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Introduction to Relaxation Therapy and Psychoneuroimmunology

Medical and health professionals learn clinical skills in evidence-based Relaxation Therapy for chronic conditions.
Relaxation Therapy reduces pain, mood disorders, sleep disorders, trauma and inflammation and is supported by research in Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), the science of mind body health.

This unique and dynamic course introduces the evidence and clinical practice of Relaxation Therapy. It offers an introduction into the why, what and how of Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing (DDB) as an evidence-based intervention for stress-related chronic conditions.

Participants explore the wonderful world of Psychoneuroimmunology research and its' relevance to Relaxation Therapy. The course includes both theoretical and practical components so participants develop proficiency in using relaxation clinically.

Relaxation Therapy is evidence-based, non-pharmacological, non-invasive and cost-efficient. Relaxation Therapy can decrease anxiety, depression, pain, sleep disorders, inflammation and trauma.


  • What is stress and what it is not!
  • Outline psychological & physiological mechanisms of relaxation
  • Importance of relaxation in health
  • Define and outline PNI
  • Current, leading research in PNI and Relaxation
  • Effects of relaxation in conditions such as anxiety, depression and pain
  • Gain personal experience of relaxation and its’ benefits
  • Practice relaxation regularly
  • Develop proficiency to teach relaxation to patients and clients
  • Contraindications and cautions
  • Compliance

Session one is online to deliver theory, evidence and mechanisms of relaxation in healthcare. Session two is also online but will cover practical, experiential components of DDB to ensure best practice. Participants learn via PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, videos and practical experience, during both sessions.

Important note: Due to the current NSW lockdown, both sessions will now be delivered online via Zoom.

Course date: 

Friday 23 July 2021 - Session one, online theory and introduction

Saturday 31 July 2021 - Session two, online practical


Session one - 9am - 12pm (Zoom)

Session two - 9am - 12pm (Zoom)


Session one is online via Zoom.

Session two is a practical component which will be delivered over Zoom

Course structure: 

This course is delivered in two sessions, one week apart.

CPD hours: 6
  $600 (incl. GST) General (suitable for students, staff, researchers and clinicians)
$550 (incl. GST) General Early Bird (Deadline 10 June 2021) Limited places.
$500 (incl. GST)

University of Sydney Students Limited places.

Please contact to register.

Registration:  Registrations for this course have now closed. Please click here to register your interest for the next course.

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Clinical and Professional Development

Susan Wakil Health Building