What is an Infrared Sauna
Infrared saunas heat the body directly as a first stage and not the air around you. Heat is generated by infrared panels, not steam as previously used in old style steam sauna rooms. The new infrared process uses electromagnetic radiation as the heat source and effectively concentrates on the mass of the body not the air around it.
Put simply, infrared panels more easily penetrate human tissue, heating up your body before heating up the air and this relates to experiencing a more intense sweat at a lower temperature. The outcome is users enjoy faster more efficient and comfortable outcomes from Infrared Saunas.
Six Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy
Sweating is one of the body’s most natural ways to eliminate toxins, making it a crucial part of detoxification. When compared to traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas allow you to eliminate toxins more efficiently.
As a result of treatment in an infrared Sauna, your body’s core temperature is likely to increase. In turn it is a normal reaction for your heart rate to increase to similar levels as moderate exercise. Your body changes its focus and begins working to lower your core temperature and managing your increased heart rate. Due to this physical response your body will actively burn more calories. A reduction in calories can assist in weight loss. An article in the A.M.A journal found a single 30-minute infrared session has the capacity to burn approximately 600 calories.
Don’t suffer in pain, infrared sauna can relive muscle aches and joint pain. Reducing inflammation by increasing circulation and relaxing tight muscles. Infrared Sauna is proven to assist with areas of athletic performance. There have been many published papers endorsing the use of infrared treatment.
Due to the infrared treatment increasing your core body temperature and heart rate, your circulation will inevitably increase along with it. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially in the middle-infrared level, can stimulate blood flow, improve muscle recovery, decrease pain and inflammation post exercise.
When using infrared, the body relaxes blood vessels vasodilate like what you would experience having just finished a workout. When using an infrared sauna in the afternoon or near bedtime it will promote a good base for improved sleep. The lowering the stress hormone cortisol it helps to lower blood pressure promote a relaxation response.
Infrared sauna technology opens the pores in the skin helping it ‘breathe” purifying it from toxins and increasing circulation, resulting in clearer, softer, and healthier-looking skin.
Colour has been used for healing since ancient times to balance and harmonise the mind, body and spirit. Use the iHealth Saunas LED Colour Module to flood your sauna in the colour of your choice. Green and Blue are wonderful if you use the iHealth Sauna at night and would like to relax. Red and Yellow are energising colours and best to use if you are using the iHealth Sauna in the mornings. Marry up the colours with the appropriate aromatherapy essential oil(s) to maximise the benefits.
Float Labs iHealth Far Infrared Saunas
Like Floatation Therapy, the regular use of an infrared sauna has a cumulative effect on the body, meaning that using it on a regular basis magnifies its benefits.
Float Labs iHealth Far Infrared Saunas combine the highest quality carbon fibre Infrared panels and Pure Wave Ceramic heaters to selectively emit the healthiest wavelengths and the sun’s energy spectrum. Regular treatment using far infrared energy can benefit our health and wellbeing in many ways.
- 40% of iHealth sauna clients choose to use the sauna to reduce pain
- 30% of iHealth sauna clients choose to use the sauna to assist weight loss
- 27% of iHealth sauna clients choose to use the sauna to assist help with sleep
There are guidelines you can follow, but ultimately, how you choose to use an infrared sauna is up to you.
Here are some tips to get you started.
Drink water. 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.
Choose the temperature. The average temperature for an infrared sauna ranges from 50-55 degrees Celsius, with beginners starting out at the lower end and more experienced users at the higher end. If this is your first time, start with 45-50 degrees. You may want to stay at this temperature for a few sessions. You can always increase the temperature each session until you reach 150˚F.
Length of time. For first-time users, start with 10 to 15 minutes. You can add time each session until you reach the suggested time of 20 to 30 minutes. Saunas come with a timer, so make sure to set it. You don’t want to stay in there too long and risk becoming dehydrated.
Clothing. How you dress is your choice. Some people will wear bathing suits, while others prefer to go in naked.
What you can do while in the sauna. Relax, read, meditate, listen to music, or visit with friends. Just don’t go to sleep.
After the session is over. 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.
Number of sessions per week. Most facilities that offer infrared sauna treatments recommend using the sauna three to four days per week.
If you want to learn more, then you might want to read these articles.
- A study found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome benefited from using an infrared sauna as part of an overall treatment: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25748743
- Infrared saunas helped decrease muscle soreness and increase recovery from strength-training session: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4493260/
- Infrared light therapy saunas help reduce blood pressure: http://www.archive.foundationalmedicinereview.com/publications/16/3/215.pdf
- No known adverse effects have been reported with infrared saunas: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/infrared-sauna/faq-20057954