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Chromotherapy Sauna Benefits: Color Therapy Explained

katie strakosch

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We are right around the corner from winter, and many people now understand what “winter blues” are, in fact, the very real Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Many SAD sufferers find relief with bright light therapy but others are unable to use bright light therapy for various sensitivity or medical reasons. Chromotherapy, which is known as color therapy, is integrated into all our far infrared sauna session to help balance the body’s energy wherever it is lacking. Chromotherapy sauna benefits include physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing.

Chromotherapy is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Each color possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms.

Our bodies need the sun’s light to live. And that light can actually be broken down into a seven color spectrum. An imbalance of any of those colors can manifest itself in physical and mental symptoms. Color therapy works on various energy points to help balance your body via the full spectrum of visible light, each color addressing a distinct need.

Color and light have been utilized by healers for thousands of years. Color therapy possibly has roots in Indian medicine (Ayurveda), ancient Egyptian culture and traditional Chinese healing.

Alternative medicine practitioners who use chromotherapy often relate the seven colors of the color spectrum to specific body areas.*

sourced from  www.sunlighten.com


A Brief Overview of Colors used in Chromotherapy

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Red

  • Red is believed to increase the pulse, raise blood pressure and increase the rate of breathing. Red would be applied to support circulatory and nervous functions.

Strong Pink

  • Strong pink acts as a cleanser, strengthening veins and arteries.

Pink

  • Pink activates and eliminates impurities in the blood stream.

Orange

  • Orange is a mixture of red and yellow. Activates and eliminates localized fat. Assists with asthma and bronchitis

Strong Yellow

  • Strong yellow strengthens the body and activates internal tissues.

Yellow

  • Yellow, the brightest color used in chromotherapy, has been used to purify the skin, help with indigestion, strengthen the nervous system, treat glandular diseases, hepatitis and lymphatic disorders and assist metabolism.

Green

  • Green, a color associated with harmony, provides a neutral, positive calming effect.

Strong Green

  • Strong green provides anti-infectious, anti-septic and regenerative stimulation.

Strong Blue

  • Strong blue lubricates joints, helps address stress, nervous tension and infections.

Blue

  • Blue promotes relaxation and calm. Blue exhibits tranquilizing qualities often used to relieve headaches and migraines, colds, stress, nervous tension, rheumatism, stomach pains, muscle cramps and liver disorders. Blue is thought to have a positive effect on all kinds of pain.

Indigo

  • Indigo is used to address conditions involving the eyes, ears and nose. It has a calming, sedative effect.

Violet

  • Violet is used to calm the nervous system, soothe organs and relax muscles. Violet has meditative qualities and is often used to treat conditions of the lymphatic system and spleen, as well as urinary disorders and psychosis.

All wooden Sunlighten saunas have a chromotherapy lighting option available. This add-on is unlike any other on the market, offering sauna benefits unique to other forms of color therapy. Instead of single color lights, Sunlighten’s package includes 16 colors, four color-changing modes, and four brightness/intensity settings. The lights are soft and gentle and can be controlled by remote. Very affordable, chromotherapy lighting is one of our most popular infrared sauna options.

Color therapy has been practiced throughout the world for centuries, and remains one of the most popular Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies available.**


*What is Color Therapy?, Insight Journal, October 16th, 2006

**A Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and its Scientific Evolution, Samina T. Yousuf Azeemi and S. Mohsin Raza, Evid Based Complement Alternative Med. 2005 December; 2(4): 481-488.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1297510/

The Lymphatic System

Vanessa Siravo

What is it? Why is it important to health? What are ways to promote healthy lymph flow?

The lymphatic system is the silent transport vehicle that facilitates waste removal at a cellular level, moving it from the tissues to the blood, where it can be filtered by the liver and kidneys. The waste that is carried through the body consists of proteins, plasma, cell waste, debris, airborne pollutants, environmental toxins, and bi-products of bodily processes. 

The lymphatic system is a system that is made up of lymph nodes and lymph vessels. It incorporates the spleen, thymus and adenoids as well as the circulatory and urinary systems. The lymphatic system also plays a role in bringing nutrients and oxygen to cells.

Lymph is a clear-to-white fluid made of white blood cells, especially lymphocytes which are the cells that attack bacteria in the blood and fluid from the intestines, which contains proteins and fats.

There are between 600-700 lymph nodes in the body that filter lymph before it returns to the circulatory system. When bacteria or other foreign invaders are recognized in the lymph fluid, the lymph nodes make more infection fighting white blood cells, which can cause swelling. The swollen nodes can often be detected in the neck, underarms and groin.

Lymph only flows in one direction-upwards towards the neck. It flows into the venous blood system through the subclavian veins which are located on either side of the neck near the collarbone.

If our lymph is not flowing through the body as it should, the immune system and ultimately the whole body suffers.

Signs of Stagnant Lymph:

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Brain fog

  • Swelling in lymph nodes (like throat, armpits or groin)

  • Muscle aches and pains

  • Joint pains

  • Excess weight and cellulite

  • low immunity

  • Headaches

  • Frequent infections or viruses

  • Fibromyalgia symptoms

  • Arthritis

  • Skin conditions

  • Cold hands and feet

  • Digestive disorders

  • Sinus congestion

What causes stagnant lymph?

Stress, Stress, Stress. Stress has been identified as the cause of about 80% of all disease. The chemistry of stress is degenerative and lymph congesting as cited by Dr. John Douillard.

Chronic digestive imbalances like constipation and diarrhea due to irritated intestinal villi are classic causes of lymph congestion. As the majority of the lymph in the body surrounds the gut (Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissues GALT), the quality of the villi is critical for proper lymph flow, detoxification, assimilation and immunity.

Iodine deficiency is also a common cause of lymphatic congestion. Iodine protects us from a toxic environment and supports the lymph at the cellular level.

Why do we want to support proper lymph drainage?

  • To move fluid out of the tissues into lymph nodes where bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms are destroyed

  • To reduce swelling and pain in the body

  • To stimulate immune system

  • To increase circulation of white blood cells

  • To support healthy circulation and skin tone

Ways to Encourage Healthy Lymph Flow

Breathe. Deep breathing in and out of the nose. Do this as much as possible!

Hydrate. Drink plenty of purified or filtered water throughout the day.
The lymphatic system depends on a constant supply of fluid. 

Add a sprinkle of Himalayan salt or fresh squeeze lemon juice to your water to support kidney health.

Move & Groove. When your muscles move, they massage the lymphatic system and promote the flow of fluid through your lymph vessels. Regular exercise like running, walking, yoga, and strength training keep the lymph juices flowing.

Jump! Jumping on a rebounder stimulates internal organs, supports intestinal health and assist in flushing toxins out of the body. It can also help support heart health, reduce body fat, firm legs, thighs, and abdomen; and strengthens muscles throughout the body.

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Sweat. Sit in an infrared sauna or steam room to raise the body temperature to release excess fluids and toxins. This will also support the healing of tissue repair.

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Massage. Manual lymphatic massage stimulates the lymph nodes and helps promote fluid movement in lymph vessels. It can also relieve sinus pressure, and reduce fluid retention in the face

Dry Skin Brushing. Use a dry body brush every day to increase circulation and boost a sluggish lymph system. Spend 3-5 minutes of brushing before you jump in the shower in the morning. Start at with your arms and legs and use long strokes to move the brush towards your heart.

Herbs including (but not limited to):

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  • Red Clover: which is one of the best blood purifiers, aides in detoxification and reduces inflammation in: the body.

  • Calendula: can improve lymph congestion and swelling

  • Cleavers: supports the flow of lymph, bringing white blood cells to the areas where they are most needed.

  • Echinicea: can be used as an anti-inflammatory and has powerful immune-enhancing effects

  • Licorice Root: supports in filtering debris from the lymphatic system and reduce swelling of lymph nodes

  • Red Root: supports the spleen in filtering impurities from the blood, and helps move nutrients from the digestive system to the liver for breakdown before entering the bloodstream.

September Self-Care

katie strakosch

How does this month find you so far?

The lazy dog days of summer are sunny memories as we flow closer towards Autumn.

For many, this month brings about a new wave of change in schedules and routines.

This can be a challenge with integrating the aspect of time management and trying to ‘fit everything in’ during the day; yet trying not to lose the essence and lightness of summer energy.

One thing that should not be forgotten or pushed to the backburner during this time is ‘Self-Care’.

Self-Care IS NOT Selfish.

Self-Care IS NOT a guilty investment of time or energy.

Self-Care can be a TWO-minute investment of time that leads to a LIFE-CHANGING experience.

I like to call self-care rituals: ‘Bookend Rituals

These are non-negotiable aspects of self-care.

A non-negotiable means that it is a part of your routine that will not be compromised. The way I view a non-negotiable is that it is just as essential as food, water and sleep. We know we need these foundational pillars to keep us ticking. We can’t go without food, hydration or sleep for too long (we try to push the limit, sometimes too long)

With the bookend rituals, we look at what can recharge and jumpstart our day in the morning and we look at what can help us unwind and ground down in the evening.

What type of morning and evening bookend rituals

can you integrate into your days?


Here are few tools to explore on your SELF-CARE JOURNEY:

Don’t hop right onto social media or email first thing in the morning.

Early morning is a sacred time to ease into waking hours. Take at least 30 minutes to ease into the ‘external connection’ with the world.


Start your day with a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon.

You can also add a kick with a capful of apple cider vinegar and a dash of cayenne pepper for an extra zing of energy! This is a natural way to jumpstart your digestive enzymes for the day & to naturally detox your liver.


Shake it up!

Movement mobilizes toxins! Exercise regularly to gently release toxins through skin via sweat and jumpstarts the Lymphatic System.

Turn on your favorite song and let loose. It doesn’t need to be graceful, just MOVE that goddess body! My favorite daily remedy is jumping on a REBOUNDER! I keep one in my office, take a pause every few hours, turn on an upbeat song and JUMP! It revitalizes my body and mind.


Castor Oil Packs

Castor oil packs offer many benefits to the body including gastrointestinal remedy, supports lowering cholesterol levels in the body, antimicrobial (antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal), anti-inflammatory and can support inflamed joints due to arthritis or overuse, immune system and lymphatic stimulant


Add plenty of color to your plate.

Foods rich in color (natural color, that is) means it is rich in chlorophyll from the leaves feed the blood, and help your body flush out toxins from summer fun. They are also rich in antioxidants to flush out free radicals, boost immunity and reduce inflammation.


SWEAT with an infrared sauna session.

Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal & stay healthy. Far infrared heats the body directly causing a rise in core temperature resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside. Read more about the benefits of an infrared sauna here!


Soak in a hot bath.

To boost the cleansing effects, just add a cup of Epsom salt, Himalayan salt or baking soda.  These alkalize the water to help neutralize acidic toxins.  Epsom salt help your body to absorb magnesium which neutralizes acidic toxins, relaxes muscles and is required by hundreds of functions. Relax and breathe while you soak.


Write it Out.

Take time to reflect on the day, emotions, feelings, worries, fears, dreams, visions…Let it flow! Write with no judgement. This is a beautiful exercise to practice in the morning and evening (just upon rising and just before going to bed).


What are some of your favorite self-care rituals?

Infrared Saunas

katie strakosch

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Infrared saunas are an effective tool for natural healing, prevention, maintenance and overall wellness. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue which in turn produces a host of health benefits making infrared saunas one of the “hottest” therapies for overall healthier living.

We have offered our Far Infrared Sauna Sessions in our two offices for over three years here on the Jersey Shore.

Clients utilize the saunas for immune support, pain relief, detoxification, pre-conception preparation, stress relief, as well as a tool to step away from busy schedules and renew themselves.

We want to share a few of the many health benefits that can be gained by experiencing an infrared sauna and a few important components to tune into when using an infrared sauna.


When you decide to use an infrared sauna, it is important to tune into quality!

There are many brands of sauna available on the market and many levels of quality. This is the most essential component! The sauna wood should be completely non-toxic and non out-gassing. Many low price saunas generally use thinner and cured woods that emit gas into the air and are inhaled back into the body (this negates the whole experience of detoxing).

Tune into the material used to make the heat emitter: carbon or ceramic. Carbon heaters have the advantage of spreading heat more evenly around the sauna unit. This ensures that all the wall space is covered and heat penetrates your body more evenly and safely. We use Sunlighten Saunas which have patented Solocarbon heating panels. These are FDA approved, ultra-low EMF exposure and support health benefits like reduced blood pressure, weight loss, and detoxification due to high concentrations of infrared waves—not just heat ( i.e. coal burning saunas). Sunlighten has the only far infrared heater on the market clinically shown to raise core body temperature, lower blood pressure and aid in weight loss. 

Research Supported and Practitioner Education

Only Sunlighten saunas are medical-grade, clinically backed and proven 95-99% effective. When you decide to use an infrared sauna in different health practices, it is important to work with a practitioner who is educated around the contraindications and counter effects of detoxing (and how to manage these).

 

 

Some of the Health Benefits Gained from Infrared Saunas Include:

Detoxification   

Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal & stay healthy. Far infrared heats the body directly causing a rise in core temperature resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins, viruses, bacteria and old residue reside. 

Relaxation    

Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna therapy helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session. 


Lower Blood Pressure    

Infrared saunas induce a deep sweat to make the heart pump faster, which in turn increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and helps circulation. Scientific evidence shows that using an infrared sauna a couple times a week lowers blood pressure. 


Anti-Aging & Skin Purification   

The near infrared wavelength (sometimes referred to as Red Light Therapy) is the most effective wavelength for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Infrared treatments stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. 


Cell Health   

Near infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells. Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system.

We have two locations in Monmouth County, NJ:

2116 Sunset Ave Wanamassa, NJ

79 Oak Hill Road Red Bank, NJ

Infrared sauna sessions combined with chromotherapy are a supportive tool to boost the immune system and bid adieu to the winter blues!  http://www.sunshinekates.com/blog/chromotherapy-sauna-benefits-color-therapy-explained

 

My Favorite Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

katie strakosch

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a medically recognized form of clinical depression that typically occurs during the darker winter months.  It is most likely caused by shorter daylight hours which cause shifts in the body’s biological clock and hypothalamus.

The winter blues are most severe during November, December, January and February.

Some symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Mood changes
  • Over-eating
  • Increased alcohol consumption
  • Sleep problems
  • Weakened immune system
  • Restlessness

A little background on brain health: During the hours of darkness, the pineal gland produces a chemical called melatonin which makes us feel drowsy and signals the time for sleep. Exposure to sunlight prevents the production of melatonin whilst increasing the production of a neuro-transmitter called serotonin.

When the seasons change, the circadian rhythm (biological clock) in your body shifts due to the changes in daylight, and this can affect the body’s production of serotonin and hormones. It has been discovered that disruption to the body’s circadian rhythms together with a decreased production of serotonin can trigger depression.

Hence the need for natural daylight!!


Move & Groove Every Day

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Exercise pumps up your endorphins, your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters.
Movement supports a sense of well-being, while flushing away any residue from the holidays and BOOSTS the immune system!
Experiment with what type of exercise works for you and GET MOVING!

I keep a rebounder in my office and find myself taking short breaks to JUMP. Five minutes of rebounding generates such a boost of energy and gets the blood pumping!

Support your Vitamin D levels

Vitamin D plays major roles in:

  • immune function
  • heart health
  • joint health
  • manages blood pressure
  • oral health
  • mental health (as low levels are linked to depression and anxiety)
  • supports weight management

Ways to increase your Vitamin D levels:

  • eat fatty, cold-water fish like salmon and sardines
  • consider supplementation 
  • take a vacation someplace warm and sunny ( I know it isn’t always practical to step away from life and resources can be limited, but if you really struggle with the winter blues, taking a short trip to soak up vitamin D does wonders for the spirit).

Eat

I hear it over and over again around this time of year 'I'm on a detox cleanse'. 
Yes, it is a wonderful time to move away from the overindulgence of the holiday season. But please remember this beauty, DON'T STARVE YOURSELF!
During the winter, your body needs and craves heartier foods rich in high quality protein and essential fatty acids. You need food to maintain immune function, hormonal balance and energy. 
Take the time to nourish your body through warming soups and stews.

Start your day with a boost of protein through eggs or a superfood smoothie.
Feed your body healthy fats such as avocados, nuts and seeds, nut butters, guacamole. Lean proteins and essential fatty acids can boost levels of serotonin (which can be deficient with SAD). An increase of starchy carbs and sugars can leave the body feeling bloated and the mind foggy.


Sleep

  • Don't skimp on this essential foundation for life!
  • Emails, projects and everything can wait until the morning. 
  • Give yourself permission to rest and restore for at least 7-8 hours!
  • Create a sleep sanctuary for yourself. Remove all electronics, including your cell phone from your nightstand.
  • Buy yourself a good ‘ol battery operated alarm block.
  • The lighting in your bedroom should support a peaceful environment.
  • This room should be used for sleep and sex only.
  • Not for falling asleep with the light of the television shining on your pretty face all night.
  • Without proper sleep, your body cannot regulate its natural detox pathways. What does this mean the next morning?
  • We wake up looking puffy and have an increase in cortisol production in the body, leading to excess weight.

Explore my recent blog on Sleep Essentials called 'Sleep Superfoods'


Light Therapy

Have you ever heard of the ‘Happy Lights’?  I had not until I spent my first winter in Seattle during college. I found myself calling it a day by 4pm, with pj’s on and feeling very blah… These ‘Happy Lights’ provide Natural Spectrum light comparable to daylight. Natural spectrum light cues the body and boosts energy while reducing sluggishness. This lovely light was a game changer for my whole body!

Another form of light therapy is using the Infrared Sauna.

The light found in a far infrared sauna is far infrared light, a type of invisible light located below the optical color red in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Far infrared light is used to purify polluted air, keep newborn babies warm in hospitals, promote growth in plants and more.

The infrared saunas we have are equipped with Chromotherapy Lights. Chromotherapy is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Each color possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms.

Our bodies need the sun’s light to live. Color therapy works on various energy points to help balance your body via the full spectrum of visible light, each color addressing a distinct need.

Enter in the many benefits far infrared light offers in sauna sessions:

  •  increased blood circulation
  • improved cardiovascular functioning
  • strengthened immunity
  • relief of headaches, muscle pain and joint stiffness
  • deep cellular detoxification
  • improved sleep quality
  • decreased stress levels in the body

Ready to stop reading all about the infrared sauna and come experience it for yourself?  Book your experience here: http://www.sunshinekates.com/infraredsauna/


Aromatherapy

Essential oils influence the limbic system, which is the area of the brain responsible for controlling our moods and the body’s circadian rhythm.

Using uplifting and energizing essential oils can be used as room diffusers, pillow sprays, body mist, bath soaks and body oils can boost the spirit and support the emotional body.

These oils can include (but not limited to):

  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Bergamot
  • Grapefruit

We’ve created a supportive ‘Beat the Winter Blues Kit’ to support you not only surviving but THRIVING during the winter months! Explore all of its magic here: http://www.sunshinekates.com/shop-sunshinekates/winter-blues-kit

I would love to hear some of your favorite ways to beat the winter blues!

How to Have Glowing Skin all Summer Long

katie strakosch

PLANT BASED MEALS.

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Enjoy the plethora of local produce available at farmer's markets this summer. Stock up on these beauties from the Earth. Invoke your creative side in the kitchen as you mix up new flavor combinations for your smoothies, raw soups and salads. Increase your intake of greens for liver lovin' support. Greens also support kidney health which will help reduce excessive swelling in the body.


HYDROTHERAPY.

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Swim, bathe, float. Get your body in the water! If you live near Mother Ocean, celebrate it and jump in! The salt water is deeply nourishing and purifying. It will also calm and soothe the body. When you are in the shower, finish with a blast of cold water over the whole body to support circulation.


LOVE YOUR LYMPH.

It's no secret that I am a deep lover of supporting the lymphatic system. This system acts like the silent garbage truck traveling through the body, removing waste. When it is blocked, we experience decreased immunity, stagnant blood flow and poor skin tone. Activate and support it by using a dry skin brush every day! This tool not only enhances circulation, it also energizes the body and removes dead skin cells. Spending 2-3 minutes a day will lead to a goddess glow all day long! Interested in learning more about the lymphatic system? Read more here!


SWEAT.

Great your body moving and grooving to increase circulation and sweat. Explore using an infrared sauna for a whole body detox. Spend 20-30 minutes letting your body sweat out all the impurities, while increasing your core body temperature and increasing circulation. This will help that goddess glow shine through your skin!


OIL UP!

Instead of using lotion on your skin, use sesame or coconut oil for your body and face. This will give your skin a replenishing deep drink of essential fatty acids. Both of these oils are great for after-sun care too!