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Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to eliminate toxins, heal, and stay healthy. Saunas, whether conventional or infrared, are largely known for the detoxifying effects. But full-spectrum infrared saunas (near, mid, and far-infrared ranges) also boast a number of other health benefits for your wellbeing.

Infrared saunas differ from conventional saunas by using infrared light to heat the body directly without warming the surrounding air (see previous blog post ”Introduction to Infrared Sauna”). The use of infrared light means that infrared saunas operate at temperatures lower than conventional saunas. This makes an infrared sauna experience more effective, comfortable, and accessible. Infrared saunas also cause reactions similar to those elicited by moderate exercise. They also can help your body release a number of toxins and environmental chemicals. But the benefits don’t stop there. With full-spectrum infrared sauna you can relax, relieve unwanted pain, increase circulation, lose weight, and purify your skin. The following are just a few of the health benefits of full-spectrum infrared sauna.


Infrared sauna benefits the body by heating it directly. This causes a rise in core body temperature, and results in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level where toxins reside. Conventional saunas result in a sweat consisting of about 97% water and only 3% toxins. With far-infrared sauna, those numbers approach 80% water and 20% toxins. This makes the far-infrared sauna about seven times more effective at eliminating toxins than a conventional sauna.


Unlike conventional saunas, which operate at extremely high temperatures, an infrared sauna produces a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep tissue sweat. Infrared sauna promotes relaxation by helping to balance cortisol levels, the body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna also will help relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to de-stress and improve your sleep.

Pain Relief

Infrared heat penetrates tissues, 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. Infrared heat therapy also can speed up recovery time from injury or surgery. Infrared sauna relieves inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.

Cardio, Improved Circulation, and Lower Blood Pressure

Heating the muscles with infrared light produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. As the heat from infrared sauna increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase. Regular infrared sauna use can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise. Infrared saunas induce a deep sweat to make the heart pump faster. This, in turn, increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure, and helps circulation. Scientific studies show using an infrared sauna on a regular basis can even lower blood pressure.

Weight Loss

The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core body temperature to increase, which also leads to an increased heart rate similar to that experienced when exercising. 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, and resulting in weight loss. Studies have shown that a 30-minute infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 600 calories.

Anti-Aging & Skin Health and Purification

The near-infrared wavelength is the most effective wavelength for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Near-infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system and more fully oxygenates 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. Near-infrared sauna sessions stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. Scientific research has concluded that near-infrared sauna 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.

These are just a few of the many health benefits of infrared sauna. If you would like to learn more about full-spectrum infrared saunas, visit us on the web at, or give us a call at 704-313-8678. We are happy to discuss the many benefits of infrared sauna and book a sauna session for you!

Disclaimer: Respira Vita is proud to feature Sunlighten Full-spectrum Infrared Saunas. The information provided on this page is taken from the Sunlighten website. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. The information provided by this website is for general informational purposes only. Respira Vita recommends that a trusted health care professional be consulted before beginning any treatment for any medical condition.

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