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Relaxation Therapy: Enhancing Immunity and Health

  • : Brisbane QLD 4001


2 Day Seminar for Nurses Includes: Improving Immunity: Evidence-Based Relaxation; Stress Reduction; Power of Massage etc.



There has long been a debate about a person’s state of mind and whether it can predispose them to disease. Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) examines the mind-body relationship from a scientific angle and studies the interactions that occur between the neural, endocrine and immune processes. Attend this fascinating seminar to:

  • Learn about the background of psychoneuroimmunology
  • Understand the evidence on improving overall state of mind and wellbeing
  • Enjoy practical sessions involving therapeutic massage and deep diaphragmatic breathing
  • Learn the benefits of guided imagery in specific nursing practices

Come away feeling relaxed, with stress-reduction skills for your patients, self and colleagues. Not to be missed!


Need for Program

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) examines links between psychological processes and the immune system. It is well documented that inflammatory responses can increase the risk of disease and that stressful and traumatic events can impact the immune system and affect healing. Even nurses working shiftwork may experience some impact which could affect performance. 

This relationship between immunity, cognition, behaviour and wellness is increasingly researched and highlights the importance of mind-body connections. There is a strong body of evidence, based on PNI, that demonstrates the impact of stress and the benefits of relaxation on health. It is important to nursing as it offers evidence for a holistic approach to care. 

This program reveals PNI research and offers efficacious relaxation strategies that promote mental and physical wellbeing.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this seminar is to assist nurses and other health professionals to explore the links between thoughts, emotions and resistance to disease from an evidence-based perspective, using the model of psychoneuroimmunology. It highlights the role of stress and relaxation on psychological and physical wellbeing and offers nurses practical relaxation skills to reduce stress-related conditions.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Examine latest evidence-based research related to PNI
  • Define behavioural, cognitive and immune responses to stress and how they may relate to medical conditions
  • Identify effects of relaxation on immune responses
  • Engage in relaxation techniques for nursing practice
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    Definitions, History and Development of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)

    This introductory session sets the scene for the next two days. It takes you on a journey of serendipitous discovery and reveals how science demonstrates the links between mind and body. Includes:

    • How did research show that behavioural conditioning could suppress immune responses?
    • What were the implications of this research?
    • How has the fascinating history of medicine shaped our understanding of PNI today?

    10:30am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    To Relax or Not To Relax?

    Relaxation is a term that is generally used to describe many types of (in)activity. In this session we will discuss relaxation as a therapy.

    • What actually is relaxation?
    • How can relaxation influence immunomodulation?


    Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing

    Learn, experience and teach Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing.

    • Myths, facts and research about breathing, the vagal nerve and abdomen muscles!
    • Learn to teach your patients how to take deep breaths that can improve immune, central nervous system and endocrine function

    12:30pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Linking Stress to Health - Interactions Between Central Nervous System, Endocrine and Immune Systems

    This session examines the science of PNI and is an introduction to the world of immune interactions and pathways. It reviews topics such as the role of cytokines and their receptors in the promotion of sickness behaviour.

    Learn the real meanings of Stress, Distress and Eustress

    • What is the great myth about stress?
    • When ds stress become distress?
    • How does psychological stress manifest physiologically?

    Stress-related medical conditions and stress-induced immunomodulation are identified

    • Understanding moderators of stress
    • Psychological conditions and immunity
    • Which common medical conditions can be triggered by psychological stress?

    3:30pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Guided Imagery: History, Theory, Evidence and Practice

    This session introduces the body of knowledge and includes practical ways to experience, learn and teach GI. Topics include:

    • What physiological pathways are involved in guided imagery?
    • Which patients are most likely to benefit from this practice?
    • Can guided imagery do harm?
    • Are there specific images for pain relief?
    • What images seem to work best and which ones should be avoided?

    4:15pm - Close of Day One of Program

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Review of Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing (DDB)

    Now is the time to comment about your overnight experience with Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing.

    • Were you able to practise it?
    • Did it make a difference to how you feel today?
    • Would it be useful to those in your care?


    Guided Imagery: Continued Practice, Learning and Teaching

    Spend time understanding, practising and teaching guided imagery for specific nursing practice.


    Guided Imagery: Continued Practice, Learning and Teaching

    All nurses need a ‘toolbox’ of therapies to suggest to patients. Relaxation therapy is an excellent adjunctive therapy, which can be helpful to patients experiencing a range of conditions. This session includes:

    • Latest literature and scientific debates about the implementation and merits of relaxation as a therapy in health care
    • Which professional groups are involved in PNI and what is the role of nurses?

    11:00am - Morning Tea and Coffee


    More Evidence: Types of Relaxation for Different Conditions

    What do we know about relaxation for:

    • Depression?
    • Pain?
    • Fatigue?
    • Stress, Depression and Post-Traumatic Disorder?


    Massage Therapy: Research & Evidence

    Massage therapy (MT) is one of the oldest forms of therapy and has a rich, diverse history. This fascinating session will reveal how massage has assisted in the promotion of wellness over the past centuries.

    12:45pm - Lunch Break and Networking


    Massage Therapy: Evidence and Practice
    • How is massage therapy efficacious and can it cause harm?
    • Learn hand, face and self-massage to include in your clinical practice
    • Do you need to obtain consent?
    • Should heat or oils be included?
    • How is it best implemented into nursing practice?

    2:15pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    But Wait, There is More Evidence…

    Some research explores relaxation on cellular and molecular levels and even in genetic expression. There is PNI evidence that relaxation can make profound changes in our minds and bodies. Find out what the future holds for relaxation in clinical practice.

    4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


    Judy Lovas

    Judy Lovas

    Dr Judy Lovas’ dynamic presentations explain the art and science of evidence-based relaxation therapy. In our increasingly fast-paced world everyone needs to relax, yet few know how. Judy is passionate about teaching simple relaxation skills for stress-related conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, fatigue, pain and anxiety. Judy teaches Psychology, Psychoneuroimmunology and Relaxation Therapies in the tertiary and corporate sector and her presentations offer a scientific and holistic approach to improve both physical and psychological wellbeing.

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Brisbane QLD 4001
Hotel Ibis Brisbane, 27 - 35 Turbot Street
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