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 or fruits.

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.     Kim

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:

Treatments

Session Time*

Price**

SAD Light Therapy   20 mins £20
  40 mins £30
  60 mins £40
SAD Light Therapy with Shirodhara +20 mins +£20
60 Vitamin D-3 supplements (part of MultiVitamin and Mineral Complex) - £15

*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 Massage, Meditation).

Membership and Course Purchases reduce the price. Speak to your private health insurance or employer as they may provide you with subsidies or full payment for your treatments.