A new type of therapy that offers relaxation and a health break away from the outside world is now being offered in Washington.

The Blu Room, owned by Sara Mehringer, is one of 17 therapy rooms of its kind in the world and the only one in the Midwest.

Since its opening May 1, people have traveled from Texas, Florida and Mexico to try out the therapy.

“Blu Room therapy is going to be unique for every single person,” said Mehringer. “But, what it does is it offers a 20-minute break from the typical everyday environment that all of us live in, which I would call the fight or flight environment.”

According to Mehringer, the fight or flight environment is the fast-paced, mile-a-minute lifestyle that many people live on a day-to-day basis. While in the Blu Room, people are afforded a break from that mindset.

The room itself is laid out in an octagon shape with UVB lights all pointed to the center. The patient is asked to lie in the middle while specifically designed music circulates throughout the room, all of which is supposed to help create a deeply relaxing, insulating environment.

“The Blu Room is specifically designed to help restore healthy communication in your body,” Mehringer said. “If you think about disease and illness, every disease, every illness, every sickness is a breakdown of communication somewhere.”

Mehringer said the top three things people have reported feeling after using her Blu Room are reduced anxiety, a decrease in pain levels and a clarity or peace of mind. She is currently utilizing therapy with about 90 people.

Blu Room therapy was founded by Dr. Matthew Martinez and JZ Knight, who wanted to create a type of therapy that was noninvasive and beneficial to all types of populations.

For the past four years, Mehringer had been looking for a way to include sound and light therapy in her 17-year-old business as a licensed massage therapist and a health and wellness coach.

“I’m always looking for more ways to help the clients,” she said. “So, when I heard about the Blu Room and how it combines sound therapy and light therapy, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and I just knew I had to go check this out and see if this was the right avenue.”

For a year and a half she flew to the state of Washington, where there are three Blu Rooms, receiving the treatments before she felt comfortable enough to start her own business.

“What’s so wonderful about the Blu Room is that it doesn’t take away from other treatments,” Mehringer said. “It seems to heighten the effects of whatever else you’re doing.”

The Blu Room is a good pairing with other health treatments, she added, and is a good way to feel healthy and refreshed.

“In my 17 years in the health profession, I’ve found that people feel very dis-empowered by their health,” she said. “But, with the Blu Room, I feel it’s the exact opposite and that’s pretty special.”

The Blu Room is safe for people of all ages and health levels. All military, police officers, firefighters and first responders will receive a 50 percent discount.

The Blu Room is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and two Saturdays each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Blu Room is located at 1807 Heritage Hills Drive.

For more information or to see a video explanation from creator Dr. Matthew Martinez, visit blueroomwellnesscenter.com.