By Shanieka Perrier |Staff Writer|
Are you feeling stressed and want to relax? Well head on down to the Student Fitness and Recreational Center and see where your future massage bed will be.
The Recreational Committee is having a board of directors meeting to discuss whether or not they should make an addition to the SFRC, a state of the art Hydro Massage Bed.
The public affairs office is handing out surveys to get the students’ perspective on whether or not is it a good idea. For the school to consider my position as a student shows that CSUSB students’ opinions are valued.
Initially I was against it. However, after researching the possibility of it, I’m for it. With the state continuing to implement budget cuts, teachers getting laid off and certain programs being closed down, there is becomes a financial concern when the SFRC is considering buying new equipment.
You might be asking where they are getting the funds from? Hopefully not out of your tuition, right? No need to panic. The funds are from a reserved student funding account that provides services on the student’s behalf.
“The funds to pay for the machine are from a student account, to provide for the students,” said Rick Craig, a member of the board of directors.
The Hydro Massage Bed is equivalent to two treadmills. According to Aquamed.com, the hydro massage beds generally cost somewhere around $19,900 each.
This addition, if there’s a surcharge, the massage bed would actually bring revenue to our school. I believe the service provided will actually be beneficial to our school because students are stressed and need a little love and tender care.
“Wow, we want it!” said CSUSB students Jane Celera and Alyssa Pamintuan when asked how they felt about the possible purchase of a new massage bed.
“We would never raise tuition for just a massage table. That would be very stupid. [We’re] just trying to assist students as they are getting their degree,” said Craig.
There is a need for massages here at CSUSB; pressed students and teachers prove that all year long. The Rec Center has spent $2,000 alone in accommodating free massages to students, not to mention the enormous line that follows behind.
This massage bed is in the advantage of the student. “It is an additional service to reduce stress while attending school,” said Craig.
It has been medically proven that massages relieve pain and discomfort related to soft tissue and body structure. CSUSB already has an existing massage therapy service called the Body Shoppe, however, CSUSB is not receiving 100 percent of the proceeds. This is an outside service that is contracted through the university.
The Body Shoppe service is not permanent, whereas the Hydro Massage would be if it is approved. I do not think that the Hydro Massage Bed would be taking away from the Body Shoppe simply because of the hours of availability.
The Rec Center is open seven days a week whereas the Body Shoppe is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 12–4 p.m.
I think having the Hydro Massage Bed would be a great addition to the school because as finals come, I don’t know about you, but I’m stressed out to the max and I could use a good massage.