Benefits of an Infrared Sauna
There are many benefits of infrared sauna. Some of these include:
Joint / Muscle Pain Relief
Stress / Fatigue Relief
Weight Loss / Metabolism Boost
“Far infrared wavelengths increase the production of collagen (which makes skin supple) and elastin (which makes it elastic), and also improves the delivery of nutrients to the skin via increased blood flow.”
What is an Infrared Sauna?
Infrared light is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes total relaxation while detoxifying the entire body.
Natural Sunlight is a combination of visible light and invisible light. The seven colors of the rainbow are visible lights, and infrared rays and ultraviolet rays are invisible lights. Infrared rays are one of the sun’s rays. Far infrared heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation.
Infrared rays are the healthiest, penetrate into your skin deeply and they dissolve harmful substances accumulated in your body. The Infrared Rays vitalize your cells and metabolism. Our saunas provide a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna benefits include therapy that helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep-tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.
Our largest organ in the body is actually our skin which covers us from head to toe making it a very good and effective means for mass elimination of toxins. Far infrared waves penetrate deep into our body for a deep heating action which allows for the body to activate the sweat glands.
“Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes function efficiently so that we are better able to digest the nutrients in our foods. Detoxification has also been shown to be helpful with colitis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD and ADHD.” -Dr. Rachel West
One of the main differences between traditional saunas and Infrared is that infrared has the ability to heat the body from within instead of heating the air. In traditional saunas the air around you is heated, potentially making it difficult to breath and uncomfortable for many. Since the air temperature in an infrared sauna is much cooler than a traditional sauna, it allows you to spend more time in it comfortably and safely. Infrared saunas leave you feeling invigorated, not depleted like conventional saunas.
As the infrared light penetrates the surface of the skin, it gives the body overall radiant warmth. As you relax in the gentle infrared heat, your body is actually hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, increasing your metabolism and burning calories.
Human bodies are comprised of about 70% water. When far infrared waves are applied to water molecules these molecules begin to vibrate. This vibration reduces the ion bonds and the eventual breakdown of the water molecules causes encapsulated gases and other toxic materials to be released.
Today, many healthcare professionals use far infrared heaters to treat a variety of diseases throughout the world.
The efficacy of far infrared waves is very broad and the subject of recent study by NASA. Among the infrared waves, the far infrared rays, which have a wavelength of 8-14 microns, are especially good for the human body. These waves have the potential to penetrate 1.5 to 2 inches or more into the body allowing for deep heat and raising your core body temperature from deep inside. The deep heat and far infrared is why scholars believe that the Ondol (traditional warm floor of Korea) is good for health because the materials for the Ondol are stone and earth, both of which radiate far infrared waves when heated.
Getting ready for your Infrared Sauna Session
Here’s some prep tips and what to expect
Hydrate – Its best to be hydrated before your infrared sauna treatment. Drink water or non sugary sports drink or coconut water. Wait at least a couple hours after eating. Don’t drink to much as you don’t want to have to go to the bathroom half way through your session.
What to wear – Our sauna rooms are private with a locked door so you can feel free to wear as little as you like. There will be a towel provided for you to sit on so you can wear a bathing suit, loose fitting clothes or your birthday suit! Its totally up to you!
During the Sauna
One of the main benefits of infrared saunas is that you can experience the benefits of sweating without the extreme heat.
When you enter the sauna, place layers of towels on the bench seat to absorb perspiration during your session. The infrared rays will penetrate clothing and towels. Listen to your body and don’t over do it.
If you’re new to using an Infrared Sauna, keep in mind that you typically don’t start sweating until 10-15 minutes into the session.
If you start to feel uncomfortable for any reason like feeling faint or claustrophobic, cut the session short or open the sauna door for a bit. The more you use the sauna you will get used to the experience and you will be able to tolerate longer sessions.
While in the sauna you can experiment with stretching your arms, legs, neck, back area,etc. The sauna will help you to achieve increased body flexibility, range of motion, and reduce chronic stiffness and problem areas.
After the Sauna
We have two private showers and change rooms at Elemental, so if you’re not going straight into a float or massage after your sauna feel free to take a shower and remove any excess toxins form the surface of your skin. We recommend a cold shower that will help close up your pores quickly and leave your skin feeling incredibly and naturally smooth. (there are many other additional benefits to the cold shower as well)
You might feel the need to relax before getting back to your day. A sauna is relaxing, so why not savor the invigorating relaxation for a while!
Seek permission from your doctor prior to use for the following conditions:
- Taking Medications
- Under 12 years old
- The Elderly
- Cardiovascular Conditions
- Chronic Conditions
Far infrared sauna use is contraindicated for people with following conditions:
- Insensitivity to Heat
- Alcohol / Alcohol Abuse
A 30 minute session burns about 600 calories, says this article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, while this study published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes found that patients receiving far-infrared sauna therapy showed “a trend toward decreased waist circumference.”
Yes. The heat and infrared light are naturally disinfecting and kill bacteria, as well as cedar wood, which is antibacterial. We also lay towels on the bench that are changed between each client, and frequently clean the benches with special cleaner.
Absolutely! Our saunas accommodate 1 or 2 people. We have special pricing for couples.
We encourage using your time in the sauna as a moment to relax and meditate, and allow the infrared heat to melt away any stress or fatigue you may be experiencing. You can also bring something to read or bring your phone or tablet into the sauna to pass the time.
We do accept walk-ins. But customers with a reservation have priority.
At least once a week is ideal, but you can sauna as often as you like! It is a great complement to your exercise routine, and also perfect for a rest or recovery day. Find what works best for you and your body’s needs.
Yes, we have 1 private shower in the studio if you wish to use them. You may notice that your body continues to sweat for some time after a session, so we recommend waiting at least 30 minutes to shower to allow your body to continue to release toxins. We also recommend bringing your own robe as we currently do not provide robes.
Far infrared wavelengths increase the production of collagen (which makes skin supple) and elastin (which makes it elastic), and also improves the delivery of nutrients to the skin via increased blood flow.
The less the better, to allow maximum skin exposure for the release of sweat. This could be a bathing suit, shorts and a tank, etc. We also provide a towel for each guest to use in the sauna if they wish.
We recommend between 20-40 minutes per session.
Yes. You will be the only one in your sauna for your session. We also have private change rooms and the sauna is in a private area of the studio.
Yes! Infrared heat is all around us.
It’s so safe it’s used to keep babies warm in the NICU, and our bodies radiate it naturally. (source) The warmth of a hug? Infrared heat. The warm feeling you get when you hold hands? Not necessarily caused by infrared heat, but your hands do in fact emit about 8-10 microns of infrared.
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