What's the big deal about Infra-red Light Therapy?
This time of year in Michigan can be rough. I write this blog post during the 10th consecutive day without one ounce of sunlight peeking through the clouds. Me and my roommate struggle every winter without ample sunlight, feeling sluggish and unmotivated, so we decided to make a change this year. This year on black Friday we purchased a light therapy machine called the JOOVV, to help mitigate the lack of sun in Michigan winters.
The JOOVV is a high end modular light box that emits near infrared and red light, it is FDA approved as a class II medical device. Studies of near infrared light show that a mere 3 sessions of light therapy a week, 10 minutes a piece, can help with: joint pain, arthritis, muscle growth, more ATP (energy for cells), sleep, sex drive, recovery from workouts, memory, learning and cognition. Per the JOOVV website "light therapy delivers safe, concentrated wavelengths of natural light to your skin and cells, with no chemicals, UV rays, or excess heat. These red and near infrared wavelengths of light stimulate the mitochondria in your cells similar to natural sunlight, reducing oxidative stress, and increasing circulation, so your body is able to make more core energy to power itself." Within just a few days of light treatments I can already tell the difference. My eyes feel less heavy and I don't feel as lethargic all of the time. My muscles aches have lessened and I feel more ready to take on the day. I look forward to the warm and pleasant embrace of the light on my skin, it is very meditative. While I bathe in the light I practice long deep breathing, while visualizing taking in the light into every pore and cell of my body. Every inhale, I breath in the light up through the base of my spine and exhale the light out of the crown of my head. This tantric practice is profound and I plan to make it a part of my daily sadhana. Each day I become lighter and brighter. Interested in a guided meditation and light therapy session? Book a session today