Complementary Therapies

We are pleased to be able to offer a range of complementary therapies at reduced rates for colleagues.

Note that these are currently suspended due to social distancing requirements and the closure of the treatment room which is too small for more than one person at a time to safely occupy it. This offering will be reviewed as the situation regarding pandemic precautions develops.

Rebecca Cunningham

I have been a Holistic Therapist since 2006 and working in collaboration with the University, delivering massage sessions, since 2009. I specialise in Swedish Massage, Neck, Back and Shoulder Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Pregnancy Massage. 

My sessions can be tailored to meet an individual’s requirements - whether you require an oasis of calm or a stress releasing therapy treatment at the end of a long day (or week!).

My routines have been developed to provide mental relaxation and to target body areas prone to stress and strain. If you spend a lot of time on your feet, behind a computer or give presentations, I’m sure I can develop a therapy routine to suit you.

Therapies available at the Sports Park Mondays and Wednesdays

  • Full Body Swedish Massage
  • Full Body Hot Stone Massage
  • Neck, Back and Shoulder Massage
  • Hot Stone Back Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Indian Head Massage


  • 60 minutes                   £35
  • 45 minutes                   £30
  • 30 minutes                   £25

For further information and availability please contact Rebecca directly.


Mobile: 07826 374714


Facebook: I've Got Your Back - Holistic Therapy & Pilates

Twitter: @ivegotyourback


"I have been Rebecca's client for nearly a year now. As an academic who spends long hours in front of the computer, I suffer from severe shoulder and back problems. The massage sessions with Rebecca offer immense relief and have been vital as a tool for managing my shoulder pain. They are also a great stress-buster and I always come away feeling happier with the world!" Senior Lecturer

"Rebecca is a very skilled reflexologist - I initially went to see her just to relax but the treatment has also helped me with a particular health problem (as well as being relaxing!). She will tailor and personalise treatments to suit individual needs which is really helpful. She is also very friendly and down to earth. Being able to see a complementary therapist so close to my office saves me a lot of time, and costs less than seeing a therapist in other settings, so it's great that the University of Exeter facilitates access to this on campus." Academic Staff


Sonia Rashid 

Sonia is a fully certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist (PG)  She has been working in the field of yoga teaching and yoga therapy for more than 10 years.  She is also a fully certified Somatic Movement Coach and Hot Stone Massage Therapist.  Sonia worked,  studied and shared her experience with various teachers and therapist from UK, USA,  Holland, India and New-Zealand.  She has worked with NHS clients and  community projects beneficiaries. Some of whom with severe health problems.  Sonia  implement a holistic approach to health and well-being. She enjoys and  works passionately to share and promote good health for the person as a whole.  

Ayurvedic Head Massage

A relaxing holistic treatment which focuses on the head, shoulders and neck region. It is a deep massage, using a variety of pressure and techniques, including circular massage strokes on the scalps, deep tissue work on the shoulders and stretching the neck. What makes it different from other Head massage is that it carried out according to the individual’s body type – Vata (air), Pitta (fire), Kapha (earth). An assessment will be done therefore. 

Hot Stone Massage Therapy

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where heated stones are used for massage therapy. The heat can be both deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles.

Who shouldn't get hot stone massage?

Hot Stone massage is not appropriate in case of:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Having medication that thins your blood
  • Pregnancy


  • 60 minutes                   £35
  • 40 minutes                   £28

Yoga Therapy

An all-inclusive therapy involving mind-body approach for restoring balance and adaptive functioning to the physical (musculoskeletal), physiological (digestion, respiration, cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune), and mental/emotional systems.   

The techniques used may involve:

  • Massage
  • Release of tension trigger points
  • Yoga movements
  • Somatic movements
  • Breathing
  • Relaxation
  • Nutrition based Ayurvedic system of health

Prices including personalised holistic programme.

  • 60 minutes                   £35
  • 40 minutes                   £28
  • 30 minutes                   £25

Yoga Tuition

On one to one basis for those who would benefit from personalised yoga sessions.  The emphasis of this work may be towards the body, the mind, the emotions or a combination of these.

Prices including personalised holistic daily practice.

  • 60 minutes                   £35
  • 40 minutes                   £28


How to book or seek further information

Simply email Sonia at Alternatively, feel free to call or text her on her mobile:  07954142257.

With warmest welcome to all.

Helen Barnett

Helen is away on training until further notice, please email to be added to her contact list for updates.

Helen is a complementary healthcare practitioner with over 10 years’ experience in healthcare and wellbeing, working in NHS and complementary health settings. Helen’s training includes a BSc in Health Sciences: certificates in Reflexology and Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, and ongoing continued professional development.

Through observation and personal experience Helen views body-mind connections and release of tension as vital ingredients for health and wellbeing, with particular success and interest in treating those experiencing anxiety, stress-related symptoms, and management of chronic conditions.  Helen aims to inspire clients to find sustainable solutions for improving health and wellbeing, which she approaches with skill and enthusiasm.

If you would like to address health issues, remember how to relax, or need a health MOT, please get in touch!


Helen offers treatments in ReflexologyThai Yoga Massage, Thai Foot Massage and Yoga classes.


A relaxing massage to reflex points on feet helps to re-establish relaxation and balance in the whole body.  People often report better sleep and improved digestion after treatment.

  • 60 minutes                                                          £35
  • 45 minutes                                                          £30

Thai Yoga Massage

A clothed dynamic massage combining acupressure, stretches, gentle rocking, and breath-work.  Helpful for realigning the body, improve awareness of posture, and release of physical and emotional tensions.   Said to impart the benefits of yoga to the recipient! 

  • 90 minutes                                                          £50
  • 60 minutes                                                          £35

Workshops and Talks

Helen offers courses and workshops on various health and wellbeing related topics, incorporating self-care tools, Yoga and relaxation techniques for accessing better health.  Bespoke talks and workshops also available upon request.  Please be in touch for further details.

Thai Foot Massage

Thai foot massage is a deep and profound massage treatment working on the feet and lower legs. The treatment mobilises all parts of the feet, working the lower legs up to the knee, and can be particularly helpful for improving peripheral circulation, leaving the feet and lower legs feeling refreshed and invigorated.

  • 60 minutes                                                          £35

Yoga (not currently at the university)

Yoga provides an opportunity to challenge, observe, and connect with ourselves, allowing us to become more aligned with our natural state of harmony an balance. Helen’s classes playfully weave together traditional aspects of Hatha Yoga; gently warming up the body in preparation for sequences of physical postures (Asana), alongside breathing techniques (Pranayama), chanting (Mantra), Yoga philosophy, and relaxation (Yoga Nidra). Each session is delivered with softness and humour, which is underpinned by the core foundations of approaching the practice with ‘steadiness, comfort, and ease’

Classes are suitable for everybody. Helen also offers 1:1 sessions, Yoga for children and family Yoga sessions.

  • 1:1 session 60 minutes £35


Where and When

Appointments are available in a dedicated therapy room at the University Sports Park on the Streatham campus, and at a private clinic close to the St Luke's campus.  Please be in touch for further details of availability.


How to book

To book your appointment or for more information on Helen's yoga classes outside the University please be in touch:

Email: or


Tel: 07967 433242


Freya Grainger


Freya qualified with an ABC Level 3 Diploma in April 2017 from the award winning Devon School of Reflexology.

Since then she has worked with clients with a wide range of health conditions including:

  • all stages of pregnancy
  • anxiety and PTSD
  • cerebral palsy
  • sciatica and slipped discs
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • thyroid disorders
  • insomnia
  • chronic pain and many more…

Every reflexology treatment is tailored to your specific needs and I use varying levels of pressure and massage techniques to create the most beneficial outcome for you.

Most of my clients find reflexology deeply restorative and often tell me they sleep better, have reduced pain and feel happier and relaxed.

Whether you need an hour of relaxation, to de-stress from the day or you have more specific health issues please get in touch!


  • 60 minutes: £35
  • 90 minutes: £50

How to book

To book or discuss a treatment plan please contact or phone 07792906900

Find my website at

Nikki Darling

Auricular Acupuncture 

The NADA protocol is a deeply restorative treatment helping with:

  • Sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Low-mood
  • Cravings
  • Detoxification

5 fine needles are placed into the ear stimulating the body's mechanism for self healing. You will be guided through a seated meditation and there will be a period of silence. The treatment should leave you feeling deeply rested and more able to cope with life's stresses. This is a group treatment which will be given seated with a needle free option. The initial session is 1 hour, with follow up sessions lasting between 30 minutes and 1 hour depending on your availability. Benefits are cumulative so a discounted rate is offered for purchasing a course of 7 sessions. Group numbers are limited so booking is essential.



£10 for a drop-in group session

£65 for 7 group sessions

£35 for a private session


Private Yoga Classes

Private lessons offer an opportunity to delve deeper into what you want to learn, focusing on your particular needs or developing a home practice. In a holistic yoga practice, your physical, mental & spiritual self-development are nourished through practices of asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), kriya (cleansing practices), do-in (self-massage), dhyana (meditation), shavasana and nidra (deep relaxation). Classes are suitable for all abilities and include a free 15 minute initial consultation. 

Held at the Sports Park or at my private studio in Heavitree.

£35 for 1 Hour / £220 for 7 sessions 

£50 for 1.5 hours / £315 for 7 sessions 


To book 

Please contact Nikki on 07900802120 or 

For more information see /



"I can't recommend Nikki Darling yoga enough. I have been suffering from insomnia for a while, but after getting acupuncture from Nikki, I have had my first night of unbroken sleep in about 2 years . WOW! Nikki has a great, positive and kind energy, and she makes you feel totally at ease- even if you're  afraid of needles- like me! Thank you :-)" - Elisabeth


"Nikki has taught yoga classes at my workplace and is a wonderfully dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate yoga teacher with a very warm and calming presence...thoroughly recommended. I have also been to Nikki's auricular acupuncture sessions. She creates a lovely relaxing environment and I found I slept very well the week after my first treatment." - Sarah


"Nikki's morning class today was perfection! I am sat at my desk feeling calm and ready for the day, and not frazzled and knackered like I normally do on a Friday. Even though I'm not very flexible and have no balance, Nikki made me feel comfortable and helped me create the yoga shapes and stretches that suited me." - Becky

Please note: whilst the University is pleased to welcome complementary practitioners to the campus and support greater access to a range of wellbeing services, we are not in a position to actively condone the effectiveness of such treatments. However, we want to promote choice and encourage individuals to make informed decisions regarding the management of their health needs.