Welcome to the Counseling Center’s Mind Spa Website! The Mind Spa is a resource with tools to help you relax, improve concentration and memory, and overall success as a student. The Mind Spa is located in the Counseling Center and is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
The Mind Spa is an important campus resource as it is a space equipped for practice of mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, and overall self-care. Practice of mindfulness and meditation have important physical and mental health benefits such as increased concentration, awareness, and regulation of emotions. Studies show that these practices have positive short and long-term effects on the brain. You might begin to notice benefits from your participation at the Mind Spa immediately or after a few sessions. To visit, you can call the Counseling Center (410-455-2472) to reserve a resource or just walk in.
What is Biofeedback?
Ways you can use Biofeedback in the Mind Spa
What does EmWave do?
How do you use the EmWave?
We currently have two biofeedback games in the Mind Spa, Journey to the Wild Divine and Relaxing Rhythms & Zen Journey. The EmWave (see portable biofeedback) can also be plugged into the computer and used with EmWave Software
Journey to the Wild Divine
This series of computer-based games, activities, and lessons uses biofeedback equipment to assess the physical signs of emotions and anxiety in your body in order to help you develop your ability to regulate your inner life. Journey to the Wild Divine will challenge you to complete tasks and adventures by regulating your emotional state.
Relaxing Rhythms and Zen Journey
This program provides personalized feedback and lessons from well-known experts to help you practice breathing, meditation, and relaxation skills.
What is Light Therapy?
How can I sign out a lamp?
What is Aromatherapy?
Select an automated massage program or create a custom relaxation experience to put your mind and body at ease. Massage helps by soothing sore muscles, relieving stress, and prompting the body to release endorphins which relieve tension and improve mood.
In the Mind Spa, we have created a space for meditation consisting of several meditation cushions, or Zafus. Instructions for proper use of the Zafus can be found in the Mind Spa.
We have a variety of hot teas available in the Mind Spa, as well as cups and a hot water kettle. Drinking tea is not only soothing, but boasts health benefits as well!
We have designed the Mind Spa to be an ideal space for practicing mindfulness and breathing exercises. Feel free to come in and shut the door for the ultimate relaxation experience.
What is Mindfulness?
What are the benefits of Mindfulness?
How Can I Practice Mindfulness in the Mind Spa
See below for a list of websites that include tutorials for breathing/relaxation exercises. Please note that these sites are not maintained by the Counseling Center and include external resources. These resources are not meant to replace treatment and we encourage you to visit the Counseling Center should you have questions or need support with engaging in these exercises.
We have a number of self-help books available for students to enjoy in the Mind Spa. Grab a book and a seat on the meditation cushions or in the massage chair!
|Ackerman, Robert||Children of Alcoholics|
|Bloomfield, H., Colgrove, M., McWilliams, P.||How to Survive the Loss of a Love|
|Bornstein, Kate||A Queen & Pleasant Danger|
|Burns, David D.||Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy|
|Ciarrochi, J., Hayes, L., Bailey, A.||Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life for Teens|
|Ellis, Dave||Becoming a Master Student|
|Evans, Patricia||The Verbally Abusive Relationship|
|Forsyth, J. & Eifert, G.||The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety|
|Hallowell, E. & Ratey, J.||Answers to Distraction|
|Hallowell, E. & Ratey, J.||Driven to Distraction|
|Hayes, Steven>||Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life|
|Kabat-Zinn, Jon||Wherever You Go, There You Are|
|Paterson, Randy||The Assertiveness Workbook|
|Taylor, Charles (ed.)||Handbook of Minority Student Services|
|Weeks, Claire||Hope & Help for Your Nerves|
|Zimbardo, P.||Shyness: What It Is; What to Do About It|