Stress reduction

On this page, find resources for:


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. No previous experience with meditation is necessary.

Where can I find Stress Reduction Meditation on my campus?
Visit the Total Rewards campus events page for up-to-date information.

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. at

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction is a class 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.Visit the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction webpage for more information about this class.

Wellness chair massages

Research shows the positive effects of massage therapy on job performance and mental alertness, resulting in improved accuracy and reduced stress-induced illnesses. Anyone who has ever sat behind a desk all day will recognize the symptoms of workplace fatigue. Sitting in a massage chair opens up the back muscles, relieves strain on the neck, and provides a gentle break for eyes usually glued to a computer monitor. Even 15 minutes of massage to the neck, back, arms, and hands can increase circulation, boost energy levels, and help keep the body injury-free.

Healthy for Life is sponsoring 15 minute chair massages for employees in 204 Centennial Hall in Rolla. Chair massages are available every Monday from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., starting in October and going through the end of December. The cost is $15 for 15 minutes. Registration is required! Contact Amanda Hunter-Kelley (Licensed Massage Therapist) at or (573) 466-9084.

Tai Chi

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.

How do I participate?
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.  At any given time, classes may or may not be available on your campus, depending on instructor availability. Please check dates and times on the Total Rewards campus events page.

Audio and video resources related to stress reduction

Visit the guided mindfulness practices webpage, part of the Mindfulness Practice Center.

Reviewed June 13, 2016.