By Carol Woodland, Staff Reporter
According to the CNM website, final exams are just around the corner for students in Math, Science and Engineering or Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences classes.
Kevin Macken, Biology major said this year he is going to try some new ways to keep from getting over stressed so he can maximize his potential including taking time to mediate and exercise more to “clear the head and create room for all the knowledge.”
Macken said “I am super stressed about one of them— I have to do well to pass the class.”
Yoga instructor and Nutrition major, Jamie Duncan said that one great way to relax is to exercise with a yoga class.
Practicing yoga helps calm the mind and releases endorphins that relax the body and make people happy, and practicing yoga also helps to suppress the stress hormone cortisol, she said.
“When you’re stressed it’s harder for you to remember things, so by doing yoga, you’re going to ace that test, you’re going to ace it with flying colors,” Duncan said.
Here are some local venues compiled by the Chronicle that can help melt the stress away at decently priced sessions of relaxation and unwinding to be prepared for when the days finals come around.
Laura Pacevitch-Johnston, Massage Therapist said she thinks stressed out students should check out Albuquerque Baths, located at 1218 Broadway NE.
Albuquerque Baths also offers a reduced student rate of $12 for two hours access to the hot tub, cold plunge pool, and sauna which are
all co-ed, “so you can bring your friends,” Pacevitch-Johnston said.
Towels, robes, lockers and sandals are provided, so all people have to do is bring a swimsuit, and said that Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. are ladies only hours.
More information about Albuquerque Baths can be found at their website abqbaths.com, she said.
“I think that when people are really stressed out during finals, you
really perform better if you just give yourself a little time to relax and clear
your head, you’ll be happier and more productive,” she said.
Photo courtesy of abqbaths.com
Sarah Wilson, owner and Yoga instructor at Enlighten Others, recommends
students come try her hot yoga classes and flotation in their sensory deprivation tank as a great way for students to center themselves during stressful times.
Enlighten Others is located at 127 Bryn Mawr Dr. SE, and offers a 15 percent discount to students for all services offered by the studio, as well a first yoga class by donation, she said.
Wilson said that the tank solution has a high density, so the body is able to float on the surface totally free from gravity in a lightproof, sound-proof environment
that provides “a safe oasis where the stress and tensions of everyday life can be left behind.”
Floats regularly cost $45 for one hour or $60 for two one hour sessions,
as well as frequent groupon coupons on groupon.com, she said.
People interested in floating need to make an appointment beforehand
by calling Enlighten Others at 270-6876 for the schedule and pricing of yoga classes.
All other services can be found at enlightenothers.com.
Photo courtesy of enlightenothers.com
Blue Sky Massage
Joanna Dunn, Massage Therapist at Blue Sky Massage located at 3419 Silver Ave. SE, who said that she gives a major discount to new clients at only $32.50 for an hour long Swedish massage, versus the usual $65.00 she charges per hour.
Dunn said her technique includes aromatherapy and salt or sugar scrubs for an
extra charge, and can include Swedish, deep tissue, or stone massage for those that want to relax and take away the stress that finals week has on many students. For more information go to skybluemassage.com or call 907-4819.
Photo courtesy of blueskymassage.com
Duncan teaches yoga at Cloud 9 located at 6910 Montgomery Ave. NE and at 3808 Central Avenue SE in Nob Hill, she said.
Both studios offer classes during the days and on weekends, and the Nob Hill location has classes at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on weeknights for students who are up late studying and need to chill out, Duncan said.
Daytime classes are $5 and evening classes are $7 to drop in with no reservations necessary, but through the end of May the Nob Hill location is offering a two for one deal for anyone who mentions “2 for 1”, she said.
More information can be found by visiting either studio location, or calling Cloud 9 at 717-7344, she said.