Description: Essential for all health professionals, this unit outlines the research, evidence, mechanisms and practice of relaxation techniques for a range of chronic physical and psychological conditions. It highlights studies in psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) as the scientific framework to understand benefits of diaphragmatic breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery and passive movements and how to apply them in personal practice. Students will benefit personally and professionally from the practice of evidence based relaxation techniques. Since this is a very research-focused course, students will be expected to review and reflect upon relevant research papers in PNI.
Self-Directed learning: Components of this unit require self-directed study where students will be assigned set tasks which promote learning, engagement, debate and group discussion. On average, students in face-to-face mode can expect to spend between 3-4 additional hours (outside of class) in self-directed study.
Assessment (indicative only): This unit of study is assessed via reflective journal, quiz and class participation, or participation in on-line forums for distance students.