SOAS University of London

Student Advice and Wellbeing

Complementary Therapies for Staff and Students

SOAS is pleased to offer its staff and students Acupuncture, Massage and Ayurvedic treatments.

The low-cost consultation is operating as a joint initiative with the Student Counselling Service. The clinic is open to both students and staff of SOAS.


Student Services are offering Acupuncture at a discounted rate for students. Acupuncture as practiced in Chinese Medicine treats a wide range of conditions and is a form of treatment which seeks to treat illness and disharmony through balancing the body, namely to reduce what is in excess and to tonify what is in deficiency and works by promoting the bodies’ natural healing mechanisms in order to treat illness. As a holistic treatment, Chinese Medicine addresses both the body and the mind and both the symptoms and root cause of a condition and every treatment is focused on the needs of the individual.

During a treatment, Acupuncture may be used alongside other techniques such as Cupping, Moxibustion (application of heat to certain points) or massage. Techniques and suggestions which allow you to improve your own health may also be given through dietary and lifestyle advice, special exercises relevant to your condition or Qigong (translated as Energy Exercise). 

Darren Rose is a fully trained Acupuncturist and provides Acupuncture in the Vernon Square Campus on Tuesday's 1pm-6pm.
If you would like to know more about how Acupuncture may be able to help you or arrange an appointment then please contact Darren:



We are pleased to be able to offer Tuina massage (payment on a sliding scale), an ancient technique based on Chinese medicine - it can help with range of both Musculo-skeletal conditions and Internal conditions such as Anxiety, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, Insomnia etc.

Please contact Alida direct (Amba Tuina Massage). She will be available at SOAS on Thursdays.

The website has information on how to cope with Winter and the change of seasons from a Chinese medical perspective.


Ayurveda is a holistic system of healthcare. This approach is based on the body and mind being strengthened by removing damaging habits from the patient's life and by the application of purifying diet lifestyle and health promoting herbs and treatments. Success of the treatment depends completely on the involvement of the patient.

It is successful in treating
  • Stress
  • Poor concentration
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Constipation
  • PMT
  • Skin conditions
  • Depression
  • Low energy
  • Digestive problems
  • Irregular Menstrual cycles
  • Body aches 

and Also helps in the control of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Cholesterol

The Consultant: Alexandra Day holds a first class honours degree in Ayurveda from Thames Valley University. In addition, she completed a full internship at SDM College and Hospital of Ayurveda in Karnataka, India. She is a full member of the Ayurvedic Practitioner Association in the UK.

Consultation: Alexandra is available at Vernon Square on Monday's between 9am-12pm.

For further information and an appointment contact

The initial session which includes an extensive case history lasts for more than 1 hour. Follow up appointments will be shorter in duration. She may recommend a tailor-made plan for you that could include herbal remedies, diet and lifestyle changes and cleansing procedures as well as massage.

Light Box

Please feel free to use the Student Advice and Wellbeing light box, located in the waiting room within V302.

Some students have reported this to be beneficial in relieving the symptoms of SAD.

  • You start treatment in the autumn, as soon as symptoms begin (ideally, even before symptoms begin)
  • You sit 2-3 feet away from the light box
  • You face the bright light, but you do not have to look directly into it
  • The length of light therapy needed each day varies. If the light source is very powerful (10,000 lux) then 30-45 minutes per day is usually sufficient. With less powerful light boxes, 2-3 hours per day are needed
  • You can do things such as eating, desk work, reading, knitting, etc, whilst sitting in front of the light box
  • Some studies suggest that treatment early in the morning works best, but other studies do not confirm this. Therefore, it is often recommended that light therapy is done as early as possible in the day

The above guidance is from the

These instructions are to help students use the light responsibly, the light box is an open resource and SAaW are not responsible for inappropriate use.

Please use this equipment responsibly and switch off after use.

Student Advice and Wellbeing Department
Room V302
3rd Floor
Vernon Square