimming everywhere. By briefly putting on the VR glasses before the lessons, she can express what she has learned and absorb knowledge in a much more concentrated way. For example, after using VRelax for 5 minutes, Emma was able to name the months of the year without any difficulty, something she was unable to do beforehand!

Anja Granneman

Nurse Johannesbos Detox / GGz Centraal in Ermelo

Earlier this year I came into contact with a colleague from another mental healthcare institution. She had done successful research with the VRelax. This virtual application made me curious whether the VRelax would also be suitable within the addiction care of Johannesbos Detox. Arina van Domselaar (Innovator) and I purchased two VRelax goggles for the Detox department. With the VRelax there are now two field studies running. The first study looks at the experiences of clients with the VRelax in cases of tension, agitation, anxiety and craving.

The VR studies are small-scale. The experiences of clients are measured by means of questionnaires. The first experiences with VRelax appear to be successful so far. Clients see VRelax as adding value to their treatment. We not only see that the tension is reduced, but also the craving for the drug. Because of this positive experience, clients also start asking for the VRelax themselves. Very nice! Also during the withdrawal phase from the addictive drug, where we use validated measuring instruments before and after the VRelax, we see that in most situations the withdrawal symptoms decrease. During withdrawal, there is often high blood pressure and a rapid pulse rate. After using the VRelax we see that both blood pressure and pulse rate are lower than the measurement before using the VRelax.

I would therefore advise colleagues to also look for a suitable eHealth innovation for their target group. The VRelax clearly fills a need and colleagues also enjoy using it during their break.