Why infrared sauna therapy is great for the mind, body and soul
And not just any light. There’s infrared light. So, it’s extra good for you and is proven to help heal, fight and protect against disease.
As the second threat of corona virus is the fear that’s carried with it, learning how to destress and boost our mental health is another way to help protect our immunity. Passed on by the media, misinformation and sadly, opportunist companies that are driven by fear themselves, constant negativity and anxiety will only weaken our defences.
A healthy brain has the capacity to efficiently manage on average 60,000 thoughts a day. When those increase to 80,000 we enter the unhealthy stress zone. Our adrenal system is triggered, and our blood is pumped with adrenaline and cortisol to prepare us for flight or fight.
Now, for the short-term this is good. Necessary - even - for our evolution and survival. However, in our modern world, whereby stressors are more psychological than physical threats, it adversely affects and weakens the body.
Let’s think about balance.
If our body’s focus is on preparing the body for short-term chaos, it needs to restore the balance by slowing down digestion, reproduction and holding off on immune system defence.
This makes it harder for your body to regulate chemicals, hormones, fight disease and most likely explains why you feel so restless.
Why infrared sauna therapy is great:
- Improves blood circulation
- Stimulate endorphins
- Lowers lactic acid production and reduces cramps
- Kills bacteria and parasites
- Burn calories and helps weight loss
- Relaxes muscles and mind
- Relieves physical tension and headaches
- Reduces and removes toxins
- Benefits cardiovascular strength
- Strengthen lung capacity and function
- Supports immune system
- Leaves you feeling refreshed and renewed
How it works:
- Step into our wooden-slated panel of paradise, set your music, light colour preference and let go.
- Sit with your thoughts and experience the moment as it unfolds within the wooden shelter. This is your time to pause and step back. Breathe.
- Feel the calmness envelope your skin and open the pores. Focus your attention on the breath and deeply inhale. Hold your breath in the belly, allowing the infrared light to seep further into the cells to work its magic. Feel your belly button release back towards the spine as you exhale and repeat.
- If a thought arises that’s okay too. Simply acknowledge it, observe it and let it be. Remember to bring your focus back to the breath each time.
How infrared sauna therapy helps
Respiratory and immune health
The heat from infrared rays seep deep into the body’s tissues and internal organs, stimulating the blood vessels to increase heart rate and improve circulation.
Medical research from NASA confirms that when the body works to cool itself a substantial increase in heart and cardiac output occur, meaning it’s a great boost to any exercise or health and well-being regime. From sports injuries, fibromyalgia, arthritis and other chronic conditions to neuralgia, haemorrhoids, acne, psoriasis and depression, infrared sauna therapy is a wooden box of wonder.
Weight-loss and cellulite
According to Oprah and Dr Oz, you can burn between 300-700 calories per hour using infrared sauna treatment.
In fact, a 60-minute session in a far infrared sauna has been touted to burn as many calories as a six-mile run or the equivalent of a 30-minute workout on a rowing machine.
It’s good for metabolism and digestion too, thanks to the fact that infrared rays also increase enzyme activity within our digestive tract. NASA even uses far infrared therapy to help astronauts’ weight and fitness levels while out in space.
Regular use of infrared sauna helps to clear the skin and body of unwanted under skin debris and toxins. This includes cellulite.
Cellulite is a gel -like substance made up of fat, water and waste deposits, which are trapped in pockets below the skin.
Infrared sauna therapy helps by sending heat through light rays deep into the tissue (up to 4cm). This is 10 times hotter than the heat used in conventional cellulite treatments.
Skin and anti-ageing
Detoxification is a process to remove threatening, toxic substances from our own body, mind and soul.
Sweating helps to regulate body temperature and remove harmful toxins through the skin. Infrared sauna waves help this by penetrating the cells up to 4cm below the skin and in turn flushes out toxins that store in the fat cells, such as, heavy metals, pollution and pesticides.
The infrared sauna therapy rays help to open up the pores at the same time as removing dead skin cells. Sauna also helps to relax facial tension and to improve skin elasticity. Sweating also rinses bacteria out of the epidermal layer of the skin and your sweat ducts.
Lower blood pressure and improved circulation
Infrared sauna therapy can help to lower blood pressure and improve circulation by helping the blood vessels to dilate. The light creates movement and warmth within the cells, which brings the blood closer to the skin’s surface. As the vessels expand, circulation improves, and oxygen is efficiently transported to the cells and muscles. This helps to calm the nervous system and lower blood pressure.
Soothe aches and pains
The sauna’s infrared waves penetrate deep into the muscles for long lasting pain relief. People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis report short-term improvements for pain, stiffness and reducing fatigue.