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Massages (Spring/Fall 2016)

  • Feeling stressed? Schedule a relaxing 15 minute chair message with our Message Therapist Shannon Martin for only $15.

Schedule online now

Group Exercise Classes

Spring 2016 Kickboxing

  • When: Wednesday's (starting spring 2016)
  • Where: PH 104
  • Time: 5:00pm - 5:55pm
  • Class dates:  January 13, 2016 - April 22, 2016
  • Class Fee: FREE
  • Instructor: Kristina O'Reskie

Kickboxing is a combination of cardio, boxing, and martial arts providing a total body workout which aims to improve strength, aerobic fitness, speed, flexibility, coordination, and balance.  Weight lifting or kickboxing gloves are recommended to protect the knuckles when you punch the bag.  

*Kickboxing is the only class on the schedule offered free to faculty and staff through Campus Rec without an Otto Rec Center membership.

Spring 2016 Zumba

  • When: Thursday's 

  • Where: HN 225

  • Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Class dates: January 14, 2016 - March 3, 2016

  • Who: Faculty and staff

  • Class fee: 8 classes for $32 and a $5 drop in fee

  • Instructor: Parisha Rajbhandari

 All ages, all sizes, all fitness levels, any class period!

The Latin insprired, easy-to-follow, calorie burning, dance fitness party. Feel the music and get loose!

Spring 2016 Walk Every Day

  • M-F, 11am-1pm Myer’s Field House Free! (Bring your MSU ID/MavCARD)

  • Don’t let the cold keep you from getting your walk in each day! The 8-lane, 200-meter track in Myer’s Field House is open for walking during your lunch hour.

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these events, please contact Wellness Committee at 507.389.2068 (V) or 1.800.627.3529 or 711 (MRS/TTY) at least five days prior to the day of the event.

Fall 2016 POUND Workout Class

  • Enjoy a full body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, and isometric movements.
  • Fridays at noon in PH 102.
  • Classes began on Friday, September 9.

Fall 2016 Yoga

  • This class will rejuvenate your body by focusing on building your strength, balance, and self-awareness. This ancient practice can help you enhance yourself in every way possible.
  • Come join our yoga instructor, Lisa, at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays in PH 102.

Fall 2016 Tai Chi

  • FREE intermediate class taught by our own faculty member, Dr. Han-Way Huang.
  • Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays at noon in the Bresnan Arena concourse area.

Fall 2016 Walking Track

  • The track in Myers Field House is available from noon to 1 p.m. for walking/ running.

Fall 2016 Events

Office Ergonomics

  • Chandler Holland, Director- Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management, shared his 15+ years of experience in Ergonomics. He reviewed and demonstrated the basics of optimal office ergonomic positioning, including techniques for self-adjustments to office equipment.
  • This presentation was on Wednesday, October 5 from 12 to 1 pm in CSU 238.

Poker Walk

  • This years Poker Walk was scheduled on Wednesday, October 19 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Thanks to everyone who participated, we lucked out with beautiful, fall weather.
  • Congratulations to Jennifer Brady, Kathy Prom and Wendy Schuh for ending up with the top 3 hands!
  • We are hoping to host another Poker Walk during the Spring semester.

Positive Psychology 101

  • Amy Hedman, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science, shared her expertise on the topic of positive psychology. She explained the simple steps you can take to overcome negative thinking, self-doubt and self-criticism.
  • This presentation was on Wednesday, October 26 from 12 to 1 pm in CSU 201.

Amazing Through Adversity

  • Deb Hadley, Inspirational Speaker, shared a presentation called "Amazing through Adversity" on Monday, November 7th from 12 pm to 1 pm in CSU 245. During the session, she taught different strategies to help build resiliency in order to work through the challenges that one may encounter throughout their lifetime. Snack and refreshments were provided and we had an outstanding turn out. Everybody who attended had nothing but positive things to say about the event! We hope to have her speak again soon.
  • To learn more about Deb Hadley's story, we encourage you to visit her website at

Indoor Air Quality for the Office Setting

  • Chandler Holland, Director- Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management, shared his expertise on Indoor Air Quality for the Office Setting. 
  • As part of his presentation, Chandler led an interactive question and answer discussions on some of the most common sources of concerns with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) such as: thermal comfort (temperature and humidity), moisture sources (humidity vs. water intrusion), and dusts, dander/particulates and perfumes.
  • Chandler also provided information on how a department can request an Indoor Air Quality assessment and what the assessment would entail.
  • The presentation was on Wednesday, November 16th from 12 pm to 1 pm in CSU 201.

Happy Healthy Holidays

  • MSU Campus Dietitian, Lexi Cournoyer, shared 10 tips and tricks to stay on track with your eating habits during the holiday season!
  • The University Dining and Campus Rec hosted this event on Thursday, November 17th from 4 pm to 5 pm in Pennington Hall, room 112.

All Things Sugar

  • What do we need to know about sugar in our diet? Is sugar really toxic and/or addictive? How do we find a balance? Erin Gonzalez, Adjunct Professor at MSU and Registered Dietitian for the Mankato Clinic gave an eye-opening presentation about the controversial conversations around sugar and a common sense approach to feeling one's best.
  • Erin's presentation was on Wednesday, November 30th from 12 pm to 1 pm in CSU 238.

Healthy Dining in the CSU

  • Eating healthy can be hard when you have many different options in front of you. You are faced with questions like, what's the best choice? How do I eat mindfully each day? Campus Dietitian, Lexi Cournoyer presented on Monday, December 5th from 12 pm to 1 pm in CSU 238 some tips and tricks on how to make healthy meals and nutritious snack choices in the CSU.

Intro to Meditation

  • This introduction to meditation presentation will introduce you to at least four different meditation techniques that encourage stress reduction, inner peace, and being present. Come as you are. No expectations. No experience necessary. We will sit in chairs, floor is optional, and practice a guided meditation, counting meditation, Metta (loving-kindness) meditation, and how to use an affirmation in your meditation practice. Each meditation practice will only last a few minutes so you can experiment with each one.
  • This event was be held on Tuesday, December 6th from 12 pm to 1 pm in CSU 253.