BEMER, Baby: With The Help Of Eternally Youthful Yogi Angela Kane, Di Tries A New-ish Stress-Busting Therapy
My HOCATTing friend Suzanne often plays sounding board for my whiny woes. As one of Naples' top wellness authorities, she suggested the BEMER (Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation) for combatting my current superstress levels endured post-Irma (our windows still aren’t fixed) and stepdaughter’s upcoming wedding. That stress, combined with fighting off-and-on battles of flu-ish symptoms and nasal-induced headaches for nearly a month, is leaving me energy-depleted.
We made a date to meet at Lotus Restorative Yoga, a studio in Old Naples owned by her friend, Yogi Angela Kane. Upon walking in, I saw stacks of books authored by Dr. Linell King, whom FBP recently profiled in October. He had just joined her wellness suite, which also counts acupuncture among its numerous offerings, a week or so earlier. I also saw one of my (former) Sandpiper customer's concierge medical practice in the same building.
Angie is a gorgeous, youthful 54. In addition to treating patients, she uses her BEMER Bed every day for 16 minutes between 1-3pm as a nap swap to combat fatigue from work, thyroid and menopause issues. I would kill for her lean and muscular body.
Speaking of great bodies, Angie said that Tina Turner was an early proponent of BEMER-ownership ($6300) for home in Switzerland, and Roger Federer has one too. Angie also shared that the Swiss Olympic team’s trainers each take a BEMER for competitions. What is it about the Swiss and their spa treatments?
While the BEMER use in Europe has been popular since its launch, traction in the States is just taking hold.
After serving orange essential oil-infused water, we plopped on the waiting room’s comfy chairs discussing the afternoon’s treatments and what to expect. Angie’s BEMER enthusiasm ignited in Seattle, when she met a physician using it to treat a variety of ailments including macular degeneration. Her issue at the time was back spasms, quelled in a few weeks with BEMER use.
So what’s a BEMER? Technically, it’s “a low-level pulsed electromagnetic field for bathing your entire body with a soothing energy that has a positive effect on every cell,” said Angie, or as her website notes, “BEMER physical vascular technology is a highly effective & non-invasive technology that increases microcirculation by 30% from one 8 minute session. This effect lasts for 12-18 hours and greatly supports the cellular supply and disposal process that every cell in your body requires for regeneration and healing.”
Upon moving to Naples from Canada, she set up her private, by-appointment yoga practice, augmenting it with BEMER and the Infrared-sauna therapy. Among her BEMER patients’ success stories: lessening neuropathy in an elderly woman over the course of a month and helping heal a diabetic woman whose ulcerated leg lesion significantly cleared after three weeks of twice-weekly visits. (Trust me, the photos told the story.)
She set me up on the BEMER bed, which resembles a padded mat-meets-thinnish-futon, swathed in clean sheets and propped on a massage table. The BEMER is powered by electromagnetic currents throughout the pad and a belt-like accessory, so she advised me to remove my underwire bra. On that note, I undressed but kept my panties on and lay atop the BEMER, strapping the belt to my head with the hope of amping BEMER’s benefits. She cued some New Age spa music, turned on the currents and left the room.
Dear Reader, for the next 16 minutes I was blissed out in a deeply meditative state that I’ve not experienced before. I didn’t quite experience the “pins and needles” Angie initially described. Rather, it felt more like gentle bubbles subtly popping on the surface of the sheet. I kept my recorder on accidentally, and while I didn’t hear anything but the music during the session, playback reveals a few machine-made murmurs every 30 seconds or so.
I could’ve lain on the BEMER for hours. My head, nose and throat felt detoxified, so much better than when I walked in.
I followed the BEMER treatment with her ensuite High Tech Health infrared sauna that uses light to create heat and “works like a microwave, heating the body from the bones outward,” as described by Angie.
This particular type of sauna is sometimes called far-infrared – “far” describing where the infrared waves fall on the light spectrum. While traditional saunas use heat to warm the air that in turn warms the body, infrared saunas heat the body directly without warming the air around you.
It took much longer (15 minutes) to break a sweat than the usual sauna blast, which I hadn’t done since moving to Florida but used regularly back in NYC to intensify my weekly winter deep-conditioning hair treatments.
I mean hello, half the year in Florida feels like we live in a steamy sauna — which btw I love. I feel like my body temperature too has shifted since moving here; anytime it falls below 75, I’m cold. Angie set the sauna (about the size of two phone booths - remember those? - combined) and placed two cups of water on its shelves which she encouraged me to sip throughout the session.
I felt cooked after 20 minutes, stepping out to blot my body with a plush towel and dress. True confession: I didn’t drink all the water she provided me, and somehow felt guilty about that.
She Blinded Me With Science
Angie lent me her files of BEMER info. According to its Lichtenstein-based manufacturer:
“BEMER is a technology that influences the most important part of the circulatory system: the microscopic capillaries. BEMER is intended to enhance general blood flow and cardiac function. By doing so, more nutrients and oxygen are brought to all of the cells and the waste from cell metabolism is better removed. Our body works best when the cells receive the optimal amounts of oxygen and nutrients, and of course, when metabolic waste is regularly removed from the cellular environment.”
For some of us, this means lactic acid build-up from strenuous exercise. For others, it's processed and fatty foods that clog our circulatory systems, rendering them less efficient. There was quite a bit more - nearly 150 head-spinning pages, so I’ll spare you and suggest watching this French-accented video instead (BEMER has since been FDA-approved) or visit Angie’s website for more information.
I also asked her about using the belt as spot treatment - like would it help period cramps? - and she said yes, the BEMER would absolutely help. But it’s too late for me personally to find out.
Each 16-minute BEMER session is $30, and the 30-minute Infrared session is $40; when combined the price is $60 for approximately 45 minutes. If you love the BEMER experience after trying it out, she keeps another on-hand for weekly rentals ($200). You can’t rent the sauna, but this treatment is more easily found around Florida's various day spas. Angie takes new clients by appointment; you can reach her here.
Here's another cute pic of Angie, and me (below), mid-treatment.