The depressive illness is caused by shortened daylight hours and a lack of sunlight, leading to a diminished amount of vitamin D. It’s estimated that more than 20% of people in the UK suffer minor symptoms, with a further 8% suffering from severe symptoms of the distorder. While it might just seem like a good excuse to stay in bed, the reality for many means that life becomes very limited.
Fortunately, there are simple things that can be done to help ease the problem, and spas themselves hold some of the answers…
The perfect antidote to the short days, spa-goers immerse themselves in a warm mineral bath containing 21 minerals from the Dead Sea, covered with a UV canopy. This canopy is an excellent source of Vitamin D and not only effectively treats SAD but also helps alleviate dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, acne and stress. Meanwhile, the minerals each play their part – including hydrating sodium, relaxing bromide, detoxifying iodine, and anti-stress magnesium.
Regularly voted one of the UK’s best spas, K Spa has numerous unusual treatments and facilities. The luxurious Sun Meadow treatment room is one such example, featuring specially designed UV lights for light therapy treatment. Whilst the sound of birdsong and a running stream fills the room, spa goers relax under gentle lights that feel like spring sunshine, encouraging the production of Vitamin D and serotonin.
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