Helio Massage,


a.k.a. Solar Massage...

It is well known overseas, but who knows about it here?

    Let us turn back the calendar and go half-way around the globe...

    We are in Alma-Ata city, the capital of Kazakh Republic, the year is 1959, and the first Helio-Sanatorium in the Republic opens its doors to the patients.

    The inventor of the therapeutic reflectors accepts the due congratulations.

    He shows the officials and the lay public, how the concentrated Solar Light can be used to boil a teapot, to energize a small steam engine, to power the AM radio, and... how the same concentrated Solar Light can be used for healing.

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    Inventor's name was Vladimir Buchman, he was a renowned scientist, active Member of Kazakh Academy of Sciences. Those who are interested in his biography (a truly remarkable one!), can find a good starting point in the book printed in Alma-Ata in 1986:

 Черных С.Е. "Одна, но пламенная страсть" .-Алма-Ата: Казахстан,1986.-160c.
(Chernykh S.E.  "One burning passion" - Alma-Ata : Kazakhstan, 1986. - 160 pages)

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    Here we shall speak mostly about the Solar Reflectors, how the concentrated light can be applied to the human body, why do we call this method "Massage", and what was discovered later, when these and other healing applications started showing the most unexpected results.

    It is assumed that the reader of this page has some rudimentary knowledge about the working of a Parabolic Concave Mirror Reflector. This type of device can be found anywhere - in a $3 flashlight as well as in the Hubble Telescope orbiting around the Earth. This is also the main device which will be used in all our presentation about the Helio Massage and related applications.

    For the sake of clarity, here is the brief glossary of terminology which will be used throughout the page. Fig.2 illustrates characteristic points and distances of a parabolic mirror.


    Optical Axis - axis of rotational symmetry of the concave parabolic mirror.

    Focal Point - if illuminated with light rays parallel to the Optical Axis, the concave parabolic mirror reflects all these rays so, that they all meet at the Focal Point.

    Focal Distance - distance between the Focal Point and the surface of the mirror.

    Optical Aperture - ratio of Diameter divided by Focal Distance.

    Obviously, if some small object is placed in the Focal Point of the mirror, and the mirror is positioned facing the Sun, then all the sunlight, intercepted by the mirror surface, will be directed to this object.

    A San Diego based company produces a variety of gadgets for sunlight concentration and utilization - from $1000 home and pool heaters down to a $10 foldable mylar heater which easily fits into a backpack.

    Their web page can be found at < http://www.cleardomesolar.com >

    Next picture shows their example of $185 practical application, when the object, placed in the Focal Point, happens to be just an ordinary kitchen bowl - cooking some Celestial Stew, of a kind...

Fig. 3

    However, if we try to put a living creature into or near to the Focal Point of such a system, then soon enough this living creature will not be living any more... this device is not fit for therapy, at least not without significant amendments.

    Vladimir Buchman proposed a simple solution which immediately made the whole concept of "Concentrated Sunlight Therapy" feasible and practical. Let's look again at Fig. 1, we really can appreciate the ease and practicality of Buchman's solution.

    The parabolic mirror in his system is not fixed, it is moving together with the pendulum in something not unlike children's swing. As a result, the spot where the solar radiation is concentrated, also moves in a swinging motion. Obviously, it is possible to vary the distance from the mirror to the patient, as well as amplitude and frequency of the swings. Thus it is possible to implement different modes of sunlight application to the patient. All of these modes will have one feature in common - the sunlight will be applied not continuously, but in pulses, where the pulse intensity, duty cycle and frequency are all within our control. This is the reason why in Central Asian literature (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan) this therapy is referred to as "Pulsed Concentrated Sunlight Therapy" or "Pulsed Helio Therapy".

    From my point of view, it is more appropriate to use the term "Solar Massage" or "Helio Massage". The reason is, this method differs from conventional sunbathing the same way as rhythmical massage differs from static pressuring.

    Let us assume, for example, that we used a mirror with diameter = 1 meter, and projected upon our patient a concentrated sunlight spot with diameter = 0.2 meter. This is equivalent to about 20-fold concentration of sunlight, even if reflective properties of the mirror are only 80%. The 20-fold concentrated sunlight can reach to far deeper layers of the body than the regular sunlight, so even accounting for a short duty cycle of the pulse we can expect the effects of pulsed concentrated light to manifest themselves in the ways impossible with conventional sunbathing.

    A relatively short light pulse of high intensity followed by a period of relaxation will produce effects similar to the relatively short massage stroke, which is also followed by a period of relaxation. In addition, the light spot is moving, so that different points of the body receive the light "strokes" while the light spot is scanning over the surface of patient's body. The light spot here behaves like a massaging hand, which scans over the surface of patient's body while delivering its strokes.

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    The above describes essentially the "Eastern Half" of the story. There exists also the "Western Half", which we are going to tell. Then only will it become clear, how the full story will be told through blending of the two parts!

    N.B. There are numerous attempts to use artificial light sources for therapy. Recently a company named "Light Force Therapy" advertised its hand-carried device for application of pulsed red LED  light claiming a whole plethora of therapeutic benefits for the users. Their web site is:
< http://www.lightforcetherapy.com >

    Light Therapy (or PhotoTherapy) was introduced into medical practice by Dutch physician Niels Finsen. He introduced various modalities of it as early as 1880, and won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1903 for successful treatment of "Lupus Vulgaris" (cutaneous tuberculosis) with the concentrated light of Arc Lamp. For those who want to learn about the history of Nielsen's PhotoTherapy here are several links:
< http://nobele.port5.com/niels_ryberg.html >,
< http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Resort/9534/finsen.htm >,
and a quick search in Google will provide dozens more.
    Here are also some links for Russian-speaking readers:
< http://www.nnews.ru/2001/8/31/health/856.php3 >, <http://www.atsuk.dart.ru/online/e_about_forgotten_method_of_light_treatment.htm>, <http://www.cosmonews.ru/article/cosm24063.htm>.

    Now we return back, again halfway around the globe. This time we will be in San Diego, California, and our object of interest will be the "Frequency Instrument" and its inventor Royal Raymond Rife.

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The author of this site lives in San Diego, California.
He can be reached at < moscowtime@yahoo.com >