The benefits of using an infrared sauna will surprise you!
Using an infrared sauna have many health benefits. For centuries, the Swedes and the Japanese have used methods to stimulate sweating for its health benefits. Using an infrared sauna and incorporating it with a sensible routine can help you with the following:
- Detoxify your system,
- Lose weight,
- Recover faster from exercise,
- Rejuvenate your skin complexion,
- Relax and unwind.
Sounds too good to be true, right? The reality is that an infrared (IR) sauna session helps to produce these results and much more! Read on to learn more…
What is the difference between an Infrared Sauna and a Traditional Steam Sauna?
The main differences between traditional saunas and infrared saunas are:
- How they produce heat,
- The resulting temperatures produced inside the sauna,
- And the Detoxifying effect on the Sauna User.
Traditional saunas produce their heat using electrical heaters or from burning wood and use water to release heat and create steam from heated rocks. As a result, the heat produced in the box has a high humidity and in the temperature range of 50-60 degrees Celsius. At these temperatures, the body’s cooling mechanism of perspiration is immediately triggered and causes sweat to come out of the pores of the skin, which is the purpose of saunas. However, because it’s so hot, the immediate sweating only produces a minimal detoxification effect.
Infrared saunas, as their name implies, produce their heat from heating elements that emit light in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. This is in the harmless end of the spectrum: the infrared rays have longer wavelengths (Between 1000 nm to 0.1cm range) than Visible light (think, the ROYGBIV colours of the rainbow) and Ultraviolet rays (Between 10-400nm).
Infrared saunas produce a cooler range of temperatures in the box: between 40-50 degrees Celsius, which are far more comfortable and relaxing than traditional saunas. The cooler temperatures delay perspiration and helps the infrared rays to penetrate deeper into the skin, resulting in a deeper detoxification effect compared to traditional saunas.
In our daily lives, we are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals that are harmful to our bodies. You may have heard of them: mercury, cadmium, arsenic, phthalates, BPA, to name a few. They are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the by-products of our bodies’ metabolic processes.
Usually, your body eliminates these toxins through your kidneys, bowel, skin and the mucosal linings of the respiratory tract and eyes. However, due to the excessive amount of chemical toxins, it can build up in your body and create a harmful internal environment for your brain, muscles and other tissues. If the body cannot eliminate these toxins, it isolates and sequesters it as far away from the vital organs as possible by storing it in fatty, adipose tissues, such as those found in the skin and brain. A build-up of toxins in the tissues can negatively affect your productivity, your energy levels, your quality of sleep, your resistance to infection and your overall health and function. Long term, it can create and promote chronic diseases like certain cancers.
A toxic environment creates an imbalance in the body’s systems, creating dis-ease and eventual disease. Water retention and subsequent weight gain results from the body’s attempt at diluting the concentration of toxins in the body. Low energy, mood swings and poor concentration can result from poor quality sleep produced from this same toxic internal environment. Overall, a toxic buildup results in a negative momentum causing health to spiral downwards.
Detoxification through sweating is one of the more efficient ways of cleansing the body. Because the body has already sequestered and isolated the toxins in the skin, it can be coaxed into elimination through the body’s process of perspiration from your largest and most effective detoxifying organ: the skin!
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the infrared sauna.
An infrared sauna works by using ceramic tube heaters installed strategically around the cabin to emit far-infrared radiant heat. When this heat is directed to the skin, its specific wavelength allows it to penetrate deeply into the body to warm up and stimulate perspiration.
An infrared sauna differs from a traditional sauna because a traditional sauna heats up the air within the cabin to a high temperature to stimulate perspiration in the body. The high temperature range of traditional saunas, usually between 50-60 degrees Celsius, engulfs the body in hot, humid air that stimulates sweating rapidly. Comparatively, an infrared sauna heats up the body with its radiant heat directed to exposed skin and functions at a lower temperature range of 40-50 degrees Celsius, which heats up the body slower. The difference is that the infrared sauna is able to deeply penetrate and stimulate sweating to leach toxins that are deposited deeper into the skin.
Ceramic tube heaters
Heats the air in the cabin
Radiant heat directed towards the skin
50-60 degrees Celsius
40-50 degrees Celsius
Rate of sweat stimulation
Your session length is your choice. It is advisable to begin with a 30-minute Breve session first to test out your tolerance to the heat and then book a Mezzo or Lunggo session for your subsequent visits.
Just like exercise, the more frequent you do it, the faster and more consistent the results. Having several, frequent sessions in a row helps to kick-start the detoxification process and metabolism boost.
What you wear to your infrared sauna session is your choice. Nudity is acceptable (please sit on a towel on the bench) or you can wear your bathers or underwear. The infrared rays work best when it’s directed towards exposed skin so it’s encouraged to wear as little as possible to expose as much skin as possible.
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