About Dr. Olpin

Dr. Michael Olpin has been researching and teaching about stress for over 30 years. When he is not teaching, you can find him in the mountains exploring by foot or on bike or spending time with his wife, Shanyn, and his four wonderful children - Analise, Erica, Adam and Ben.

Dr. Michael Olpin is a professor of Health Promotion at Weber State University as well as the founder and Director of the Stress Relief Center at WSU.

He has studied and researched, taught and trained thousands in the science of stress management for over 30 years.

Dr. Olpin has authored and co-authored several books on stress management including:

Along with countless presentations, workshops, trainings and seminars on stress management, Dr. Olpin also coaches on a one-on-one basis. His life’s work was driven by a specific event:

“When I was 25, I was diagnosed with High Blood Pressure. I had hypertension and my doctor told me I would need to be on medication for the rest of my life. I was frustrated with this diagnosis because I thought I was doing the right things: I was exercising regularly and I was eating pretty well, most of the time. Isn’t that the ticket to a long life of wellness? As I investigated this condition, I learned that part of the problem had to do with my stress. I learned that chronic stress can turn into a whole host of problems. In my case, it was something that, if I didn’t manage, could have had devastating results.

Over 30 years later, I haven't taken a single pill for my blood pressure. Hypertension, along with most of the other symptoms of chronic high stress, are no longer a concern for me. "

Dr. Olpin discovered stress management principles and tools, and specifically meditation and deep relaxation, was the best way to cure his hypertension. In the three decades studying, researching, training thousands of others, and experimenting with everything on his own self, he has found what works to effectively manage, reduce, and even prevent stress.

"My goal is to give you tools you can use every day so that the effects of stress are minimized. It is fine to know how stressed you are, and the effects, both short term and long term, of stress. But much more important is knowing how to deal with stressful events and environments. 

I focus on this at two places:

1) helping people to know how to keep the stress response from turning on in the first place (usually through effectively managing stress related thoughts and feelings, and
2) helping people turn off the stress response in a variety of effective ways once they are stressed.

Because people are different, what works for one to relax, may not always work for another. But we use enough powerful techniques in our trainings that at least one and usually several will work to help you effectively relax.

And the more you use these tools, on a daily basis, the more calm, peaceful, and relaxed through the rest of the day."

The tools found on this website were created to help those who recognize stress is a problem and want to 
get control of their stress and, ultimately, their life.