Free backrubs at Columbia

Originally Published: September 28, 2012
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Hello, I'm at the J-school and during our orientation someone mentioned that we can get training to give backrubs. Is this the case? Thanks

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the Columbia community! Orientation is a fantastic time to learn about campus-wide initiatives. The program that was mentioned in your orientation is called Stressbusters and may be particularly beneficial in your pursuits of stress deflation; plus you can participate in the training to learn how to give these amazing and relaxing neck and back rubs.

Stressbusters are a team of students who relax Columbians by delivering free neck and back rubs and promoting stress coping techniques at events within the Columbia University community.  It was wise of your J-school administrators to mention Stressbusters services – Stressbusters help to relieve the stress and anxiety you’re likely to encounter as a Columbian. The majority of participants involved in the Stressbusters program come to events to relax during Melt Away Mondays, Wind Down Wednesdays, and many other events across the campus.

However, if you’re particularly interested in learning how to give a great back rub, Alice!’s Stressbusters Training provides instructive sessions with a Licensed Massage Therapist and occurs at the beginning of each semester. If you choose to participate in training, not only will you walk away with advanced knowledge about neck and back rubs, stress, and relaxation, but you’ll also get a $10 gift card for each hour of service you provide at Stressbusters events. Contact if you have more questions or check out the Stressbusters webpage. You can also find Stressbusters on Facebook for additional resources, information, and announcements.

Happy relaxing,