KEEP THOSE WINTER BLUES AT BAY WITH SOME INFRARED THERAPY.Byline: LINDSAY CLYDESDALE
SUMMER already feels like a distant memory, particularly if, like me, you work in an office and rarely see daylight.
One way of battling the winter blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder seasonal affective disorder (SAD), recurrent fall or winter depression characterized by excessive sleeping, social withdrawal, depression, overeating, and pronounced weight gain. is 30 minutes inside a Physiotherm Infrared Therapy cabin.
This cabin, for individual use, is based on the same idea as infrared deep heat treatment, but instead of it being applied locally to an injured limb or other body area, it is applied to the whole body.
Unlike a sauna, which needs higher temperatures to work, infrared heat gets the same results at a more comfortable 30-40C. It also produces greater amounts of sweat than traditional sauna or steam rooms and so is more effective at removing toxins.
The lava sand heaters produce no ultraviolet so it's safe to use. I stayed in for 30 minutes although you can do anything from 20 to 45 minutes, up to three times a week.
You can choose which colour therapy you'd like - different colours have different benefits from relaxing to empowering.
I opted for the full-spectrum sunlight, which is reputed to help regulate the metabolism, produces Vitamin D vitamin D
Any of a group of fat-soluble alcohols important in calcium metabolism in animals to form strong bones and teeth and prevent rickets and osteoporosis. It is formed by ultraviolet radiation (sunlight) of sterols (see steroid) present in the skin. and supports the immune system.
All you have to do is sit and enjoy the warmth. It's very relaxing and boosts circulation, as well as being a fantastic detox de·tox
To subject to detoxification.
A section of a hospital or clinic in which patients are detoxified. . And you can even choose your own music to listen to while you unwind as the cabin has a CD player.
A cool shower afterwards is a good idea, to bring your body temperature down and I was advised to drink lots of water to rehydrate re·hy·drate
1. To cause rehydration of something.
2. To replenish the body fluids of an individual. . My skin was glowing and I felt energised and upbeat.
The cabins cost about pounds 1000 to buy but you can get a regular fix by visiting one of the gyms across the country that now have one.
Greens at Finnieston, Glasgow, has one as does Fitness Lounge in the city's St Vincent Street.
Sessions start from pounds 10. To find your nearest location visit www.physiotherm.co.uk or call 0845 2255 008.
TREAT: A Physiotherm Infrared cabin