by Dave Boehler
for The Beacon
Want to recreate a near-death experience using a light therapy lamp, then Aaron Rothwell is your man.
“Which sounds crazier than it is,” the 2013 Sheboygan North graduate said. “But a psychiatrist had a near-death experience then said that it was very, very good for his overall health and he wanted to recreate it in a safe way.”
Rothwell lives in Wausau and has approximately 20 clients that visit on a monthly basis, and he is willing to return to the Sheboygan area for those interested in his light therapy.
“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “There’s not many people out there that do it and it is incredible. It’s a safe way to allow people to experience deep mediation, deep spiritual experiences, it’s providing a safe alternative for people to kind of explore their minds without using substances.
“It’s kind of out there, but it’s really simple. It’s basically a strobe light. Just a very fancy one that’s very expensive.”
Rothwell, an undefeated state wrestling champion as a senior, currently is a home-school teacher and organic farmer.
He used light therapy for the first time five years ago and says it felt like he was daydreaming. Rothwell recalls being out in nature with trees and forests, and was taken into a vivid dream while still being awake.
“That’s due to the fact that the frequencies pulsing helps the brain get into more of a mediative dream-like state,” Rothwell said.
“It is so resetting,” Rothwell said. “It provides clarity, it gives me intuition, it’s great for when I’m thinking about new ideas because it puts me in a very creative space. It makes me feel very rested afterwards and the whole experience provides a lot of wonder because the colors and imagery that it provides is always a wonderful experience.
“It went from kind of a hobby of ‘wow, this is cool, maybe I should get one myself,’ to this is something that I could do the rest of my life, because it really helps people.”
The lamp, called Lucia No. 3, comes from Austria.
It is designed by medical professionals to encourage the body into deeper states of awareness. Sessions typically involve vivid colors, geometric patterns and dreamscape imagery.
Rothwell bought one and has been using it on others for two years. Only one other lamp like it is available in Wisconsin, he says.
Rothwell also uses a sound table, similar to a massage bed, with speakers for vibrational therapy. Clients lay on the table for 10 minutes up to an hour.
“I swear, almost all of my clients are in tears, or say it’s amazing, and the experiences are so unique,” Rothwell said. “To where they think it’s great and want to keep doing it.”
For those interested in doing the therapy, he can be reached via email (email@example.com) or phone (920-912-5785). Rothwell also has a website (lucialightspace.com).
“My goal is to help as many people as I can and have a successful business through that,” he said.