Most of us are familiar with saunas and their many therapeutic benefits, but what about an infrared sauna? What is an infrared sauna and how is it different from a traditional sauna?
This article will answer these questions and illustrate the numerous benefits that you can gain from using an infrared sauna.
The infrared sauna is similar to a traditional sauna, but instead of getting your body to sweat by heating the air in the room, an infrared sauna will use electromagnetic light, in this case, far-infrared light, to penetrate 2 inches into the body and heat you from within. Heating the body in this way has many advantages, and since high temperatures like those found in most regular saunas are not needed, the heat experienced in an infrared sauna is far more tolerable than the heat produced in a traditionally heated sauna. This makes sitting in an infrared sauna far more enjoyable. It is easier to breathe inside an infrared sauna compared to other types of saunas, making the experience both more relaxing and more comfortable.
As the infrared light heats your body the many benefits of heat therapy will commence. In this article, we share just some of the benefits that you can expect to experience from this wonderful therapy.
Infrared sauna treatments offer a simple and enjoyable means of detoxification. Since the infrared light used in infrared saunas is heating the body from the inside out, detoxification can occur at a very deep level; as deep as our cells.
Our skin is in an eliminatory organ, just as our kidneys, liver, lungs, and bowels are. We sweat toxins out through our skin, even toxic metals that can be difficult to cleanse from our system and disrupt good health. When we are able to take advantage of our skin’s ability to detoxify through perspiration, we are doing one of the best things we can do for our health. We encounter toxins and heavy metals daily in our environment. These toxins and metals have been demonstrably shown to contribute to the formation of many diseases and to disrupt many essential biological processes within the human body.
The infrared sauna will support your body in eliminating these dangerous compounds by heating the body and inducing rigorous sweat. By sweating these many toxins out, we will be doing wonders to keep our body’s toxic load low and our body cleansed, healthy, and functioning at the highest level.
The process of losing weight can be daunting for many of us. It can feel difficult and even unpleasant to implement positive lifestyle changes that will slim down the waistline.
Time spent in an infrared sauna however can be very pleasant and can make weight loss a simple and enjoyable routine. Regular infrared sauna treatments will support internal cleansing, circulation, and even speed up your metabolism; all essential for maintaining healthy body weight.
When in an infrared sauna, the heart begins to beat at a faster rate, much as it would during any kind of physical exertion. This makes a sauna session comparable to moderate physical exercise. And we all know how important exercising is to successful and sustainable healthy weight loss.
The compounded effects of these benefits experienced from infrared sauna therapy make weight loss pleasant and virtually effortless.
For those who have experienced cellulite, you are aware of just how difficult it can be to eradicate or even minimize. Treating the skin with infrared light has been demonstrated in clinical trials to rejuvenate the skin and boost collagen levels. This combined with the ability of infrared light to increase both lymphatic drainage and blood circulation throughout the entire body, make getting rid of cellulite easily.
In an infrared sauna, fat accumulation and the toxins stored within can be broken down by heat and transported out of the body through the lymphatic system and channels of elimination. Blood can more effectively circulate vital nutrition throughout the body, while collagen will help build firm healthy skin and tissue.
Enjoy time in an infrared sauna to reduce cellulite and stubborn fat.
Skin Health and Rejuvenation
The benefits of infrared sauna for the skin are extraordinary. The sweat induced during a sauna session will clean out impurities in even the deepest layers of the skin and help to unclog pores; helping to reduce all manner of inflammatory skin conditions.
The use of infrared light on skin has also been shown to noticeably improve skin complexion, soften skin texture and dramatically decrease wrinkles. This rejuvenation takes place as infrared light increases circulation to and from the skin, cleanses the skin of toxins, and increases skin collagen levels.
Infrared light has also been shown to have a profound effect on healing and tissue repair. Studies have demonstrated that infrared light has increased the speed at which wounds heal and supported cellular growth. All of these miraculous effects work to support younger-looking skin and noticeably minimize the appearance of wrinkles and scarring.
Infrared sauna therapy will help you to regenerate your skin, for a healthier and more beautiful complexion.
Lowers Blood Pressure and Supports Cardiovascular Health
Regular use of infrared sauna has been proven to lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. As the infrared light penetrates and heats the body, blood vessels enlarge allowing for improved circulation and heart health.
When spending time in an infrared sauna, heart rate increases to the level of moderate physical activity. This gives your entire cardiovascular system a workout and keeps your heart muscle and blood circulation strong.
For optimal results, enjoy 20 to 30 minutes in the infrared sauna at least 3 to 4 times a week.
Pain Relief and Muscle Recovery
The pain of all kinds can be the result of damaged tissues and inflammation in the body. Infrared light therapy has been proven to work wonders on pain and inflammation as well as support the healing of injuries and wounds. During an infrared sauna session, infrared light will penetrate the body, including tissues, nerves, joints and muscles where injuries can occur. The infrared light will bring heat and circulation to the affected area, allowing for the flow of nutrients and the expulsion of waste.
The result is a dramatic reduction in pain and inflammation and more rapid healing. Reduce pain and inflammation throughout your body by regularly spending time in an infrared sauna.
Athletes too are reaping the benefits of infrared sauna therapy. A session in an infrared sauna can promote muscle recovery after physical exercise and even contribute to muscle growth. Enjoy the sauna after workouts to get the most out of your exercise regime and build healthy and strong muscles.
Promotes Relaxation and Good Mental Health
Many of us are so busy throughout the day that we hardly have time to think of our mental health. Mental health can be negatively impacted by stress and anxiety in life. This can affect the quality of our lives, our productivity, our health and our happiness. For these reasons, taking time for self-care is essential. Relaxing in a sauna is one of the best ways to take time out to de-stress and relax in order for you to function more optimally in the world.
The infrared light rays of an infrared sauna will heat your entire body, allowing your skin to sweat, your muscles to relax and for your cortisol levels to go down. All of these factors have been proven to support relaxation and a reduction in stress levels and anxiety. The increase of body heat that occurs during an infrared sauna session also helps to stimulate the production of many feel-good chemicals like serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine, and norepinephrine that help enhance mood and decrease chances of depression.
Enjoy infrared sauna treatments a few times a week to notice these benefits to your own mental health.
Relaxation techniques such as breathing and meditation can also be done comfortably in an infrared sauna to increase these amazing benefits to mental health and inner well being even more.
How long is the session?
The room is reserved for you for 60 minutes. Recommended sauna session is 30-45 minutes.
Is it for everyone?
Not if you have any of the following: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Menstruation, Severe high blood pressure or low blood pressure, Hemophiliacs/Prone to bleeding, Fever is present, Insensitivity to heat, Acute joint injury within 48 hours. Implants: metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants, Pacemakers/Defibrillator,
Prior to your IR sauna session
Please make sure you are well hydrated before, during and after your Infrared Sauna Therapy Session. It is advised not to eat at least one to two hours prior to your sauna session. Do not use any chemicals or lotions prior to your sauna session. These items may block pores and affect perspiration as well as stain the wood of the sauna.
What is the cost?
$55/session or $150 for a package of 3
$45/session as an add-on before or after the colonic session
Package of 6 Colonics + 6 Infrared Saunas: $760
Package of 3 Colonics + 3 Infrared Saunas: $420
Second person: $15/session
The towel rental is included in the price.
Infrared Sauna is also available as an add-on after/before a Colonic session.
Posted by Eke Idika, CNP, Certified Colon Therapist