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Wellness support services provided for UCI employees

Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute is offering mindfulness, acupressure, yoga, massage and stress management sessions

April 9, 2020
Wellness support services provided for UCI employees

During these challenging times, we recognize that your health and well-being is important and vital to the UCI community, as well as the patients and families you serve. The Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute (SSIHI) is launching a well-being initiative to provide support services for our extraordinary caregivers and co-workers.

Beginning weekly on April 13th, the following services are offered to staff and providers free of charge:

  • Mindfulness & Meditation
  • Guided Acupressure (no contact)
  • Guided Massage (no contact)
  • Yoga (no contact)
  • Stress Management Strategies

Please see below the weekly schedule of offerings. To sign up, please email Dina Pagano at dpagano@hs.uci.edu, please include in your email what service you are interested in and a contact phone number. 


In Person

Join us for 30-minute small group mindful meditation sessions, appropriately distanced, led by our certified Mindfulness instructors. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about meditation, engage in mindful meditation, and discuss plans for continuous mindfulness support, customized to your personal needs.

Weekly offerings on-site at UCI Medical Center on Friday from 10am-12pm on Shanbrom lawn (weather permitting).  More sessions to be added soon.

Live Stream

Tune into 20-minute ZOOM live stream meditation sessions, from work or home.

Go to the following zoom link during the days and times listed below:


Meeting ID: 894 642 874

Password: 408216

One tap mobile

+16699009128,,894642874#,,#,408216# US (San Jose)

+13462487799,,894642874#,,#,408216# US (Houston)

Day Time
Mondays 7pm and 8pm
Tuesdays 11am and 12pm
Wednesdays 11am and 12pm
Thursdays 7pm and 8pm

Guided Acupressure

Offerings of 30 minute 1:1 sessions with an Acupuncturist, providing guided acupressure sessions and techniques to promote health by addressing anxiety, stress, grief, pain, fatigue and immune support.

Day Time Location
Mondays 8am-12pm ZOOM
Tuesdays 5am-9am ZOOM
Tuesdays 1pm-5pm ZOOM
Wednesdays 8am-12pm DH Radiology 0117
Wednesdays 5pm-9pm ZOOM
Thursdays 5am-9am ZOOM
Fridays 1pm-5pm Bldg 55 – 2nd floor conference room 212

Yoga and Guided Massage

Join us for 30 minute in-person yoga and guided massage sessions.  The sessions are designed to help the participant obtain relief to areas on the body that are causing discomfort through guided stretch and massage.

Weekly offerings on-site at UCI Medical Center every Thursday between 1pm-5pm on Shanbrom lawn (weather permitting).

Stress Management: 

Offerings of 15-20 minute 1:1 session with a naturopathic doctor to explore how stress may be impacting your health. Learn about steps you can take to mitigate stress and improve your resilience, support your body and mind, and enhance your overall sense of well-being.  This is your time! It is intended to give you a space and the resources to make sure that your health needs are met.

Day Time Location
Tuesdays 5am-9am DH Radiology Rm 0117
Tuesdays 5pm-9pm ZOOM
Thursdays 5am-9am Bldg 22A – Room 2103
Thursdays 5pm-9pm DH Radiology Rm 0117
Saturdays 5am-9am ZOOM
Saturdays 5pm-9pm DH Radiology Rm 0117

Biofeedback and Relaxation Techniques

These live-streamed sessions, that allow up to eight participants, will focus on calming the mind and body in times of stress. We will guide you through simple, easy to learn techniques that you can use regularly on your own to reduce the effects of stress. You will learn breath work, guided imagery, visualization, and other techniques to promote relaxation, calm stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and improve sleep.

Day Time Location
Monday 11am & 1pm ZOOM
Tuesdays 7pm & 8pm ZOOM
Wednesday 7pm & 8pm ZOOM
Thursdays 11am & 12pm ZOOM
Friday 11am & 12pm ZOOM