Ahhh, Infrared Sauna
Try it once and you are likely to return for more. Like the sun, the warming rays of an infrared sauna soothe and heal you, on so many levels. As the rays penetrate deep into your body, the heat created within sets off a cascade of healing energy that promotes relaxation, detoxification, and increased circulation, which results in a myriad of healing benefits.
What is an Infrared Sauna?
Infrared saunas use special infrared rays to create a heated environment that enables the elimination of toxins, reducing inflammation for enhanced pain relief, and many other types of health benefits. Prior to a massage these infrared rays relax your body, warming you from within, preparing you to reap greater benefit from your massage. Like traditional saunas, an infrared sauna uses heat to effect positive changes in your body. The primary difference between an infrared sauna and a traditional sauna is that an infrared sauna works to gently heat only your body from deep within, at a lower temperature than a traditional sauna. The traditional sauna heats the entire space, including the air, which can lead to experiencing uncomfortably high temperatures leaving one with a sense of panic or a feeling like you are suffocating. Infrared saunas do not have that stressful effect on your psyche. Instead, they produce a feeling of calmness and peace. Learn how time spent in an infrared sauna can positively impact your health.
Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy
Infrared light saunas imbue your entire body with gentle and beneficial heat, which can enable you to experience healing and overall well-being from head to toe. Consider these advantages of infrared sauna use.
The heat generated in your body during your time in an infrared sauna enables the shedding of toxins. When your core heats and you begin to sweat, toxins like heavy metals and chemicals are released.
2. Anti-Aging and Skin Purification
Your skin can tell the truest story of your overall health. Premature wrinkling, acne, psoriasis and other blemishes can be the result of toxins and bacteria negatively impacting your body. Time in an infrared sauna can help release issues hidden in your skin and make you look – and feel – younger and healthier!
3. Pain Relief
Many different medical issues lead to the pain you feel in your body, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, lupus and migraine headaches. A visit to an infrared sauna can promote muscle relaxation, reduce joint inflammation, and remove toxins that may be exacerbating pain.
Heat from an infrared sauna works to directly combat cortisol, keeping this hormone in check to reduce the feeling of stress and promote relaxation throughout your body.
5. Cell Health
Infrared heat can enable the continuous cleansing of your circulatory system plus the release of toxins, ensuring that your body is able to perform optimally at the cellular level.
6. Improved Circulation
Different health issues can impede circulation throughout your body, from arterial blockages to impingements and sluggish blood transport. The gentle heat generated in your body while in an infrared sauna can help clear blockages, release impingements and encourage healthy blood flow.
7. Lower Blood Pressure
Whether your blood pressure is elevated due to stress or underlying health issues, a trip to an infrared sauna can help to reduce this issue. By helping to promote relaxation, working to release toxins, and providing gentle and comforting heat throughout your body, you can experience both immediate and longer-term reductions in your blood pressure.
8. Weight Loss
Just like aerobic exercise increases your core temperature and heart rate to help shed pounds, the generated heat from an infrared sauna can also lead to burned off calories and weight loss. In addition, shedding toxins, improving underlying health issues like hormonal imbalances and reducing stress levels can also promote weight loss.
9. Wound Healing
Enhanced circulation, disposed toxins, improved cellular health and optimized immune system responses are just some of the benefits that can be achieved through time spent in an infrared sauna – and all of those benefits can enable faster healing for both exposed injuries and internal wounds after surgical interventions.
By Dr. Mercola
Saunas and sweat lodges have a long history of use in many different societies. From the Nordic countries to Central America, saunas have been used in one form or another for centuries. It should come as no surprise then that this long and illustrious history of heating and sweating also comes with a list of benefits to your health. Heat has a profound effect on your heart, brain and skin, and helps release heavy metal toxins from your body. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and your sweat glands are one way of cleansing your skin and releasing toxins that build up in your cells. Public infrared saunas are becoming more popular as research continues to uphold benefits to your health.
Advantage of Pairing Massage
With Infrared Sauna Therapy
The advantages of therapeutic massage therapy are well known and immediately felt: reduced muscle tension, heightened relaxation, broken up lactic acid deposits, and endorphin release. These benefits can be maximized when massage is paired with a complementary therapy, like an infrared sauna. Both therapies work to alleviate issues throughout your entire body. An infrared followed by a massage can both extend the period of time devoted to healing and the lasting aftereffect of the treatments. Experience this advanced healing for yourself by booking a massage with a soak and sauna at Peaceful Waters of Paonia.
Far-infrared heat is beneficial because of its ability to penetrate human tissue. It heats the body directly instead of heating the air, increasing core body temperature and allowing for a much deeper sweat. A far-infrared sauna session before massage means you will be relaxed and your muscles will be warm and receptive to receiving the greatest benefit from your massage.