The Sun, always seen as a source of life, is a regenerative element for the mind and for the body and Heliotherapy, from elios the Greek word for “sun”, is a natural science that bases the treatments on exposure to sunlight.
Heliotherapy in the past and present days
It is a very ancient practice, already known and exploited by the ancient Romans, who owned the solarium in their ancient villas, and by the Greeks, who performed naked body gymnastics under the rays of the sun and used its light to treat skin diseases.
The modern natural medicine, aided by university studies on the subject, has confirmed the strong connection between sun exposure and the benefits it brings to the whole body, both physiologically and in fighting the onset of certain types of cancer.
A study conducted on 1179 menopausal women has indeed shown that high levels of vitamin D decrease the risk of developing colon and breast cancer to around 6%.
The curative properties of exposure to sunlight
- Stimulates the production of serotonine, the wellnes hormone that fights stress
- Activates vitamin D, bringing benefits to the bones and more
- Improves skin condition, acting against certain types of dermatitis and psoriasis
- Prevents breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancer
- Helps to prevent and fight different types of diseases, including: diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, psoriasis, rickets and tuberculosis
- Improves the quality of sleep, stimulating the proIt improves the quality of sleep, stimulating the production of melatonin and regularizing the sleep-wake cycle
- Stimulates the metabolism and the neurovegetative system, as well as the production of blood elements (hematopoiesis) and appetite
- It cleanses the body, helping to eliminate toxins through sweating
Heliotherapy: is good but with due care…
Being the Heliotherapy a “natural remedy”, the rules that Nature imposes must be carefully observed: that meaning, it is necessary to avoid exposure at times when the sunlight transmits an excessive amount of ultraviolet rays.
The most suitable time for this therapy is:
- at Winter time between 10:00 am and 11:00 am then between 12:00 pm and 02:00 pm
- at Summer time between 07:00 am and 10:00 am then between 02:00 pm and 05:00 pm
The average exposure time shouldn’t be longer than three hours and the temperature of the environment should remain between 68°F and 77°F.
Moreover the diet should be enriched with natural sources of vitamin C, to support the body
Sun the whole year round:
In Ostia there are many beach resorts and wellness centres by the beah which, by providing suitable equipment and competent professionals, allow the practice of Heliotherapy throughout the year.