Learn to Relax, De-Stress & Control Anxiety

The Pure Health Stress Control Programme is a four-session private 1 to 1 course designed to provide participants with training in a set of effective evidence based relaxation strategies. By relaxation, we mean more than just taking a nap or reading a good book. Participants will learn techniques designed to reduce muscle and mental tension and other symptoms of stress. The strategies taught in the course are well-researched and have been shown to be effective for a wide range of difficulties. This is guided self help and not therapy.
Some of the skills covered include:

Diaphragmatic Breathing

A technique designed to help you breathe more slowly and deeply. This strategy can be helpful with problems such as panic attacks, chest “tightness,” and shortness of breath caused by shallow breathing. It can also be used to assist you in developing a more relaxed state while in a stressful situation. We provide downloads and instructions for home practice.

Progressive and Passive Relaxation

Progressive relaxation is perhaps the most well-researched of all of the relaxation techniques. It involves focussing on specific muscle groups, adding tension to each group in turn, and letting go of the tension. Passive relaxation is similar to progressive relaxation and is preferred by some people. It does not involve increases in muscle tension and so is often more helpful for those with chronic pain problems. We train participants in the different component exercises and provide downloads and instructions for home practice.

Cue-Controlled Relaxation

This is a set of procedures designed to help participants anticipate increases in anxiety before they become unmanageable. A brief relaxation procedure is taught that participants can then practice when they recognize that tension is about to increase. We provide downloads and instructions for home practice. 

Cognitive and Behavioural Change 
Learn to recognise the thoughts and behaviours that contribute to your issue with stress and anxiety. By understanding the underlying thought processes you can change the reaction to those thoughts. All Stress and Anxiety is linked to our thoughts, the behaviour is in general a response to these thoughts. You will learn how to use your mind to control stress. We provide exercises and downloads for home practice.

Self Hypnosis and Imagery

Self Hypnosis can help you take control of thoughts and feeling which may have previously felt like they controlled you. Imagery can be a helpful addition to these exercises, many people need help to engage their visual side. We provide participants with guidelines and downloads allowing you to include self hypnosis and imagery in their relaxation practice sessions. 

Who is likely to benefit from the course?

Most people can benefit from having a set of specific, effective relaxation strategies at their disposal and understanding what is happening when you are experienceing stress in order to fight it and then control it. Those who experience a great deal of anxiety or have a lot of stress in their lives may find the course particularly useful. Sufferers of Panic and Insomnia have also benefitted greatly from the techniques you will be taught. In addition, many physical problems (such as chronic pain, headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome) may be made worse by stress-related tension and can be helped with regular relaxation practice. Relaxation and Stress Control is not always a complete solution for any problem, but it can be a very useful resource for dealing with a large number of problems.

What does participation involve?

If you are interested in attending, you should be willing to commit yourself to attend all four sessions. Each session builds on the last, and you will be asked to set aside time every week for relaxation practice for the full duration of the course. You should be prepared to practice regularly for a number of weeks until the benefits of relaxation become obvious. You should find benefits building with each session.

The Details

  • It is best to wear casual clothing, since you will be practicing the relaxation techniques during the sessions.
  • You will be given a clear understanding of what creates Stress and Anxiety and how it affects your body. 
  • You will then learn to signal your mind and body that it is OK to relax
  • Each session is backed up with instructions and downloads for that session
  • Each session lasts 1 hour. You will have 1 session per week for 4 weeks.
  • The sessions are led by Daragh O’Sullivan, a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist who specialises in the treatment of anxiety.
Your investment is just €250 for four 1 to 1 sessions at our Stress Control Clinic. 
Call today on 01 4404343 to book your first session