This Master is reserved for graduates in psychology (first and / or second level degree), psychologists and psychotherapists, graduates in medicine with psychological training (specialized or specializing in clinical psychology, psychiatry, neurology).

The keywords are: psychophysiological basis of relaxation, ability to practice techniques on oneself, patient and group management, flexibility in the application of techniques and contraindications of relaxation techniques, planning of relaxation courses. Comparison and practice between techniques of psychological modification (relaxation, biofeedback, hypnosis, meditation).

Participating in our master means:

  • Acquire applied techniques with excellent results in various areas of psychology (in particular clinical, wellness, sport, work) and used in all the main psychological orientations (for example: cognitive-behavioral approach, systemic-relational, psychoanalysis, humanistic).
  • To project towards the professional future: lapsychology is integration between psychological approaches and neurosciences.

To access the master you need to support a free individual orientation interview aimed at analyzing expectations, attitudes, motivations, psychophysical contraindications to participation, any doubts of the participant and clarifications on the master's program.

Testimonies students previous editions

"Relaxation was a great tool for me. It allowed me to discover and learn more about myself, to understand my fundamental values, to focus on my goals, to passionately live my work. It also allowed me to walk in life with greater serenity and self-esteem ... "(Valentina Morizio)

"Honestly I would not recommend the master to everyone, unconditionally. I certainly recommend it to those who, at this moment, feel they have the resources to open themselves to the discovery, or the rediscovery, of aspects of themselves. "(Sara Girotti)

"A professionally stimulating experience, an intense and engaging personal work, a challenging course ..." (Agnese Olivato)

"This course is a real inner journey, to discover an instrument that can give serenity, stability, making you remember that your body is a machine that works very well without the too many humoral alterations to which we daily undergo daily ..." (David D. Swan)

"I want to, now that the exam is over, to thank you for the precision with which the master was carried forward, the attention to the physiological aspects, the obvious competence and especially the extreme willingness to accommodate any doubts and requests for support. I am also happy about the severity of the exam, much more useful than the classic "proforma" tests to give me back the effective effectiveness of my learning. In fact, most of my current happiness is due to the fact that I really think I know something about relaxation and having passed this type of exam helps me to believe a little more "(Matteo Castilletti)

"To say that the lessons have been formative, is to use a euphemism ... both as energy and positivity that you transmit as teachers, both as an enthusiasm to deepen the topics treated once back home ..." (Adele Callegari)

"Teachers have a way of teaching original and adhering to their personalities. They know, beyond the contents, also transmit passion for this work, enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge. One thing I noticed is the total absence of "intellectual egoism" in them. Clinical experiences are often and generously shared ... "(Sabrina Menozzi)

"The possibility of managing the class, organizing and conducting the lesson in first person, having immediate feedback on my way of relating and leading the group, are live tests of what I will have to do with the future groups of patients that I will find to face ...... "(Luca Mazzucchelli)

"Bella was the experience of this master. Beautiful because complete and concrete, beautiful because you gave us cues that intrigued me, beautiful for your openness, availability and flexibility "(Marta del Bono)

Main topics covered:

Basic relaxation techniques:

  • RMP Technique (Progressive Muscle Relaxation) according to E. Jacobson.
  • JH Schultz Autogenous Training: exercises of the lower cycle (heaviness, heat, breath, heart, solar plexus, fresh forehead, face, eyes and shoulder-nape, reduced exercises).
  • Biofeedback. Main parameters used: electromyography, heartbeat, peripheral temperature, skin conductance.

The psychophysiological bases of relaxation:

  • The basics of relaxation: skeletal muscles and their functioning. Muscle tension and distension.
  • Visceral relaxation: the smooth muscles involved in relaxation.
  • Blood vessels: how they work and why they are involved in relaxation.
  • Breathing: the lungs, the rib cage and the associated muscles.
  • The heart and the cardiocirculatory system.
  • The gastrointestinal system.
  • The Central Nervous System, Peripheral and Autonomous (Sympathetic and Parasympathetic)
  • Anatomo-physiological elements for the comprehension of the exercises of the eyes, of the face, of the shoulders-nape.
  • Introduction to psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology (PNEI model).

Assessment centered on relaxation techniques:

  • Introduction to the multidimensional cognitive-behavioral model.
  • Biofeedback: basic-line (psychophysiological detection) and verification of the results of the practice of relaxation on individual participants during the master.

Conduction of the relaxation group and related psychological dynamics:

Each lesson, with the exception of the first, includes two moments in which the group is dedicated to the practice of relaxation. One of these two moments will be managed by the teachers while the other will be managed, starting from the second lesson, by the students who will follow one at a time during the lessons.

Introduction to imaginative techniques and cognitive restructuring:

The exercises of proponimento of Autogenic Training. introduction to marketing applied to psychology: how to design relaxation courses and how to advertise them:

Introduction to marketing applied to psychology.

  • How to structure a relaxation course effectively: structuring goals, contents, costs, identifying the best areas of application of relaxation techniques.
  • Examples of successful relaxation course projects.

The application of relaxation in the clinical setting:

  • Clinical cases related to the main disorders of the DSM V Diagnostic Manual (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) by the American Psychiatric Association).
  • Indications and contraindications of relaxation.

Experiential comparison between relaxation techniques AND MEDITATION:

"An interior path of awareness and meditation"

  • The intention arises from the desire to know the nature of being.
  • Where to start? What is knowing and how do we know?
  • Is the mind the architect of our inner and outer world? If it is how it does it and through which modalities? Experiences through sensory consciousnesses and mental consciousness.
  • What can we use to verify?
  • First meditative meditation to observe the mind and its functioning.
  • Inner practice is proposed as an instrument of investigation, knowledge and transformation.
  • How can we compose an investigation path that can try to answer our questions?
  • Meditation can be one of the tools. What is meditation? What are the main meditative paths.
  • Concentration meditation that helps stabilize the mind. What is and how to practice it. What is useful for?
  • Concentration meditation experience.
  • What is awareness. The various levels of awareness.
  • Awareness meditation helps to investigate the nature of being. What is and how it is practiced. What is useful for?
  • Awareness meditation experience.
  • The qualities of being at the service of oneself and of humanity.
  • Meditation on the inner qualities. What it is and how to practice it.
  • The purpose of meditation on inner qualities.

i) Experiential comparison between relaxation techniques and IPNOSI:

Introduction to hypnosis: what is hypnosis? What is not hypnosis? Judgments and prejudices on hypnosis. How is it different from relaxation techniques?

  • Definition of trance and suggestion.
  • The phenomenology of hypnosis.
  • Hints on the history of hypnosis.
  • Main applications of hypnosis.
  • Examples of induction techniques of directive and non-directive trance.
  • Practical experiences of hypnosis.

Introduction to the new Eriksonian hypnosis.

Trance as a natural phenomenon (common everyday trance) and non-directive. The concept of rapport and the role of the therapist. Therapeutic setting: a flexible and creative approach. A new concept of resistance. Reading and storytelling by Milton H. Erickson. The paradoxical technique.

  • Maximum number of participants: 20
  • Minimum number of participants for the activation of the Master: 8

Note: Master's students will be notified if their start is postponed at least 2 weeks before the scheduled start date if the minimum number is not reached.

Program taught in:
  • Italian
This course is Campus based
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85 hours
1,490 EUR
advance of € 250 8 monthly installments of € 155. € 1340 (€ 150 DISCOUNT) - € 250 advance payment of € 1,090 within the second master's lesson. € 100 - Additional fee for those requesting ECM accreditation (not required)
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