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Stressbusters

Stressbusters is an incredibly fun and far-reaching community wellness program. It trains and dispatches volunteer teams of undergrad and grad students to provide FREE five-minute backrubs and stress information to other students at campus events, residence halls, organization meetings, libraries and wherever else the stressed gather – day and night.

According to a 2004 University of Illinois review of 37 studies on the effects of backrubs and massages, the types of brief backrubs provided by Stressbusters can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate.*

Photo of Stressbusters in Kimmel Center.

Here’s what people are saying about Stressbusters:

"...the Stressbusters program is a perfect study break: it takes only five minutes, and it leaves you relaxed and refreshed." – NYU Local

“The experience you provided to our students was unbelievable. I cannot thank you enough for your service.” – Event Requestor

“This was the best part of my day!” – Student Backrub Recipient

Request a Stressbusters event

Click here to request a Stressbusters event for your class, program, or meeting.

Attend a Stressbusters event

The Stressbusters program holds weekly events for NYU students during fall and spring semesters. (Events begin during the second week of classes and end during the last week of classes.)

  • Take a Break Tuesday
    Every Tuesday
    6:00-7:00pm
    Center for Student Activities, Leadership & Service (Kimmel Center, 7th Floor)
  • Wind Down Wednesday
    Every Wednesday
    3:30-4:30pm
    Health Promotion Office (726 Broadway, 3rd Floor)
Don't forget to sign up for the weekly Stressbusters Alert! email informing you of Stressbusters events occurring around campus. Send an email to nyustressbusters@gmail.com with “Alert me” in the subject line.

Join the Stressbusters Team!

Apply now to become an NYU Stressbuster! The requirements are stress-free:

  • Participate in a brief interview with a current Stressbuster.
  • Attend a Stressbusters training session to learn and practice basic backrub techniques and find out about NYU and Student Health Center wellness resources (training is held once per semester).
  • Participate in Stressbusters events for at least 5 hours per semester.

Check out what motivates your fellow Stressbusters!

Collage of students holding up Stressbusters signs.

Questions?

Check out our Stressbusters FAQs (PDF).

Still have questions? Email nyustressbusters@gmail.com.

* Moyer CA, Rounds J, Hannum JW. A meta-analysis of massage therapy research. Psychol Bull. 2004;130(1):3–18.

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726 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Telephone: (212) 443-1234
Email: health.promotion@nyu.edu

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Thu: 9am-6pm
Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat-Sun: Closed


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