Relaxation for Mind and Body

A course for relaxation and simple meditation techniques that can help you to manage the effects of stress on the mind and body

Do you find it hard to relax and let go of stress and tension? This course will teach you relaxation and meditation exercises that can help you to manage the effects of stress on the mind and body and increase your resilience so that you can stay calmer under pressure.

This is a closed group and so the course price covers attendance for 6 weeks.

Please check back here for our next available course or get in touch to let us know you would like us to put on another group.

This course will cover…

  • Self awareness; recognising your patterns of stress and tension so that you can take early action to manage them better
  • Gentle stretching & self massage exercises to reduce tension in the muscles
  • Progressive relaxation, releasing tension throughout the body
  • Calming breathing practices
  • Guided imagery to calm the mind, soothe the body and increase feelings of well-being
  • Simple forms of meditation including basic Mindfulness practice
  • Quick fixes; short de-stressing practices that you can fit easily into your day
  • Ideas on creating a relaxing space for practice

What to expect

The course is led by an experienced facilitator who will explain how relaxation works. We will practise the relaxation techniques together in the session, followed by some discussion, you can say as little or as much as feels comfortable.

Some of the exercises can be done lying down, but if you feel more comfortable it’s OK to sit in a chair. Please wear clothes that are comfortable and not too tight around the waist and neck. You may want to bring your own blanket and cushion in order to be comfortable, but don’t worry if you forget: We have some that you can borrow for the session.

To make the most of the course, we encourage you to practise at home between sessions. You will be given a set of resources each week that build into a workbook you can use for reference during and after the course. You’ll also be directed to other useful resources.

Who is the course suitable for?

People with any of the conditions listed below.

  • Stress and tension
  • Chronic depression
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders eg IBS
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain, headaches and migraine

It is not suitable for people with epilepsy, narcolepsy, psychosis or drug/alcohol problems. Some exercises may not be suitable for people with severe asthma. If you have serious panic attacks, you might feel more comfortable learning the techniques from a counsellor on a 1:1 basis. If you have a physical disability you are welcome to attend the course, we ask that you choose to partake only in the physical stretching exercises that are comfortable for you.

Who are Oasis-Talk:

Oasis-Talk are a well known and trusted local mental health and wellbeing service in Bristol. We offer a wide range of therapeutic services and have been facilitating groups for over 8 years. We are a Community Interest Company, which means that all our profits are reinvested to help more people.

Who will be delivering the course?

Our team of therapists and wellbeing managers offer a blend of skills and experience which has been captivated in the development of our courses. The content is continually updated to align with new research and developments.

This course will be delivered by Chris Bowles, who has over 30 years’ experience designing, developing and facilitating wellbeing groups. She is a qualified, accredited and experienced Mindfulness teacher (since 2008).

Feedback received about Chris from our last group:

‘Chris was amazing…we felt valued and we felt encouraged and want to go on to do more’.

We would love for you to join us.

How do I book?

Call us on 0117 927 7577 or contact us through our website.

Alternatively you can book through EventBrite here.


We welcome any contribution as it helps us to help more people in need.

We are thankful for any support big or small, every penny helps. Gift only what you can afford, and you can do this at the end of the course if you prefer by our donation page. If you prefer, you can support our services by leaving us a review on google or by supporting us on social media.