Brown University Relaxation Project (burp)

What is burp?

The Brown University Relaxation Project, affectionately known as burp, is a group of students dedicated to promoting stress relief and relaxation to the Brown community. They have been trained by a licensed massage therapist to give stress-relieving shoulder rubs.

What burp Is and Isn't

The goal of burp is simple: we are relieving stress. We are helping you get a different perspective for your day. We are giving you permission NOT to think about your stress for a few minutes. It is important to recognize that we are not there to solve problems and we are not there to provide any type of physical therapy or counseling.

Check morning mail for the time and location of our weekly Wind-Down Wednesday sessions. No appointment is necessary, it's a first-come, first-served basis and each shoulder rub lasts 6 to 8 minutes. burp is also available for events, meetings, RETs, etc.

Contact burp ( for more information or request burp for an event using the form below.

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Interested in becoming a burper?

To learn more, email ( the burp coordinator or visit our tips, suggestions and general expectations page.

Event Guidelines

To make a burp event a positive experience for everyone involved, we ask that you abide by the following guidelines:

  • Each burp request must be received a minimum of 2 weeks before the event is scheduled to take place. Please note that burp events are not held during reading period or semester breaks.
  • burp events are scheduled for 1 hour. If you would like to request more than 1 hour, please email the burp coordinator ( for special consideration.
  • To accommodate each request, we ask that you give an estimate of the number of people you expect to attend the burp session. This will determine the number of burpers we send to the event. If your numbers increase or decrease significantly, please notify the burp coordinator, by email at or by calling 401.863-2794.
  • Please inform the students, staff and/or faculty that will be attending the session what burp is about. People have a range of different experiences with touch -- both positive and negative -- and we have found that it's important to give people the space to make the choice of whether or not they want a burp session. Although a noble intention, please do not surprise your residents, colleagues or staff with a burp session.
  • You are responsible for promoting the event. We have generic posters you can print, fill in your event details, and use to advertise. The burpers are not involved in this process. If you would like to use our posters, please let the burp coordinator know when you request the event.
  • Please be on time. The burpers are volunteering their time and we ask that you respect this and start and finish according to the times you requested. burp sessions last about an hour in length.
  • Each burp shoulder rub lasts between 6 to 8 minutes. The burpers will have a sign-in sheet for attendees to sign. Please make the environment as comfortable as possible. For example, do not have the session in a high traffic or noisy area. We ask for at least 2 straight back desk chairs and we will play relaxing music. Please have your residents, colleagues and/or staff refrain from holding conversations while the burp session is in progress.
  • Please fill out an event evaluation form. The burp team leader will give you this form to fill out. We value all feedback - help us make burp even better! If you didn't receive the evaluation form, please contact the burp coordinator.
  • If you need to cancel the event, notify the burp coordinator as soon as possible, at least 1 business day before the scheduled event. If we find that you or your group fails to cancel with enough advanced notice, or does not comply with other event guidelines, we may not be able to honor requests for you/your group in the future. This decision is made by the burp coordinator and Health Education.

Request a burp event

To request a burp event, please e-mail with the following information:

  • Name of group
  • Contact name
  • Contact e-mail
  • Contact phone
  • Event date (must be at least 2 weeks from today)
  • Start/finish time
  • Location
  • Number of people expected
  • Are chairs available?

Please note that burp does not do events during reading period or semester breaks.

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