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Benefits of an Infra-red Sauna Session
There are so many benefits to using an infrared sauna. One of the most important is that each sessions promotes sweating which is a way that helps to flush out toxins from the body that reduces toxic overload. An infrared sauna session promotes sweating that is deeper and more profuse, enabling your body to expel a higher percentage of toxins than with a conventional sauna. The reason being is that Infrared saunas run 20-60 degrees lower, making it easier to tolerate the heat which makes it more comfortable.

Health Benefits: Infrared rays are part of the natural spectrum of sunlight. The heat created inside an infrared sauna is the same heat created by the sun, but excludes the harmful ultraviolet rays. The carbon fiber heaters inside the infrared sauna emit infrared heat waves that penetrate and soothe the human body while increasing blood circulation. The sauna is excellent for adding fiery yang energy to the body, decongest the internal organs, assist circulation, heal infections and can help many other body systems as well.

Detoxification: Medical doctors and health practitioners around the globe recognize infrared sauna therapy as an extremely effective method for removing chemical toxins and metals from the body through sweating. Specifically sweating in a sauna because when sweat is produced by muscle activity (exercise), the sympathetic nervous system is in use which reduces the activity of the organs of elimination and shunts blood away from these organs. Since sauna use is a passive way of heating the body, the parasympathetic nervous system takes over. Parasympathetic activity is restorative, activating the liver, spleen, stomach, intestines, pancreas, kidneys and colon to nourish the body and eliminate toxins. Thus regular sauna use balances the autonomic nervous system and enhances the activity of the eliminative organs.


Injury Recovery and Pain Relief: Sauna therapy improves oxygenation. As the body attempts to reduce its temperature, more blood flows to the lungs and the skin where the blood picks up more oxygen. Increased pulse and stroke volume pumps more blood through the entire body delivering fresh oxygenated blood to areas of injury which can speed the healing process and relieve joint and muscle pain. Increasing blood circulation also loosens up the muscles, making infrared sauna usage ideal before physical therapy or massage therapy.

Cardiovascular Conditioning: Infrared heat raises the body’s core temperature and it cools itself by sending blood from the internal organs to the skin, increasing the heart rate, metabolism, and cardiac output. Repeatedly shunting blood to the body surface improves the flexibility of blood vessels, especially peripheral arteries, thus helping to lower high blood pressure.

Weight LossWeight can be affected by fluid loss from sweating and a reduction in edema due to improved circulation and healing. Some weight loss will also occur due to elimination of unhealthy tissue. Repeated sauna use helps the body eliminate chemical toxins and heavy metals stored in fatty tissues. Inability to remove these substances as fatty tissues break down can be an important source of problems in weight loss programs. Fatty tissue has poor circulation. Improving circulation with sauna therapy may help break down fat deposits. Repeated sauna use can also help reduce cravings for sweets, starches or fatty foods. Often cravings are caused by toxic conditions and imbalances of the adrenals, thyroid, pancreas, liver and other organs. Improving the autonomic balance and body chemistry can improve the digestion and absorption of nutrients, also reducing cravings. Enhancing cellular metabolic processes can help burn fat calories more efficiently. Many claim that saunas burn hundreds of calories per hour. Although cardiovascular activity is increased with sauna use, just how many calories are burned is not well documented and can vary from person to person. An improvement in the appearance of cellulite can be affected in conjunction with all the above explanations and when combined with massage therapy and a healthy lifestyle. Regular sauna use will help you maintain your body’s optimal functioning so it can perform all the fun activities indicative of a healthy lifestyle and that will keep your weight under control.

Stress Relief: The stress created by modern life puts a constant strain on the body’s nervous system and can exacerbate chronic disease. Infrared saunas help reduce stress by boosting blood circulation and triggering the production of endorphins. This process also helps with sleeping patterns, allowing for deeper sleep.

Immune System Function: Fatigue, stress, unhealthful lifestyles, toxic conditions and nutritional depletion can all stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. This in turn stimulates cortisol production that suppresses immune system activity. Infrared sauna therapy inhibits sympathetic nervous system activity. This enhances the activity of the immune system. In addition, the infrared sauna raises the body’s core temperature several degrees, as occurs in a fever, and is a natural mechanism to disable microorganisms. Many bacteria, fungi, parasites and cells infected with viruses are weaker than normal cells and more susceptible to damage by heat thereby facilitating control and elimination of these microorganisms.

Infrared sauna therapy helps with many other ailments such as:

  Skin Issues
  Weight Loss
  Injury Recovery
  Back/joint Pain
  Anti-Aging (by increasing collagen production)
  Brain Fog
  Immune Boosting

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