Give the Gift of a Massage!

As a student myself, I know how worn down the body and mind can get from stress related issues. We stay up too late, get up too early and try to do as much as we can in a day. This often times includes going to classes and work, working on assignments and trying to get in some time at the gym as well. These activities put a lot of strain on the body and can keep us from performing our best.

Getting a massage can be a great way to relax and reward yourself, both mentally and physically. There are numerous benefits to getting a massage. lists the following benefits that help manage stress:

  • Decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced sleep quality
  • Greater energy
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced fatigue

In case you didn’t know, you have the chance to receive these benefits through massage therapy at the RAC at a very affordable rate!


CRI has three Licensed Massage Therapists who specialize in and employ a variety of techniques:

  • Anita Brown
    • Skilled in providing a customized massage experience for relaxation and/or pain relief
  • Dameon Rawls
    • Employs reflexology, myofascial release, deep tissue, hot/cold stone and many other integrative modalities
  • Vanessa Posey
    • Specializes in sport massage, Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, and orthopedic massage


  • Members
    • 1/2 Hour = $25
    • 1 Hour = $50
    • Gift Certificates available
    • Services for gift certificate must be rendered within 90 days of issuance
  • Non-Members
    • 1/2 Hour = $40
    • 1 Hour = $60
    • Non-member classification is those who have an active Eagle ID

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and a massage would be a great gift for your special someone! Nothing says “I love you” like an hour long massage for your significant other to relax and get pampered. Or use this as an opportunity to spoil yourself instead! Classes and work get stressful throughout the semester. Come to the RAC and get a massage to ease the pain of it all!

To make this experience even better for you, CRI is offering $10 off massages from February 11 – 15!

Find out how to make an appointment now on the CRI massage therapy page!




Take the Plunge!

What do you do on the first day of the new year? Some of you may start working on your resolutions, take down Christmas decorations or sleep and recover from you hangover. You could also be like thousands of other people all around the world though and spend the day taking a dip in freezing cold waters! Coney1

People have been participating in Polar Bear Plunges all around the world for years. Some people do it to raise money for charities, and many of those tend to be for state Special Olympics. Though not held on New Year’s Day, one popular plunge that raises money for the Special Olympics is the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. The 17th annual plunge will be held this weekend, and almost $1.5 million has already been donated!

Other people take the plunge for an adrenaline rush. I read in the CNN article, Are Polar Bear Plunges Good for You? by Olivia B. Waxman, that while talking about his plunge at Coney Island in New York, MTV Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino told OK! Magazine, “You get a rush when you’re there because there are so many people doing it. It’s definitely like a shot of adrenaline.”

If you have a Polar Bear Plunge on your bucket list, CRI is here to help you cross it off! On Monday, January 28, our Aquatics Program will be holding the 3rd annual Polar Bear Plunge at the RAC outdoor pool from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


For anyone who has done it in the past and thought it wasn’t cold enough, we have something new for this year’s plunge. We are adding ice to the pool, and we want to see who is tough enough to brave the cold and even play a game of volleyball or basketball! After participating, we will be serving hot chocolate and giving away prizes as well!

Waxman also wrote in her CNN article that, “People with a family history of stroke, aneurysm, blood pressure problems, hypertension, or sudden cardiac death should be extra cautious and should probably be evaluated by a doctor before jumping in near-freezing water.”

Our pool water may not be as cold as the Atlantic Ocean where some of these events are held, but we still want you to be safe and cautious before taking the plunge with us on Monday!

If you have any advice for first time polar plungers or want to share your experience, we want to hear about it!

I hope to see you there!




Spring 2013 With CRI

To all my fellow Eagles out there, welcome back to campus!

With it now being the spring semester, I know there will be a surplus of patrons coming in and out of the RAC doors. It seems everyone has a little more motivation and determination to work out at the beginning of the spring semester than at any other time of the year. What’s not to get you in the mood for a good workout? There are New Year’s resolutions, spring break trips, pool parties and south Georgia weather!

Lucky for all of you RAC members, including myself, CRI has something for everyone to get involved in to reach spring fitness goals!

With over 65 group fitness classes taking place throughout the week, there’s something for almost everyone to try! You can try anything from aquatics to fun and funky dancing to intense cardio. There’s no harm in sticking with your favorite class or trying something completely new. In case you haven’t heard yet, we also have two new classes being offered this semester: PiYo and Turbokick! Remember, all of these group fit classes are available to you at no cost and no obligation to attend each session!


Intramural Sports starts the spring semester with basketball, wheelchair basketball and soccer! Other sports will also be offered, and if you’re new to a sport, don’t be too intimidated to get involved! Each intramural sport has different leagues and divisions so everyone can participate at their own skill level! Check out the spring intramural sports you can register for.

Do you like a little more competition when it comes to your favorite sport? Club sports provide students with  the opportunity to travel, as well as develop leadership skills while participating in the sport you love! The Club Sports Fair is at the RAC next Tuesday at 6 p.m. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about the 27 different club sports CRI has to offer.

polarCRI’s Aquatics Program has a few different events going on this semester, one of which is the annual Polar Bear Plunge! This year we are making the plunge a little more exciting and a little cooler, if you know what I mean. We are adding ice to the outdoor pool to see who can brave the icy water!

Swim lessons are continuing to be offered to RAC members this semester. For a small fee of just $10, you may choose a skill level and attend 6 classes. You won’t be able to find prices cheaper than this, so take advantage of this great opportunity to improve your swimming skills!

Southern Adventures has some great trips planned for this semester that could give you the adrenaline rush you’re looking for! You could go white water rafting, rock climbing or kayaking with manatees for a weekend for a small fee! Also, check out the alternative spring break trips that you can attend! Spots fill up fast, so don’t hesitate on signing up!

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Pledge to be well this week! Beginning on Monday, February 18, our University Wellness Program is helping students to reveal their inner child, promote healthy body images, learn about the consequences to being dishonest and putting themselves in danger’s path and more! This week is packed full of fun activities that will help you boost your self-confidence and rethink some potentially dangerous decisions.

The week’s events will include music, games, food, prizes and education about living well! Make sure to stop by the LiveWell Fair on Wednesday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Russell Union to visit on and off campus organizations representing each of the 7 dimensions of wellness. Visit various vendors to receive a Wellness Week t-shirt! The first 100 students and faculty/staff members that bring a nonperishable item will also receive a free prize! Check back soon for Wellness Week’s full schedule.

Race 2 Break 5k is just a couple short months away, and we want to make sure everyone has enough time to prep for this 3.1 mile run or walk through our beautiful campus! The race will be on March 9 at 8 a.m.

There are no excuses as to why you can’t better yourself and stay healthy this semester! CRI provides its patrons with numerous activities, classes and sports to get involved in. Stick to your New Year’s resolution or other fitness goals, and join us at the RAC! To learn even more, visit the CRI website.

Good luck this semester!