An Introduction to Relaxation Skills – Returning

The goal of all relaxation techniques is to consciously induce the body’s natural physiological relaxation response, which is characterised by slower breathing, lower blood pressure and a feeling of calm and well-being.

They differ from mindfulness practice in that mindfulness is about being aware of your moment to moment experience, both internal and external and accepting whatever this is: there is no intention or goal to bring about change to the central nervous system. Relaxation techniques include a number of practices that have a direct effect on the nervous system such as progressive muscular relaxation, imagery and deep breathing exercises.

This introductory session is aimed at developing an understanding of relaxation and its benefits.  Attendees will also experience a variety of relaxation techniques.

By the end of the session, you will:

  • Have an understanding of what relaxation is.
  • Understand the benefits of relaxation technique.
  • Understand and experience what “deep breathing” is.
  • Experience and practice a variety of relaxation techniques.
  • Identify which techniques work for you and/or which techniques may best work for others and how to adapt them to everyday life.


Date:  5 September 2024

Times:  1.30pm to 4.30pm

Venue:  Room 3, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL


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