The purpose of the Relaxation Room is to provide a quiet, peaceful space for students to develop and practice relaxation skills that can enhance their academic productivity and their sense of well-being. Relaxation is an important part of self-care. Even though it is a common concept, very few of us have had much experience with real relaxation. People often think that relaxation involves activities such as exercising, zoning out, socializing, or pursuing a distraction like TV or a book. These activities have a place in our lives, but they are not truly relaxation. Real relaxation is an intentional, focused period of time during which one is mindful and alert, yet one’s muscles are relaxed. Mastering this skill can help restore energy and boost mood and performance levels much better than those other activities.
In the Relaxation Room we have audio guides of relaxation exercises – such as breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and mindfulness meditation. We have a biofeedback program called emWave that can help you learn to regulate your emotional state and experience stress relief. Other resources include relaxation music and nature sounds, comfortable recliners, a heated massage chair, yoga mats, and a library of self-help books.
Students will need to complete a brief orientation before using the room for the first time and can then make appointments to use the Relaxation Room independently.
Good stress management involves being aware that your stress level is rising and being proactive in taking steps to cope effectively with your stress before it becomes too overwhelming. Biofeedback is a tool to help individuals become more aware of their internal physical responses related to stress and anxiety and to change these habitual responses in order to better manage stress levels. Although biofeedback can be used to treat a variety of conditions, the Counseling Center uses two biofeedback programs, HeartMath and Healing Rhythms, which are designed specifically for stress management. The programs use sensors and computer software to demonstrate how practicing certain breathing and meditative techniques can impact your heart and breathing rate and help you feel more relaxed. By learning and practicing these techniques in conjunction with biofeedback training, students can then learn how to utilize these techniques in their daily lives to feel more relaxed. Biofeedback sessions are usually scheduled in our Relaxation Room which is a calm, comfortable, quiet space with comfy recliners and soft lighting. To schedule a biofeedback session, contact us at (361)825-2703.