How Does Light Therapy Help Me Relax and Rejuvenate?
Light therapy is known to energize, detoxify and activate the body’s natural healing powers by initiating cell turnover and DNA repair to reverse signs of aging and promote well-being. Red light therapy makes the creation of ATP more efficient. The deeper red light penetrates into your tissues, the more ATP can be created.
Many studies have demonstrated that red light therapy can offer benefits to lower fatigue. Red light therapy increases the body’s ability to metabolize fat. It may be due to its ability to disperse adipocytes, which are cells that store fat. Also sending light waves to the mitochondria, the powerhouses that make our cellular engines run, makes them more robust and giving us more energy to work with everyday.
Many red light users tell us that their moods significantly improve after a session. When the red light is applied to the skull, it penetrates into the brain. Applying the light for just a few minutes has been shown to decrease anxiety and depression. Red light can be used to stimulate the vagus nerve as well, creating a relaxing effect. The concha of the ear, the bowl-shaped area just outside of the ear canal, is the easiest place to stimulate the vagus nerve, which runs through many areas and organs of the body. Chronic tension, pain in muscles, and many other health problems can result from an improperly functioning vagus nerve. Stimulation of the vagus nerve can be extremely helpful in reducing stress, alleviating pain, improving digestion, enhancing mood, boosting memory, and restoring overall health and well being.
How Does this Benefit my Overall Health?
Since the 21st century, most jobs have moved indoors, and people are not getting adequate amounts of light exposure from the sun as they once did. This is not conducive to optimal health. Simply standing in front of red light can activate your body’s many systems to work more optimally for better overall health. Also, you may begin to feel less tension, more calm, relaxed, and have a better overall feeling of wellbeing. You may even sleep better and longer. Many report that energy levels rise and general mood and coping may improve. Winter blues and more severe seasonal affective disorder can be alleviated giving you a more positive life experience.
What Science is Telling Us
“The fact that most of the participants (83%) reported that the blue lighting made them get significantly more relaxed that the conventional white is a clear indication of the advantage of the use of blue lighting.” Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5648169/
“Remember those mood-enhancing benefits when you’re outside during the summertime? Guess what: you can have access to those feelings 24-7 with a red light therapy device.
The therapy has specifically been proven to counter major depression. Mental diseases such as depression have increased to almost pandemic proportions, so help in this area is highly beneficial.”
Suggested Usage for Relaxation and Rejuvenation How Often Should I Use Light Therapy?
3-7 times per week is sufficient
How Long Should I Use it?
- 3-5 minutes at 6 inches away from your light
- 4-7 minutes at 1 foot away from your light
- 6-10 minutes at 1.5 feet away from your light
It’s recommended not to exceed a total of 15 minutes of light therapy per day.