What is an Infrared Sauna?
The application of heat to the body has been used for health benefits in many ancient cultures from the Greeks to the Mayans. Saunas traditionally have been small rooms with dry or wet heat that warm the air and then warm the body. Infrared Saunas use a newer technology to heat your body directly with infrared panels that emit an invisible light.
Benefits of Using Full-Spectrum Infrared Therapy
The first Infrared Saunas used just a single wavelength. At Cryo Shield Therapy, we use Full-Spectrum Infrared Therapy sauna that combines near, mid, and far wavelengths each of which provide unique benefits. By using these three wavelengths, our saunas are able to give a complete treatment. We prefer the Infrared Saunas to traditional saunas because by using therapy through light to heat the body directly, Infrared saunas use a lower overall temperature while increasing body temperature more than traditional saunas. The ability to use a lower temperature makes the experience more tolerable and enjoyable.
near-infrared levels are best for wound healing and increased immune function
middle-infrared levels are ideal for increasing circulation and promoting muscle relaxation
far-infrared levels are used primarily for detoxification purposes
We recommend using the sauna at least 3-4 days to see the best results with sessions lasting up to 40 minutes.
If you have any current health conditions (like high blood pressure or heart problems) please consult with your doctor before your first session. Infrared Saunas have been found to be safe for most but a doctor consultation is always recommended for a new service for those with health conditions.
What are the benefits of Infrared?
Saunas cause an increase in circulation and sweat, which detoxifies and releases toxins including stored chemicals and heavy metals as well as alcohol, nicotine and sulfuric acid.
Another benefit of increased circulation and sweat is the removal of skin impurities and dead skin cells. It can also improve tone, elasticity, and texture. The increased blood circulation and the reduction of inflammation has shown to relive acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions, and cuts.
Muscle Recovery & Growth
The increased blood circulation also leads to better muscle recovery by carrying out metabolic waste built up from muscle use. Oxygen is also pumped to muscles that have been depleted of oxygen from use. Infrared Saunas are not only great for recovery, heat stress causes your body to release heat shock proteins to promote muscle growth.
When you worked out your body produces endorphins and opioids that cause the ‘runner’s high’ we hear about. Infrared Sauna use produces and releases the same body chemicals. Endorphins are a happiness hormone and opiods are the natural pain relievers. Receive the brain energy benefits without the workout.
Though heat through infrared saunas does not kill fat (our Cryoskin does that!), it does have other ways it benefits weight loss. The heat causes your body to work extra hard to lower your core temperature and heart rate – this is the same as when you exercise. The harder your body has to work, the more calories you will burn and the better your metabolism becomes.
Heat stress activates heat shock proteins which have been shown to play a role in preventing aging and creating longevity. More info can be found here https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/biohacking-podcasts/how-to-use-heat-exposure/
Stress to Relaxation
Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress. Saunas also improve the neurotransmitter called norepinephrine, which can help improve cognitive performance.
Much of our body pain is caused by inflammation. If you are feeling pain in your muscles or joint, infrared saunas can reduce this pain by increasing circulation and reducing inflammation.
Inflammation and Autoimmunity
These diseases are affected by inflammation, which can be decreased with Infrared Sauna use, thereby helping conditions like:
chronic kidney disease
Sjögren syndrome (an immune condition marked by dry eyes/mouth)
asthma and chronic bronchitis
What can I expect during a session?
Come hydrated. Clients looking to have an Infrared Sauna session should drink water before the session to be well prepared to sweat. How much clothing you wear or don’t wear is up to you! The sauna is able to provide heat better when less clothing is worn so the standard ‘uniform’ is no clothes at all or undergarments/bathing suit. Our clients are provided with plenty of towels to keep you comfortable and keep the sauna sanitary.
If you are feeling ill or have been drinking alcohol, we do not recommend a sauna treatment.
After initial paperwork and your client profile has been completed, we will lead you to one of our private Infrared Sauna rooms. There will be space to set your belongings. Bluetooth is available for your mobile device to listen to music or a podcast.
Our sessions typically last between 15-40 minutes. It is recommended that when clients first start infrared sauna sessions they dive in slowly by either having shorter sessions or taking breaks between a longer session. We start you out at a temperature of 125 and you will be able to control this heat yourself throughout the session.
Our rooms are well ventilated and, because the heat is applied directly to the body instead of to the air, very comfortable. Clients will notice an increase in heart rate and sweating throughout the session.
Post Treatment Care
Our clients are given time to adjust and cool down after their sauna session. We recommend standing up and getting out of the sauna slowly for safety (some clients may feel a little light headed) as well as to take the time to fully appreciate the session. The most important post treatment Infrared Sauna care is to drink plenty of water the rest of the day. We’ve also seen many people enjoy dry brushing after a sauna session for exfoliation and increased blood circulation.
Research & Articles
Dr. Rhonda Patrick
Dr. Rhonda Patrick has a Ph.D. in biomedical science. Through FoundMyFitness.com, Dr. Patrick shares information and research on how to be our better selves by addressing aging, brain health, physical performance, well-being, and nutrition. Dr. Patrick has been researching sauna benefits and has been a great source for new information. Below are a few bullets of what we’ve learned on saunas and the use of heat:
“Frequent sauna use is associated with a 50% lower heart disease incidence, a 40% lower all-cause mortality, and 65% lower Alzheimer’s disease risk.” More Info
“Sauna use has characteristics of exercise.” More Info
“How heat stress, particularly from sauna use, makes the body more resilient to biological stress.” More Info
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