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HEAT UP, HEAL UP!
There’s nothing quite like a 20-minute sweat session in a sauna. You feel more relaxed and rested after you’re done, and the heat helps relieve sore muscles and improves your overall health and well-being.
Keep reading to learn some of the benefits of infrared heat therapy.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
An infrared sauna differs from a traditional sauna in that it warms you from the inside out, instead of sitting in a hot room. With an infrared sauna, individual panels produce infrared waves that penetrate human tissue. As a result, your body heats up before the air heats up.
Thus infrared saunas can operate at a lower environmental temperature than a traditional sauna. You end up sweating more, but with a lower temperature since you can tolerate the environment longer. Your core body temperature can go up as much as two to three degrees in an infrared sauna.
BENEFITS OF INFRARED HEAT THERAPY
01 STRESS AND SLEEP DEPRIVATION
Sleep loss and sleep deprivation cause a surprising amount of illnesses. If you can find any way to rest more and relax more, you will avoid a myriad of problems like those caused by sleep deprivation.
Infrared heat saunas have proven themselves to be effective in helping clients deal with stress. You can feel the stress fall off you in waves as you sweat through a sauna session.
Body temperature is a significant factor in getting a good night's sleep. You need to have a cool body temperature to fall asleep.
You can hack your body temperature by warming it up in an infrared sauna and then allowing it to cool quickly. When you do this, the quick cool-down jump-starts your brain into thinking it's time to go to sleep. So an infrared sauna benefits your sleep habits.
Better sleep means a better life. Your mood is lighter, and your immune system is stronger. You may still have the same stress-inducing problems, but you can handle them better when you've had a good night's sleep.
A sauna session can be likened to giving your body a bath from the inside. When you sit in a sauna of any form, be it a traditional sauna or an infrared sauna, you sweat out the toxins in your body. Your sweat is a good thing because it's your body's way of cooling down your body, while eliminating the toxins lurking in your body.
You can do your best to live a clean life, eating organic food, and using only natural products. But the basic act of living in any environment means you'll take in environmental toxins. You can release those toxins through a good sauna session.
Infrared saunas do an even better job of helping you detox than traditional saunas. Traditional saunas heat the air around you, making the room hot and often difficult to breathe.
In an infrared sauna, infrared light penetrates your fat tissue and into your muscles deeper than the heat of a conventional sauna - heating you, instead of the air around you. As a result, your body releases more toxins, and you either sweat them out, or they're eliminated through other organs like your kidneys or colon.
03 SORE MUSCLES
A study of ten physical education students revealed the deep penetration of infrared heat you experience in an infrared sauna results in positive neuromuscular system recovery from a maximum endurance performance.
In other words, anyone who pushes themselves to the max will find sore muscle relief from an infrared sauna session. Infrared heat penetrates three to four centimeters into the fat tissue and neuromuscular system, meaning it can deliver heat relief to sore muscles much faster than a traditional sauna.
So the heat does more than just make you sweat- it treats your sore muscles. And helps them grow.
It’s been shown that two back-to-back sauna sessions at 80 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes boosts growth hormone levels twofold, and that two sessions for one hour a day can cause an incredible 16-fold increase in growth hormone levels. These are tremendous gains for those looking to increase their muscle mass.
Plus, the heat of the infrared sauna is more easily tolerated because the heat is directed at your body, and not at the air. So you can enjoy sitting in a relatively comfortable environment, temperature wise, while muscles recover.
04 JOINT PAIN
Studies are showing improved joint pain relief with consistent infrared sauna sessions. One study treated rheumatoid arthritis patients with infrared sauna sessions twice a week for four weeks.
After four weeks, patients reported decreased pain and stiffness and improved functionality. They also had less fatigue and more general comfort, thanks to infrared sauna treatments.
A session in an infrared sauna can help improve circulation.
Heat in general improves blood flow by dilating blood vessels, allowing nutrient rich blood to circulate more freely. By immersing the body in the heat of an infrared sauna, it improves circulation all over your body.
If you struggle with circulation issues, such as constantly cold fingers and toes, swelling in the extremities, constant cramps and pain, or even numb appendages, an infrared sauna session can help.
06 CHRONC FATIGUE SYNDROME
While the causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are still being investigated, the symptoms are well known. An infrared sauna session can help combat the extreme fatigue, headaches, pain and mental fog that are symptoms associated with CFS. And can keep it away.
Scientific evidence shows that sauna treatments for CFS can have both immediate, and long term benefits. One study treated CFS sufferers with regular sauna visits 3 days a week for 12 weeks, as well as twice weekly underwater exercise. Every single patient reported significant reductions in pain and other symptoms.
A 6 month follow up interview after the completion of the treatment revealed that participants were still enjoying an up to 68% reduction in pain and CFS symptoms.
07 BLOOD PRESSURE
Several German studies have indicated that dry saunas like infrared saunas can reduce hypertension or lower blood pressure. One study took a group of 46 hypertensive men and had them take in two sauna sessions a week for three months. On average, these men's blood pressure went from 166/101 to 143/92.
Scientists compare this drop to the same drop average individuals experience when they take medication to lower their blood pressure.
Saunas are beneficial to heart health not just because they increase circulation, but they also increase the heart’s stroke volume. By pumping more blood with each stroke, the heart is able to function more efficiently, beating fewer times and with less pressure.
If you suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure and are wary of the unpleasant side effects that come with blood pressure medication, speak to your primary care provider about how regular infrared sauna treatments can help lower your blood pressure naturally.
08 WEIGHT LOSS
Not only do you burn calories in an infrared sauna, but it boosts your metabolism as well. The body cools itself down after the infrared heat makes your core temperature rise. This increases blood flow to the skin surface, so you continue shedding those pounds without much exertion on your part.
09 DETOXIFYING AND ANTI-AGING
In addition to infrared sauna weight loss, infrared heat gives you a less expensive and healthy alternative to all of those costly skin creams. Infrared heat promotes collagen growth and healing in the dermis and epidermis layers of your skin. Therefore, you get fewer wrinkles, smaller pores, and better skin tone.
On top of this, when using an infrared home sauna your skin releases unwanted chemicals in the body through sweating. This is known as detoxification, and it can have a deep impact on your immune system. Infrared saunas not only make you look better, but they also make you feel better inside.
HOW TO USE AN INFRARED SAUNA
Make sure you’re hydrated before going into an infrared sauna. Drink a glass of water before your session. You can also bring water into the sauna, especially if you’re sensitive to higher heats.
How you dress is your choice. Some people will wear bathing suits, while others prefer to go in naked.
Relax, read, meditate, listen to your own music through our sauna Bluetooth speakers, or visit with friends. Just don’t go to sleep.
When your session is done, it’s suggested that you take your time and let your body cool down. Once cooled down, feel free to take a shower or bath. Just make sure you are drinking plenty of water.
BETTER WHEN COMBINED!
Combine your Infrared Sauna session with our all new Copacabana shower! A shower designed to relax and renew your body after the infrared heat treatment.
During this service you will enjoy a refreshing body wash with a cool water temperature, followed by our Brazilian essential oil combination tailored to boost the benefits of your sauna session and get you ready to keep going with your day.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW
BEFORE INDULGING IN YOUR FIRST SESSION
Avoid using an infrared sauna if you’ve been drinking alcohol or using any drugs
If you feel ill or have a fever, it’s best to wait to use the sauna until you’re feeling better.
Using an infrared sauna will cause you to sweat a lot, so you may feel lightheaded when you stand up. If this happens, make sure you get up slowly and sit down once you leave the sauna. Drink water immediately after finishing your session and wait for your body to cool down before doing anything else.
If you have any health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, or are under medical care, get cleared by your doctor before your first session.