Red Light Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

RED LIGHT THERAPY is at Elite Sports Clubs! A safe, all natural process that encourages your body to naturally produce enzymes, elastin fibers and collagen that support the skin’s structure. Thus producing younger, smoother and firmer feeling skin. Here are some common questions that our members often ask about Red Light Therapy:

Q: Can I wear makeup in the Red Light Therapy bed?
A: Yes, makeup can be worn and should not affect the performance of the therapy.

Q: Can I wear my clothes in the Red Light Therapy bed or should I be nude?
A: The skin that you wish to be treated should be fully exposed to the light.

Q: If I have a passport membership and bought the one month unlimited package, can I use Red Light at any club it’s available.
A: Yes, although please make sure that each club has a record on file of your unlimited status.

Q: Will the treatment interfere with or be affected by any medications I use?
A: If you use medications such as Tetracycline, Digoxin (used for heart irregularities) and photosensitizing drugs (e.g., tranquilizers, sulfa drugs, oral anti-diabetic drugs, antidepressants, and steroids), please consult your physician before using Red Light.

Q: Are there any special lotions I am supposed to use during or after treatment?
A: No.

Q: Will Red Light help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
A: Red Light, as well as other light therapies, has been proven to improve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Q: How warm does the Red Light Therapy bed get?
A: The feeling of the heat has been compared to a nice warm 80 degree day (not actual temperature of room). We do provide a fan for use in the room to keep you at a comfortable temperature.

Q: How long after the previous user do I have to wait to use the Red Light bed?
A: We tend to schedule 30 minutes between appointments so that we can allow the bed can cool down (not required) for the next user’s comfort.

Q: Is it okay to wear contacts while in the Red Light bed?
A: That depends on the individual, some people may experience a dry eye sensation.

Q: Do I need to wear some sort of eye protection (similar to tanning goggles)?
A: It is not required that you wear eye protection, nevertheless the lights are very bright and may be uncomfortable for some individuals with sensitivities to light.

Q: Is Red Light Therapy similar to tanning?
A: No not at all. You will not get a tan from Red Light Therapy, nor does it expose you to damaging UV rays.

Q: Will I have to do this indefinitely to maintain results?
A: Yes, it is recommended to start with a commitment of 20 minutes 3-5 times per week for the first 1-4 weeks, then 2-3 times per week for the following 4-12 weeks, and finally 1-2 times per week to maintain results.

Red Light Therapy dramatically reduces wrinkles & fine lines, eliminates stretch marks in most clients, and relieves joint pain & increases circulation!

Red Light Therapy is free for Elite Sports Clubs members!

We hope that the above frequently asked questions and answers about Red Light Therapy will be helpful to your experience with the treatment. In addition we have provided a video (below) on how to use Red Light Therapy at our Elite Sports Club-North Shore location. Each of our clubs’ beds & protocols (Red Light Therapy is also available at our Brookfield & West Brookfield locations) may vary slightly, however are for the most part similar.

Elite Sports Clubs’ Member Services Representative, Vicky Nelson Explains How to Use Red Light Therapy

Have you tried Red Light Therapy yet? What results have you seen so far? Do you have any more questions that were not covered above?

Soul Food

Are you truly “feeding” yourself?

Think back to a time when you were involved in an exciting project or conversation.  You were so busy that time seemed to fly by and the outside world faded away. You had nothing on your mind but what you were doing.  Food was not even a thought.

Society now-a-days, falls back on food as a way to satisfy their needs and wants.  Most people end up confusing primary food with secondary food.  Primary food is the different aspects of life that feed you such as relationships, career, physical activity, and spirituality.

  • Having healthy and supportive relationships with friends, family, and co-workers are important and you should start to notice which relationships truly feed you in your life and which relationships are taking a toll on your energy.
  • The career aspect is choosing work that you are passionate about and like the people that you work with.  This is a very important atmosphere to maintain healthy relationships as most people spend the majority of their waking hours at work.  To live a healthy and balanced life you have to be satisfied with your career.
  • The physical activity aspect refers to our bodies thriving for movement and giving us energy along with releasing hormones, chemical messengers within in our body, such as estrogen, testosterone, growth hormone, endorphins, insulin, epinephrine, and many more.
  • “Almost all forms of spiritual practice come down to one thing: the more we bring our individual lives into alignment with the whole of existence, the more we feel nourished and at peace” (Integrative Nutrition).

Secondary food is actual food that a person consumes which adds taste, texture, and volume.  Therefore food can fill you, but it cannot fulfill you.  The more primary food we receive, the less we need to depend on secondary food.

primary and secondary food chart

“When primary food is balanced and satiating, your life feeds you, making what you eat only secondary.” (Integrative Nutrition).

To find out which primary food needs attention in your life check out the Circle of Life diagram at www.healingmatters.net/circleoflife.pdf

Resources:
http://www.feelnourished.com/Home.html
http://www.integrativenutrition.com/

Official Guidelines for Physical Activity

Beginning an exercise program has become one of the most important public health issues of today.

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently met with combined support from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) and released jointly published physical activity recommendations. These separate guidelines collectively and effectively support each other and are all based on the most relevant science available that links physical activity to improved health and wellness.

  • ACSM/AHA guidelines focus on 30 minutes of moderate-intensity daily physical activity five days a week.
  • HHS guidelines call for a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, an amount most reasonable on five days a week at a duration of 30 minutes.

The associations note that the core recommendation as it relates to health gains of physical activity are highly consistent.  These recommendations conclude that relatively modest amounts of physical activity will improve the health and cardio-respiratory fitness of inactive persons, while expanded health gains, such as weight loss or weight maintenance, require more than the minimum 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week.

“Guidelines for physical activity have long been based on research demonstrating that even relatively moderate amounts of physical activity will have positive benefits on health,” said William Haskell, Ph.D., FACSM, lead author of the ACSM/AHA guidelines.  “A very important idea, especially for people who are inactive, is that health and physical activity are closely linked.  The more days a week that you can be active or accumulate some activity, the higher the significance for your health and wellness.”

“Numerous studies now suggest that if we can simply move people out of the lowest levels of cardio-respiratory fitness, it can have a profound (and beneficial) impact on public health”, says Barry A. Franklin, PhD, national American Heart Association spokesperson and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Laboratories at William Beaumont Hospital.

Health Benefits of Physical Activity for Adults & Older Adults

Strong Evidence:

  • Lower risk of:
    Early death
    Heart disease
    Stroke
    Type 2 diabetes
    High blood pressure
    Adverse blood lipid profile
    Metabolic syndrome
    Colon and breast cancers
  • Prevention of weight gain
  • Weight loss when combined with diet
  • Improved cardio-respiratory and muscular fitness
  • Prevention of falls
  • Reduced depression
  • Better cognitive function (older adults)

Moderate to Strong Evidence:

  • Better functional health older adults
  • Reduced abdominal obesity

Moderate Evidence:

  • Weight maintenance
  • Lower risk of hip fracture
  • Increased bone density
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Lower risk of lung and endometrial cancers

Health Benefits of Physical Activity for Children & Adolescents

Strong Evidence:

  • Improved cardiorespiratory endurance and muscular fitness
  • Favorable body composition
  • Improved bone health
  • Improved cardiovascular and metabolic health biomarkers
  • Moderate Evidence
  • Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression

In summary, the investment in a daily 30 minute or more exercise regiment betters your quality of life, delays diseases and reduces the medical expenses regardless of your age or your current condition. There is no time sooner than the present to invest your time and energy in a professionally developed and administrated physical fitness program.

Choosing the Right Goal & Finding Success

Everyone works out for different reasons.  Whether it is to lose weight, get stronger, to lean up and tone the body, help prevent health issues or fight against family history, it is important that whatever your reason or objective is that you first define your goal and make sure that it is right for you to help you find success.  Setting a goal that is unrealistic or purely based on an urge, no matter how well intentioned it may be, is only going to set you up for failure and ultimately lead you to stop working out.  So when you decide that you want to get started in an exercise program or start leading a healthy lifestyle, there are six simple steps that you can take to make sure that your goal is right for you.

The first step that you need to take is to make the goal personal and share it with someone you trust and feel comfortable with.  If you aren’t starting an exercise program for yourself, whether it’s to look better, feel better or to get healthy, there isn’t anything binding you to it.  We always know that there is an out.  When we make the goal about us and it is something that we feel passionately about and when someone else knows about it, we are going to do anything and everything we can to make sure that we succeed.

The second step in making sure that your goal is right for you and a success is to make it specific.  Losing weight is the number one goal that I hear.  And while that is a worthy goal, it isn’t specific enough to make you feel satisfied.  A one pound weight deficit is still losing weight, but I doubt that was your goal.  So the questions is, how much weight do you want to lose?

The next step is to make sure that the goal is measurable.  To get healthier is a very commendable goal, but how can you tell if you are reaching your goal?  You want the goal to be measurable so that you can get baseline numbers that can be compared against throughout your training.  What was your initial weight?  What was your initial blood pressure and resting heart rate?  Where are you starting at with your aerobic capacity?  All of these factors can be measured so that 3 months, 6 months, 12 months down the road, you can go back and check them to determine your progress and if no progress is being made, to make adjustments so that you can.

The fourth step to deciding the appropriate goal is to make it action oriented.  This means to determine a plan that is going to get you to reach your goal in the safest, most efficient way possible.  Often, the best way to go about this is to set up an appointment with a personal trainer or physician to have them set up a program for you.  You want to make sure that you are working at the proper intensities based upon your current fitness level and then progress your workout at the proper moment to maximize your results.  It is important that this program works within your everyday lifestyle so that adherence to the program is easier where it can be scheduled into your day so that there aren’t any excuses.

The fifth step is to make your goal realistic.  This may sound simple enough but more often than not, perception and reality don’t match.  Again, if weight loss is your goal, determining how much weight you can expect to lose or is a healthy amount to lose is not an easy task, but is also crucial in determining your success and eventual happiness.  Again, here is another time with this particular goal that making an appointment with a personal trainer or physician is an integral part of the process.  These individuals will be able to determine your current body composition, factor in any health risks, and determine what is realistic and safe and then help guide you through the process.

The sixth and final step is to make your goal timed.  This means simply when do you want to achieve your goal by?  Putting an end date to your goal gives you something to work toward, as opposed to leaving it open ended where there is no real rush to achieving it.
So by following these steps, not only will you find success in achieving your goal, but you will also know that it is truly the right goal for you.  And when that happens, you feel better about yourself, you are happier, feel a sense of pride and accomplishment, and are more likely to keep exercise a part of your life!

Sincerely,
Luke Lewitzke
A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer
Elite Sports Clubs
(262) 241-4250

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Relax as our certified therapists relieve your aches and stress. Elite massage will revitalize your entire body. In an age of increased longevity, care of the body with adequate exercise and nutrition can improve the quality of life. Massage therapy can play an important role in attaining a high level of wellness.

Benefits of Massage Therapy-Elite Sports Clubs

Benefits:

  • Relieves pain
  • Increases flexibility
  • Promotes circulation
  • Reduces stress
  • Relieves mental & physical fatigue as it energizes the body
  • Improves overall sense of well-being, and athletic performance

Guidelines:

  • 24-hour advance reservations are recommended
  • 24-hour cancellation notification is mandatory
  • Late cancels and no-shows will be billed
  • Being freshly showered is appreciated by the therapist
  • For those of you who care to indulge beforehand: a hot whirlpool or bath will allow the body to relax at a deeper level
  • Please remove all jewelry
  • Clients are asked to disrobe to their level of comfort and slip under the covers provided
  • The massage therapist will knock and request verbal approval upon entering the massage room
  • Clients are draped securely and only specific parts of the body that the therapist is massaging are uncovered

Therapists:

When selecting a Massage Therapist it is best to examine the person’s credentials. In general a certified Massage Therapist must have completed 600 hours of Massage training at an accredited Massage School. Ask about experience and if the therapist has at least one specialty such as reflexology, orthobionomy, or Swedish massage. Also ask other clients about their results and for recommendations.

Massage services are offered at all Elite Sports Clubs. Massage therapy appointments can be made through the front desk and are offered at very reasonable rates with Elite’s own certified and experienced massage therapists. Come take a tour of any of our 5 Milwaukee-area Elite Sports Clubs locations today!