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I offer advanced training in the areas of performance optimization and stress resilience. This training has been beneficial to athletes, executives with high stress loads, parents, and wounded military service members with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

You will learn techniques including:

  • Autonomic nervous system regulation
  • Advanced breathing methods to hyper-oxygenate and alkalize
  • Psoas release

About Rob Hartman

Rob Hartman is a performance and stress resilience expert, and the author of Hacking Your Nervous System. Rob has traveled all over the world to study the nervous system and its relationship on our health and performance levels. Rob has trained with neuroscientists, yogis, shamans, stress experts, and researchers in the U.S., India, Bali, and Peru.

Through his advanced breathing and body techniques, Rob has helped thousands of people transform their lives by getting to the root cause of most issues: stress. Rob has trained executives, lawyers, medical doctors, yoga teachers, physical therapists, martial artists, and champion poker players. Rob has also trained hundreds of veterans and military members with PTSD and trauma, and has helped them recover from brain injuries and increase their performance in combat. 

Before he began his stress resilience research, Rob worked in cyber security and warfare for two decades. He’s designed security systems for super computers, space platforms, and missile defense. He has helped clients in the defense, civilian and intelligence sectors of the U.S. government, and he designed the first computer security strategy for the Costa Rican government.

While he was working in cyber security and warfare, Rob felt completely burnt out and was in poor health. He decided to make a drastic lifestyle shift and learn techniques to become resilient to everyday stressors. In 2009, Rob began a quest to research these techniques, which led him on a global endeavor to study with Wim Hof (A.K.A The Iceman), travel to Bali to study with Elizabeth Gilbert’s medicine woman and learn from medical doctors and a Peruvian shaman.

Rob’s entire life was transformed through these methods, and he made it his mission to bring these techniques back to the U.S. After witnessing the life-changing transformations of his clients, Rob wanted to make these techniques accessible and affordable to military members and veterans. Rob founded StressFreeDC, a nonprofit organization that provides low cost stress and trauma resilience training to military combat veterans, foreign service, and journalists returning from combat zones. 

Rob has worked in the Department of Treasury, the Department of Defense, and Intel Security. He graduated with an MS in technology management from George Mason University School of Business. 

Rob is a certified Tension & Trauma Release Exercise Practitioner and a graduate of the following programs: Klinghardt Academy's Autonomic Response Testing and Applied PsychoNeuroBiology, Mankind Project Leadership Training, Coach Training International, Wim Hof Method, Art of Living, Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Shadow Work, The Meadows Survivors, and Hellinger Family Constellations. 

 
 

Testimonials

“This was the most relaxed I’ve felt in months. It wasn’t laborious, just bliss. — D. Kagan
“I came in with very little knowledge of the parasympathetic nervous system. At the end of the class, I had an understanding of what stress does to my body and how it holds on to it. I went away feeling relaxed, euphoric, and eager to practice these techniques. — Wade, Wounded Operation Iraqi Freedom
“Really cool stuff. I’m usually cynical about this sort of thing, but really enjoyed it. — G. Kemper
“A great class - easy to follow and a great break from a hectic work week! — A. Dewey
“Rob’s insight and teaching have opened my eyes to not only the power of the human body and the dangers of being in a chronic state of high stress, but also our ability to down-regulate and change that through a variety of breathing and release methods. This is exactly what I have needed for so long I will definitely be back for more.— Ellen, workshop participant and travel consultant
“The techniques learned were extremely effective at helping me recenter and refocus before starting my next task. The staff who participated were very grateful. They expressed afterward how much they appreciated the workshop and the agency focusing on ‘their self-care.’ They are looking forward to the next workshop! — Jessica MacLeod, MSW, Director of Social Services, Thrive DC
“Our time with Rob was such a relaxing experience...I fell asleep. — Anonymous
“I dealt with extreme stress at the end of 2016 / early 2017 and I wish I had known how to better manage the physical aspects of it. Would love to learn more- about the tremors, I always thought they were a sign of muscle weakness or lack of control. — Anonymous
“I learned how to escape my stressful thoughts and worries and to just be in the moment. I haven’t felt that relaxed in a long time — K. Herhold
“I really enjoyed that experience. I always forget the importance of stepping back, listening to the body, so that was greatly appreciated. Thank you! Favorite part was the tremoring—so weird but very interesting! — Jenna
“I haven’t felt this connected to my body in a long time. I’ve had anxiety for years and this workshop taught me some very useful tools to handle it moving forward. — C.G., a Broadcast News Anchor
“This workshop melted away my stress during a time of anxiety and stress. — S. Philibotte

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