Heat Up for Health: Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy

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by Vanessa Drew

Infrared saunas create unique light waves that cause positive radiation effects in the human body. It is believed these waves are capable of altering cells, cell membranes, DNA/proteins and cell fluids. These changes have a positive effect on metabolism and the body’s natural detoxification methods. Benefits of infrared sauna use include:

Detoxification

Toxins in our food, water, air and the amount of stress we experience can all take a toll on our health and well-being. Sweating is one of the primary methods our bodies use to cleanse and eliminate toxins. Only 80 to 85 percent of the sweat produced in an infrared sauna is water; the other 15 to 20 percent contains cholesterol, fat soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid! Compared to a traditional sauna, an infrared sauna can feel milder and less hot. However, it is seven times more effective and efficient in detoxification than an overly hot traditional sauna room.

Heart Health

Far-infrared saunas are backed with clinical research that shows a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, improved circulation, enhanced vascular function, and lower risk of disease. The increase in circulation helps normalize blood flow, and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. As your body temperature heats up, it increases sweat production to cool itself. Your heart then works harder, pumping blood at a faster rate, boosting circulation. The increase in body temperature from regular infrared sauna use produces an increase in blood flow that mirrors the benefits of a passive cardiovascular workout.

Skin Health

Infrared sauna therapy includes deep detoxification benefits, including anti-aging effects and general skin rejuvenation. You will experience significant improvements in skin appearance with regular sauna use, including a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness.

Wound Healing

Skin plays a vital role in the protection of our bodies from the external environment. When broken, it is important to repair it quickly to prevent infection or further problems. Near-infrared therapy enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting human tissue growth and faster cell regeneration.

Natural Pain Relief

Infrared sauna use has become one of the most popular alternatives to medicine for chronic pain. Infrared sauna heat works by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues; increasing circulation; and speeding oxygen flow. Doctors recommend infrared sauna therapy to relieve chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal and joint pain, and other chronic pain conditions. Chronic pain patients experienced a nearly 70 percent reduction in pain levels after the first session of infrared sauna therapy.

Weight Loss

Vanessa Drew

Studies have shown that an infrared sauna therapy session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! As the body cools itself down, there is a large increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories. That’s right, using infrared saunas for weight-loss therapy is like giving yourself a passive cardio workout!

Mention Natural Awakenings at booking to purchase two sauna sessions for the price of one the entire month of November!

Source: Vanessa Drew, founder of Cleansing Concepts, an exclusive detoxification facility with two Long Island locations, located in Garden City and Smithtown. For more information, visit CleansingConceptsWorld.com. 

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