Spa night works out the kinks of college life

Posted March 26, 2006
Nancy Dyleuth
Spa Night, held March 15 in the Leo’s Den, provided students with information on ways to relieve stress. Free massages were made available by Wild Earth Day Spa located on D Street in downtown La Verne. Students, including first year psychology major Adrianna Guaracha, spent some time getting their backs rubbed from a Wild Earth massage therapist. The University of La Verne’s Campus Activity Board hosted the event.

Merecedes Bermudez
Staff Writer

When you think of college life, relaxation is probably the last thing that comes to mind.

Juggling a full schedule of classes, homework, extracurricular activities and a job can cause a headache or two.

To help relieve stress, the University of La Verne Campus Activities Board joined forces with the Office of Housing and Residential Life to sponsor Spa Night for students to enjoy the luxury of being pampered.

The event, held at 10 p.m. on March 15 in the Leo’s Den, enabled students to sign up for a massage and win free prizes.

Students socialized, relaxed and sipped smoothies and sodas.

Two massage therapist from Wild Earth Day Spa in downtown La Verne gave three-minute chair massages.

“I do a fair amount of both faculty and students during finals,” said Wild Earth Day Spa massage therapist Cathy Castruita. “I enjoy the relationship that we have with the University.”

One by one, students received their massage and were able to unwind.
The event also featured a reflexology demonstration, as well as demonstrations of meditation exercises designed for relaxation.

Last week’s Spa Night was the third such event the University has hosted.
Spa Night was created by ULV students Christine Lewis and April Starkey.
The first Spa Night, a smaller event, was held in the Oaks residential hall.

“Last year we brought in students who had to fulfill their hours for masseuse class,” Starkey said. “We decided this year to incorporate the community with this University event.”

Because this year’s event was so popular, with roughly 50 students participating, its coordinators are considering another Spa Night at the end of the semester.

“This is excellent for students ... to relieve stress,” said Jessica Shadrick, a senior residential assistant. “Students turn to television and music to help relax, but we wanted to give them other opportunities to do so.”

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