What is the Relaxation Station?
Our relaxation training computer software (from Wild Divine) combines state of the art technology with beautiful visuals and soothing sounds to create the ideal relaxation and training environment. Based on principles of biofeedback therapy, you will be guided through a set of instructions and exercises while being able to observe your body's physical responses. Once aware of how your body reacts, you can learn to change those patterns to: reduce stress and anxiety, quiet the mind, develop better coping responses, increase emotional control, and improve general well-being.
What to Expect?
While seated at our computer station, wearing three finger sensors that track your body's heart rate and skin conductance (temperature), you will be guided through a set of exercises to help quiet your mind and body.
Choose from the following training options:
Guided Training: Learn breathing and relaxation techniques with this interactive 15-step program.
Gaming: Build stairways with your breath, open doors with meditation, and juggle balls with your laughter to actually SEE and FEEL the effect of the exercise on your body.
Graphing Feature: Simply use the graph feature of the program to monitor your responses while studying
Enjoy the relaxing experience and learn effective relaxation techniques that you can begin to use on your own immediately after the session.
How to Schedule a Session?
It is recommended that you allow an hour for your session. It might be longer for some and shorter for others; in our experience an average session will last approximately 30 minutes with a 10 minute introduction session provide by a member of the Wellness Center staff. Appointments can be made by contacting the Wellness Center (630-844-5434, or stop in to our location at 1400 Southlawn), and will be available Monday-Friday starting at 8:30am, and then every hour with the last session starting at 3:00pm. The same relaxation software is also available for use in Philips Library during their hours of operation. Simple ask at the circulation desk about the relaxation software program and they can get you set up.
What do you need to bring?
An open mind and a set of headphones. If you do not have a set of your own headphones, headphones can be purchased for $1.00 from the Wellness Center. At the end of the session you will be asked to complete a short survey your experience.
The Relaxation Station was made possible by ...
A grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Please note that our software is not meant as a medical device and should not be used in place of physician recommended treatments and/or evaluation. The software is purely meant to be used as an educational and entertaining way to learn relaxation techniques.
Just like any new skill, relaxation is no different. The more you practice the easier it can be!