There’s nothing like a steamy sweat session in a sauna. It relaxes your body, the heat helps to relieve tightness and sore muscles and it’s been proven to improve your overall health. The biggest drawback of a traditional sauna is that the extreme dry heat can be too much to handle for many people. Those who are looking for similar benefits, but can’t stand a traditional sauna, may want to look into infrared sauna treatments.
An infrared sauna does not heat the air that surrounds you, instead it will use infrared lamps (electromagnetic radiation) that directly warm up your body. Infrared saunas also have the ability to operate at a lower temperature than a traditional sauna – typically an infrared sauna heats up between 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas a traditional sauna heats up to a whopping 150-180 degrees Fahrenheit.
The environment in an infrared sauna is more tolerable, which allows you to stay in for a longer period of time. The heat penetrates the body more deeply, which allows you to experience a more intense sweat at a much lower temperature while increasing core body temperature by two to three degrees. There are many benefits associated with using an infrared sauna, and some are similar to those you can experience in a traditional sauna.
Here are the top six benefits you can look forward to when using an infrared sauna:
Spending time in an infrared sauna increases blood circulation and stimulates your sweat glands, which helps to release built-up toxins that accumulate in the body. Daily sweating in an infrared sauna can help the body release heavy metals like lead, mercury and nickel, as well as other toxins like alcohol, nicotine and much more.
- Reduce Stress and Fatigue
Similar to how a warm bath can help melt away the stress of a long day, just a few minutes spent in a warm infrared sauna can help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. The warmth in an infrared sauna can help you achieve a restful state, which will allow your body to heal and restore itself.
- Alleviate Muscle Aches
At one point or another we have all experienced the discomfort of sore and achy muscles. There are various ways we can try to soothe the pain like massage, over the counter pain medicine and warm baths. Spending some time in an infrared sauna can help to relieve inflammation, stiffness and soreness by increasing blood circulation and allowing the heat to deeply penetrate and relax the muscles. A short session in the sauna can increase your flexibility and range of motion, and studies have also shown that it can bring relief to certain types of arthritis.
- Weight Loss
While you are relaxing in an infrared sauna and enjoying the gentle heat, your body is producing sweat, pumping blood and burning calories. This means that regular use of an infrared sauna can help increase your metabolism and promote weight loss. You can burn anywhere between 300 and 800 calories in a single 30-minute sweat session!
- Improve Skin Conditions
When sitting in an infrared sauna and sweating, after just a few minutes the heat will begin to detoxify your body from impurities and dead skin cells, which will leave you with a fresh layer of new skin. The increased blood circulation brings your skin’s natural nutrients to the surface, which helps to improve skin tone, color, elasticity and texture. People who have used infrared saunas on a regular basis have also reported seeing improvements in common skin issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis and reduced scarring.
- Improved Overall Health
The infrared wavelengths in these special saunas raise your core body temperature, which can help your body work to strengthen and accelerate your natural immune response. Various studies have also shown that infrared sauna therapy can help lower cholesterol, maintain blood pressure within healthy levels and be beneficial to patients with cardiovascular disease. With improved circulation, toxin elimination and the natural internal cleansing your body experiences each time you spend time in an infrared sauna, your overall health will continue to improve with each visit and treatment.
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