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EVIDENCE BASED RELAXATION THERAPY AND PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY - Evidence-based, non-invasive, easy to implement techniques for teaching to clients.

Dr Judy Lovas, PhD, Dip.Ed.
One full day
Audio and Video
Jun 27, 2020
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Relaxation Therapy is evidence-based, efficacious, non-invasive and cost efficient.

Simple techniques such as deep diaphragmatic breathing, guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation can increase physiological and psychological health. Relaxation can improve pain, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, wound healing, cognitive function and post-traumatic stress disorders. Relaxation can increase alpha and theta brainwaves, decrease heart rate and respiration, reduce production of stress hormones such as corticosteroids and improve a range of immune functions.

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) examines links between behaviour, neural, endocrine and immune function and their impact on health. PNI is the science of mind / body connections and offers a framework to understand that psychological conditions and physical health are intimately linked.

This unique one-day seminar identifies the latest evidence that demonstrates specific connections between thoughts, emotions and health.

It includes theoretical, scientific components, practical sessions in relaxation techniques and encourages successful implementation of relaxation into clinical practice to enhance patients' health and wellbeing.

Participants receive up-to-date handouts, review recent peer-reviewed studies in PNI and Relaxation Therapy, view relevant film clips, practise relaxation techniques and learn to effectively teach relaxation techniques to patients.


Feedback form Judy’s recent presentations of this training:

“An excellent seminar which I will be able to put into practice both for myself and my clients”

“A worthwhile practical seminar”

“Good evidence and well referenced so I can tell clients it works.”

“Very informative and the relaxation exercises and practical was excellent”

“This seminar is helpful professionally and personally”

“The most useful seminar I’ve attended during the last 5 years”

“Excellent and very enjoyable and useful for both clients in my psychotherapy practice and myself”

“I’ve found the information from Judy useful and given in an easy to digest manner”

“Great to know about the scientific evidence underpinning mind/body system. The practical experience was very valuable for my future sessions with clients”




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Art & Science of Relaxation

Dr Judy Lovas is an experienced educator in evidence-based Relaxation Therapy and Psychoneuroimmunology and infects others with her passion and enthusiasm for these subjects.

Judy teaches simple relaxation techniques so people can cope better with anxiety, depression, pain, sleep disorders, trauma and chronic conditions. She translates leading research in Psychoneuroimmunology into simple and easily understood concepts.

In the tertiary sector, Judy lectures in psychology, relaxation therapy, psychoneuroimmunology and cellular health. She researched psychological and immunological outcomes of relaxation in people with spinal cord injury. Judy conducts Relaxation Therapy Classes in Sydney and is a coordinator of the Northern Sydney Persistent Pain and Mental Health Professional Network.

When not teaching and presenting, Judy relaxes with family and friends.

Registration Details

Registration fee:  $199 

Recorded version available to view for 3 months after event. 

Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training.  


This seminar provides 6 hours for CPD points.   

You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.


  1. Examine latest evidence-based research about Relaxation Therapies and PNI.
  2. Identify interactions between CNS, endocrine and immune systems.
  3. Identify benefits of Relaxation for conditions such as pain, anxiety, trauma, depression and fatigue.
  4. Experience relaxation techniques
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in teaching relaxation skills to clients/patients.
  6. Understand importance of relaxation for self-care, stress reduction and burn-out prevention.

“This unique seminar offers the art and science of evidence-based Relaxation Therapy to enhance patients' health & your clinical practice.”   Dr Judy Lovas


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Understand the science of PNI that supports Relaxation Therapy.
  • Benefit professionally by teaching patients simple, effective Relaxation.
  • Benefit personally by learning Relaxation techniques.


Session 1

  • Introduction to Relaxation and Psychoneuroimmunology.
  • Review evidence of interactions between neural, endocrine and immune systems.
  • PNI, stress-related conditions and stress-induced immunomodulation.
  • Deep, Diaphragmatic Breathing (Theory and Practical).
  • Clinical applications of Deep, Diaphragmatic Breathing (Practical).
  • Relaxation, immunomodulation and efficacy in pain, fatigue and mood disorders.​

Session 2 (includes a short break)

  • The importance of Relaxation Therapy in your own self-care routine.
  • Guided Imagery (Theory and Practical).
  • Clinical applications of Guided Imagery (Practical).
  • Combining deep diaphragmatic breathing and guided imagery.
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation (Theory & Practical).
  • Clinical applications of Progressive Muscle Relaxation (Practical).
  • Clinical relevance of Psychoneuroimmunology.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

This training workshop is suitable for mental health practitioners including psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, psychiatrists and allied health workers.

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