What is Infrared Therapy and How Does it Work?


Infrared heat is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum, which allows people to harness the benefits of the sun, without being exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays. Infrared light also comes in several forms, Near, Mid, and Far Infrared. Each form offers unique wellness perks that together provide a holistic approach to better mind and body. Also, infrared therapy is safe and effective, without adverse side effects. As a matter of fact, infrared light is safe and is used even for infants in the neonatal intensive care.


Benefits Include:

Cell Health

Infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system, causing the heart to beat more vigorously and blood vessels to dilate, which help cleanse the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells. Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system.

Blood Pressure

 In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City,  far infrared heaters were shown to lower blood pressure through a program of 30 minute infrared sauna session 3 times per week. The study concluded that infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining, thus increasing circulation to promote healthy blood pressure.

Circulation

Infrared Saunas heats your body temperature from the heat of the sauna which causes blood vessels to dilate, therefore increasing blood circulation. Infrared Saunas also heat your muscles with infrared rays and produces an increase in blood flow similar to regular exercise. In fact, blood flow during infrared sauna use has been reported to rise from a normal rate of 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute. 

Pain Relief

You too can toss the pain pills and step into one of our healing infrared saunas to relieve tension and relax your muscles. Infrared sauna heat works by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, our Infrared saunas reduce muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally and efficiently.

Relaxation

Infrared therapy soothes your mind by enveloping your body in relaxing warmth, allowing you to not only loosen your body, but loosen your mind. Practicing mindful meditation while in a sauna therapy session can also help with mental stress reduction. Alone time is maximized with a sauna therapy session, giving you an opportunity to reflect and move on from the stressors of the day.

Natural Anti-Aging

A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of sauna skin therapy using near-infrared technology. Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness

Weight Loss

  During a sauna weight loss session, core temperatures increase. The body has to work hard to cool itself, causing a healthy sweat. Using an infrared sauna increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, burning more calories, leading to more weight loss. Blood flow rises, increasing from 5-7 quarts up to 13 quarts a minute and produces an increase in blood flow similar to regular exercise!

Detoxification

Far Infrared saunas are believed to be more effective in moving toxins through the skin than traditional saunas because in a far infrared sauna only 80 to 85% of the sweat is water with the non-water portion being cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins while traditional sauna sweat is 95 to 97% water with salt making up a part of the rest. Regular usage of a Infrared sauna detox will provide a truly deep, productive sweat where toxins reside, at the cellular level.

Wound Healing

Studies conducted by NASA concluded that Near Infrared light significantly promotes faster cell regeneration, wound healing and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increased by 155%-171% in some cases and wound size decreased by 36%. Infrared Therapy promotes new blood vessels and tissue formation, leading to faster overall healing times for all kinds of injuries and wounds.


What Is The Difference Between Near and Far Infrared?

Near Infrared


Near infrared technology in our saunas is similar to the infrared used in cosmetic and healing devices. The LED technology we use allows our saunas to produce consistent near infrared without extreme heat or light, making it a safe option for near infrared use. Near infrared waves have a shorter frequency range and penetrate the epidermis layer of the skin. This is how near-infrared is able to impact your body at the cellular level, encouraging tissue growth, speeding up muscle recovery and strengthening your immune system.

Far Infrared


Because far infrared sauna therapy heats the body directly rather than simply warming the air, it raises the core body temperature and produces a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where most toxins reside. Your sweat then pushes out the toxins, cleansing your body and rejuvenating your skin. Far infrared also aids in blood pressure reduction and weight loss, along with a wide range of other health benefits


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