Meditation & Mindfulness

The Counseling Center has a meditation room and massage chairs that can be booked for free by TU students. Both the meditation room and massage chairs are available to students Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Meditation Room

Services in the Counseling Center’s Meditation Room are open to all TU students as well as Counseling Center clients. Students are invited to attend guided meditations led by Counseling Center clinicians or to book individual/small group time in the room and select their own meditations from our library.

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What Is Meditation?

Meditation is a technique that involves slowing down and turning inward, practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness can be defined as full attention to the present moment with nonjudgmental acceptance. Mindfulness meditation helps individuals cope more effectively with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, decreasing stress. Benefits of mindfulness include more positive emotions, less worry, reduced reactivity to stress and improved overall health.

Using the TUCC Meditation Room

Our meditation room is available to students at any time during the Counseling Center’s hours of operation (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m-5 p.m.).

If you plan to drop by the meditation room, please phone the center ahead of time to reserve the space at 410-704-2512.

Using the Meditation Room Information

Materials Provided

The following materials are available to help your practice, including:

  • guided meditation recordings
  • MUSE headband meditation feedback device
  • benches
  • meditation cushions
  • yoga mats
  • access to a computer
Before You Arrive

Before you come to the Counseling Center, it is important to know the following:

  • Use of the meditation room must be reserved. If you call ahead of time to reserve the space and do not show, your ability to use the room may be impacted in the future.
  • You must check in at the Counseling Center front desk when you use the meditation room.
  • Bring your student ID.
  • Users of the meditation room are responsible for materials in the space.
  • Dress comfortably.

For more information, phone 410-704-2512.

Guided Group Meditations

One-time guided group meditation sessions are available during the fall and spring terms. Sessions are approximately 30 minutes long. There is no ongoing commitment and students may attend as many of these sessions as they like.

The sessions are led by an MP3 recording. The schedule of guided group meditation sessions may be found at Towson Events.

Book your spot by calling 410-704-2512.

Developing Your Own Meditation Practice

Interested in developing a meditation practice on your own? Check out these sites and apps:

 

Massage Chairs

Need a study break? Tests, papers and schoolwork giving you knots in your back? Feel free to call us at 410-704-2512 and schedule a 30-minute appointment with one of our full body massage chairs.

Our Relaxon Massage Chairs offer zero gravity shiatsu with built-in heating massage, zero gravity and L-track massage rollers.

  • Heating pads are placed in the lumbar area of your back and can be used to heal sore muscles (not advised to be used if pregnant).
  • Zero gravity promotes relaxation throughout the body so the massage will have a much greater effect on your body.
  • Massage rollers are meant to mimic the motion of professional massage therapists and can massage you from your neck to your buttocks.

Using The Massage Chairs

Other Features
  • full body stretching to increase flexibility
  • dual foot rollers for reflexology
  • extendable foot rest and calf massage
  • can provide deep tissue, kneading, tapping or combo
  • adjustable massage speed and intensity
Guidelines and Rules to Using Chairs
  • Students must present their TU student ID to reserve a time slot.
  • No more than 1 student may reserve a time slot or use a chair at any given time.
  • When using the massage chairs, students are asked to refrain from using phones, talking with others, or engaging in any other activities.
  • Please be mindful that counseling appointments are occurring in the offices next to the massage chairs, please be respectful of noise levels.
  • Any disruptive or inappropriate behavior may impact future ability to access massage chair and meditation room services.
  • If placing feet in foot massage holders, please remove shoes and use footies.
  • The timer for the massage chairs can be set for up to 30 minutes. When done, please gather your things and leave the space as you found it. A staff member will not come around to remind you that your appointment has ended.
  • For the courtesy of others, please wipe down the machine with wipes at the end of use.
  • Please use paper for headrest and change when finished with your session.