Stress management, leadership and resilience 3-part series


Richard is an internationally trained neurovascular osteopath with a background in biokinesiology and has been a post-graduate lecturer in the areas of health, pain management and athletic development for almost 20 years. Richard has worked extensively with some of the world’s foremost athletes, teams (including Olympic) and national federations and has become a sought after health and performance advisor within the corporate and public space. 

Richard has been interviewed on many radio and TV shows, recently serving as an advisor on the panel, which debated the introduction of the South African Department of Health’s proposed “Sugar Tax”.

Richard has also written extensively on trending health issues across various publications and platforms.

Richard on stress:

For two decades Richard has focused on the treatment and management of complex health issues in professional athletes and business executives. Throughout this period patterns began to emerge in that stressful phases or events were often linked to lowered performance and health compromise that included a wide spectrum of manifestations. In an attempt to create permanent solutions, Richard began exploring the detailed mechanisms driving these complex biological adaptations. As his knowledge in the space expanded the realization that proper awareness and self-management offered the greatest protection and potentially health and performance advancement. The years of successful patient management, together with exhaustive research has culminated in the ‘Stress – Taking Back Control’ series of talks, DVDs as well as an upcoming book.

About the talks:

This series of talks turns the current narrative on stress upside down. The message is not one that emboldens fear and stress avoidance, but rather a message that encourages stress resilience and reappraisal through knowledge, self-empowerment and leadership.

Session one highlights the performance enhancing characteristics of stress, whilst at the same time sheds light on the negative health consequences if left unmanaged. This session examines the biological relationships of stress so that participants can better understand the performance, health and professional implications.

Using the latest cutting edge research, the first seminar isolates the primary drivers in the promotion of stress within a professional, corporate environment and provides evidence-based guidelines with respect to policy recommendations for those in leadership roles.

Session two focuses on self-management. Whilst comprehensive self-management involves a 3-step process incorporating changes in perception, behaviour and lifestyle modifications, the emphasis in this session is on the power of perception and behaviour within the context of chronic stress and health associations. Extrapolating data from Harvard and Yale studies, the narrative expounds on the power of reappraisal and prosocial behaviour as a means of resilience and professional performance enhancement.

Session three continues and reinforces the theme of self-management. This seminar gives participants the skills and knowledge to shut off the stress response. Moreover the session explores practices that restore cognitive, behavioural and physical integrity. The role of diet, nutritional supplements, exercise habits and environment are examined in great detail.

This series is based on over 300 scientific and medical references and currently has a companion DVD option. A book providing deeper insights and more information is scheduled for publication in early 2018.

What will participants take away from the talk?

Over and above nutritional, exercise and environmental advice targeted towards stress resilience and health promotion, participants will gain valuable skills in self-awareness and leadership under pressure situations. The combined effect has the potential to culminate in lower illness rates, reduced employee absenteeism, higher productivity and improved cognitive performance.