Relaxation techniques for Managing Stress

We provide training courses for managing stress, handling stress, reducing stress, in fact all work related stress issues.  Over the years we have trained thousands of people to enable them to recognise stress symptoms and causes and have given them stress management tips and techniques to enable them to identify the signs of stress and to beat and avoid it.  Our courses have a proven track record in stress reduction and managing stress at work.

“This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men.” – Captain A.J.Hadfield

Relaxation techniques are a great way to help you to manage your stress and your response to stress. Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the wear and tear of life’s challenges on your mind and body. It should be used consistently, rather then just during our time off, or during holidays.


With so many things to do, relaxation techniques may take a back seat in your life. But that means you may miss out on the health benefits of relaxation.
Practicing relaxation techniques can improve how you physically respond to stress by:

  • Slowing your heart rate
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing your breathing rate
  • Reducing the need for oxygen
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Reducing muscle tension


You may also gain these overall health and lifestyle benefits from relaxation techniques:

  • Fewer physical symptoms, including back/ stomach/head aches
  • Fewer emotional responses, such as anger and frustration
  • More energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Greater ability to handle problems
  • More efficiency in daily problems

Although health professionals such as complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, doctors and psychotherapists can teach relaxation techniques, you can also learn some on your own. Relaxation techniques usually involve refocusing your attention to something calming and increasing awareness of your body. It doesn’t matter which technique you choose. What matters is that you try to practice relaxation regularly.


  1. Choose a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted.
  2. Before you start, do a few gentle stretching exercises to relieve muscular tension.
  3. Make yourself comfortable, either sitting or lying down.
  4. Start to breathe slowly and deeply, in a calm and effortless way.
  5. Gently tense, then relax, each part of your body, starting with your feet and working your way up to your face and head.
  6. As you focus on each area, think of warmth, heaviness and relaxation.
  7. Push any distracting thoughts to the back of your mind; imagine them floating away.
  8. Don’t try to relax; simply let go of the tension in your muscles and allow them to become relaxed.
  9. Let your mind go empty. Some people find it helpful to visualise a calm, beautiful place such as a garden or meadow.
  10. Stay like this for about 20 minutes, then take some deep breaths and open your eyes, but stay sitting or lying for a few moments before you get up.


  • Yoga
  • Tai’ Chi
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Hypnosis
  • Massage
  • Listening to music
  • Visualisation

Why choose Total Success for your training?

  • our lead trainers have over 18 years experience in training
  • a maximum of 8 delegates means more time spent on individual needs
  • we guarantee to run the course and will never cancel at the last moment
  • free subscription to our monthly training newsletter

All open courses are trained in Central London at the St Giles Hotel.

Each delegate receives a comprehensive training workbook that doubles as an open course manual. Courses run from 9.30-5.30 with lunch and refreshments provided.

In-Company Courses

Total Success have developed a series of in-house training modules. These are designed so that an organisation can pick the training which is more applicable to its own needs and budget. Please call us to discuss your specific requirements.

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