5 Complementary Health Therapies to manage Exam stress

by Rowan on May 22, 2017

It’s exam season and many young people all over the country are simply feeling overwhelmed. The pressure to perform well and fears of failure can trigger extreme anxiety and stress in young people.

Exam stress can manifest itself in various ways and may lead to restless night, lose of appetite, extreme worry and even depression. There are, of course, ways to deal with anxiety and stress and many of the complementary therapies offered here at Bellenden Therapies can help.


Acupuncture has been around for at least 3000 years and its potential benefits are vast. Historically, the purpose of acupuncture was to prevent people from getting ill by helping them to maintain harmony of body and mind before any gross physical symptoms arise.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into the body to manipulate the flow of Qi in the various pathways. It stimulates biochemical processes that are conducive to self-healing, such as increased blood flow to muscles and organs, the release of endorphins or the removal of metabolic waste products.

For stress and anxiety, acupuncture can have a relaxing effect by deactivating the analytical part of the brain responsible for anxiety and worry as well as acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress. By stimulating the release of brain hormones such as endorphins, acupuncture can also lead to feelings of euphoria, modulation of appetite, and enhancement of the immune response.

Contact our Therapist Attila Szanto to book an appointment or to find out more


Reiki is a traditional Japanese method of channeling energy from the practitioner into the client bringing about deep relaxation, clarity and a positive energy. Stress and anxiety usually disrupt the flow of energy throughout the body.

The treatment is carried out with the patient lying down, fully clothed. The practitioner lightly places their hands on the clients’ body in a variety of positions triggering different sensations in different people; warmth, coolness, tingling, states of relaxation or rejuvenation may occur.

Reiki’s healing powers are extremely profound and work on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. While thought to be extremely effective for physical issues, it’s believed that Reiki can be just as effective for emotional issues such as stress. This is because it heals on an emotional level, and can also teach people how to relax.

To book an appointment contact our therapist Jane Tilton or if you’d like to study this ancient art visit our Reiki Courses Page for the next course dates


Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils extracted from plants, seeds,  flowers, leaves and roots which can help with a person’s wellbeing.  It is not only the aroma itself that can help you to relax , the therapeutic properties of the oils themselves can help with physical and emotional issues such as anxiety, stress, as well as muscular tension aches and pains.  There are various forms of administering Aromatherapy, the most common two are through purchasing tailor made products or by booking an Aromatherapy Massage.  In both cases a Therapist will make up a blend specifically blended for you which they will use during your Massage or for you to use at home.  Rollerball Aromatherapy Blends that you apply to Pulse points are a particularly useful item to have while revising or to use during an exam.

To find our more of to book an appointment visit our Aromatherapy Page.

Nutritional Therapy

Stress and anxiety can affect appetite in a number of ways, causing excessive eating or a loss of appetite. However, it’s not just about the amount we are eating but also what we eat which can throw the body and mind off balance.

Nutritional Therapy is a science-based approach to healthcare which recognises that we are all biochemically unique, and factors such as our external environment and lifestyle can all have an effect on our health. Identifying these underlying factors and getting them back into balance can help to restore and maintain optimum health and vitality. At Bellenden Therapies, you will work together with our Nutritional Therapist to create a personalised plan incorporating dietary and lifestyle recommendations which may include nutritional supplements if appropriate.

Visit our Nutritional Therapy page to about our Resident Practitioner  Debra Whelehan

Meditation (Kundalini yoga)

Kundalini Yoga is a practice that has been passed on through thousands of years and was introduced to the west by Yogi Bhajan in the 1970’s.

The general purpose of Kundalini  Meditation is to clear the subconscious mind and for more specific aims such as stress repair, clearing anger, mental balance, self healing and aiding restful sleep.  Kundalini Mediation has very simple and easy techniques to learn.  It is practiced in a seated position and uses the breath, mudras (hand gestures) and mantra (repeating a word or sound).

Our classes are run by Michele Nurnberger and usually lasts for 4 weeks on a Sunday evening.  The class starts with warm up stretches and you learn a few different meditations each week.  Hand outs are also given so you are able to continue your practice at home.  Many who practice this style of meditation at our Therapy Rooms report feeling calm, relaxed renewed  and energised after an hours class.

Why not attend one of Michele’s Drop in Sessions this Summer. For more information visit our Meditation Page

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