Health and Lifestyle

Herbert Wellness Center Offers Massage Discount for UM Employees

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 30, 2014) – A relaxing massage not only reduces stress, it can also improve body posture, augment blood circulation, and even lower blood pressure. In an effort to provide UM faculty and staff with a positive and high-quality work environment, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center extends a special discount on table massages to all full- and part-time UM employees, regardless of membership status.

UM employees receive a 10 percent discount off the regular price for 50-minute Swedish table massages given by a licensed massage therapist. In addition, non-members who book a massage are provided with a free one-day guest pass to take advantage of the many other programs and services available throughout the Herbert Wellness Center. The Herbert Wellness Center also offers a package deal that provides one free session with the purchase of seven 50-minute sessions. Table massage appointments are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“Often the first step towards being happy and healthy is living stress free,” said Ashley Falcon, assistant director of wellness programs at the Herbert Wellness Center. “Eliminating stress as a barrier to other healthy lifestyle choices, like getting fit and eating healthy, is a great start towards healthy living.”

Chair massage events can also be coordinated through the Herbert Wellness Center and are available to Coral Gables departments for staff events and workshops. For more information about all of the Herbert Wellness Center’s massage services or to make an appointment for table or chair massages, call the sales office at 305-284-5433.

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Mindful Living

This Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) seminar is offered monthly to explore the basic tenets of mindfulness, review the significance of mindful living, and guide participants through a mindfulness practice. Being mindful increases engagement with the present moment and allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions impact our health and the quality of our lives. This month’s seminar will focus on the cultivation of presence and how it allows for a widening of our circle of compassion. Attend to awaken your innate capacity for mindful living and nurture a practice to positively inspire every facet of your life. The seminar will be facilitated by a UM FSAP consultant. FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ’Canes Program.

Coral Gables campus:  Tuesday, August 5, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, 2nd Floor Training Room

Miller Medical School campus:  Wednesday, August 6, 12-1 p.m., Dominion Parking Garage, room 155

RSMAS campus:  Thursday, August 7, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

All University of Miami faculty, staff, and retirees are welcome. To register, go to www.miami.edu/ulearn. For help with ULearn registration, call the FSAP at  305-284-6604.


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Weight Watchers at Work August Session

A new 12-week Weight Watchers at Work session will begin on Thursday, August 21. Meetings will be held every Thursday at 12 p.m. at the Gables One Tower, sixth-floor training room.

As part of Well ’Canes, this taxable employee benefit provides first-time attendees with 100 percent reimbursement for complete attendance and continuing participants with 50 percent reimbursement for complete attendance. The cost is $156 for new members and $146 for continuing and lifetime members.

The cornerstone of the Weight Watchers program is nutrition, coupled with exercise advice and a very effective behavior modification program, which leads to new eating management skills, safe weight loss, and the ultimate goal of maintenance. For more information, click here or email sheri.lee@miami.edu.

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Relax and Rejuvenate with a Personal Acupuncture or Massage Session

The Courtelis Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, in partnership with Well ’Canes, is pleased to offer acupuncture and massage sessions for UM faculty and staff at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. If you suffer from headaches, body pain or weakness, digestive disorders, insomnia, fatigue, or anxiety, you could improve your condition through the benefits of acupuncture or massage. Acupuncture sessions are covered at the primary care physician copay rate for UM/Aetna medical plan members, or $122.50 per consult and $60 per followup for self-pay patients. Massage sessions are $30 for 30 minutes and $60 for 60 minutes. Call 305-243-4129 to learn more about the benefits of these services and to book an appointment. For additional information about the University of Miami’s wellness offerings, please visit miami.edu/wellcanes.


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Ready for a Healthy Lifestyle? Join the Psychological Services Center’s Healthy Lifestyle Group

Do you want to eat healthy, be more physically active, manage stress better, or lose a few pounds? Learn how by joining the 12-week Healthy Lifestyle Group at the University of Miami Psychological Services Center.

Group sessions will be on Monday evenings starting August 18, and will take place on the second floor of the Flipse Building, 5665 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables. The cost per person is $20 for each session.

Free screenings to join the group can be scheduled now by calling 305-284-4265.

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