What are infrared saunas and why should you care?

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Health & Wellness

Are you looking for an easy yet effective way to maintain good health and relax at the same time? Then using an infrared sauna may be exactly what you need.

Millions of people all around the world use saunas to help them with: daily aches and muscle pains, dry and rough skin, managing outbreaks, poor energy levels, and even weight loss.

But how does it work? Infrared technology is a concentrated version of the sun’s spectrum, and it has the ability to penetrate human tissue to produce a host of health benefits through heating the body.

  • Detoxification: Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal & stay healthy. Far infrared sauna benefits the body by heating it directly causing a rise in core temperature resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.
  • Anti-Aging & Skin Purification: The near infrared wavelength (sometimes referred to as Red Light Therapy) is the most effective wavelength for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Near infrared treatments stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone.
  • Pain Relief: Infrared heat penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve anything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. Pain management professionals incorporate infrared heat therapy into treatment plans to decrease pain and muscle spasms and to speed up recovery time.
  • Relaxation: Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna benefits include therapy that helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.
  • Cell Health: Near infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells. Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system.
  • Improved Circulation: Heating the muscles with infrared rays produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Regular infrared sauna use—especially in the mid infrared range—can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate.
  • Lower Blood Pressure: Infrared saunas induce a deep sweat to make the heart pump faster, which in turn increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure and helps circulation. Scientific evidence shows the infrared sauna benefits using an infrared sauna a couple times a week lowers blood pressure.
  • Weight Loss: Studies have shown that benefits of an infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories.
  • Wound Healing: Scientific research has concluded that near infrared therapy greatly enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting faster cell regeneration and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increases to repair wounds and prevent infection.

Using the power of the sun to make yourself feel better? Yes please!

Think about it, when you get sick what happens to your body? Your body temperature is raised. This is just a sign that your body is fighting off and dispelling those toxins in your body that are making you sick.

Because infrared sauna therapy heats the body directly rather than simply warming the air, it raises the core body temperature by 3 degrees and produces a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where most toxins reside.

Not only do you get to relax in warm soothing environment but you are actually detoxing and strengthening your entire body (your skin, your heart, your lungs and your immune system) as well.

far-infrared-sauna-optionsInfrared Saunas come in many different styles.  The wooden structures above is just one type.  You can also get portable infrared saunas and infrared dome saunas.

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Dome Sauna

You can even have your sauna equipped with color light therapy and music.