U of M's Cirque De-Stress lightens mood

MINNEAPOLIS -- College is kind of like a big circus. Sometimes things can spin out of control.

But as the ringmaster of Cirque De-Stress, also known as Dr. Gary Christenson, the chief medical officer at the U of M's Boynton Health Services, would say, being a student is like a balancing act.

"I'm thinking that balance is important if you're going to climb the ladder of success," he told students Tuesday during the free circus.

Junior Mara Mitchell knows the pressures of stress all too well.

"Usually right before a test or if I have a long day," Mitchell said as she sat down for a massage.

Mental health is the number one public health issue on campus, according to Christenson. So the University is fighting back with free massages, therapy animals and acrobats. Stress and fun don't always go together but that's the magic of Cirque De-Stress.


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