Saunas are effective tools for disease prevention and natural healing. Today, millions of Americans experience the benefits of using an infrared sauna. An infrared sauna uses infrared technology rather than a traditional heat source to raise the temperature to the desired level. Saunas were introduced to the world by the fine people of Finland in 1112 AD. Known for their healing properties, the ancient Finnish people sat in an enclosed space filled with air heated by stones in a fire for extended periods of time. At times they would drip water on the rocks to create steam, later sand and steam baths would be created, and as the technology changed and evolved, more health benefits became unlocked. What started as tradition, quickly turned into an invaluable tool in the health and relaxation of people around the world.
That evolution of technology has resulted in the most beneficial sauna yet –the Infrared Sauna.
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PREPARING FOR YOUR SESSION
➝Drink plenty of water before using the sauna.
➝Dress appropriately for the sauna. Wear loose, non-restrictive clothing, a bathing suit, or simply wrap up in a towel (Towels available for your use in the office).
➝Remove all jewelry or metals on the body to avoid unintentional burns.
➝Avoid the use of lotions or oils prior to using the sauna, as these products block pores and limit perspiration.
➝To maintain hydration during the session, bring a bottle of water into the sauna cabin with you.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS
→Excessive use of the sauna may lead to symptoms of hyperthermia. These symptoms can include dizziness, lethargy, and drowsiness. User should exit the sauna immediately if experiencing any of these symptoms.
→The use of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications may increase your risk of fatal hyperthermia. Exposure to elevated temperatures while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or prescription medications may lead to unconsciousness.
→Consult your physician before use if you are pregnant, in poor health, or under medical care.
DO NOT UTILIZE THE SAUNA IF SUFFERING FROM ANY OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
→Open Wounds →Eye Diseases
→Dehydration →Severe Sunburns
→Serious Illness of Any Type →Under the Influence of Drugs and/or Alcohol
→Extreme Menstruation →Heat Stroke
→Recent Joint or Muscle Injury (Within Previous 48-Hours)
RECOMMENDED NON-USE: The sauna is not intended for use by persons with reduced/limited physical, sensory, or mental capacities unless supervised by an individual responsible for their safety. It is recommended that the elderly, expectant mothers, young children and those with weakened immune systems avoid using the sauna. If suffering from a heat-related illness, seek medical advice prior to using the sauna. Children over the age of six (6) may use the sauna under strict adult supervision.
HYPERTHERMIA: Hyperthermia occurs when the internal temperature of the body reaches a level several degrees above the normal body temperature of 98.6°F (37°C). Symptoms of hyperthermia include dizziness, drowsiness, and fainting. Effects of hyperthermia include the failure to perceive heat, failure to recognize the need to exit the sauna cabin, unawareness of impending hazard, fetal damage in pregnant mothers, and unconsciousness.
Health Benefits of Using Infrared Saunas
There are many health benefits of infrared saunas. If you are looking for a way to get rid of your body’s toxins and burn calories at the same time, you won’t find a better and safer solution than luxuriating in sweat in an infrared sauna.
The use of heat to perspire and detoxify the body has been practiced by humans throughout history. In fact, you’ll find mentions of thermal therapy across the globe, from Native Americans (who use sweat lodges), to the Mayans to the Ancient Greeks.
Whether you would like to lose weight, purify your skin, sleep better, detox, or you simply want to relax after a long day, infrared saunas have many health benefits which we will discuss below.
Infrared Saunas vs. Traditional Dry Saunas
You might be asking yourself, “What’s so special about infrared saunas?” A lot of people are already familiar with the traditional dry sauna. It relies on warming surfaces inside the sauna to indirectly heat your body. Infrared saunas take this process to a whole new level as they heat your body without heating the room surfaces. Here are some basics:
➝Infrared saunas radiate heat that your skin easily and directly absorbs
➝These heat waves penetrate your tissues and muscles
➝Your core body temperature rises, but at a lower ambient temperature
Basically, infrared saunas make you sweat at a much lower temperature than traditional dry saunas. The cooler temperature, enables your body to sweat out toxins while not getting overheated. This is one very distinct health benefit of infrared saunas. They might actually be safer than a traditional sauna, particularly for people who are overly sensitive to heat.
When you think of losing weight, you probably think of someone huffing and puffing while sweating their way through a workout session. Saunas make you sweat too, but do infrared saunas help you lose weight? Absolutely.
When it comes to weight loss, the real question is, “Do you burn calories in a sauna?” According to clinical studies, you can burn as much as 600 calories in one infrared sauna session. That’s roughly equivalent to jogging or swimming for an hour. Not only do you burn calories, but it boosts your metabolism as well. The body cools itself down after infrared heat makes your core temperature rise. This increases blood flow to the skin surface, so you continue shedding those pounds without much exertion from your part.
Detoxification and Anti-Aging Properties
In addition to infrared sauna weight loss, infrared heat gives you a less expensive and healthy alternative to all of those costly skin creams. Infrared heat promotes collagen growth and healing in the dermis and epidermis layers of your skin. Therefore, you get fewer wrinkles, smaller pores, and better skin tone.
On top of this, when using an infrared home sauna your skin releases unwanted chemicals in the body through sweating. This is known as detoxification, and it can have a deep impact on your immune system. Infrared saunas not only make you look better, but they also make you feel better inside.
Improved Circulation and Lower Blood Pressure
Not only do infrared saunas burn fat, but they improve overall circulation as well. Your peripheral blood vessels dilate as heat goes through your body, similar to what happens during exercise. Circulation to your extremities can be stimulated to twice as fast when you are at rest, which means you get increased circulation and an increased heartbeat simply by sitting inside your infrared sauna.
As infrared saunas improve circulation, they lower your blood pressure at the same time. The heat a sauna emits induces sweating that increases both blood flow and heart rate. Cardiac activity is increased, thereby lowering your blood pressure. A study conducted in Finland over a period of 20 years found that increased sauna use resulted in decreased heart disease in men.
If you have a heart condition, you should ask your doctor if an infrared sauna would provide health benefits for you, or if you should avoid saunas altogether. Do your own research as well for more information on safe sauna use and sauna health benefits.
Pain, Wound, and Arthritis Relief
Another health benefit of infrared saunas is that it can help treat body aches as well as more severe afflictions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other inflammatory conditions. This is due to the ability of infrared waves to penetrate as deep as two inches into joints, tissues, and muscles.
Aside from pain relief, infrared heat also helps accelerate the healing of burns and wounds by boosting cell regeneration and a stronger immune system.
If you’re curious about what health benefits an infrared sauna can provide for you, then these are likely the questions you have in mind:
➝Does an infrared sauna burn fat and calories?
➝Can an infrared sauna help heal pain and wounds?
➝Which bodily processes can be improved through infrared sauna use?
➝Can an infrared sauna help detoxify the cells?
The short answer is yes to all of the above.
Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor. If you have any doubts, consult your physician to determine whether an infrared sauna is right for you. The information we provided above about infrared sauna health benefits has been found through our own online research and thousands of years of anecdotal evidence of people throughout the world using saunas for improving their health.
How Do Infrared Saunas Work?
While electromagnetic spectrum might sound like something straight out of a science fiction book, it is actually something that you encounter every day of your life. The electromagnetic spectrum is the varying degrees that are made up by wavelengths of light. Infrared is part of the spectrum, and is classified into three categories itself: Near, Middle, and Far.
Infrared saunas employ far infrared, known from here on out as FIR. Through the use of this invisible band of light, objects are warmed without warming the air. A great example of how this works: Imagine it is a chilly but sunny winter day. You’re bundled up and you can feel the air around you is cold, but when you stand directly in the sun, you can feel the warmth. The sun is able to warm you without warming the air around you. This is FIR at work. As a matter of fact, over 80% of the sun’s rays are actually infrared. The energy coming from infrared waves are not visible to the human eye, but there are cameras that are able to see these waves, known as infrared cameras.
Infrared As Therapy
Now that we have a technical understanding of what FIR is, let’s look at how it works on the body for healing. Infrared saunas mimic the same infrared frequencies emitted by the sun and the tissues in the human body absorb these waves. This process is called “resonant absorption”, and it occurs when the frequency of the water in the body cells match the frequency of the infrared waves. When this occurs, toxins are released into the blood stream and are excreted from the body. Since the body is absorbing the heat and not the air, the body quickly begins to perspire and release the toxins.
Why Infrared (and not traditional)
The Finnish had a good thing going for them in 1112, but as with many 900 year old technologies, there are better and more efficient technologies. A traditional high-heat sauna can be as hot as 220 degrees and most people simply cannot tolerate such a heat for a great deal of time. Also, those elevated levels of heat result in dried out nasal passages, which can be inflamed and painful after being dried. Water was introduced to relieve this, but the fact remains that having heated air at that level is hard for the body to tolerate. The temperatures in an infrared sauna are typically 100-130 degrees, a much more tolerable (some would even say comfortable) temperature. Science has also shown that these temperatures and this environment encourage a more efficient shedding of toxic material in the body, as evidence in the reduced amount of water in the perspiration and an increased amount of toxins. The resonant absorption experienced in an infrared sauna has also shown to increase the amount of toxins excreted by the liver, kidneys, and even hair.
FIR For Your Health
With benefits that go beyond simple detoxification, infrared saunas are an efficient and relaxing method that creates a more stable body and circulatory system; it aids in weight loss, reduces pain, and reduces stress. We are all grateful to the Finns for getting the ball rolling with the sauna, but the future is now with infrared saunas.