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Psychoneuroimmunology-based Relaxation Therapy

Psychoneuroimmunology-based Relaxation Therapy
A leading course to treat chronic conditions with evidence-based relaxation techniques

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) provides evidence for interventions such as diaphragmatic breathing (DB) and guided imagery (GI).

With theoretical and practical components, this short course introduces relaxation for pain, mood disorders, sleep disorders, trauma, inflammation and stress-related conditions. It is ideal for medical and health professionals who wish to practice clinical applications of DB and GI and understand current PNI research.

Learn how PNI demonstrates mind body connections at cellular and molecular levels.

Identify how PNI supports the efficacy of relaxation as a therapeutic intervention.

Gain skills to apply DB and GI in clinical practice.

Gain proficiency to teach patients to practice simple relaxation techniques effectively.

Practice relaxation for personal health and wellbeing.

Relaxation is an emerging intervention in 21st century healthcare. It is evidence-based, non-pharmacological, non-invasive and cost-efficient for chronic conditions.


  1. Module 1: Introduction to Diaphragmatic Breathing (DB) and Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)
    • What is stress and what it is not!
    • Introduction, definition and history of PNI
    • Practical skills in DB
  2. Module 2: Clinical applications of DB and current research in Relaxation Therapy
    • Acute versus chronic inflammation
    • Current, leading research in PNI and Relaxation in chronic conditions
    • Clinical applications of DB
  3. Module 3: Introduction to Guided Imagery (GI) and a PNI approach to distress and disease
    • Practical skills in GI for general relaxation and chronic conditions
    • Leading research in GI
    • More research in PNI, health and relaxation
  4. Module 4: Refining clinical applications of DB, GI and PNI in 21st century healthcare
    • Skills to practice and teach DB and GI
    • More PNI research in relaxation
    • Putting it all together

Learning outcomes

  1. Define and describe relaxation, relaxation therapy, stress and distress
  2. Identify the importance of Psychoneuroimmunology in healthcare today
  3. Review current understanding of chronic inflammation, chronic stress & chronic conditions
  4. Experience & practice Diaphragmatic Breathing
  5. Experience & practice Guided Imagery
  6. Gain proficiency in the clinical application of DB & GI

Course delivery method

An 8-hour online course delivered over 4 weeks from Monday 13 March to Thursday 6 April.
Weeks 1 and 4 are live on Zoom and Weeks 2 and 3 are self-directed. Each week’s online materials will be available one week prior. Weekly brief, personal practice of techniques is expected.

Pre-week 1
30 minutes of required pre-learning.

Week 1
Zoom Thursday 16 March 2023
3 - 5pm AEDT

Weeks 2 and 3
Self-directed online theory and practical modules

Week 4
Zoom Thursday 6 April 2023
3 - 5pm AEST

Course pre-requisites

This course has been designed for any health professional looking to expand their knowledge and clinical skills in evidence-based relaxation therapy. Upon registration and prior to week one commencing, you will be required to complete 30 minutes of pre-learning before attending the first Zoom session in week one.

Additional course information

This course includes two zoom sessions which are compulsory and must be attended in order to receive a certificate of completion.

  1. Week one: Thursday 16 March 2023, 3 - 5pm AEDT (Zoom)
  2. Week two: Thursday 6 April 2023, 3 - 5pm AEST (Zoom)
Course fees
 General Registration  $750 (incl. GST)
Registration is closed. Please contact [email protected]

You will need to login or create an account in our system to enrol.

Registration is closed. Please contact [email protected]

You will need to login or create an account in our system to enrol.

Online event
Monday, 13 March 2023 to
Thursday, 06 April 2023
6 CPD Hour/s
Delivered Online


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