Why is Infrared Sauna Beneficial?
You've likely heard hype around Infrared Saunas before, but maybe you've never learned why.
While models and everyday folks are getting in on the sweaty trend, you might be wondering whether or not these saunas are actually worth the hype.
And hey, you're not alone. As with any highly touted treatment, it's sensible to consider whether or not the benefits are actually real or just a figment of an influencer's paid for reality.
What is it?
Whereas traditional saunas use heating elements to raise the temperature of the air inside, infrared saunas use infrared light to heat your body while the air around you stays unchanged. The result is your core temperature rising without having to sit in a room where the ambient temperature is close to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Some people find this more comfortable than traditional saunas.
Because infrared heat penetrates the tissue versus simply heating the surface of the skin, claims infrared saunas are more effective than traditional saunas at detoxifying the body.
Far, middle and near-infrared wavelengths are all part of the broad infrared healing wavelength spectrum and benefits of infrared saunas
These wavelengths penetrate soft tissue up to an inch and a half, warming the body and opening blood vessels in a process called “vasodilation.”
Infrared is so safe it is regularly used in hospitals to keep newborn babies warm.
Infrared and infrared saunas have been researched and studied for decades. Doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists use infrared every day in clinics and hospitals around the world to ameliorate pain, heal skin conditions, increase flexibility and generally help heal the body.
What are the Benefits?
The powerful heat of the infrared lights promote circulation in the body, which can lead to increased metabolism, muscle and joint pain relief, boosted immune system, and, of course, stress and fatigue reduction. Infrared saunas may also boost collagen production and mood.
Best of all, the mood-boosting benefits are immediate.
Saunas also reduce oxidative stress, which is associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer and degenerative diseases like dementia.
Other Benefits Include:
stress and fatigue
weight loss and calorie burning
relief from sore muscles
muscle aches, arthritis, and joint relief
chronic fatigue syndrome
clear and tighter skin
immune system support
HELP WITH DIABETES
Much has been written about how infrared sauna therapy can aid and support those managing diabetes, because it helps decrease multiple side effects.
These activities include:
Internal organ cleanse
HELP WITH PAIN
One of the many benefits of IR Saunas is helping to relieve inflammation, stiffness and soreness by increasing blood circulation and allowing the deep, penetrating infrared heat to relax muscles and carry off metabolic waste products, while delivering oxygen-rich blood to the muscles for a faster recovery.
Infrared helps warm the muscles for greater flexibility and range of motion, while relieving muscle tension and pain.
Studies have also shown that time spent in an infrared sauna can bring relief from different forms of arthritis.
Radiant heat has been effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other musculoskeletal ailments.
Much of the normal stiffness, aches and pains that come with aging can be lessened with regular sauna usage.
Studies have shown that Infrared Saunas can ease Fibromyalgia pain by 78% !
The penetrating infrared wavelengths from infrared saunas raises the core body temperature, inducing an artificial fever.
A fever is the body’s mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection.
This enhances the immune system, and combined with the improved elimination of toxins and wastes via intense sweating, it can increase overall health and resistance to disease.
Health Conditions which BENEFIT from IR Saunas
Regular sessions can help those with:
high blood pressure
congestive heart failure
improves asthma symptoms
Did you know that getting into the sauna 3-5 times per week may actually be able to treat Hashimoto's thyroiditis?
The thyroid is a small organ in your neck which has the vital task of keeping your metabolism regulated. Since it is responsible for synthesizing hormones with such broad functions, whenever there are any issues with the thyroid gland, the effects are seen all over the body. Therefore, disorders that involve the thyroid gland represent a huge burden to those who suffer from them.
In the last few years, a new technique has been shown to significantly improve the quality of life of those who suffer from thyroid conditions.
The most common cause of hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto thyroiditis. This is an inflammatory process where your own body creates antibodies against parts of your thyroid gland and attacks it. As a result, the structure and functionality of the thyroid gland are compromised and the hormone production decreases abruptly.
Some studies have shown that infrared therapy has a beneficial effect on patients with chronic thyroiditis, which includes promoting thyroid function. It has been reported that after continuous infrared sessions, patients end up needing lower doses of their medication to achieve control thyroid control. Some of them are able to abandon treatment after 9 months.
Researchers have also found a decrease in levels of antibodies after treatment with infrared waves. There have been attempts to explain this effect, with some scientists attributing this clinical improvement to the regeneration of thyroid follicular cells, where thyroid hormones are synthesized. Others have reported an amelioration of thyroid vascularization. Therefore, the gland has better circulation, helping in improving its function.
People with hypothyroidism have a very low metabolism and as a result, their sweat production is decreased. This has some clinical implications since sweating is one of the most efficient ways our bodies have to release toxins.
By reducing sweat production, chemicals like pesticides and herbicides can build up in your body and affect your health. In these cases, infrared saunas can help by increasing your body temperature and making you sweat, which will result in your body getting the detox it has been desperately needing for some time.
Is It Safe For Everyone?
Those with the following conditions are not recommended for IR Sauna use:
Pregnant or Trying to Conceive
Ingesting Stimulants, Tranquilizers, or Alcohol
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, check with your healthcare provider before starting an infrared sauna routine.
*Certain Thyroid Issues and autoimmune disorders may benefit from ELT over IR sauna. Please, reach out to us so we may guide you through your options.
What to Expect?
A sauna session will involve you relaxing for 15-30 minutes in our IR Sauna blanket.
How long you relax in the sauna depends on your heat tolerance. If you cannot remain inside the blanket for a full 30 minutes, then you may exit at any time!
We will keep a check on you throughout the process to ensure you're not overheating (everyone is different!).
The temperature will also be based on your tolerance (we can go low or higher).
You can choose to wear whatever you like in the sauna - swimsuits, full clothes, underwear. Your choice. Just be sure you bring a change of clothes because you'll sweat through it all!
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!!