Virtual Health Resort

Help yourself to health with the Health Enhancement Lifestyle Program (HELP)


Welcome To Your
Virtual Health Resort!

The Virtual Health Resort website has been designed to support you in achieving your optimal health goals and overall wellbeing in body, mind and spirit. It includes audio, video and written information that everyone can experience online, so you can WATCH, LISTEN, FEEL, REFLECT and READ all on this site.

In addition, we have actual guided audio classes in releasing stress techniques, how to meditate, a guided meditation, yoga postures, guided deep relaxation, breathing practices, stretching class and more so you can FEEL HEALTHY as well!  Just click on the LISTEN tab above.

Now an opportunity for everyone in the world-who can go online-to benefit from a Health Resort, regardless of your location or budget.

To help you REFLECT on current health themes and record your insights as well as goals, we have also included a JOURNAL to help yourself to health. The Virtual Health Resort is a multimedia experience just waiting to be explored in the way that is right for you.  Just click on A HELP JOURNAL tab above.

Listen to audio broadcasts and watch videocasts with presenters from all over the world providing support on every aspect of wellbeing which are integrated into each of 12 different themes online.  Just click on the HEALTH ENHANCEMENT tab above.

Read the guide to  'HELP Yourself To Health' offline by downloading all twelve themes from the "Download Resources" tab under the RESOURCES tab on the menu bar above.

Also under "Resources" you will find our "Suggested Resources" which allow you to access the details of books that may be of interest on related subjects and you can order them on this website. Have a browse of the resources under the heading that interests you.

Feel the benefits of actually doing many of the practices described as you are guided through a range of sessions from how to stretch your body to how to meditate. Be sure to explore this site again and again to find much more each time you visit.

Remember to visit our LINKS pages for other websites and locations that give you techniques and resources for virtual support and follow-up.

Reflect on the challenges you currently face and set motivation statements, priorities and goals with our HELP Journal.

And of course, feel free to use the "Contact Us" section with your questions, comments, needs and suggestions.


To get started, simply use the navigation bar by choosing 'Health Enhancement' reading the introduction and choosing one of the 12 themes on offer for your benefit from the 'Health Enhancement' tab:

  • Releasing Stress
  • Physical Exercise
  • An Easeful Body
  • A Quality Environment
  • Food Awareness Connection
  • Mind Body Harmony
  • Breath of Life
  • A Peaceful Mind
  • Creative Expression and Learning
  • Group Support and Communication
  • Service
  • Planning Health Enhancement

For example if you want to release stress in your life, choose 'Releasing Stress' from the drop down menu and then plunge into the rich array of offerings in that section including:

  • Audio Programs of  Guided Relaxation Sessions, Stress Release Techniques and more
  • Video and Podcasts on all aspects of developing a more stress hardy lifestyle
  • Witten information on cultivating a more relaxed approach to life's challenges
  • A reflection section on your stress profile (and feel free to use 'A HELP Journal'  in the menu bar going to the Releasing Stress Section as well)
  • 'Suggested Resources' for further study of releasing stress both at the end of the section and under the 'Resources' menu bar
  • Choose the mode of learning and experience that you resonate with and do not feel like you have to do everything in that section or on the website all at once
  • Feel free to explore different themes and varied modalities of accessing the information presented each time you re-visit the website
  • If you have a question, just send us a comment on 'Contact Us' menu bar
  • You may also have fun finding other powerful web resources on your area of interest under the 'Links' menu section so feel free to go there as well when the time is right

You will find a vast amount of information to assist you in the 12 key areas under the 'Health Enhancement' themes so just choose the one where you want to start and dive in! 

Remember to follow that theme up with an explore of "A HELP Journal", this will assist you to reflect on questions regarding your overall wellbeing and establish a plan of action.

If you dont want to read text or watch video podcasts but want to go straight to the audio classes just go straight to 'Listen' on the menu bar and click on the session or subject you prefer and enjoy!

Take your time to  just enjoy watching, listening, reflecting, feeling and reading the varied content we have assembled to help yourself to health.


The Health Enhancement approach is accessible to all: people who find themselves in a crisis scenario, and those who want to have a healthier and more integrated lifestyle. Health Enhancement is both preventive and an effective means of rehabilitation for those seeking to remedy damage already done. It also assists in decreasing the likelihood of future occurrences of disease by altering the underlying factors that may contribute to health challenges.

The fundamental concept is one of balancing our lives through the integration of a number of easy-to-implement practical steps, which will enable us to avoid the pitfalls of both environmental pressures and genetic weaknesses-pressures that we fall prey to when we lack balance in our lives. While many approaches to health focus on a particular technique of health care, such as aerobic exercise or stress reduction, the approach taken here is integrative and holistic. No one particular component is sufficient to bring balance unless all other factors in our lives are already in harmony. Despite good intentions, just changing what we eat, for example, will not of itself reverse dis-ease unless the other factors that account for the problem are addressed as well.

By adopting Health Enhancement we can still maintain our responsibilities and commitments, but at the same time bring these into balance with our health requirements. While we are often seduced by the simplicity of adding just one new technique to our daily lives and hoping that it will be a panacea for the variety of ills or potential ills facing us, it is unrealistic to think that a single technique will work at a fundamental level. The approach taken here requires us to have an awareness and acceptance of where we find ourselves at this present moment, and then, through an understanding of the diverse underlying factors that account for this present position, to make a commitment to adjust our lives to usher in well-being.



What Other Have Said About The Health Enhancement Lifestyle Program Resources Over The Years

"I enjoyed HELP Yourself to Health. It is direct, uncluttered, clear, and right on target--a valuable guide to anyone wanting to exercise self-responsibility on behalf of their own health."

(Dr Larry Dossey, Integrative Medicine pioneer and author of many best sellers including: Healing Words, Reinventing Medicine, Meaning and Medicine)

“Neal Hoptman has written a very compact, straightforward prescription for not just healthy living but ecstatic living.  The prescription offers many suggestions for change which can enrich the reader’s life.  If you really want to feel great & are willing to use the program, here is the guide.”

(Dr Patch Adams, Medical Doctor, Social Revolutionary & Author of Gesundheit, subject of the  film starring Robin Williams of his life story)

“HELP is the perfect resource for anyone striving to gain an improvement in performance, health and wellbeing.  As a health professional who is forever striving to create the perfect Golden Door Program for our guests, it might just be the most important resource in my library”.

(Brook Ramage, Founder and National General Manager The Golden Door, Australia)

An interesting and informative book which covers a wide variety of lifestyle issues. It will be of great benefit to anyone seeking help in reducing the stresses of daily living. 

(Dr Vivienne Elton, psychiatrist)

At Royal Talbot we are most enthusiastic about the HELP course far many reasons. There are the potential benefits for patients, empowering them to make positive changes for their health and wellbeing and leading to positive outcomes for their rehabilitation. The opportunity the course has given us to offer our staff some practical examples of how they can reduce their stress in their lives and work place. There is also the role that HELP can play in our health promotion strategies.

(Anne Szysz, General Manager, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital, Australia)

"In order for doctors to be effective they need to HELP themselves. I use all the components of this program myself and strongly recommend them to my patients. Each segment of HELP contributes toward the process of regaining and maintaining health." 

(Dr Daniel Lewis, former President of the Australian Arthritis Foundation)

"What a great resource you have kindly made available to the world!"

(Charles Davidson, Director of Peninsula Hot Springs)

“I use the Program to deal with the personal challenges of running a major hospital.  I was so impressed with the results of HELP that we are now using the program and using this book at our hospital for the benefit of staff & patients.”

(Rodney Nissen, CEO, Cedar Court Hospital)

“The approach is a valuable one whether you are suffering from a specific ailment or taking preventative steps to insure your overall health and well-being.  The integrated approach and practical techniques have been of great help to me.”

(Dr Steven Sommer, President of the Whole Health Institute)

“Our health carries messages from the depth of our psyche.  In not listening to them, a state of imbalance is created.  I have found the program creates a valuable space to listen & cater for these unrecognised needs.”

(Veronique Boulangier, Psychologist & Psychotherapist)

“ I have never been happier than I am today thanks to these techniques I have learned.  Less stress, and my energy level is better than ever.  I feel great due to spending time each day using the Program’s components.  It’s easy and certainly makes my life more enjoyable.  I have encouraged literally thousands of people to discover the benefits of the program through my presentations.”

(Daniel Johnson, Corporate Presenter and Author of the book, How to Motivate, Manage & Market Yourself)

“The book (Help Yourself to Health) is now a prescribed textbook for medical students at Monash University. HELP is an essential component of the undergraduate health enhancement program.  It has been an enormous assistance to teaching medical students first hand about lifestyle & health and in keeping them healthy through their course.”

(Dr Marc Cohen, MBBS(Hons) PhD, BmedSc (Hons), FAMAS, Dip Ac President, Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) President, Head, RMIT Complementary Medicine Dept)

“The HELP Program takes health promotion a step further by integrating the mind and psychological states with the body & the physical state.  The steps proposed are easy to do and are also suitable for people with disabilities, or for an older person.  I commend the manual to anyone wanting to have a better quality of life.”

(Rhonda Galbally, Chief Executive Officer, VicHealth-Victorian Health Promotion Foundation)

"The H.E.L.P. program is for everyone. It asks little, but offers much. In my work, everyone loves being an expert. The beauty of HELP is you don't need to be an expert. It is the combination of simple changes in all areas of your life which holds tbe key. It is the key not just to being fit and free of disease, but to being joyfully happy. Who wouldn't want that?

(Nicholas Brash PhD, Fouder of Brash Solutions, Corporate Lawyer and author of How Companies Work)

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