Kodobio Sensory Therapy FAQ
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KST is a programmed cycle of synchronised light and smell stimulation that activates sensory centres in the brain. Depending upon the selected smell and light cycle KST can boost your mood, de-stress or energise.
KST is not like aromatherapy. It combines light and smell stimuli delivered in a specific modulated time cycle and uses only aromas that have a scientifically documented specific effect.
KST uses the same type of bright light stimulation used by SAD lights but combined with specially chosen aromas.
Since the light used in KST is similar in both wavelength and intensity it can be used as an alternative to SAD lights and offers additional benefits.
KST stimulates sensory regions in the brain. The combined light and smell cycle affects the frontal cortex in a region linked to the amygdala that sets mood. The cyclical nature of the stimulation engages the attentional area of the brain overriding other influences. For more information, follow links on the Kodobio website to KST – The Science
No. The light has been designed to be delivered at an intensity and wavelength range that is quite safe for the eyes. There is no UV light in KST and the peak intensity (10,000 lux) is the same as that encountered in the middle of the day.
Caution. Patients with severe ophthalmological conditions or patients taking photosensitizing medication should have an ophthalmological examination before starting light therapy.
The KST has a controllable light intensity so, if you find it too bright, it can be switched to a lower setting. However, the light does need to be bright to be effective.
It is probably better not to have KST within 1 hr of going to bed. Studies have shown that bright light just before bedtime can delay sleep onset. This is more pronounced in teenagers.
Bright light is thought to improve mood by increasing the levels of serotonin, one of the compounds responsible for our happiness.
Yes, if you want to wear your glasses they will not interfere with the treatment
The odorants selected for the aroma capsules are specifically chosen from natural, organic essential oils and are not harmful. Some essential oils contain photosensitisers, for example citrus oil contains bergaptens. These are non-volatile and will not present any risk to you in KST.
One session can last 15-30 minutes depending upon your needs and the time you have available.
This depends on you. If you are stressed then you can have KST twice a day for as long as necessary. You can’t overdo KST. Also, you can have a morning energise and an early evening unwind programme, as often as you want. Our research has shown benefit from just one session but to restore your natural healthy mind-body balance a linked series of sessions is suggested.
As often as you like, or need. Because of the different programmes available, you can have KST more than once a day, for example have the Energise programme in the morning and the Unwind programme in the early evening. You may find daily sessions help you to gain a natural mental-physical balance. Another option would be a treatment consisting of 3-6 linked sessions. You can monitor your progress with our specially designed chart and decide your own treatment programme or in discussion with your therapist.
Sit or lie in a comfortable position. Keep your eyes open and breathe through your nose if you can. You may find that with some programmes you relax, begin to drowse and close your eyes. This is fine. When you realise this has happened, slowly re-open your eyes.
You may find your eyes closing as you unwind and relax. This is fine. When you are aware your eyes are closed, slowly reopen them. To gain the full benefit of KST your eyes need to be open.
Even though your nose is blocked you will still obtain some of the benefit from the therapy and the cool mint in the Energise programme will bring relief to a blocked nose.
There are many positive benefits from KST, both psychological and physiological. For example, our research has demonstrated that a single 15 minute session achieves a 5% reduction in blood pressure. The two sensory stimuli are mutually reinforcing and the combined benefits are enhanced with repetition a process known as conditioned association. So the more often you use KST, the greater will be the effect and the longer it will last. The different KST programmes will help you choose your personal path to restore your natural healthy mind-body balance.
KST is safe for use by children under adult supervision. There are settings with lower light levels if they find it too bright, and the shorter duration 10 minute programme setting may be more suitable. Many studies that have demonstrated positive benefits from light therapy and aromatherapy in children and adolescents.
If you suffer from diabetes or Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or have an eye or skin condition which is affected by bright light you should consult a doctor before embarking on KST.
Bright light can interact with some medications. KST should not be used if you are taking any of the following:
– tetracycline (antibiotic)
– antiarrhythmic medications
– antimalarial drugs
– antirheumatic drugs
– psoralen medications
– melatonin (not to be used concurrently with Light Therapy)
– sulfonamides (antibacterial medication)
– St. John’s Wort (Hypericum)
– major tranquillisers
One capsule should be used per treatment and contains sufficient volatiles to last for 30 minutes. Although the empty capsule may still smell strong there would be insufficient strength for effective further treatments.