What is an Infrared Sauna?
Infrared sauna also called infrared therapy uses infrared heaters to emit infrared light experienced as radiant heat which is absorbed by the surface of the skin. Our Blissfusion wellness lounge saunas heat the body primarily by conduction and convection from the heated air and by radiation of the heated surfaces in the sauna room. Unlike a traditional sauna, infrared saunas don’t heat the air around you. Instead, they use infrared lamps (that use electromagnetic radiation) to warm your body directly. Some of the benefits of infrared sauna use are better sleep, relaxation, detoxification, weight loss, relief from sore muscles, relief from joint pain such as arthritis, clearer and tighter skin and improved circulation.
Infrared Sauna Benefits
The Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver found that infrared sauna therapy can help keep blood pressure within healthy levels, lower cholesterol, reduce chronic pain and be of therapeutic value to patients with chronic congestive heart disease (CHD). A study published in the Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society showed that infrared sauna therapy reduced heart arrhythmias and the symptoms of chronic heart failure in patients with cardiovascular disease.
Immune System Support
The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes in a sauna carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and clean. Increased circulation draws the skin’s own natural nutrients to the surface for a natural glow.Many clients report improved skin tone, color, elasticity and texture. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to help improve acne, eczema, psoriasis, and aid wound healing with reduced scarring.
Infrared saunas can help increase blood circulation and stimulate the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins in the body. Daily sauna sweating can help detoxify the body as it releases heavy metals (lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid and other organic and inorganic compounds. t has been known for decades that sweating is a wonderful way to get rid of stored chemicals.
Stress And Fatigue Reduction
Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of an infrared sauna will help one feel relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed. Many infrared sauna customers comment on how much they look forward to their sauna session. An infrared sauna sanctuary provides a great time to relax. It’s like having a day spa in the home that’s open all the time. nfrared saunas have been shown to affect the autonomic nervous system by putting the user in the parasympathetic (rest and digest) state, allowing the body to heal and restore itself.
Muscle Aches And Joint Pain
Too much of anything can take its toll, including exercise. The benefits of infrared saunas include helping 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. nfrared 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.
Weight Loss And Increased Metabolism
An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association has stated that regular use of an infrared sauna imparts a similar boost to the cardiovascular system as running. While relaxing in the gentle heat, the benefits of infrared sauna include the body producing sweat, pumping blood and burning calories. This is called a “passive aerobic workout,” because although the body is receiving all these benefits, it is not being stressed in the same way as a normal workout. The body is more relaxed and is in parasympathetic mode during that time. As the body increases sweat production to cool itself, the heart works harder to pump blood while boosting circulation. This increase in metabolism is also burning more calories. A 30-minute infrared sauna session can burn somewhere between 300–800 calories.