WHAT IS AN INFRARED SAUNA?
Infrared saunas are an effective tool for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue, which in turn produces a host of anti-aging health benefits. This is achieved by specially designed heaters that emit infrared light experienced as radiant heat absorbed by the skin, and results in lower temperatures which makes it accessible to people who can’t tolerate the heat of conventional saunas.
Infrared light is divided into near, middle, and far regions that are based on the different sizes in infrared wavelengths. Near-infrared levels are best for wound healing and increased immune function. Middle-infrared levels are ideal for increasing circulation and promoting muscle relaxation. Far-infrared levels are used primarily for detoxification purposes. Full-spectrum infrared saunas are capable of using all three ranges of infrared to tailor a sauna session specifically for your health needs.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FULL-SPECTRUM INFRARED SAUNA?
Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to eliminate toxins, heal, and stay healthy. Full-spectrum 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. A far-infrared sauna helps eliminate about seven times more toxins than a conventional sauna.
Unlike traditional 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 will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax, de-stress, and even improve your sleep. Infrared sauna will leave you fully refreshed after each session.
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. If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, an infrared sauna can relieve this form of inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing your muscles.
Heating the muscles with infrared light produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. As the heat from infrared saunas increases your core body temperature, your circulation will increase along with it. Regular infrared sauna use, especially using the mid-infrared range, can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate, improve muscle recovery, and decrease pain and inflammation after intense exercise.
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 using an infrared sauna on a regular basis lowers blood pressure.
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.
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 sauna sessions stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone.
The heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core body temperature to increase, which also leads to an increased heart rate – the same increase in heart rate that you experience 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.
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.
Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician or a pharmacist for possible changes in the drugs effect when the body is exposed to infrared waves or elevated body temperature. Diuretics, barbiturates and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics such as amitryptaline may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heat stroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.
The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. When using Infrared Salt Sauna with a child, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature. When using with the elderly, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
Individuals with cardiovascular conditions or problems (hypertension / hypo tension), congestive heart failure, impaired coronary circulation, or those who are taking medications that might affect blood pressure should exercise caution when exposed to prolonged heat. Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow in an effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by thirty (30) beats per minute for each degree increase in core body temperature.
Alcohol / Alcohol Abuse
Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to attempt to “sweat out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment; therefore, he/she may not realize when the body has a negative reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress.
Chronic Conditions / Diseases Associated With a Reduced Ability to Sweat or Perspire
Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumors and Diabetes with Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating.
Hemophiliacs / Individuals Prone To Bleeding
The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
An individual who has a fever is recommended to not use an infrared sauna until the fever subsides.
Insensitivity to Heat
An individual with insensitivity to heat should not use an infrared sauna.
Pregnant women should consult a physician before using an infrared sauna.
Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow.
If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the swollen symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind.
Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you consult your physician if you have a concern prior to using an infrared salt sauna.
Pacemaker / Defibrillator
The magnets used to assemble our wooden saunas can interrupt the pacing and inhibit the output of pacemakers. Please discuss with your doctor the possible risks this may cause.
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