Mater Hospital Wellbeing Support Services

Mater Hospital, North Sydney


Reiki relaxation is a simple and natural method of energy healing brought about through an experience with a Reiki practitioner. It is offered individually to patients. Appointments of twenty minutes can be made on weekdays. To book your Reiki session, call our Pastoral and Spiritual Carers on 9900 7688.

Group relaxation

Group Mindful Relaxation is facilitated by one of our Pastoral and Spiritual Carers. All patients and visitors are welcome to attend. The session runs for approximately twenty minutes. Please consult your nurse before attending. Sessions are held weekly, to join in, call our Pastoral and Spiritual Carers on 9900 7688.

Audio-visual Relaxations

The Mater Hospital has developed two audio-visual relaxation programs as part of our holistic approach to healthcare. Often the experience of being in hospital can be unsettling. Mindful Relaxation and The Stillness Within relaxation videos can help to enhance sleep, provide a sense of inner wellbeing and self-worth, and can also help to alleviate emotional and physical pain. 

Both videos are available on our in-house TV channels 306 and 307 or they can be downloaded for free.

Mindful relaxation

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The stillness within relaxation

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Stillness Within Relaxation Survey 

We are collecting information to assist us in knowing and understanding the positive benefits the Stillness within Relaxation audio-visual has on our in-patients, staff and the Mater community.  The narrative and therapeutic music was developed and designed specifically for patients in hospitals and clinical environments. We are very appreciative of your time in completing this survey. 

Genetics of Mind Body Healing

In the 1970s, Dr Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School ushered in a new era of understanding in the field of mind body medicine.  Coining the term ‘relaxation response’, Dr Benson identified the body’s physiologic reaction that is the exact opposite of the stress (fight-or-flight) response.  In the four decades since that initial discovery, Benson and his colleagues have established the first effective therapy to counteract the harmful effects of stress.  They have explored how the relaxation response, the power of expectation and belief, and other mind body phenomena can produce healing in your own body.  Excerpt from the book “Relaxation Revolution, the Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing”; Prof Herbert Benson

Therapeutic healing Music by Jason Stephenson – The background music in The Stillness Within has been specifically chosen to therapeutically hold you in your stillness within, your safe space.  It has been recorded at 432hz music. This frequency is said to resonate inside the body, releasing emotional blockages and aligning you with the heartbeat of the universe.  The music is said to heighten perception, increase mental clarity and unlock intuition.

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