Infrared Sauna

What are the health benefits of using an infrared sauna?

Saunas have been used since ancient civilisations and are still an important part of cultural life to this day. Sitting in a sauna could be the perfect time to check in with your body whilst stretching out your muscles and noticing your breathing. It’s refreshing to have a space to be free from the distractions of devices, emails, alerts and reminders. Infrared saunas offer the same benefits of a traditional steam sauna however unlike traditional saunas they don't just heat the air around you. Infrared heat is able to penetrate the bodies tissues directly. They also operate at a lower temperature meaning they can promote heat generation directly to you leading to increased benefits without the extreme heat. 

Relaxation and self care

Infrared saunas are mainly used to promote a feeling of relaxation as the soothing heat relieves stress and tension in muscles throughout the entire body. A sauna can truly be the perfect environment for a much needed moment of self care. Sitting in a sauna can allow a moment of peace or reflection. Others use this special ritual as a moment to meditate. I personally love to practice silence in the sauna but it can also be an ideal time to catch up with a friend uninterrupted. Whichever you prefer, the result will help you to relax and reduce stress and tension. 

You could burn more calories

Exercising in a hot sauna increases your body temperature and heart rate - thus allowing you to burn more calories. So if you’re looking to get a little bit extra from your sauna session then try a set of squats, ab crunches or push ups.  Remember to listen to your body and stop if it becomes too much or you are feeling light headed. There’s no pressure in the sauna you can just be yourself. 

Helps you to sweat out toxins

There are differing opinions on whether Sweating is an effective way to detoxify your body as some experts advise that sweat mainly comprises of water and salt. However studies have indicated that 15-20% of infrared sauna-induced sweat is actually composed of cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals, sulfuric acid, and ammonia. In other words, an infrared sauna may enable your body to eliminate toxins through sweat. 

Aids in muscle recovery 

Heat from an infrared sauna will help to increase blood circulation and so will help relieve pain and soreness associated with tight muscles after a workout or strenuous exercise. EEffective muscle recovery is vital to maintaining performance within any activity as it allows you to continue to train.  

Helps relieve arthritis and joint pain

The gentle heat from infrared saunas penetrates deep into the bodies tissues and muscles. Blood flow is increased to a similar rate seen during exercise. However exercise can be difficult for those struggling with pain caused by arthritis. Studies have shown that improving circulation this way can provide pain relief both during and after an infra red sauna treatment. Please note that you should always gain advice from a medical professional before starting a treatment to address your particular health concern.

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