This month our columnist tests out electro-magnetic therapy in an effort to rejuvenate a tired body and mind.
Here’s where I’m at. I’ve been running on empty for quite a while; overworked, not enough sleep, the best of intentions to do yoga and give up sugar but in fact surviving on coffee and skittles. I have found myself sleeping restlessly, and waking exhausted (even if I sneak to bed at the same time as the small human child in my house at 7 o’clock which feels fabulously indulgent!) Anyway, I have been longing, for years, to be able to plug myself in and charge up like the devices that sap my own energy. Simple. Measured. Quick. Impossible. Or so I thought.
Enter, PEMF otherwise known as ‘pulsed electro-magnetic fields’. Sounds like something Louis Theroux might have investigated back in the good old days but no. It has been actively researched for over 50 years (including several studies from NASA scientists) and started to become popular for home use in the early 2000’s. The suggestion is that when you pass electricity through metal coils, you produce an electromagnetic field, and magnetic fields affect all living cells. Add a computer program and you can adjust the effects through frequency and intensity (ramp it up for a big meeting, dial it back down for bed-time, you can even change the times to beat jet lag!). In a nutshell, you plug yourself in (lie on a mat) and charge yourself up, bish bash bosh as they say on kids TV but never in real life.
Here’s the science bit. Most of the PEMF systems available for use in the home, use the extremely low natural frequencies and intensities like the ones found in Earth’s magnetic field, the field that all life evolved with. Surely then we can just ‘plug’ ourselves into the ground and access that energy for nothing? In theory, yes, but the problem is that modern buildings block our exposure and at the same time, we’re surrounded by man-made electromagnetic fields with frequencies that are millions to billions of times greater and as a result pretty bloody toxic. Throw in chemical pollution and our poor cells are under a lot of stress, if they’re under stress then so are we.
As we age these cells get more stressed and disease, chronic pain and the rest start to creep in. Research studies on the biological benefits of PEMF suggest it can help with many age-related issues which is great news if you fancy being bullet-proof well into your golden years. But starting when you’re already pretty unhealthy means it’s an uphill battle and I think (or at least I hope) most of us are recognising that preventing illness/disease in the body and maintaining good health rather than ‘fixing’ it only when our bodies give up, is the way forward.
So if you’ve ever experienced fatigue, sleep loss, stress, anxiety, pain or dealt with a recurring injury then this might just be worth a shot. A whole-body PEMF system will re-energise the membranes of all 70 trillion cells in the body through changes in their electrical potential. And the effects from a 10-minute session will last for at least several hours. Since my treatment, I have been sleeping like a baby (and I haven’t slept like a baby since I had a baby). My energy is better, my mood has massively improved although hard to say if that’s related to sleep or sun or looming holidays! A word of warning, I cranked that bad-boy up to 400 (the recommended is 150!) one day before I went on live TV and let’s just say, I looked more wired than charged!
I got my mat from https://www.lifemat.co.uk/ . Paul Low will will let you do a trial if you›re curiosity is piqued. Paul Lowe has been a PEMF therapist and distributor for over 10 years. His Life Mat Company specialises in the Swiss-made IMRS / iMRS2000 and Omnium1 systems, costing £2330 - £3890.
Learn more at https://www.lifemat.co.uk or call 0203 151 8688.
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