Imagine this. It’s 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. It’s been a tough week—balancing class, homework, and your part-time job—and final exams are just around the corner. You’re on the brink of screaming and pulling out your hair, but then you hear about Self-Care Day on campus and decided to check it out. As you reach the second floor, the aroma of lavender, lemon, and sandalwood quickly fills your nostrils, immediately calming you. These enticing scents helps lure you down the hall to see what other forms of relaxation are in store.As we all know, school and work can be extremely stressful. Too much stress can damage your health, mood, productivity, relationships and overall quality of life. Relaxation techniques are just one coping mechanism to help reduce the amount of stress in your life; it’s important to know some of these techniques so you don’t find yourself at your breaking point.
If any future professionals know how important relaxation techniques are, it’s students earning their massage therapist degree at Globe University-Eau Claire. These students hosted a Self-Care Day, complete with a room full of relaxing activities to help reduce other students’ and faculty members’ stress levels. Massage students offered face masks, paraffin wax hand dips, soothing aroma salt scrubs, meditation, yoga, neck massages, and healthy snacks.
Joan Hamilton, Globe University-Eau Claire’s massage program chair, commented on the importance of Self Care Day. “Taking care of yourself and participating in relaxation activities are important for everyone,” she said. “They help eliminate stress and anxiety that can hinder your work and school performance.”
Victoria, a massage therapy student, is an advocate of relaxation activities and mentioned that she plans to incorporate them into her future massage practice. She stated, “Exercises such as yoga and meditation help your body to release endorphins that improve your mood, ability to sleep, and then in turn reduces stress.”
The massage students also provided mats for meditation and yoga. To assist those not as familiar with the art of yoga, the massage students offered yoga cards that included pictures and descriptions of each pose.Kara, vice president of the student-run Massage Club on campus, explained some of the benefits of yoga as it relates to self-care and relaxation.
“Yoga aids in relaxation, de-stressing, and can increase flexibility,” she said. “It also builds muscle tone, strengthens your core, and helps improve your overall fitness level. Yoga is just one of the ways that you can help reduce your level of stress and anxiety.”
Self-Care Day turned out to be a great success with more than 25 faculty members and students stopping by throughout the afternoon. The massage therapy program received great reviews from the attendees and the event allowed the students to share their knowledge about stress reducing activities with the rest of the campus.
The timing for Self-Care Day couldn’t have been better with the end of the quarter, finals and graduation upon the horizon. What a great way to help faculty and students relax and prepare for their endeavors ahead.