Free massages, chocolate to lessen student stress Dec. 3

“Take a chill pill” might be good advice for the end of the semester, but it’s easier said than done.

With that in mind, Student Life and TRiO have teamed up to offer a Stress Free Experience for all students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the general dining area.

“The purpose is to help people relax before finals and the holidays,” said Jenna Howard, licensed counselor with Student Support Services.

The event is free and available to all OCCC students. This is the third year the event has been offered, Howard said.

Four massage therapists will be available to give free 10-minute massages, Howard said. Massages relax tense muscles and help relieve stress.

Another favorite form of relaxing is savoring a bite of chocolate, so chocolate samples will be offered as well, she said.

Several other methods of relieving stress will be offered through various stations, Howard said. These include deep breathing techniques to use during final exams.

Listening to relaxing music is another way to soothe the harried soul, so ocean waves and other calm music will be available to listen to on headphones.

Although other stations will be available, be prepared to stress out while standing in line for the massage tables because they are among the most sought after, Howard warned.

Calming down through the stressful time of the year is the thrust of the event. English Professor Steve Morrow said he actively supports the concept.

“Research shows the importance of health,” he said. “Too much stress is an important factor in students’ health.

“The better we emphasize good health, the better we serve our students,” Morrow said.

For more information, call Student Support Services at 405-628-7520.

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