Lynda's Essential De-stress

Ref: C3127761

We will be learning together, simple and very effective techniques to reduce unwanted stress from our lives, and encourage a feeling of better health and well being. We will be using simple massage techniques, based on complementary therapies, that have been used for centuries, suitable and adaptable for all abilities working on the face, scalp, ears, hand and arms. You will be guided very gently by myself at a slow but beneficial pace, through the movements, and with over 20 years of experience as a therapist and an educator working with many NHS trusts and treating many patients, I have a lot of really interesting and helpful information I would like to share with you. My sessions are for anyone and I will enjoy teaching you new skills, develop new ideas that you can put into practice, and share thoughts and ideas with your class colleagues.

Course aim

This course will guide you through some very simple techniques based on complementary therapy practices, that you can use at home on yourself and share with your family.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit:
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the WEA organisation, when it was formed and its key principles that encompass all courses.
  • Identify common causes of stress and ideas of how to deal with stress in a more positive way. Have knowledge and understanding of the history, principles and practices of a variety of complementary therapies, reflexology, Indian head massage and Aromatherapy. The practice of Ayurveda, how it is used and being able to identify your own l Dosha, or body type and how that can also benefit your health and well being.
  • Be able to demonstrate a massage to the ears, face, scalp, hands and arms, specifically focusing on reducing stress in our lives stress. Identify how massage works within the body
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Chakras, the bodies own energy system. Be able to identify how they work, through a practical demonstration and what they control. Be able to follow a guided breathing excercise and the importance of different types of breathing,
  • Identify essential oils used for relaxation and how to use them at home. Be aware of safe practice and the construction and extraction of essential oils. Be able to demonstrate on a hand and arm using either cream or oil

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • For session 4 your will need a small towel, a cushion and some oil whatever you may have at home, vegetable, sunflower or some massage cream e.g E45. Please don't go to any extra cost; it is so the movements on the hand and arms glide smoothly but you can still do the massage without them.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas:
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Lynda's Essential De-stress


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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