Guided Relaxation – Free

Quick relaxation techniques to help you restore balance in your life.

This course gives you simple and effective therapeutic techniques for learning relaxation. When you make it part of your routine relaxation helps compensate for what life takes out of you by restoring natural balance the way Nature intended.

Guided relaxation helps improve a sense of wellbeing by enabling you to step off the daily merry-go-round of demand. It's the perfect antidote to stress and even anxiety, and it does more. Clinical trails have shown that guided relaxation improves health and wellbeing, and promotes healing.

When you take a few minutes to relax deeply you are actually putting back some of what daily demands take out of us. It's easy to get caught up in the daily whirl and override our naturally occurring rest/activity cycle.

Sometimes this is absolutely necessary, but it comes at a cost; over time, we lose the ability to truly relax. With this course, you will learn how to restore that natural balance.

There are many benefits to being able to relax regularly and properly. For example, when you take time to relax deeply – even if only for a few minutes – you'll not only feel less stressed. Sleep often improves, along with creativity, energy, and a heightened sense of wellbeing.

Please note:

This course is still in development with some lectures yet to be added. As new ones are published you'll receive an email to let you know. Enrolment is free for now. It will switch to a paid course once all material is added, but because you've enrolled early you won't be charged and you'll still have full access to the course.

During this development phase, as ever, I welcome your feedback and comments. I value your opinions, and your input will help me with the course development process. Enjoy the course!

Your comments please

As with all my courses I encourage you to comment with questions and observations. This is particularly important with my free courses as I tend to add more material in line with suggestions.

Course duration

Free courses are shorter than my regular paid-for courses. Paid courses provide a more in-depth coverage of the topic. Find out more here.

What you get with this course

  • An explanation of the Relaxation Response
  • How to prepare for effective relaxation
  • A 'two-minute' guided relaxation recording
  • A longer 'Life Balance' guided relaxation
  • Exercises to develop breathing, muscle relaxation and more
  • A resources section with videos and a download
  • Reading suggestions to take your study further.

And it's downloadable!

You can download the guided relaxation MP3s to use them on your phone or other portable device. The PDF exercises can also be downloaded, so you don't need web access to refer to the exercises or listen to the guided relaxation sessions.

You can join the course now and start reaping the benefits of effective relaxation skills right away (the two-minute guided relaxation will get you started).

Your Instructor

Barry Winbolt MSc.(Tr)
Barry Winbolt MSc.(Tr)

There's always something you can do if you have the right information and the right guidance. I provide personal and professional training and coaching to help you get a better handle on yourself, a relationship, and life in general.

My strapline "Life doesn't have to be like that" comes from the idea that – given the right information and a bit of encouragement – we can fix a lot of life's irritants ourselves.

My courses always include plenty of practical advice that you can apply right away. I use a solution-focused, problem-solving approach because I want everything I deliver to be useful, practical, and effective.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you have any concerns or questions about the course please feed them back via the comments section on any of the lesson pages.
I find it difficult to relax, can this course still help me?
The techniques in this course are simple but they take little time to learn. How much time varies from person to person. That said, many people are surprised how quickly they can learn to 'turn on' relaxation once they understand the techniques. Relaxation involves re-learning something which the human body knows how to do instinctively. It is quite common to have concerns about one's ability to relax. If you feel like that the best starting point is to put your concerns aside and approach the exercises with an open mind. The techniques included here are all widely used therapeutic practices used by healthcare practitioners in many settings. It is extremely rare, even when someone doubts their ability to relax, that with the right technique and encouragement, they cannot relax.
Are there any contexts or situations where these techniques shouldn't be used?
Of course. If you are doing anything which needs your full attention (driving, caring for others for example), you should not be using relaxation techniques. You must avoid listening to the audio files in this course – even in the background – in any situation where you'd put yourself or others at risk if you were distracted. or unable to give your full attention to what you are doing.

Feel the benefit

Guided relaxation uses therapeutic techniques which have been shown in clinical trials to be highly effective in combatting the effects of stress. This course will provide you with a set of tools to enable you to restore and maintain physical and psychological balance, and enhance your general sense of wellbeing.

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