What is an Infrared Sauna?
Saunas have been helping people relax and detox their bodies for thousands of years. Infrared saunas use both heat and light waves to achieve maximum health benefits through sweat and releasing toxins from the body.
How long does it take to start receiving the benefits of an Infrared Sauna?
In as little as 15-20 minutes you can gain many of the natural benefits from infrared sauna treatments. 30 minutes is the average recommended timeframe to spend in a sauna to receive the full benefits, however when you are no longer comfortably relaxing, you should end your session for the day. Listen to your body.
What are the health benefits of Infrared Saunas?
Saunas reduces blood pressure, increase oxygen as well as circulation. This combination improves many areas of health such as chronic tension headaches, depression, and heart health; lowering risks of heart attacks and heart disease!
Because of the increased blood flow, more oxygen gets to the body, which assists with lessening chronic pain, decreasing muscle/joint pain, and aiding in athletic recovery.
Speaking of increased blood flow benefits:
- Improved sleep by releasing endorphins and relaxing muscles!
- Increase relaxation due to heat relaxed muscles and a brain that is receiving all that extra blood and oxygen!
- Improved immunity: as circulation increases, so do your white blood cells which fight off illness! Not to mention the added heat benefits of a sauna which help to flush out impurifications!
Infrared saunas increase the amount of sweating that occurs while using lower heat than traditional saunas. More sweat means that your body rids itself of more toxins. One way that this is exceptionally beneficial is with your bodies removal of bacteria, for the previously mentioned immunity benefits but also for clearer skin. Pair this with the increased blood flow and your skin will be rejuvenated as the rate of skin cell turnover will also increase, leaving you with fresh healthy skin from head to toe!
All of these sauna side effects (sweating, increased circulation and oxygen, etc.) aids in actual weight loss! Yes, you will lose water weight through sweating however, as your bodies temperature rises so will your heart rate (some studies show to the same rate same as in cardio exercise). Your body will begin to work to your temperature and will burns calories in doing so! A study covered in the Journal of the American Medical Association supported that 30 minutes in a sauna can burn as many as 600 calories! That’s a happy workout!
What should I know before using an infrared Sauna?
- Drink water before and after your sauna session to keep your body levels healthy even with increased sweating.
- Do not overstay your welcome. Start with 5-10 minutes in the sauna. If you get too warm for comfort or get dizzy, it’s time to get out. Work up to your desired length of time.
- Rinse all those toxins away afterward! You don’t want them clogging your newly purified skin!