Have you noticed that many health retreats and spas are now offering Infrared Sauna treatments? Traditional saunas are made of wood and the temperature is controlled by throwing water over heated volcanic stones to create steam and heat.
An Infrared Sauna uses infrared heaters - rather than steam - to create the same effect, in much the same way as natural sunlight.
A traditional sauna will reach temperatures of 80-90 degrees centigrade and produce low humidity. The infrared sauna provides a much milder environment, and is great for those who find saunas too uncomfortable.
Regular use of an infrared sauna offers many benefits, starting with a general feeling of wellbeing. Most users find they sleep really well after a sauna session.
One of the most popular uses for the infrared sauna is to detox. Putting it bluntly, the sauna causes you to sweat and sweating is good for you. This is the body's way of expelling toxins and strengthening the immune system.
Whilst you may sweat in the sunshine or a warm room, the effect is not the same. To successfully detox, the heat needs to penetrate the body to a cellular level, where the toxins are stored.
Detoxing will improve many common conditions, including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, and even ADD and ADHD. It also helps the body better digest nutrients.
Increasingly, doctors are recommending infrared sauna sessions for pain relief. This type of heat deeply penetrates to reach tissue, joints and muscles. That makes it very efficient at treating conditions like arthritis, sports injuries and muscle spasms.
Many people swear by infrared sauna sessions to help with weight loss. There are several reasons for this. First and foremost, a sauna session makes you feel better, which increases confidence and positivity.
In addition, a standard session in an infrared sauna can burn 600 calories or more, with virtually no effort. This is because the heat speeds up your heart rate and metabolism. Better still, regular sessions will continue to boost your metabolism, leading to ongoing weight loss.
Here's the thing, regular infrared sauna sessions may also slow down the ageing process. This is because infrared stimulates collagen production to help reduce lines and improve skin tone. It also heals both the dermis and epidermis layers of your skin.
By increasing blood circulation, you will have more energy, which makes you feel more youthful. You will also be getting more oxygen to your body cells, which helps them regenerate faster.
Just about everybody can benefit from enjoying regular infrared sauna sessions. If you're an athlete, you'll find that you can go for longer and recover quicker. If you suffer from aches and pains, you'll definitely find relief in the sauna.
Anyone who is trying to get fit and/or lose weight will love the results they get. Even if none of these apply to you, it's worth a session to simply relax and de-stress.
We all experience every day stress, caused by work, family situations, finances, deadlines, and change. We now know that stress can be very debilitating. At the very least it can affect our sleep patterns, and cause headaches, fatigue and depression. At worst, it may even cause major diseases.
The sauna helps your body relax and your mind rest. It is also believed to trigger the production of norepinephrine in our bodies which, in turn, helps reduce stress and boost our sense of wellbeing.
There are very few if any downsides to using an infrared sauna. However, if you have any concerns, just check with the doctor beforehand.
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