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Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation Techniques and Exercise Audios

This page provides a number of relaxation techniques including Progressive Muscle Relaxation exercise audios in English, French, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi all in male and female voices that are intended to complement the work of the mental health practitioners with refugees and asylum seekers to aid stress management.  In addition, a series of audio and video presentations of various relaxation techniques by a number of NHS Trusts in the UK are offered on this page.

Although, relaxation techniques are generally considered safe for healthy people, individuals with some physical and mental health problems should consult their mental health practitioners before applying them.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the NHS Trusts and health practitioners whose work has been presented below, enriching our portal and practice of professionals working with refugees and asylum seekers, assisting them to manage and cope with stress.

The relaxation techniques below have been researched and compiled by Dr Farkhondeh Farsimadan, a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, who is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an HCPC registered psychologist.

Please, use the links below to view the resources. 

 

  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
    PMR CD’s in four languages, French, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi all in male and female voices are developed by Newcastle Primary Care Mental Health, Newcastle PCT 2010.  (Access only by request).

    With thanks to Dr Melinda Firth, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Clinical Psychology, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Ian James, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Primary Care, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust; Ms Anita Harkawat, Community Development Worker, Newcastle Hospitals Community Health and Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust.

    The following audio files have also been produced by Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust:


    Short Relaxation - Male Voice, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust

    http://youtu.be/gwwsPdPZCYs


    Short Relaxation - Female Voice, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust

    http://youtu.be/NSgpUUjReSQ 


    Progressive Muscle Relaxation - Female Voice, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust

    http://youtu.be/912eRrbes2g


    Progressive Muscle Relaxation - Male Voice, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust

    http://youtu.be/vUQoflmFQpw


  • Audio Presentations of Relaxation Techniques, West London NHS Trust, Ealing IAPT, NHS UK, 2014.


    Steps for Stress – Introduction, West London NHS Trust, Ealing IAPT NHS UK 

    http://youtu.be/lVvbNX8Qqa4

     

    Steps for Stress – Guide to the Exercises, West London NHS Trust, Ealing IAPT NHS UK


    http://youtu.be/viPuXujn0Tc

     

    Steps for Stress Exercise 1 – Deep Relaxation, West London NHS Trust, Ealing IAPT NHS UK

    http://youtu.be/gxl7xVBE_z0

     

    Steps for Stress Exercise 2 – Quick Relaxation,  West London NHS Trust, Ealing IAPT NHS UK

    http://youtu.be/uHqufVRbu7M

     

    Steps for Stress Exercise 3 – Belly Breathing, West London NHS Trust, Ealing IAPT NHS UK

     http://youtu.be/avvjKydFcK4