Relaxation room optimized for employee health, wellness opens Monday at Beckley VAMC – Lootpress

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BECKLEY, W.V. – Beckley VAMC Whole Health has partnered with the Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation (OPCC-CT), Beckley VAMC leadership, and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) to offer a place for employees to decompress, relax, and recharge during their break, at lunch, or after their work tour. Volunteers will also have access to the space.
The Employee Relaxation Room will be open beginning Monday, March 7 at 9 a.m. Employees will sign in for 30-minute slots to allow for cleaning afterward. The room will be open to all shifts, 24 hours a day.
The room features calming colors and lighting, including salt rock lights. These lights are known not only for their calming ambiance but also for health benefits including better air quality, improved mood, increased respiratory health, and better sleep.
There are three massage chairs that can help bring the body back into balance, improve blood pressure and heart rate levels. Sitting in one for fifteen minutes can alleviate stress and aches and pains. Two additional recliners are also available. Soon there will be soothing spa music playing as well.
“It is exciting to have been part of the process that created an environment that promotes relaxation,” said Employee Whole Health Coordinator Stephanie Daniels said. “Self-care is important; this provides an opportunity for staff to take a few minutes for themselves.  The relaxation room is a calm and relaxing space for employees to step away from their hectic workday. My hope is each employee will be able to utilize this room to reenergize and refocus.”
Daniels wanted to mention Amanda Miller who was an integral part in making this a reality. Appreciation is also extended to Facilities & Maintenance Service Line for their assistance.
Employees are asked to pay attention to the posted rules, such as being quiet and leaving food, beverages, and electronics in their work areas.
Gailyn Markham is a multimedia journalist for Lootpress. She joined the Lootpress staff in November of 2020. Gailyn graduated from Concord University in May of 2019 with a BA in English Journalism and a minor in Sociology. During her time there, she was a staff writer for the school’s newspaper, “The Concordian,” and received the 2019 Outstanding Journalist Award for her work. Before joining the Lootpress team, Gailyn interned for The Register-Herald and, upon completing her internship, was asked to continue working as a freelance writer. She freelanced for the newspaper for two years. A West Virginia native, Gailyn has always been devoted to telling the stories of the Mountain State. When she isn’t working, she enjoys taking advantage of West Virginia’s many outdoor adventures, reading, and renovating her home with her husband, Chris. For news tips or story ideas, email Gailyn at You can also follow her on Facebook.
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