Discover Relaxation in the Meditation Room

Finals are right around the corner, so sit back and relax. No really, thanks to a student request, the meditation room is now home to a brand new massage chair.

About a year ago, Omid Behbahani-Nejad, a second-year College of Medicine student, emailed the Office of Student Affairs a list of what he calls “crazy” ideas—a list that included the idea of purchasing a new and improved massage chair for the meditation room.

Fast-forward to today and the Center for Student Wellness and Counseling Services is excited to welcome the Medical BreakThrough 7 massage chair.

“The chair is relaxing. It’s a total escape,” says Behbahani-Nejad. “I feel like a movie star in it.”

For the students, by the students

Jennifer Dougall, Ph.D., director of counseling services, said the Center for Student Wellness and Counseling Services is happy to be able to grant this student request. She sees students working hard to manage stress and looking for healthy ways to develop positive daily wellness habits, and she’s hopeful that the massage chair will help.

The chair, now situated in the Meditation Room, is for student-use only.

The chair has many settings of intensity and provides a full-body experience. Please review the instructions located next to the chair before selecting a setting that is best for your own unique needs and preferred level of intensity.

But wait, there’s more

The meditation room is a first-come, first-serve, 30-minute haven for relaxation.

Besides the massage chair, the room is home to peaceful music, a zen garden, Seasonal Affective Disorder lamp, computer-guided meditation that features biofeedback, and a couch and pillows for those who need a minute of rest.  

Feeling stressed? The meditation room just might be the place to unwind and refocus.


Students who are interested in making their voice heard on mental health topics are encouraged to send an email to the Mental Health Committee. Whether it’s a suggestion for a service or to nominate yourself to serve on the Committee, emails are welcome. Send them to

Get help for yourself

During office hours:

To make an appointment with Counseling Services, call 330-325-6757, or email

After office hours:

If you urgently need to speak with a counselor after regular office hours, call 216.903.7873 and leave a message, including your full name and phone number. Please allow 15 minutes for a counselor to return your call.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, or if you are experiencing an emotional or psychiatric crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Reporting concerns

If you believe there may be imminent danger of harm to a student or someone else, contact University Police at 330.325.5911 or 911.

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