About the Wellness Room Program

Wellness Offerings

___ Massage: is intended to relieve stress from the body by gentle manipulation of soft tissues including muscles, tendons, connective tissue, ligaments, joints, and the lymphatic vessels to restore function, release tension, and encourage relaxation.

___ Reiki: is intended to relieve energetic blockage that we hold in our bodies to promote peacefulness and relief from pain. The practitioner gently lays hand on or just above the body until tension is released.

___ Craniosacral Therapy: is intended to use gentle mobilization techniques to enhance the body's innate healing abilities. It may be especially useful for headaches, neck or back pain, relaxation, decreasing congestion, or temporomandibular (jaw) joint problems.

___ Jin Shin Jyutsu: is intended to balance life energy and activate one's innate ability to heal. Through gentle touch, the practitioner places finger tips on specific energy points to balance and restore the energy flow.

___ Reflexology: is intended to provide a way to increase circulation and reduce stress by gentle pressure to reflex points on the feet. When combined with a gentle foot massage, whole body relaxation is the end result.

___ Zero Balancing: is intended to invite a release of tension by gently holding a series of finger pressure points called fulcrums. By aligning the bones with the energy moving through them, Zero Balancing can facilitate the dissipation of uncomfortable and limiting patterns held in one's body, resulting in a feeling of renewed energy within.


About the Wellness Room Program

   The Wellness Room Program came about following a rash of student tragedies during the first year in our new school building in 2001. Then September 11th happened. The community wanted to help the students deal with the high level of stress in their lives. A Wellness Day was organized with several local health care practitioners and concerned parents offering stress reduction ideas from musical jam sessions to knitting. A favorite part of the day were the relaxation sessions offered by Massage and Reiki practitioners.

The idea of a Wellness Room Program was born from that Wellness Day event. Seven local Massage and Reiki practitioners offered their skills to students and staff in Room 471 in the Art and Technologies Wing in the Fall of 2001.

The program has been growing ever since.

After two years, the Wellness Room Program moved to the Resource Room on the top floor for two years, then next to the Cafe for three years and finally to our present location across from Room 235.

During the school year of 2007-8, twenty three volunteers gave 1,025 sessions to students and staff.

From 2001 to 2014, seventy-one local practitioners volunteered in the Wellness Room Program with about 5,000 hours of their time to students and staff with a gift-in-kind value of over $271,000.