CHICO – The latest installment on the Chico State campus will target student wellness needs with massage chairs, nap pods and treatment rooms.
On Thursday, September 8, The Well, located inside the Bell Memorial Union, will hold an open house from 2-4 p.m. unveiling an 8,500 square foot space dedicated to promoting self-care. During the event, demonstrations of equipment will take place.
“It’s primarily a space to come and reset and refresh so that you can hopefully graduate within four years and be both healthy, happy and successful in the future,” said said wellness center coordinator Christina Hammans.
The project is something students need to succeed in a post-pandemic world, Hammans said.
“The rates of decline in mental health have increased dramatically since the onset of COVID and obviously we are still dealing with these impacts and many more,” Hammans said. “Now we are returning to campus after so many transitions over the past four years, from Camp Fire to Carr Fire, to flooding and a pandemic on top of that. So we need it more than ever. »
The massage parlor will contain three massage chairs including a hydromassage chair.
In the nap pod room, students can take one of six nap pods that can be used for a duration of 30 minutes at a time, Hammans said.
“They are highly sought after,” Hammans said. “People can’t wait for this room.”
Treatment rooms inside the well will accommodate specific student needs such as prayer, counseling, and sensory respite.
“If someone needs to pray for any reason — let’s say they need to pray five times a day, we’re going to give them that space to do it,” Hammans said. “It was something I was really adamant about having here and it’s one of the many things that will set us apart from other campuses.”
The sensory room will contain several textiles, bubbles and dim lights for the students, Hammans said. Next to it, a room will host intermittent manual massages and acupuncture for the students.
At the well, a designated counselor from the WellCat Counseling Center will also have space to meet with students.
“If anyone is uncomfortable stepping into the counseling center for any reason, it will be a gentle approach to entering the counseling world,” Hammans said.
The Bell Memorial Union space will also accommodate spaces for students to check their blood pressure, perform lactation and store breast milk between classes and more.
After the open house, the pit will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.