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Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal & stay healthy. Far 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.
Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna benefits include therapy that helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.
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 the infrared sauna benefits using an infrared sauna a couple times a week lowers blood pressure.
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 treatments stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone.
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.
Studies have shown that benefits of an infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! 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.
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.
Heating the muscles with infrared rays produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Regular infrared sauna use—especially in the mid infrared range—can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate.
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.
Benefits in Far Infrared Sauna
Far infrared sauna holds benefits in detoxification and relaxation and is now a much safer treatment to consider. The infrared saunas use an extremely low EMR (electromagnetic radiation) and EF (electrical field). In addition the Evenheat system ensures each part of your body is warmed up evenly. This provides comfort and a complete body detoxification without the risks of needless exposure to EF and EMR.
The Benefits In Sweating
Yoga is a type of discipline that acknowledges the benefits in sweating to stay healthy. Sweating causes an improvement in blood flow, relaxes overworked or tight muscles and causes arteries to dilate. Sweating causes “white” blood cells to produce, which strengthens your immune system and toxins are easily flushed out of the body through the pores in the skin.
When using Far infrared sauna the air temperature is set to your comfort, while safe infrared waves penetrate into the body. These waves, warm your body outside and inside simultaneously. This process allows you to detoxify more comfortably for longer periods of time. Once the treatment is completed you will feel more balanced, healthier and stronger.
The Many Benefits of Far Infrared Saunas
So what is the difference between an infrared sauna and any other sauna?
Traditional saunas are basically a room with a heater. They are heated by wood burning, a gas stove, hot rocks from a fire, an electric coil or a gas heater. These saunas operate at high temperatures but only heat the surface of the body, mainly by convection. They were originally designed for drug and alcohol detoxification.
Far infrared heaters, on the other hand, are heated by metallic or ceramic elements that emit a narrow spectrum of mainly far infrared energy. They were introduced in the early 1980’s and use radiant energy that heats the body from the inside as well as the surface. Research shows that the infrared can penetrate about 3.5 – 4cm into the body and for this reason they get great results at much lower temperatures. Not only is the cooler temperature more comfortable for people, but far infrared also cleanses the tissues more effectively. The heat is not just effective for bacteria die-off (by creating an artificial fever), but has a whole host of other detoxification effects, as it allows the skin to detoxify toxins, including heavy metals, more effectively, essentially taking pressure off the internal detoxification organs. In many infrared saunas, there is the option to turn on the colour therapy, which is an ancient and often highly effective healing modality. Different spectrums of light provide different healing qualities, including nourishment of vital organs, emotional release and the movement of chi/vital energy from the head down the body, where we are often deficient, to improve healing capacity.
How does an infrared Sauna help your health?
Saunas provide many benefits. In Australia, saunas are not used as regularly as in other parts of the world to improve health. In many European countries there are many health recovery centres around that include saunas to improve healing, recovery and optimisation of health. Some of the many benefits include:
· Sweat releases heavy metals, chemicals, radioactive particles and other toxins
· Improves circulation
· Enhances immune system
· Relieves internal congestion
· Destroys microbes (bacteria, viruses, tumors, fungi, parasites)
· Gives the body the effect of gentle exercise without the exertion
· Relaxes tight muscles
· Cleanses the skin
· Heals infections
· Improves alkalinity of your system
· Improves your DNA
· Decreases swelling in the body
· Normalises enzymatic function
· Assists weight loss programs
· Fights aging by boosting the metabolism and releasing toxins
· Reduces stress by inhibiting the sympathetic nervous system (fright/flight system)
· Balances the autonomic nervous system to enhance parasympathetic activity (rest and digest), which is essential for healing
Phases of Healing in an Infrared Sauna:
The effects occur in two phases:
Phase 1: the body temperature remains at basal level and sweating is minimal to light. Although tissue heating occurs, the body is able to dissipate the extra heat by increasing circulation and shunting blood to the skin in order to release heat instead of increasing body temperature.
Phase 1 sauna effects: inhibition of sympathetic nervous system (stress), light sweating, pain relief, improved circulation due to dilation of blood vessels, improved oxygenation, muscle relaxation, improved flexibility of tendons and ligaments & internal organ congestion relief.
Phase 2: After 10-30 minutes*: the body can no longer dissipate the heat of the sauna, which causes the body temperature to rise. Heart rate and sweating increase, and blood is shunted to the surface more forcefully. It can recreate the feeling of a fever including the light-headedness and laboured breathing. Start slow and build up your tolerance as the greatest effects occur in Phase 2.
(*Note – Phase 2 begins at different times depending on your health and your acclimatisation to the sauna. If you want to know when your Phase 2 starts, you can measure your temperature, as basal temperature jumps up quite quickly once your body can no longer deal with the heat! Most people have a basal or resting temperature around 37.5? C. Once you see your temperature jump above your resting temperature, then you know you have gone into Phase 2).
Phase 2 sauna effects: all the benefits of Phase 1 plus increased body temperature which hastens the death of weaker cells, increased heart rate and circulation, disabling of pathogenic microorganisms.
Do the effects of the sauna continue even after I am out?
Your basal temperature can stay elevated for up to 15 minutes after your sauna. If it suddenly drops back down to basal level, you may feel lightheaded or tired for 10-15 minutes. Therefore, resting for 10-15 minutes post-sauna is important to give your body a better opportunity to gradually return to normal functioning.
What does sauna therapy mean?
It means that you are following set protocols to achieve a specific healing goal; this is usually associated with regular use. Although saunas can be used any time, once a week is good for maintenance. To release toxic loads, a year of sauna therapy is often required, but intermittent use still has its benefits, of course. Those that are chronically ill often need a therapy program of at least one to two years.
How do I prepare for a sauna session?
1. Ideally wait until 1-2 hours after a meal
2. Drink at least half a litre of water BEFORE starting your sauna
3. Bring towels with you to sit on and wipe your sweat
4. Bring your swimmers to wear if you are sharing the sauna
5. Bring a bottle of water to sip on during the sauna
6. Some places allow you to bring a CD with music/meditation/visualisations
7. Remove all jewelry and as much of your clothing as possible to get the maximum effect of the infrared rays
Please note that you are detoxing even as the infrared sauna is heating up – you don’t need to have the infrared sauna at the maximum heat to get the full benefit. Remember the heat is NOT as hot as an air sauna, but the benefits are believed to be as good, if not greater.
What do I do during a sauna?
1. Ideally, move around every few minutes so different parts of your body are directly exposed to the infrared and colour panels.
2. Especially keep your hands open as much as possible as many of the acupuncture and reflex points are on the palms of the hands.
3. If you feel light headed or dizzy, or your body releases odours that are unpleasant, open the door slightly or sit outside until it passes.
4. Relax and focus on your breathing at all times. The sauna is a great place to meditate and do visualisations.
5. Keep sipping your water throughout the session to remain hydrated.
What do I do after I have finished my sauna?
1. Brush your skin, including the face and scalp, with a body brush or loafer, if you have one.
2. If it is possible to shower, do so as soon as you get out in order to wash off any lingering toxins. Ideally, the shower should be cool to warm but preferably not hot (if you can’t shower, just wipe yourself down with a wet towel).
3. Ideally, avoid using any soap, shampoo or moisturiser after your sauna as it can block up the lovely open pores of the skin and stop the post-sauna detox effect.
4. Drink another 500ml of water over 10-30 minutes.
5. Resting for 10-30 minutes after your sauna is ideal. It helps transition the body back to homeostasis (balance) and decreases the chance of lightheadedness or fatigue later in the day.
6. You may need to replace vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium, when you first start doing sauna therapy. See your health care professional for further information and testing.
7. Many health practitioners recommend taking kelp after a sauna to provide electrolyte and trace mineral replacement as well as assistance for internal detoxification processes.
When is the best time to have a sauna?
Anytime is fine, however, research supports having a sauna first thing in the morning or just before bed to be more effective. Since the autonomic nervous system is less stressed, the positive effects are greater at these times.
Can I have a sauna on my own?
Yes, it is safe to have a sauna on your own. However, if you are chronically ill or feel nervous, then it’s best to bring a friend or family member with you. They can join you!
Are there any cautions or contraindications for sauna use?
Not really, but young children and the elderly as well as those with the following conditions require extra care when using a sauna:
· Dental amalgams
· Past use of LSD or other psychotropic drugs
· Multiple Sclerosis
· Respiratory conditions
· Acute infections
· Lymph node removal
· Prostheses, silicone implants or metallic pins
· Sensory nerve damage
· Pregnancy* and breastfeeding
· Chronically ill
· Anyone taking pharmaceutical medications
*Saunas are not recommended during pregnancy
Am I likely to have any reactions after the sauna?
Healthy people generally don’t have too many reactions. Anyone that is toxic in any way (surprisingly, most of us are) or sick can have what we call a healing reaction. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
• Aches and Pains
• Bowel symptoms (usually increased)
• Odours – can be from your breath, sweat or vaginal/seminal discharge
• Computer sensitivity
Are their specific protocols for sauna use?
The key is to determine your goal before you start a sauna therapy program. Using a sauna sporadically will help, but you aren’t going to achieve any long-lasting results that way. Anyone who has a chronic illness, a very stressful lifestyle, or who is undergoing weight loss or detoxification will particularly benefit from a regular sauna program. Combining sauna use with other health care modalities, such as massage, chiropractic, naturopathy, acupuncture, counseling, herbal medicine, Pilates and Yoga, is ideal.
General protocol for Lyme and Chronic Disease
1. Start with 20-30 minutes 3-7 times a week for 3-12 months (if you’re really sick, then start with 5-15 minutes).
2. Slowly build up to 60 minutes for each session.
3. Once you can do 60 minutes (ideally daily), you should start doing saunas twice daily if you have the access and the time.
4. Resting or sleeping after you have had a sauna is recommended.