If you are interested in detoxification, relaxation, relaxing your muscles, and increasing circulation, look no further than an infrared sauna. Working up a sweat is a great way to burn calories and detoxify your body. While this can be done through exercise, it’s not the only way. An infrared sauna can be used on your rest days, or post workout, they are also great for those who are injured or unable to exercise.
The wavelengths found in an infrared sauna penetrate soft tissue up to an inch and a half, warming the body and opening blood vessels in a process called “vasodilation.” This is an incredibly safe process, in fact infrared is often used in hospitals to keep newborns warm. Many doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists use infrared in clinics and hospitals around the world to alleviate pain, heal skin conditions, increase flexibility and help heal the body. Our infrared saunas have low to no EMF output at all and are a great addition to your health routine.
Here are some of the top benefits of using an infrared sauna:
Infrared saunas can help increase blood circulation and stimulate the sweat glands, which helps to release built-up toxins in the body.
Daily sauna sweating can help detoxify the body as it releases heavy metals, alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid and other organic and inorganic compounds.
Just a few minutes in an infrared sauna will help you feel relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed. Infrared saunas have been found to positively affect the nervous system by putting the user into a rest and digest state, allowing the body to heal and restore itself.
Infrared saunas can help to relieve inflammation, stiffness and soreness by increasing blood circulation and allowing the penetrating infrared heat to relax muscles and carry off metabolic waste, while delivering oxygen-rich blood to the muscles for a faster recovery. Radiant heat has been effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other musculoskeletal ailments.
Infrared saunas help warm the muscles for greater flexibility and increased range of motion, while relieving muscle tension and pain.
Studies have also shown that time spent in an infrared sauna can bring relief from different forms of arthritis. Additionally, much of the normal stiffness, aches and pains that come with aging can be lessened with regular sauna usage.
A 30-minute infrared sauna session can help you burn anywhere between 300–800 calories.
Regularly using an infrared sauna provides a similar boost to the cardiovascular system as running. This means while you are relaxing in the heat, the benefits of infrared sauna include the body producing sweat, pumping blood and burning calories.
This is called a “passive workout,” because while your body is receiving all these benefits, it is not being stressed in the same way it would during a normal workout. The body is more relaxed and is in parasympathetic mode during that time.
As the body increases sweat production to cool itself, the heart works harder to pump blood while boosting circulation. This in turn increases your metabolism which helps to burn more calories.
The penetrating wavelengths from infrared saunas help to raise your core body temperature, which induces an artificial fever. Since fever is the body’s mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, this enhances the immune system. When combined with the benefits of toxin elimination of toxins due to the intense sweating you’ll do inside the sauna, using one can increase overall health and resistance to disease.
The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes in a sauna helps to carry off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving you with glowing, clean skin. Increased circulation also draws the skin’s own natural nutrients to the surface to help give you a natural glow.
Many infrared sauna users report improved skin tone, color, elasticity and texture. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to help improve acne, eczema, psoriasis, and aid wound healing with reduced scarring.
Various studies have found that infrared sauna therapy can help keep blood pressure within healthy levels, lower cholesterol, reduce chronic pain and can also be of therapeutic value to patients with chronic congestive heart disease (with approval from their doctor).
One study even indicated that infrared sauna therapy reduced heart arrhythmias and the symptoms of chronic heart failure in patients with cardiovascular disease.
Please note: If you have a heart condition or any other medical condition please discuss using an infrared sauna with your doctor first.
Cellulite is caused by superficial pockets of trapped fat, which causes uneven dimpling in your skin. It can be found in 90 percent of post-adolescent women and is rarely seen in men. It is typically found on the buttocks, thighs, and the abdomen.
Since the radiant heat of an infrared sauna warms three times as deep as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at reducing cellulite. There is a link between the slowing of metabolic rates and the storage of toxins in fat cells.
Sauna use and infrared heat increase heart rate and localized blood circulation, which helps to reverse the above-mentioned trends toward the accumulation of liquids in the fat cells which in turn helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite.