Have you heard of low-level light therapy?
This alternative healing modality, also known as phototherapy or LED light therapy, is phenomenal for helping soothe acne, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, alleviate muscle and joint pain and much more.
Read on to discover more about low-level light therapy and how to start enjoying the many benefits yourself!
What is Low-Level Light Therapy?
Simply put, low-level light therapy (LLLT) is the practice of applying measured and specific wavelengths of light to the skin in order to achieve various therapeutic benefits.
Low-level light therapy is a safe, non-invasive and pain-free way of reenergizing cells that have become stagnant due to illness, natural aging and environmental factors.
Benefits of Low-Level Light Therapy
There's a wide variety of benefits that a person can experience from LLLT. And that's one of the big reasons we love it so much!
LLLT is used today on skin conditions like acne and to smooth wrinkles and reduce hyperpigmentation. Additionally, it's used to relieve minor muscle, joint and nerve pain and promote healing in wounds and bruising.
Low-level light therapy devices have been cleared by the FDA and shown to promote healthy cellular activity, which in turn:
Some of the reasons and conditions people turn to low-level light therapy include:
Light energy passes through the skin without causing damage to penetrate cells at varying depths. LLLT devices are made with LED lights and are considered extremely low risk. There’s no recovery time needed and you can jump right back into your normal day-to-day activities following a session.
How Does Low-Level Light Therapy Work?
When you use a LLLT device, photons, which are the smallest components of light energy, are absorbed by the body through cell membranes and into the mitochondria, which acts as the cell's power plant. The mitochondria create ATP, which drives cellular energy.
Disease, aging and environmental factors all cause cellular energy to slow down, which means basic functioning and healing also take longer. But these photons work to re-regulate and even up-regulate the cell's ability to create ATP.
And that the neat thing about low-level light therapy—there isn't just a re-regulation of ATP creation but an up-regulation. The metabolic and cellular effects are exponential as a result!
Click here to learn more about the science behind low-level light therapy.
What Cells Will Low-Level Light Therapy Affect?
Although LLLT is a non-invasive treatment, it affects cells on various levels. Starting from the skin surface, here are a few examples of cells that can be impacted by low-level light…
With low-level light therapy, it's easy to see how the cellular benefits can quickly multiply! .
About the Celluma Light Therapy Device
At Washington Green Spa, we utilize the Celluma Light Therapy Device to bring our clients the amazing benefits of LLLT.
The Celluma Light Therapy device we use is a form-fitting, scientifically designed device for professional spa settings. It is FDA cleared, a rigorous, time-consuming and expensive process that a manufacturer goes through to demonstrate validity and credibility in their product.
This device has three settings that use various light wavelengths to obtain the desired outcome. You can read more about those here.
FAQs about Celluma Light TherapyHere are a few frequently asked questions (and answers!) about Celluma Light Therapy that you might be questioning yourself. .
Does Celluma Light Therapy hurt?
No. This is a completely pain-free treatment. The Celluma Light Therapy device hovers over your skin but it does not get hot or cause pain.
Does Celluma Light Therapy use UV light?
No. This device uses only blue, red, infrared and near-infrared light waves. You can find out more about blue light myths and facts here.
How long should a Celluma Light Therapy session last?
The recommended session time is 20-30 minutes. And no more than three 30-minute sessions are recommended over a seven day period.
Are there any reasons a person should not receive Celluma Light Therapy?
Celluma Light Therapy should not be used on children under 12 years of age, clients taking medication that causes photosensitivity (as labeled on their medications), clients with a history of epilepsy or seizures, clients with a known metastasis tumor (no research indicating not to—this is strictly a precaution).
Celluma Light Therapy is safe for a pregnant or breastfeeding person. However, it should not be used directly over breast or stomach tissue in this case.
What should I do to prepare for a Celluma Light Therapy session?
The Celluma Light Therapy device should be positioned close to the area being treated. The skin needs to be free of clothing, makeup or anything else that may deflect light from the skin.
Why can’t I wear makeup during a Celluma Light Therapy session?
Often makeup contains minerals that can deflect light, which is why clean, freshly washed skin is recommended for best results.
Can I wear makeup shortly after a Celluma Light Therapy session?
Yes. Following your Celluma Light Therapy session, you may return to all normal activities and routines.
If other questions come to mind, please don’t hesitate to ask us. If we don’t know the answer off the top of our heads, we know who to ask to resolve any pre-treatment concerns.
LLLT Services at Washington Green Spa
There are several ways you can start reaping the benefits of LLLT at Washington Green Spa! Read through the following options for details on which Celluma Light Therapy sessions will best fit your needs.
Celluma Light Therapy Single 30-Minute Session
This option is an excellent choice if you're ready to experience low-level light therapy first-hand! You likely won't see much difference in just one session since results are best achieved with multiple sessions. However, we encourage you to jump in with this single session option. .
Celluma Light Therapy Add-On with Another Service
You could also give Celluma Light Therapy a try at your next massage or skincare service. As you can imagine, pairing the benefits of a massage or facial with LLLT can be very therapeutic. So, enhance your next Green Spa service with a single 30-minute session!
Celluma Light Therapy Series
This is a package option designed to help you achieve the very best results with LLLT while saving you some money, too. With this option, you receive twelve 30-minute Celluma Light Therapy sessions and save $140.
The recommended schedule to achieve optimal results with these twelve sessions is to receive three sessions per week for four weeks. However, spreading these sessions out slightly to meet your scheduling needs is no problem.
Celluma Light Therapy Plus a Facial
This is a 45-minute service that includes a double cleanse, exfoliation, 30-minute Celluma Light Therapy session (during which you will receive a hand and/or foot massage) followed by a serum, moisturizer and eye cream application.
You can even upgrade a light therapy series package to this service. Just pay the difference when you checkout.
We truly hope that you'll find an option here that fits your needs, whether you'd like to test the waters or dive head-first into this alternative therapy!
You’re Going to Love Celluma Light Therapy, Too!
We love the results we are experiencing on ourselves and on our clients with Celluma Light Therapy. And we would absolutely love to help you achieve the same outcomes!
Schedule a Celluma Light Therapy session online or give us a call at 636-283-5105. We hope to see you soon!
At Washington Green Spa, we think it's time to add "halotherapy" to your vocabulary.
“Halos” is the Greek word for “salt.” And salt therapy utilizes pure sodium chloride to treat or heal specific health problems.
You've probably practiced wet salt therapy before without even knowing it. Gargling warm salt water, using a saline nasal spray or neti pot, and taking salt baths is known as wet salt therapy.
But, very soon, you will have the opportunity to experience dry salt therapy at Washington Green Spa! And since many have never heard of this holistic practice, we wanted to give you a proper introduction.
Let’s get started!
What is Halotherapy?
Halotherapy, also known as dry salt therapy, is an alternative medicine practice that involves breathing in tiny salt particles. Many find relief from a wide range of health and wellness concerns when experienced regularly, including respiratory issues, sleeping problems, stress, and more.
More on the benefits of halotherapy in a moment. But first, let's take a more in-depth look at the history of salt therapy.
Origin of Halotherapy
The idea behind salt therapy was first brought to light in 1839. Dr. Felikz Boczowski opened the first salt clinic in Poland after reading a book by another physician that showed salt miners having fewer breathing difficulties than other miners regularly exposed to smoke and dust.
During World War II, salt mines in Germany were turned into bomb shelters. At that time, German physician Dr. Spannahel noted respiratory health benefits among those hiding in the bunkers.
Salt caves began to be explored by physicians in Russia and Ukraine to treat allergy and skincare concerns. In the late 1900s, a halotherapy device was created in Russia at the Institute of Balneology.
From there, the use of salt to treat physical and mental health concerns has spread throughout the world—although it's still a relatively new trend in the United States.
Benefits of Halotherapy
Although modern science is only now beginning to conduct large scale studies on the benefits of halotherapy, proponents of the practice believe that salt therapy may:
Here are a few notable scientific studies supporting the health benefits of halotherapy:
This 2020 review published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine concluded that halotherapy positively impacted those with chronic respiratory diseases with "relatively few or no adverse effects."
Another study from 2020 found salt therapy effective and safe for patients after receiving surgery for vasomotor rhinitis—chronic sneezing, congestion, or runny nose. The study even recommends halotherapy in clinical settings to help patients achieve a quicker recovery.
We here at Washington Green Spa hope that modern science continues to explore halotherapy, and more people can reap the healing benefits that we know to be true.
How Does Salt Therapy Work?
So how exactly does salt become breathable? Let's break it down!
A halogenerator breaks salt down into microparticles before dispersing a salt aerosol throughout a temperature and humidity-controlled room.
According to the Salt Therapy Association, the benefits of halotherapy lie in salt's natural properties. Pure sodium chloride is highly absorbent, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial.
As you breathe in the dry salt aerosol, the salt soaks up toxins, allergens and other foreign substances in the lungs and respiratory tract. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties may also work together to clear out any pathogens wreaking havoc on the airways—allowing the halotherapy recipient to breathe easier.
Imagine a toothbrush gently removing the build-up of foreign substances throughout the respiratory tract. As your airways clear, more oxygen can flow into the body, giving you more energy and strengthening your immune system. Any pollutants, bacteria or other materials are dissolved by the salt or expelled from the body through natural processes.
Skin exposed to the salt air may also benefit from salt's characteristics—eliminating bacteria and reducing inflammation both on and just below the skin's surface. Dry salt may stimulate cell renewal and enhance skin rigidity.
Other Need-To-Knows About Dry Salt Therapy
Until you undergo a salt room experience for yourself, you likely have a lot of questions. Hopefully, we can provide some answers for you here.
Are There Any Side Effects of Salt Therapy
There are no potentially harmful side effects of dry salt therapy. Some people have developed a slight cough or runny nose following their sessions.
However, this is the body’s natural response to the salt working to remove toxins and mucus from the airways.
How Frequently Should I Visit A Dry Salt Room?
Everybody is different. The number of times you need to experience a dry salt treatment will vary depending on your specific symptoms or condition.
In most cases, a series of treatments will achieve the best results. And to keep your progress, it’s a good idea to schedule regular visits to the salt room. We call this “routine maintenance” and it’s these habits that’ll keep you feeling and looking your best!
How Should I Dress For A Salt Room Session?
All spa experiences should leave you feeling relaxed and at ease.
For salt room sessions, we advise wearing loose-fitting, comfortable and light-colored clothing. (Salt particles will be easier to see on darker colors. However, it will not harm your clothing.)
The salt room is typically between 68 and 72 degrees.
Keep that in mind if you tend to get cold easily.
If the purpose of your salt room session is to address a skin condition, you'll want to have as much of the affected area exposed as possible.
Phones, jewelry, and other electronics are not allowed in the Salt Room
since salt can be corrosive.
Of course, if you have further questions, feel free to email or call us at 636-283-5105. We are always happy to help you choose services that are just right for your body’s unique needs.
Not Just A Salt Room
The Dry Salt Room at Washington Green Spa is truly a testament to the values and ethics we hold dear.
We strive to uphold our commitment to being environmentally-friendly in everything we do. With the help of some incredibly dedicated people, we used recycled wood from a demolition project during our salt room construction.
We also used local supplies and talent when possible. We are especially proud to share that one of our very own massage therapists is helping design the Himalayan artwork that will hang on the ceiling!
If you’ve visited us before, you know that Washington Green Spa & Wellness is more than just a spa. We provide total body experiences that are customized to meet your needs.
We want relaxation to greet you the moment you step foot in our spa. And that’s why we’ve put such careful thought into the development of this new service.
At the end of the day, it’s all about you!
Here’s What You Can Expect…
You have the option of booking the Green Spa Salt Room for 20 or 30 minutes, and you can choose to visit alone or as a couple.
As you enter our Salt Room, you'll be drawn in by the feature wall, backlit by Himalayan salt. Enjoy the soft ambient glow of the room as you take a seat. The lights will dim, inviting you to relax a little more.
This is your time. You can read a book or magazine, meditate, or simply rest listening to the soothing music playing in the background.
When your session has ended, you may have a light layer of salt on your lips. Easily brush away any salt that collects on your clothing.
The entire experience should leave you feeling rejuvenated and looking forward to your next session! Not to mention, a visit to the salt room is an amazing treatment to add to a massage or facial for total body wellness and to enhance your relaxation.
Are You Ready To Try The Dry Salt Room Experience?
We've unpacked a lot of information.
In doing so, we hope to help you determine if a visit to our NEW Dry Salt Room is right for you because we'll be opening up scheduling for Halotherapy at Washington Green Spa very soon.
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If you have any questions about halotherapy or any other services, please give us a call at 636-283-5105. We look forward to helping you achieve your health and wellness goals!
the feeling of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation and return kindness.
While it may seem obvious that gratitude is a positive emotion, psychologists are now learning that it can make you happier and change your attitude about life. Studies show that when you stop and count your blessings, you can feel the shift from feeling bad to good. There are also health benefits as well. Practicing gratitude regularly can create a more positive outlook, improved mood, reduced stress and increased fulfillment. Here are some ideas for cultivating an attitude of gratitude in your life.
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”
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