While a traditional dry sauna heats the surrounding air from 190° to 212° with convection heat, an infrared sauna uses radiant infrared wavelengths to release heat that can be deeply absorbed by the body. The maximum heat in an infrared sauna is between 125° to 158°, making the sauna experience more comfortable in addition to being more powerful than traditional saunas.
Who Should Use an Infrared Sauna?
A great addition to any self-care regimen, infrared saunas can be especially beneficial for health issues like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, autoimmune disorders, metabolic disorders, and pain.
Pregnant women, those with heat intolerance, hemophilia, seizures, or fever should not use an infrared sauna. For a full list of contraindications, click here.
What is infrared heat?
Infrared light is part of the Sun’s invisible spectrum that has the ability to penetrate deep within human tissue, muscles and cells - up to 1.5 to 3 inches. This deeply penetrating infrared heat increases the vibration of water molecules inside cells by electromagnetic energy, not actually by the heat itself. The effect of this is an increased blood flow throughout the body, a rise in core body temperature, and an increased heart rate which helps the body detoxify, mobilize the metabolism, and stimulate the immune system. Unlike sunbathing, infrared heat therapy is completely healthy and safe.
What are the health benefits?
- Pain relief: Infrared heat penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve aches and pains stemming from overuse, strain, or repetitive motion.
- Improved circulation: Infrared heat stimulates the circulatory system and oxygenates the body's cells. The increase in blood flow results in greater overall vitality.
- Cellular change: Research shows that infrared heat is able to create cellular level physiological changes due to a perturbing of protein structures. This can help improve the immune system and inflammatory response.
- Detoxification: Infrared is 7x more detoxifying than traditional heat because sweat induced from an infrared heat source is comprised of 20% toxins whereas sweat from traditional heating systems is comprised of 3% toxins.
- Skin and wound care: Infrared is the most effective wavelength for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. This can help wounds heal more quickly and improve skin quality.
- Relaxation: Infrared heat can decrease cortisol levels in the blood which can effectively calm and relaxation the nervous system.
- Increased calorie consumption: According to information published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, infrared sauna weight loss sessions were shown to burn up to 600 calories.
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Custom heat: Customizable to create your preferred level of intensity 20 min, $35 | 40 min, $45
Relaxation: Relieves muscle tension and promotes stress reduction 40 min, $45
Cardiovascular: Circulation increases to promote healthy blood pressure 45 min, $45
Detoxification: Improves vascular access flow to reach toxins at the cellular level 37 min, $45
Anti-Aging: Improves skin’s appearance as pores open from a deep sweat 30 min, $35
Pain Relief: Reduces inflammation and swelling, and promotes cellular repair 30 min, $35
Weight Loss: Increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate similar to exercise 30 min, $35