SAD LIGHT THERAPY
Light therapy uses a special frequency intense light for the face that overcomes
symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), such as oversleeping, tiredness,
lack of energy, overeating, low moods, low cognitive function, poor alertness, and social withdrawal. When not enough
sunlight is received naturally, production of melatonin is prolonged, normally
only released at night to help us sleep. Another factor is thought to be low
serotonin levels (a feature of depression) which improve significantly in the
summer. Evidence has shown that serotonin levels increase with exposure to
bright light - SSRI drugs such as Prozac have the same effect.
I have a LUMIE Arabica light that's certified to the Medical Device directive and
delivers the industry standard 10,000 lux at 25cm. Simply using 'daylight' or 'full spectrum' lights at home
will not work as they're not bright enough. You need at least 2500 lux (lux
is the technical measure of brightness) which is roughly five times brighter
than a well-lit office. 10,000 lux lights are about as bright as a spring
morning on a clear day and for most people sitting in front of a light like this
for around 30 minutes a day will be sufficient to alleviate the symptoms. You
don't have to stare at the light, but light must reach your eyes at the right
distance to deliver the lux strength. Here, you can read or listen to music
whilst lying on the couch with the light 25cm to the side of your face.
Enjoy with a complimentary glass of freshly blended juice from organic vegetables
Sceptical at first about the benefits of using the ARABICA light
but after using it for nearly 12 months the pattern of my sleeping has changed
for the better and now I've bought one for the home. I call it my SAD time, my
boyfriend calls it my happy time - enough said.
Enjoy your own light therapy in a private studio in Southampton. Please [continue
to] see your doctor if you believe you are suffering from a depressive disorder.
Ring or email Steve now on 02380639913 or 07968065885 to book.
Read my SAD Light
Therapy blogs for more of my personal knowledge and experience.
Suggested treatment times:
SAD Light Therapy with
Vitamin D-3 supplements (part of MultiVitamin and Mineral Complex)
*Session time includes consultation, treatment, aftercare and any use of shower/washroom.
Please note an extra (free) 20 minutes may be required for your first treatment's consultation.
**Gemstones can be included at no extra charge.
Add £10 for other treatments simultaneously carried out (e.g. Aromatherapy
Membership and Course Purchases reduce the
Speak to your private health insurance or employer as they may provide you with
subsidies or full payment for your treatments.