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Stress Reduction


What is Stress Reduction Meditation?
Stress Reduction Meditation is a FREE, 30-minute (generally 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.) guided meditation. Sessions occur each week during the regular school year.

Who takes Stress Reduction Meditation?
All students, faculty, staff and their families are welcome and no previous experience with meditation is necessary.

Where can I find Stress Reduction Meditation on my campus?
Visit your campus class page for up-to-date information: MU, UMKC, Missouri S&T, or UMSL.

Who teaches Stress Reduction Meditation?
Trained facilitators lead Stress Reduction Meditation sessions.

What fees are involved?
This program is free of charge. There is no need to register--you can simply attend a session. For more information, contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction?
MBSR is designed to help change your relationship with stress and begin to live a more conscious life in order to make choices and engage in behaviors that increase your vitality, effectiveness and happiness. The eight-week program includes weekly two-hour classes plus a full day retreat (MU Campus only) (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Classes include instruction in formal mindfulness practices (meditation, body scan, mindful yoga and walking meditation). Weekly practice assignments to do at home help develop mindfulness skills and help take mindfulness into everyday life. Regular class attendance and a commitment of 30 to 45 minutes of practice per day for the entire duration of the course are required. CDs of the body scan, sitting meditation and yoga and a manual will be provided.  Since its inception, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs have been used with groups around the world as diverse as corporate employees, CEOs, educators, students (grade school through college), attorneys, judges, correctional staff, prison inmates, health care professionals, members of the clergy and Olympic and professional athletes - including the world champion Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers basketball teams.

Who enrolls in MBSR?
Any faculty, staff or family member who would like to respond with more skill and creativity to life's stresses. Participants commit to regular practice and class attendance.

How often is it offered?
The program is generally offered three times a year on the Columbia campus and is offered in Kansas City and St. Louis once a year. Visit the MBSR Classes webpage to learn about upcoming course offerings.

Where can I find it on my campus?
The program location will be announced when you enroll in a specific program as locations are subject to change. For more information, please visit the MBSR Classes webpage or contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D.

Who teaches it?
Lynn Rossy, Ph.D., health psychologist for Healthy for Life, teaches most of the classes and other teachers participate as needed.

What fees are involved?
There is a $40 materials fee for all enrollees. Those who attend all but one class will receive a $20 refund. To enroll or for more information, contact Lynn Rossy, Ph.D.


Massage Therapy—Columbia

What is massage?
Massage therapy is a diverse set of approaches directed to the soft tissues of the body. Different massage modalities can be used in combination with each other to optimize the benefits to the client based on the goals and needs of the individual.
This service is offered at University Hospital (GL-19A) on the MU campus.

What types of massage does the therapist do?
Jeff Rioux, LMT, specializes in orthopedic massage, sports massage, Swedish relaxation massage, therapeutic stretching and myofascial work.

The benefits of massage therapy are numerous and diverse. Some key benefits include:

  • Relaxes muscles and relieves tension.
  • Eliminates tender points, trigger points and adhesions in muscle and fascia.
  • Speeds recovery from athletic training and overexertion.
  • Reduces the likelihood of future injury by maintaining optimal function of soft tissues.
  • Increases range of motion in joints.
  • Stretches muscles and connective tissue, helping prevent adhesions.
  • Improves immune function.

Prices                 Employees               Public
30 minutes          $40                         $45
60 minutes          $60                         $75
90 minutes          $75                         $90
Chair Massage: $60 per hour with 2 hour minimum requirement, call (573) 884-1312 for details.

Jeff is available:
Monday                         10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday                        10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday                    1 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday                       11 a.m.-7 p.m.

You can schedule an appointment by calling Healthy for Life at (573) 884-1312 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Gift certificates can be purchased through the Medtique gift shop on the lobby level of University Hospital, at Hospitality Services on the lower level of University Hospital (GE-21), or at the Healthy for Life offices on the second floor of the Heinkel building on the MU campus.

What forms of payment are accepted?
Payment can be made by credit card, personal check or cash. Payment is collected at the time of service. Gift certificates purchased at Medtique can be paid for with cash or check only. Credit cards accepted at other locations.

Can massage be used to address specific conditions?
Yes, massage has been shown to be effective in treating chronic pain conditions due to repetitive strain, overuse or postural misalignment. Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), as well as chronic headaches and neck, shoulder and back pain. Massage has also proven effective in helping to manage the symptoms of conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis and various stress-related conditions.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?
Call Healthy for Life at (573) 884-1312 with more than 24 hours notice, otherwise you will be charged the full cost of the session.


Tai Chi—MU and UMSL

What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi Qigong (pronounced “tie jee chee kung”) practice is a blending of meditation, breathing, and slow fluid movements all incorporated into a 30-minute set with an emphasis on the breathing. This practice is suitable for people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels. The movements can easily be modified to accommodate an individual’s physical/medical conditions. Tai Chi Qigong is good for improving balance, flexibility, lung function, and muscle strength in addition to being a wonderful relaxation technique. 

The instructor guides participants through the practice with both verbal and visual cues.  Participation is on a drop-in basis and new members are welcome at any time throughout the year.  No previous experience or special clothing is needed.  Visit your campus page for dates and times: MU and UMSL.