Training Team

Our Training Team

Our aim is to train people who are passionate about health and wellbeing, both to look after themselves and to enable them to help others.

Hazel Bate, Director

Hazel Bate photoAs part of RFLI Hazel’s focus is training and supporting RFLI trained teachers to go on from their training to actively help others. She values questions from teachers and responding to their needs to help them move forward with their work. Feedback from teachers on how their work is progressing is always a pleasure to receive.

Hazel’s early career was 23 years in the oil industry in challenging but enjoyable work. After developing some long term health issues herself, a Relaxation for Living course was recommended to her which was life transforming for her health. Hazel switched to health related work after realising how simple and practical tools could make such a difference to people’s health. She has found it rewarding seeing clients equally transformed ever since.


  • Relaxation for Living Teacher (RFLI)
  • Self Management UK / Expert Patients Programme CIC Course Tutor for Chronic Disease Self-Management
  • Expert Patients Programme CIC Assessor
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 2)
  • Faster EFT (Emotionally Focussed Transformations) (Level 2)

Alicia Ridout, Training Designer


Alicia qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1989 and has over 25 years of experience encompassing working in industry, the NHS, private healthcare and the 3rd sector. She has significant experience working with people in a wide range of settings across the UK in particular in mental health, delivering service improvement projects and is passionate about patient and carer involvement in care. She successfully completed an MSc focused on professional health care and her health and social care research project was published in a peer reviewed publication, the British Journal of Occupational Therapy in 2006. She has been involved in bereavement work for over 20 years and trained as a Stress Management and Relaxation Teacher, accredited by the University of Greenwich, in 1996. This subsequently led to her designing and delivering a training course for teachers to support delivery of her open access, general public 4 session course currently delivered by RFLI and their licensed teachers. This was defined using the unique formulation from original Relaxation for Living materials, a vast experience in mental health and a passion for health improvement in line with NICE guidelines and best evidence based practice.

Diana Bovington, Lead Trainer

Diana Bovington photoFrom 2008 onwards, Diana has been contracted as a Consultant with Relaxation for Living, training delegates to become Relaxation for Living Teachers.

Diana has been qualified as a Relaxation for Living Teacher for over ten years. Within her role as a Relaxation for Living Trainer Diana has taught in a variety of settings including: teaching professionals at Hospitals and Social Services, stress management to the post heart attack group, to care staff at a residential home, to Rotary and ladies groups and on a one to one basis. Diana has further extended her skill in stress management training by studying and gaining a qualification in skills based counselling.

Diana’s background is as a state registered Occupational Therapist qualified since 1989. Occupational Therapists train in a holistic approach covering physical, psychological and social difficulties. As part of the training they cover psychology and stress management.

Diana is a complimentary therapist offering stress management and relaxation training on a group or one to one basis. She is also a qualified reflexologist and thermo-auricular therapist.

Qualifications / Registered:

  • Health and Care Professions Council registered Occupational Therapist (HCPC)
  • Relaxation for Living teacher (RFLI)
  • Member of the federation of holistic therapists (MICHT)
  • Reflexologist
  • Thermo-Auricular therapist
  • Adult education teacher, City and Guilds