Student Wellness at Reed
The Health and Counseling Center is excited to offer students a dedicated space for relaxation and wellness: the Mind Spa. In this space, you can practice yoga, enjoy a relaxing CD, melt into the massage chair, and truly unwind, undisturbed. Located on the Health and Counseling Center's lower level, the Mind Spa is available to students during HCC hours of operation. Sign up by calling 503/777-7281 to schedule an appointment.
All students must go through a brief orientation to the Mind Spa before their first solo session. This may be in a group orientation (schedule TBD; call the HCC for more info) or in an individual session. When you call or email to schedule your first Mind Spa experience, we will assist you in arranging your orientation.
The Mind Spa offers numerous opportunities to relax, unwind, and learn new tools to manage stress. Come and nurture your mind, body and spirit!
Our Elite Optima massage chair provides dozens of massage options. From deep tissue massage complete with heated back and seat to calf and foot massage to a much more gentle touch, this chair gives amazing muscle release! It can adjust to any height and also has the ability to map out a massage specific to your body and acupressure points.
"Biofeedback is a complementary and alternative medicine technique in which you learn to control bodily functions, such as your heart rate, using your mind. With biofeedback, you're connected to sensors that help you measure and receive information (feedback) about your body (bio). The biofeedback sensors teach you how to make subtle changes in your body, such as relaxing certain muscles, to achieve the results you want, such as reducing pain.
In essence, biofeedback gives you the power to use your thoughts to control your body, often to help with a health condition or physical performance. Biofeedback is often used as a relaxation technique." (Source: Mayo Clinic)
It can be hard to remind your body that an exam or paper is not a life or death situation; our stress response often inadvertently tells our body just that very thing. Practicing biofeedback can ultimately help you to relax even when you are not connected to the sensors. This valuable tool of paying more attention to your body's signals of stress or even slight anxiety can help optimize your wellness and your academic experience.
You will find three computerized biofeedback games in the Mind Spa: Healing Rhythms, Passage and Wisdom Quest, and emWave. Attach the sensors to your fingertips to make a harp play, juggle balls with your laughter, or meditate to open doors, all through thought and focused breathing. When you have mastered these techniques, you can use you new skills to relax and stay centered in your everyday life.