What is FAR Infrared Sauna?
A FAR Infrared Sauna is a sauna that engages FAR Infrared light to heat the body in an enclosed cabin. FAR infrared rays are emitted from heaters within the sauna. Infrared light is the invisible light which is part of the sun’s spectrum. As humans our visible spectrum goes from red to violet, with the beautiful colors of the rainbow being red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. The infra-red meaning is “below-red” like ultraviolet (UV) means “above-violet. Our infra-red saunas use the far part of the infrared spectrum.
What is the difference between a traditional sauna and infrared sauna?
Traditional saunas use heaters to warm the air and stones within the sauna room. The heat source attains high temperatures which in turn heats the air in the sauna. Most modern saunas are controlled by a thermostat to produce high temperatures. The air in these traditional saunas run between 169 ° to 190 ° F. The body heats up as the hot air fills the room which results in a sweat. These temperatures are extremely high and it is recommended that the session be no longer that 15 minutes. Our infrared saunas use a heater that creates infrared waves that heat the body directly. The infrared rays are the same rays that come from the sun without the UV radiation. The rays penetrate the skin deeply without heating up the air in the room. The temperature within the infrared sauna is around 110 ° to 140 ° F.
How does it work?
The far infrared rays penetrate the skin and cause the body to sweat. Your body absorbs the heat and you begin to perspire allowing toxins to be eliminated through the skin.
Benefits of using a FAR Infrared Sauna
Unlike the traditional dry sauna, which relies on heating the body indirectly through warming surfaces within the sauna, infrared saunas emit heat that is directly absorbed by the skin. As a result, the heat waves are able to penetrate deep within the muscle and tissue, creating a rise in core body temperature at a much lower ambient temperature than the traditional sauna. It is this key difference in heating methodology that gives the infrared sauna its ability to create an environment that promotes a detoxifying sweat at a much lower temperature, unlocking a variety of different health benefits, such as:
ANTI-AGING EFFECTS: Infrared saunas offer a healthy, low-cost alternative to expensive skin creams for those of us seeking the elusive “Fountain of Youth”. Infrared heat penetrates deeply into both the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin, promoting both healing and collagen growth. The result? Reduced wrinkles, minimized pores, and an overall improvement in skin tone.
ARTHRITIS RELIEF: Since the dawn of time, heat therapy has been widely used by individuals suffering from various rheumatic disorders, including arthritis. Recent studies have found that infrared saunas provide relief from pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, as well as an increased range of motion in affected joints.
CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH: Much like exercise, thermal therapy can provide a wide range of cardiovascular benefits, including lowered blood pressure, improved circulation, and enhanced vascular function, to name a few. Clinical studies have also found that frequent sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death, fatal cardiovascular disease and fatal coronary heart disease.
CELLULAR HEALTH: Far-infrared therapy invigorates the circulatory system, allowing it to more efficiently provide oxygenated blood to our body’s cells. This nutrient rich blood optimizes cellular health and functioning, boosting our immune system and strengthening our ability to recover from muscle and tissue injures.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME TREATMENT: Those afflicted by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) can attest to the debilitating nature of the disorder, which is characterized by unexplained fatigue, muscle pain, fever and insomnia. Far-infrared technology offers the promise of a new treatment modality, as several studies have shown that fatigue, sleep disturbance, pain and low-grade fever are all dramatically reduced in individuals undergoing sauna therapy.
DEPRESSION: Symptoms of depression can be extremely varied, and range from feelings of anger and sadness, to a loss of interest in daily activities, to insomnia, fatigue, and trouble concentrating. Thermal therapy has shown great potential as a treatment for those suffering from mild and severe forms of depression, as multiple studies have confirmed that physical and mental complaints, hunger, and relaxation improved in patients suffering from depression and appetite loss.
DETOXIFICATION: The human immune system is based upon a series of biochemical processes, which is a fancy way of saying that the chemicals in our body can have a profound impact on our immune system. One of the most efficient and healthy way to remove unwanted chemicals from our body is through the process of sweating, which allows the pores in our skin to open and expel wastes and toxins. Infrared saunas stimulate the body’s sweat glands, promoting the release of a variety of harmful substances found in our cells.
IMPROVED CIRCULATION: The heat that is distributed throughout the entire body during an infrared sauna session produces a dilation in peripheral blood vessels similar to that seen during exercise. As blood vessels expand in an attempt to cool the body down, circulation to the extremities is markedly improved. In fact, blood flow can be stimulated to nearly twice the speed experienced at rest, resulting in improved circulation with minimal exertion.
LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE: Far-infrared rays have the unique ability to penetrate deeply into our body, inducing a powerful sweat that elevates heart rate and increases blood flow throughout the body. This increase in cardiac activity, similar to that experienced during aerobic activity, has been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure.
PAIN RELIEF: Infrared waves have the unique ability to penetrate nearly 2” deep into muscles, soft-tissue and joints in a way that even the most skilled masseuse cannot. In fact, studies have shown that infrared saunas are highly effective in treating everything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain and stiffness from conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases. Sauna therapy has also been clinically shown to speed up the recovery process in injured athletes.
RELAXATION: You are probably already aware that stress can have a major impact on your health and wellness, both physical and mental. Studies have shown that stress and anxiety can not only exacerbate certain pre-existing medical conditions, but can also wreak havoc upon the immune system, leaving the body and mind vulnerable to a wide range of new afflictions. Mitigating stress and anxiety is crucial to maintaining a healthy, balanced life. The gentle, soothing heat of the infrared sauna is a great way to relax the mind and body, setting the foundation for a happier, healthier you!