Just about everyone can safely use, enjoy and benefit from infrared therapy, and there are extensive reasons why different people from all walks of life invest in it religiously.
Relieved muscle soreness, detoxification, skin purification, increased metabolism and a boosted immune system are but some of the benefits that can be experienced from infrared sauna treatment.
And at the very least, 45 minutes without traffic, emails or screaming kids, in a little warm bubble all alone, can relax and soothe even the most stressed person and lower cortisol levels immensely.
What is an Infrared Sauna?
To understand an infrared sauna, you first have to understand what infrared is. Infrared light refers to the wavelength of energy that we feel as heat.
You might not know that infrared heat can be felt from natural sources such as fire or hot sand at the beach and even other human beings. Basically, infrared is everywhere and is natural, with the largest natural source being the sun itself.
Light that we can see has a range of different wavelengths. Infrared light does too, even though it’s invisible to the human eye.
A full spectrum infrared sauna is made up of three different waves that each have different characteristics and frequency ranges:
- near infrared waves (NIR),
- mid infrared waves (MIR), and
- far infrared waves (FIR).
The human body can benefit from infrared waves because they increase the body’s thermal energy.
The infrared sauna was born as a small wooden and glass enclosure that has infrared heaters set up inside. The beauty of an infrared sauna is that it provides heat shock proteins which are very beneficial, in a controlled environment, that allows you to be comfortable and in control while getting your sweat on.
The sun’s rays penetrate the skin and can deeply activate the body’s sweat glands. On a cellular level, unwanted toxins and substances are dissolved and released as sweat, effectively revitalising your body’s cells and metabolism. Infrared saunas mimic this procedure without the harmful side-effects from prolonged exposure to the sun.
Who Uses Infrared Saunas?
Infrared saunas can be beneficial to basically the whole population – even down to newborn babies.
Infrared therapy is so safe that it is regularly utilised by specialists in hospitals to ensure that newborn babies keep warm. Infrared has been studied, researched and used by many for decades.
Doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors use infrared therapy every single day on patients all over the world to help heal the body of pain, treat skin conditions, relieve muscles and increase flexibility. Infrared treatments already have widespread medical applicability, and there are actually specific doctor and hospital insurance billing codes for infrared treatments.
Geriatric folks such as your grandma or grandpa can greatly benefit from the pain relief and muscle and joint recovery that is a byproduct of an infrared sauna session. Consistent infrared sauna therapy can minimise joint pain and stiffness, arthritis symptoms, bursitis, strains, sprains, and muscles spasms because it reduces the inflammation in the body.
Infrared saunas increase circulation by raising the body’s core temperature, and as a result, blood flows better and more optimally. Improved circulation promotes muscle relaxation and repair and also improves mobility.
When your blood is circulating optimally, waste products (like lactic acid) can be removed from the body quicker. Oxygen-rich blood is delivered to the muscles quicker, which means that they can use it to recover faster.
What’s the Difference Between an Infrared Light Sauna and a Traditional Sauna?
The main difference between a traditional sauna and an infrared sauna is that steam saunas make use of heat to increase the temperature of the air, which inevitably warms your body, but an infrared sauna heats the body directly but the air surrounding you doesn’t become unpleasant or unbearable.
The main reason why people were initially drawn to the benefits of traditional saunas is that they cause sweat, a reaction similar to when you exercise. An infrared sauna session is therefore more appealing to most people because it produces those results at much lower temperatures than a standard sauna, making it accessible to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to tolerate the heat of a steam sauna. And, you can experience prolonged benefits because you can stay in an infrared sauna for longer.
What Benefits Can One Experience From Undergoing Consistent Infrared Sauna Therapy?
Like with most things in life, consistency is key. You can’t expect to experience all these amazing benefits after just one session. Feel Good Nation recommends treatment at least once or twice a week, but more often is better.
Benefits that can be experienced include:
- Boosted immune system
- Deep relaxation
- Elevated mood
- Improved circulation
- Improved sleep
- Muscles and joint pain relief
- Regulated blood pressure
- Rejuvenated and tighter skin
- Weight loss
You can optimise your infrared sauna session by exposing as much skin as possible to the infrared lights. Swimwear is generally the best option for maximum skin exposure. Remember, achieving a deeper sweat means whatever you’re wearing will get sweated on. We supply a towel and a face towel which you are free to use during the session.
Infrared saunas are backed by extensive scientific research with a range of perceptible health benefits.
They are a non-invasive way to relieve stress and pain, improve general well being and health overall. The lower temperatures are much more tolerable than a conventional sauna, yet a deeper and more intense sweat is achieved.
There are very few people who won’t find 45 minutes of warm fuzzy peace beneficial, and people with chronic illnesses or medical conditions should consult their doctor before engaging.
Feel Good Nation encourages the rest of the population to give it a shot – what do you really have to lose? Quite frankly, there’s a fair amount more to gain.
Contact us today to discuss any questions you might have and book a consultation to give it a try.
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