Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lighten Up; LIFE & STYLE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lighten Up; LIFE & STYLE

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THE demand for pyschotherapy of every sort always goes up in the autumn as the days draw in, and this week I was rung by lots of people wanting to know whom I could recommend as a therapist. So it was cheering to discover that new developments in light therapy mean it can now be used to lift your mood. Everyone knows that sitting on a beach in the sunshine makes you feel better. But light therapy can also treat an extraordinary range of ailments, from cellulite, high blood pressure and skin problems to depression and sleep disorders - and since it began to be used to treat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and PMS, the medical establishment has started to take it seriously. But it is also being incorporated into beauty treatments.

One of London's most skilled light therapists is Malvina Fraser, who works in the same clinic as the charismatic cosmetic surgeon, Jean-Louis Sebagh.

She's been using her light treatment on many of his patients post-surgery, choosing specific light wavelengths to speed healing and relieve swelling and bruising, with extremely good results.

Malvina had already given me light therapy as a body treatment aimed at improving cellulite, and I remember it was the only treatment I've ever had that seemed instantly to contour my knees into the sort of shape I'd like them to be.

But I recently had lunch with a friend who told me that Malvina was now using a green light as part of her facial treatment, which is supposed to boost serotonin, thus enhancing contentment and wellbeing. Looking and feeling better sounded good to me.

The theory behind light therapy is that our bodies need the full spectrum of light, from ultraviolet to infrared, to function properly. When we don't get enough natural sunlight, our bodies suffer. Light therapy restores the imbalance by using beams of pure light of different colours; each colour has a different wavelength which variously influences muscular and organic activity within the body. …

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