The end of an academic semester can be taxing intellectually and physically, whether you are a faculty, staff, or student on campus. It is the big push to the finish line. With this, stress and anxiety levels can climb, and for some more than others. What if there was an event on campus that could help you lower your stress response? Would you go?

If your answer is “yes” then Health Promotion and Wellness has an event for you! During finals week, the PAWSitively Stress Free therapy dogs will be at the Milner Library on the third floor on Monday, December 10 and Tuesday, December 11 from 2–4 p.m. offering their warm paw shake, unconditional friendship, and love. But wait! It gets even better with complimentary 5-minute chair massages by Ada Givens, a licensed massage therapist.

Benefits of dog and massage therapy

First, the dogs and Ada will be happy to see you! Everyone can use a smile. Spending time with therapy dogs can boost your oxytocin stress-reducing hormones and diminish the stress hormone cortisol levels. Additionally, receiving a dog’s love can enhance productivity while the stress decreases.

Studies have shown massage therapy to be helpful for decreasing stress, muscle aches, and pain. Additionally, some studies have demonstrated benefits for anxiety, headaches, stress associated insomnia, digestive issues, and more.

Dog and massage therapy is clearly a double win! Making time to attend the event has the potential to make a difference in how you experience the end of the semester. So be sure to stop by to reap the blended benefits of dog and massage therapy!

Further Stress Reduction Resources to Use Now and Later

If you decide to have massages more often, Ada Givens is on campus three days a week; make an appointment for a massage here. If you decide you want to spend more time with therapy dogs, here are the dates for the spring semester. Additionally, chair yoga exercises can reduce tension and mindfulness meditation can help you relax and clear the mind as needed.

Do take time to reduce your stress which can increase quality work time. Meanwhile, the dogs and Ada look forward to seeing you at December’s PAWSitively Stress Free!