Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get help at WHPS?
Call the staff at the Front Desk to schedule an individual massage, biofeedback, or HIV testing appointment; learn about workshops available for your group; or find out what special programs are coming up.
Are the therapists students?
No, they are all Florida Licensed Massage Therapists who have been working for a minimum of 2 years in the field of massage therapy.
What do I wear during my massage?
You can discuss this with your massage therapist and decide based on your comfort level and areas to be worked on. You will be covered with a sheet at all times. It is suggested that you do shower prior to your massage and take a long bath following your massage.
Can you provide chair massages for my event?
Yes, the fee is $1.00 per minute, payable directly to the LMT following the event. Please provide a 2 week advanced notice to schedule this.
Relaxation Training with Biofeedback
How Does Biofeedback Work?
The Biofeedback counselor places sensors on the body that provide a variety of readings (feedback) which are displayed on the computer for you to see. They can measure skin temperature, muscle tension, heart rate, and sweat produced. As the therapist coaches you through relaxation techniques, these changes are so subtle at first that they cannot be consciously perceived and can be noticed only on the screen. They signal you to continue practicing and soon you will notice that your body's new relaxation responses and behaviors will become automatic. These new habits can help to bring relief and improvement to a variety of conditions.
What Are the Uses of Biofeedback?
At UCF, biofeedback is used for relaxation training and stress management purposes. Additionally, it can be used by educators to help people function better and by clinicians to help treat many disorders including anxiety, migraine headaches, tension headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, non-cardiac chest pain and pain from improperly functioning muscles in the jaws, shoulders, back, etc.
Does It Hurt?
Not at all. The small sensors feel like the adhesive on a bandage. The sensors amplify your body's signals and translate them into digital information for view on the computer screen. Our goal is to help you reduce the stress responses that are compromising your body's systems.
How long does it take to get results?
The Relaxation Training program at UCF consists of 6 one hour sessions. The majority of students report feeling more relaxed immediately. Approximately 85-95% decrease their score on the Perceived Stress Scale which is administered at the beginning and end of the program.
How lasting are the effects?
Once the training is complete, most people find that the benefits continue indefinitely. As with any new healthy lifestyle behavior change, you will need to continue to be mindful of your responses to stress and keep up with your relaxation skills by practicing them regularly.
How much does a session cost?
The introduction session is free and you and the Biofeedback Counselor will determine the number of training sessions that is right for you, up to a total of 6. The cost per training session is $10, however students who pay the fee upfront will receive a $10 discount and pay only $50 for the full program. Sorry we cannot provide refunds for missed appointments, but you may reschedule an appointment with 24 hours’ notice.
There is no charge for the self-monitored biofeedback Relaxation Station available at the main office on the first floor of the RWC. Students also have the option of going to the Online Relaxation Training section to download MP3s of guided relaxation training.
HIV Testing and Counseling
Can I get my HIV test results over the phone?
The laws that govern this have recently changed and we are currently re-examining our policy. Currently students being tested with OraSure are asked to come back for their results.
Health Education and Outreach
How does WHPS promote health and wellness to the UCF community?
We offer workshops on a variety of topics to student groups, classes and organizations. Our Health Huts (health information gazebos) can be seen all over campus providing health information and fun activities in which students can win prizes. Visit our services page for a list of in-office services, follow us on Facebook and check out the calendar on our home page for upcoming events.
How do I schedule a workshop for my group?
Please visit our Wellness Workshop page for more info and to submit a workshop request form. We request a two week notice and a 10 people minimum at presentation commitment.
If you have any nutrition related questions please contact us.