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Don’t let the “red light” of this treatment fool you! Rather than UV light that harms the skin, infrared therapy is a safe, new, and innovative way to help treat pain and inflammation in the body. Its penetrating rays allow the light to target deep layers of the skin, allowing for powerful yet painless pain relief!
  • Potential Cancer Treatment: Studies show that in a lab setting, implementing infrared technology in the activation of nanoparticles forms a highly toxic substance that can be used to combat surrounding cancer cells. This idea is translated into a treatment called photoimmunotherapy, which uses infrared light to activate the rapid and selective killing of cancer cells.
  • Alleviates Muscle Injuries: Infrared therapy improves mitochondria’s role and effectiveness by directly targeting cells. This triggers the growth and repair of new muscle cells and tissues. In other words, infrared light can accelerate the body’s repair process after a muscle injury.
  • Helps Pain & Inflammation: Infrared therapy penetrates through the layers of the skin, deep down to muscles, joints, and bones. This therapy also enhances and improves circulation in the skin and the body. Additionally, it works to bring oxygen and nutrients to injured tissues, promoting healing in such areas.
  • Helps Detoxify the Body: Treatments, such as an infrared sauna, allow the body’s core temperature to increase and help promote detoxification in the body at the cellular level. Detoxification is vital in supporting the body’s immune system and promotes better digestion.
  • Promotes Immune Health: Emphasis on immune health is especially important during our current pandemic. During infrared therapy, the energy cells produce helps regulate the thyroid and positively affects their immune cells . Also, it helps stimulate the lymphatic system and increases the form of energy that cells use, known as ATP, for cells to replicate faster and fight infections better.
Infrared therapy provides many benefits, with a painless approach and side effects being little to none.
  • Improves Skin Health and Appearance: As our bodies absorb natural wavelengths of red and infrared light, the mitochondria in our cells can produce energy more efficiently. This energy allows your fibroblast cells to create more natural collagen, making your skin appear healthier and younger-looking.
  • Improves Cardiovascular Health: In combination with infrared light, nitric oxide is a vital, cell-signaling molecule that helps relax arteries, battles free radicals to reduce oxidative stress, prevents platelet clumping in blood vessels, and regulates blood pressure. This therapy enhances blood circulation to deliver vital nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.
  • Promotes Better Sleep: Exposure to blue light at your normal bedtime can impact your body’s natural circadian rhythm, which works to regulate hormone levels, appetite, and metabolism. However, scientific evidence shows that infrared therapy helps the body naturally produce more melatonin, and study participants have even reported better quality sleep for an increased number of hours.
  • Reduces Stress: In a study testing the effects on Infrared light on Type 2 Diabetic patients, researchers saw a reduction in their cortisol levels, suggesting that this light therapy has benefits in regulating the body’s sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight system of the autonomic nervous system), which can help combat everyday stress. It also promotes relaxation for those with anxiety and/or panic disorders.
  • Promotes Hair Growth: Infrared light therapy helps to stimulate the dermal papilla cells, which play a big role in regulating hair cycling and growth. Additionally, Infrared therapy delivers safe, concentrated wavelengths of natural light to your skin. These infrared wavelengths of light stimulate the mitochondria in your cells, similar to natural sunlight, reducing oxidative stress, increasing circulation, and providing more energy for hair follicles to grow at an increased rate.

For more information or the give infrared therapy a try – stop by Spa 247 and ask the Cocoon Fitness Pod today!

Considering we are a Wellness Center, it makes sense that we have a lot of questions about alternative ways a person can stay healthy. If the idea of being alone and private is what you had in mind on this journey for better health, then we have just the thing that might pique your interest.

Considered One of the Best Infrared Saunas You Could Ask For

What exactly is the Cocoon Wellness Pod? To put it simply, it is an infrared sauna pod that uses a combination of dry heat air system and an infrared heating system that heats up the body from the inside and produces an array of benefits for your health.

The Bad And The Good About Infrared Saunas

What exactly is so good about the sauna pod and why is it so sought after? Let me list down a few things as mentioned by Dr. Myers, who is best known for The Autoimmune Solution, and The Thyroid Connection books.


A natural way for our bodies to eliminate accumulated toxins is through sweating. Infrared saunas, because of their trademark of heating the bodies from the inside, encourages a more thorough detoxification as compared to traditional Swedish Saunas.

Promotes Relaxation

Infrared saunas help in balancing your body’s cortisol, the primary stress hormone. That, plus the fact that the heat from the Cocoon Wellness Pod helps relax muscles and relieve stress tension, allowing you to relax more.

Definite Weight Loss

In an article titled Effect of Sweating, it is stated that an infrared session 30-minutes long could burn 600 calories. The rise in body temperature causes your body to work harder in an attempt to lower your core temperature, making it seem like you actually did some work despite only lying down on an infrared bed.

Are There Negative Side Effects?


Though this is more common with older adults, the younger crowd is also prone to this, so you have to remember to hydrate properly before using an infrared sauna.

Negative effect on people with certain medical conditions

This is definitely not for people with particular ailments and even for others with implants. When in doubt if you can use it due to a prior illness, always consult a physician.

Can You Use the Cocoon Wellness Pod?

It is important to note that though there are health benefits with using infrared saunas, you must take into account your present condition before diving in— or should I say snuggling in— the Cocoon Wellness Pod. Pregnancy, as well as having a heart condition, are red flags in the infrared sauna department. Otherwise, if you are healthy, in the prime of your life, stressed and have aching joints and protesting muscles, jump right in for some relaxation time.

Patented Dual Heat System

Lets you choose your preferred body temperature, giving you maximum comfort and results. The infrared sauna’s dual heat system warms the body while the dry heat brings relief from stress and tension.

Radiant Infrared Sauna System

Raises the core body temperature with a deep warmth that may last 4-12 hours after your session.

Dry Heat Air Wellness System

The air inside the pod is gradually heated in a safe, even rise that you can personally adjust.

Touch Screen Color Display

A state-of-the-art touch screen hub with the user-friendly Cocoon software that has preset programs such as:

  • Relax
  • Wellness
  • Power Nap
  • Fitness
  • & Weight management

Hot Massage Vibration Bed

This massage feature can be adjusted in intensity. A full body immersion that includes a foot massager. This, combined with the dry heat of the Cocoon Wellness Pod, makes for an ideal stress reliever.

Integrated Hyperthermic Fitness Exercise System

A built-in exercise fitness system that can easily be changed to provide resistance that ranges from low to high for all levels. It maximizes the burning of calories rather than weight management.

Cooling Face Air System

This allows you to adjust the cool air flow that is directed to your face and neck for optimum comfort during the heat sessions.

Aroma System with Pure Himalayan Ionic Crystal Salt

Depending on the user, the Cocoon Pod has a feature that allows for you to add or omit essential oils during your session.

What Other People Are Saying About Cocoon Wellness Pod

One half hour session raised my heart rate from 81 BPM to 172 BPM…all I had to do was lay there while being massaged in a cocoon of warmth listening to spa music. Seems a better way to get some cardio…” – The Sun Emporium.

One 40-minute session and I’m already a fangirl of infrared sauna pods. I am a sauna pod junkie.” – Alina Gonzales from Byrdie.

This would be great for anyone who wants a quick way to relax, relieve pain, or muscle tension.” – Amber from Native in Nashville, Life+Style Blog.

If you are now intrigued and ready to give it a try – we have GREAT NEWS for you. This week only, we are gifting YOU with a FREE Cocoon Pod Session. Call 256-203-2178 ~Or~ stop by Spa 247 and to schedule your session.

Since NASA first started testing red light therapy’s potential in the early 1990s, research teams and doctors around the world have discovered more and more possibilities for treating people with natural light. Thousands of studies and trials have been performed on the effectiveness of light therapy, and many more are currently underway.

Clinical research has shown how simple, natural light treatments can have major, positive impacts on your health and fitness. To illustrate the power and possibilities of light therapy, let’s take a look at eight of the most well-documented health benefits of natural light treatments, as shown by peer-reviewed clinical research.

1. Quality Sleep with Light Therapy

Research shows that light therapy actually helps people to get more and better sleep, and also helps them produce more of their own natural melatonin.

Sleep studies over the last decade have shown that people treated with red and near infrared light have better sleep outcomes – even people with debilitating disorders.

In one 2018 study, researchers determined that people with serious migraines were able to both reduce the pain and intensity of their headaches with light therapy. Red light therapy was found to be the only treatment tested that helped patients with their sleeping problems as well as their headache symptoms.

2. Light Therapy for Skeletal System Strength

Light therapy is commonly used for benefits like skin and muscle recovery, but research shows that near-infrared light can penetrate deep into tissues and bone, with well-documented healing and pain effects.

One big reason for this benefit is collagen production. Collagen is one of the most plentiful proteins in the body, forming a key ingredient in skin, muscle and bone alike.

In study after study, researchers have found higher natural collagen levels in patients treated with red light, and especially with near infrared-light which achieves deep tissue penetration. In fact, the results are better than those seen by scientists studying the use of collagen supplements alone to improve bone, muscle, and skin strength and healing.

3. Light Therapy for Reducing Inflammation

Reducing inflammation is one major benefit of red light therapy. Natural light treatments increase blood flow to damaged tissues, and encourage healing and recovery.

One benefit of light therapy has found a home in science is the treatment of muscle pain and inflammation following workouts. Natural light treats muscle soreness and exercise-related inflammation and pain with strong results after even the most demanding training sessions. In other words, even a single light therapy treatment before a physically demanding event can have a major impact on soreness and pain levels days later.

4. Light Therapy for Joint Pain Relief

Over 50 million Americans struggle with forms of arthritis, and millions more have to deal with painful joints from other causes.

Fibromyalgia is a condition in which overactive nerves create extreme sensitivity and constant pain throughout the body for no clear reason. This condition has so far proven difficult for doctors to treat, since it does not stem from a specific injury or infections process. Instead, it seems to lie in how the brain and nerves across the body process daily sensations. In many cases, fibromyalgia cannot be resolved with pharmaceutical options.

According to many suffers, after beginning a regimen of redlight therapy joint pain completely disappears. Another group that largely benefits from red light therapy can found in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Red light therapy has been found to reduce morning stiffness in trial participants, while improving hand flexibility. It has been used to reduce joint pain in knees and spines, in addition to wrists.

5. Improved Training and Performance with Light Therapy

In the last few years, full-body red light therapy systems have started popping up in the locker rooms and training facilities of professional sports teams and athletes.  Clinical research conducted on athletes over the past decade has found that exercise and training plus light therapy is more effective than just exercise and training. Even short, irregular light therapy treatments results in increased speed, strength, endurance and muscle growth in both pro athletes and regular people with average fitness. Regular, consistent light therapy shows even better results.

Dr. Troy Van Biezen is one of the leading trainers of the PGA. Dr. Van Biezen says just about everyone on the PGA is now using light therapy to help them manage a life on the road and playing tournaments in different cities every week. Even beyond boosting muscle performance, red light therapy makes sleep and chronic pain easier to control.

6. Healthy, Rejuvenated Skin with Red Light

The study of red light therapy as a skin treatment began in the hospital setting, with doctors seeking ways to improve outcomes in cases of serious skin injury.

People with wounds, burns, scars and surgical incisions showed faster and better healing outcomes, with less pain and inflammation along the way when treated with red light This has even been true for people with serious second- and third-degree burns. Today, scientists think this effect may be due to the energy-boosting and growth-promoting properties of red light for the skin it touches.

The cosmetically minded might also recognize that collagen is the protein found in young, glowing skin. Declining collagen production with age is a major reason for the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.

Numerous trials have shown that light therapy treatments improve collagen density in skin, resulting in a big improvement in complexion. The natural anti-inflammatory effect of light therapy also plays a big role in decreasing inflammation-related redness, blemishes and skin conditions.

Shani Darden, premier Hollywood skincare professions, says, “red light therapy is one of the best tools for naturally improving skin tone & texture and reducing fine lines & wrinkles.”

7. Improving Brain Health & Cognitive Function

Researchers have found that near-infrared light, including red light wavelengths, can penetrate deeper than even natural light. When administered correctly these can reach bones, joints and even the tissue of the brain.

When near-infrared light is applied directly to the head, wavelengths are able to pass through the skull and reach the brain to stimulate, preserve and regenerate cells & tissues.

Researchers found that people treated with red light therapy had significantly improved reaction times, better memory and more sustained positive emotional states.

Red light therapy has been found to improve executive function – our ability to use higher brain functions such as attention, choice and conscious control of behavior. The results of a 2017 study have very promising results, showing red light therapy may have the exciting potential for treating or preventing memory loss from neuropsychological disorders or normal aging. One of the most promising possibilities is the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Even patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) have responded positively to light therapy, showing improvements in mood and sleep. Scans have shown that light therapy helps regenerate damaged brain tissues and can play a big role in neurogenisis – the creation of new brain cells and tissues.

8. Hormone Regulation with Red Light

Like inflammation and joint pain, tens of millions of Americans struggle with their thyroid and other hormone levels. These hormone imbalances can be influenced by artificial light, and can have a huge range of health consequences.

A 3-year study conducted by Brazilian researchers of people with chronic hypthyroidism and thyroiditis who take levothyroxine found improvements for those using light therapy to regulate hormone health. Researchers found people with a history of taking levothyroxine were able to significantly reduce their doses after adding red light therapy to their routines. In nearly half of the cases patients were able to entirely stop taking the medication after extended red light therapy.

More Surface Area = More Benefits

Coverage is key for light therapy because the magnitude of its overall health benefits depends on the percentage of your body’s surface area that gets to enjoy the benefit of red light absorption. Smaller devices are unlikely to be able to mimic the effect of a large, whole-body device.

When using a device that’s large enough to cover your whole body, millions of cells can take in natural light at once and start producing energy for your body. Uniform coverage is key for optimal results, and a small device that covers only a portion of your body will not provide you with the best health benefits. So if you want optimal treatments, look for a bigger device (like the one available in Spa 247).

At Spa 247, we’re excited to offer Rejuvanessence Red Light Therapy so our members can enjoy these natural health benefits. This is one bio-hack you do not want to miss out on! We hope you are excited about the opportunities and plan to take advantage of red light therapy technology the next time you visit.

For more information or to schedule your red light session, call 256-203-2178 OR stop by Spa 247 during office hours. We look forward to adding more light to your life!




Light therapy – also known as “photobiomodulaiton” or “red-light therapy” – is a powerful, non-invasive treatment that can improve your cells’ abilities to produce energy and heal. In light therapy, a device delivers concentrated wavelengths of light to the skin and underlying tissues.

Red-Light Therapy has become a popular treatment in recent years due to evidence that it enhances the health of skin, muscles, joints, the skeletal system, improves sleep quality and even fights pain & inflammation.

Light isn’t usually included in the story when we are taught about the benefits of nutrition, exercise or overall healthy lifestyle. Conventional wisdom doesn’t say anything about the effects of the light our bodies receive on our health.

Modern Life Has a Light Problem

Most people don’t realize it, but America has a light problem. In our modern world, many people are now exposed to more artificial light that natural light. It’s so extreme that surveys are finding the average American spends over 90% of their time indoors.

This is a serious health risk. When inventing artificial light, our ancestors didn’t stop to wonder if these artificial light sources would have the healthiest wavelengths our bodies need, or if some wavelengths of light might actually be bad for us. But we now know that our bodies need natural light every day, just like we need water and food.

Scientists took natural light for granted. They assumed it was not important to our health, and attributed health problems that arose with the movement of modern life indoors solely to other factors such as diet and physical activity.

A chronic deficiency of natural light can have a profoundly negative impact on the body, especially on our sleep, mental health, and energy levels. To make matters worse, it’s not just that people don’t get enough natural light; it’s that they’re also getting way too much artificial blue light.

Our cell phones, tablets, television and computer screens are extremely bright, and contain substantially more blue light than daytime sun. They can be difficult to escape these days, and too much blue light, especially after dark, is a primary reason so many people struggle with sleep. This artificial blue light from screens and bulbs effectively “tells” our cells it’s a bright daytime afternoon, even long after the Sun has set.

For countless generations, human biology developed around an abundance of natural light. Our routines and technology have radically changed in the last fifty years, but our biology has not. Humans, like all animals, still need natural light to be healthy and make energy.

Natural light is necessary every day to sleep well, heal and stay in shape. We’ll explore the clinical evidence for this need – and how we can use our cells’ light-based mechanisms to bio-hack our healing and our lifestyles in our next article. Stay tuned… *

For more information on the many benefits of Red-Light Therapy or to schedule a red-light session, reach out to our knowledgeable team at Spa 247 at 256-203-2178.

Today, more and more people are suffering from respiratory issues. From pollution and smog to airborne diseases, pollens and toxins; never before has our society been faced with a growing epidemic of respiratory ailments. Halotherapy (dry salt therapy) has been researched over the past few decades, and studies have shown it to be a great bio hack (alternative treatment) for respiratory and skin conditions.

What is Dry Salt Therapy (Halotherapy)?

Halotherapy (dry salt therapy) is where 99.99% Pure Grade Sodium Chloride (Himalayan salt) is heated and then ground and crushed into very tiny microparticles. These dry aerosol microparticles of salt are then dispersed into the salt room, salt cave, or salt chamber during a typical session.

As an individual relaxes, the microparticles are inhaled. The particles penetrate deep into the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli to aid respiratory concerns, while the non-inhaled salt particles are absorbed by the body to combat skin conditions.

Most people are familiar with ‘wet’ salt therapy. Whether you’ve put salt in a bath, had a saline solution treatment, used a Nettie pot to clear your nasal passages, or gargled with saltwater, wet salt has its benefits. Dry salt is different and the drier the salt the better.

That is why SALT Chamber’s protocols include heating the salt prior to putting it into the salt chamber. Heat ensures that all moisture is evaporated so when it is crushed and ground into microparticles and inhaled, the salt particles can do their best job.


Designed as an alternative to a salt room, Spa 247’s Original SALT Booth® takes a small space and creates an environment that can help individuals with various respiratory ailments and skin conditions, as well as enhance mental wellness in as little as 10-minute sessions. Dry pharmaceutical grade salt is heated and then it is ground and crushed into very tiny microparticles. These dry aerosol microparticles of salt are then dispersed into the salt booth during a typical session. As the person relaxes in the salt booth, the microparticles are inhaled. The particles penetrate deep into the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli. While inside the salt room, the non-inhaled salt particles fall onto the skin.


Halotherapy benefits adults and children alike, as well as athletes and animals. It is natural and safe and there are no side effects. A majority of people who visit salt rooms on a regular basis may find relief from a variety of respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, common cold, bronchitis, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and more. Dry salt therapy is great for people who also have particular skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and recovering from cosmetic surgery.

However, one does not need to have any conditions since dry salt therapy is very beneficial for overall general wellness by removing the toxicity from the respiratory system. People are exposed on a daily basis to pollutants, airborne diseases, bacteria, allergens and other irritating and harmful factors. Halotherapy is an excellent way to cleanse and detox the lungs as well as invigorate the whole body with increased lung capacity and oxygen intake.

For general respiratory hygiene, once or twice a week visiting your local salt therapy facility will enhance the lung capacity, boost the immune system, reduce stress, and aid better sleep.

More chronic and acute respiratory conditions require increased frequency and consistency of the sessions. Experiencing salt therapy three to seven times a week for a period of 14 to 21 days will help to manage the symptoms and provide relief over time.*


If you are battling respiratory issues or stubborn skin conditions, stop by SPA 247 today and let our knowledgeable team introduce you to our salt therapy booth and the amazing benefits of the warm salt air. This bio hack is truly a breath of fresh air!


*Halotherapy is recognized as a safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. It is not a medical treatment and does not offer a cure! Halotherapy is not recommended for people with contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, cancer, severe hypertension, mental disorders, and active tuberculosis.

Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before using halotherapy. Anyone with serious health concerns needs to seek proper medical advice and care. There are many clinical studies and research, along with testimonials from customers, as to the health benefits and efficacy of salt therapy.

Many countries around the world have varying ways they govern and regulate their citizen’s health-related matters. In some countries, Halotherapy is covered by their Government’s Health Care system or insurance companies.

From earning enough miles for a trip around the world to getting free goods at the grocery store, these days it seems like you can hack nearly anything to get the most bang for your buck. If only we could hack our own bodies, right?

Figure out just how they tick so that we can feel our best and have our bodies performing optimally all the time. What a treat that would be.

Except … it already exists. Welcome to the world of biohacking.

What Is Biohacking?

Biohacking is the process of making changes to your lifestyle in order to “hack” your body’s biology and feel your best.

You know the saying, “You are what you eat”? That actually applies to humans in a broader sense: Everything we put into our bodies — our foods, our thoughts, our physical movement ­— affects how we behave.

By biohacking yourself, you can actually transform your body, so you feel more energized, more productive and, overall, like the best possible version of yourself.

It doesn’t have to involve being a mad scientist and running crazy experiments with your body. Instead, it means using various hacks to see what works best for you (which could be very different from what works for Susan down the street!) and using it to live your best life.

Now, some people will tell you that all sorts of gadgets and measurements are necessary to biohack yourself, but there’s something to be said for the good old-fashioned way — making small changes to your lifestyle, giving your body time to adjust and then seeing how you feel.

You stick with the things that work for you and ditch the ones that don’t. After all, when it comes to how your body feels, you’re the expert!

How does 247 fit into the Biohacking space?

We are so excited about this topic! The goal of 247 Health & Wellness is to help foster HEALTH in the bodies of our members rather than treating SICKNESS. In contemplating how we could move into this space, we researched programs, services and equipment that would enable us to meet people’s needs and help them walk away from sickness and towards total wellness – mentally, physically and emotionally. We will be discussing all the ways we can assist you in reaching your goals by sharing biohacks that will help to improve your workouts, your health and your appearance. Stay tuned – it’s gonna be awesome!