Far infrared (FIR) heat therapy uses the wavelength of the visible and non-visible light spectrum of sunlight to heat the body naturally. The FIR wavelength penetrates from 1 ½ to 2 inches into your tissues allowing a deep warming of the muscles, connective tissues, and fat. FIR heat reaches deeper into the tissues than the heat from a traditional sauna, and causes more toxins to be released through the sweat. Since infrared heat is able to penetrate inside your body, you are able to start sweating more- at a lower temperature (100-140 degrees) as opposed to traditional saunas which need to raise the temperature of the air to a very high level (180 degrees) to warm the body. That’s a lot more comfortable (and safer) for a lot of people. Our sauna technology is state of the art, giving you a physiologic waveform with zero EMF emissions and it is built of non-allergenic Hemlock.
Use of a FIR sauna has a cumulative effect on the body. Daily use magnifies its benefits. Your first experience in a FIR sauna will be a pleasant one. After several days and then weeks, detoxification, weight loss, immune building and other benefits will increase dramatically.
The number one reason we use far infrared sauna is to detoxify the body. Since the skin is our largest organ, it plays an important role in eliminating undesirable toxins. Some physicians refer to the skin as a third kidney. Sweating is the body’s way of flushing salts, toxins, cholesterol, uric acid, nicotine and alcohol from the body.
Studies show that FIR therapy is one of the best ways to remove persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals from the system. Far infrared sauna benefits the body by heating it directly causing a rise in core temperature resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.
As toxins are released from the cells, they will also be eliminated through urine and bowels so having properly functioning elimination systems if very important before starting to detox. Good hydration is also very important for flushing toxins from your system.
Once those toxins are removed, you will begin feeling less sick and tired, and weight loss will get easier.
One of the most popular benefits of an infrared sauna is weight loss. Studies have shown that benefits of an infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories. One gram of sweat requires 0.568 kcal to produce. An average sauna user can produce 500 grams of sweat and burn 350 calories during a therapeutic sauna session. This is the equivalent of running 2-3 miles. In addition, fat becomes water-soluble at a temperature of 100° before it begins to dissolve and enter the bloodstream to be removed from the body. This can also help improve the appearance of cellulite which is composed of fat cells, water and wastes.
Often the inability to lose weight is associated with chemical toxicity. As these toxins are removed from the body while using the FIR sauna, weight loss naturally follows. In conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise FIR sauna is a natural, healthy way to burn calories.
Far Infrared strengthens the cardiovascular system by causing vasodilation of peripheral blood vessels, an increase in your heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate.
This provides a workout for your heart as the body attempts to cool itself in diverting blood from internal organs to the extremities and the skin. This beneficial heart workout leads to the desired cardiovascular training and conditioning effects. Research suggests that regular infrared heat therapy has been beneficial in reducing blood pressure and improving circulation.
Far Infrared heat expands capillaries which stimulates increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation. The release of bradykinin, released as a consequence of sweat-gland activity, also produces increased blood flow and vasodilatation. Increased blood flow has been proven to improve hair, skin, erectile dysfunction, aid in the healing of injuries, recovery of muscles and joint stiffness.
Word of caution: Saunas pose no risk to healthy people as long as they are not misused. People with high blood pressure should tolerate saunas well as long as they are not experiencing a hypertensive crisis.
Hot saunas cause blood vessels to open up (called vasodilation.) Vasodilation also happens during normal activities like a brisk walk. If your doctor has told you to avoid moderate exercise, you should also be careful when considering sauna.
Far Infrared heat increases blood circulation throughout your skin which is mandatory for glowing, beautiful, and youthful skin. Infrared heat penetrates deep into the pores pushing out sebum, bacteria, toxins and cosmetic buildup while rejuvenating your skin. The increased blood circulation to the skin brings oxygen and nutrients to the surface.
Next time you sauna, wash your face with your very best product you have before going in. Make sure to bring a small white towel into the sauna with you, work up a good sweat and use this towel to wipe your face. You will be shocked at how much dirt you wipe off your face. This is because the infrared heat is penetrating deep under your skin pushing out the toxins which have made a home deep into your pores.
Here is a list of the most common reported benefits of infrared sauna therapy for the skin:
Far Infrared strengthens immunity by stimulating increased production of white blood cells (leukocytes) and killer T-cells. This has been proven to increase the body's ability to fight off bacteria, colds, flues, and other ailments.
Another way far infrared saunas have a positive effect on increasing your immunity is by creating an artificial fever. Fever is a natural healing response of the body. A 30-minute infrared sauna session can cause a temporary 3° increase in body temperature. Many viruses, bacteria and tumor cells are thought to have poor tolerance to heat compared to normal healthy cells. A FIR heat treatment in the early stages of a cold or flu has been known to stop the disease before the symptoms occur. Many health practitioners use FIR as a method for removing immune damaging toxins from the body.
In addition to its detoxifying effects, far infrared heat actually helps kill cancer cells. Cancer cannot survive in an environment of temperatures more than 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit. FIR can also increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and reduce the side-effects of conventional therapies. At the same time, it boosts the body's regenerative abilities and decreases pain by increasing circulation.
The infrared energy released by an infrared sauna can penetrate up to 1.5" to 2" deep into tissues, joint, and muscles. By heating these tissues, we experience a vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels which can be beneficial in reducing muscle spasms, joint stiffness and achiness, as well as general aches and pains due to conditions such as fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. There is also evidence that when used 24-48 hours post injury, far infrared energy can reduce the time it takes for your body to heal sprains and it can help with post work out recovery.
Far infrared saunas have been proven to reduce pain sensation by getting heat deep into both the free-nerve endings in tissues. Pain is often associated with a lack of blood supply to the injured area due to tension or spasms. The introduction of heat deep into these areas helps to eliminate further spasms which in turn alleviate the pain.
Far Infrared promotes rebuilding of injured tissue by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts (connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury). Furthermore, it increases growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis all necessary during tissue repair and regeneration.
Scientific research has concluded that near infrared therapy greatly enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting faster cell regeneration and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increases to repair wounds and prevent infection.
The warmth of sauna relaxes muscles, increases flexibility and range of motion. Tissues heated to 130° and then stretched have exhibited an elastic elongation that persists long after the stretch is removed in comparison to same tissues stretched at normal tissue temperatures. Therapeutic benefits were also seen in ligaments, tendons, fascia, and joint capsules – even ones that have become scarred, thickened or contracted.
Other documented benefits:
Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna benefits include therapy that helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.