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smi-logoThe Stress Management Institute for Health and Fitness Professionals™ offers the original stress management certification for health and fitness professionals. You will learn how to combine movement and relaxation techniques. This certification will take you to the next level.

As a Stress Management Exercise Specialist™ (SMES) there are many new ways to advance your career. You may instruct the Mindful Stretch™ class in your fitness facility or place of employment. You may also offer personal training for relaxation and one on one relaxation sessions. Please note that only certified individuals can use the credential following their name. Once you become certified, you will have access to downloadable business cards and brochures that you may customize.

Learn more at our website, tsmihfp.com


MFN professional members are eligible to receive 20% off R.E.L.A.X. certification courses.


smi2The R.E.L.A.X™ program began with the Mindful Stretch™ class. Mindful Stretch™ was originally developed for cancer survivors and patients. It was created for them to relax after treatment and to help them cope with the stresses of cancer itself.  Before long, individuals without cancer were asking about the class. With permission of the class participants, Mindful Stretch™ was available to everyone in the facility.

The program has now grown to include one on one meditation sessions (Reflective Meditation™) and personal training for stress management.

Robyn Caruso, is the President of the Stress Management Institute For Health and Fitness Professionals™. She has her Bachelors Degree from Rowan University in Health Promotion and Fitness Management. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist, Cancer Exercise Specialist and American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. Robyn has been in the industry for 13 years in medical based fitness. She also speaks in the community on fitness and stress management.


Stress Management Exercise Specialist™ Certification

If you are looking for something new and cutting edge to instruct in your gym, this is it! The Stress Management Exercise Specialist (SMES) is a credential that allows you to work with our R.E.L.A.X.™ program. R.E.L.A.X.™ can be used in your fitness facility or place of employment. You may also open your own studio and we will provide you access to our name, logo and marketing materials! Review the requirements to become certified

Level 1 Stress Management Exercise Specialist™ (SMES): As a level 1 RES, you’ll be able offer personal training for stress management, instruct the Mindful Stretch™ class, and offer one on one meditation sessions that are customizable. This program blends well with medical programs that your facility may already use. In our program, we use traditional stretches, some of which are similar to Makaho stretches. When stretching, we stretch the muscles but also move positive energy through the body. This helps to initiate the relaxation response.

smi1Level 2 Stress Management Exercise Specialist™ (SMES)As a level 2 RES, you can instruct the Mindful Stretch class and Reflective Meditation sessions. You will be helping individuals to cope with stress in their daily lives.

Reflective Meditation Instructor™: With this certification you are able to instruct one on one relaxation sessions. You do not need a fitness or medical background to sit for this certification.

Click here to register for the home-study or live course. Live courses currently available in New Jersey and Delaware.


The Stress Management Institute offers the following continuing education related to aging, senior fitness, chronic disease, medical condition, and pre or postnatal care:

Level 1 Stress Management Exercise Specialist™ (SMES)
Level 2 Stress Management Exercise Specialist™ (SMES)
Reflective Meditation Instructor™
Stress Management Exercise Specialist™ Certification

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