Traveling through the beautiful and historic Virginia countryside offers a respite from the stress and daily grind of life. Many visitors to our area find the shopping, dining and rolling hills of local wineries to be just the things that bring rest and relaxation. But there may be something new to add to your list of getaway activities – a visit to Warrenton Wellness’s Blu Room for light therapy.
Sarah Shores took a gamble when she decided to open Warrenton Wellness in the middle of a pandemic in August of 2020. But her personal experience propelled her to bring this emerging technology to her community. Shores discovered Blu Room therapy (light therapy) when she was battling Lyme Disease and suffered through a decade of severe pain and digestive tract difficulties.
She traveled to the West Coast to try this treatment which uses Ultraviolet B light. A study concluded that UVB light increases gut microbiome diversity by improving vitamin D levels. Shores said that each three-minute dose of UVB provides a light-skinned person with the equivalent of about 10,000 IU of oral vitamin D and around 5,000 for a tanned or darker-skinned person.
According to Shores, one session solved her digestive tract issues, and after that, she did five or six sessions per week. Over time, the pain and inflammation in her hands and feet disappeared, and she has been symptom-free for a couple of years.
There is no greater testimonial for a product or service than when a customer becomes an owner, and Shores wanted to offer this healing option to her own community. She designed her common areas to bring you a sense of warmth and welcome. Once you enter the Blu Room, the feel is more futuristic with highly polished, mirrored stainless steel covering the walls, floor and ceiling. There is a bed with a pillow in the center of the room. During the light therapy session, soft blue lights foster relaxation for the duration of the session and music and a soft, steady humming sound help patients achieve the “theta” state of brain activity, a state where customers can shut out the world and focus on healing.
Research has also shown that low doses of UVB light have many positive effects on the human being which can be used in health maintenance, sports physiotherapy, and in the rehabilitation of certain health issues. Users have reported a wide range of personal benefits, including:
- Improved health and well-being
- Deepened focus
- Increased creativity
- Faster healing process
- Greater self-awareness
- Relief from physical pain
To learn more about Warrenton Wellness and light therapy, please visit the website.
By Elizabeth Denham