Benefits of infrared sauna therapy
This post has been a LONG time coming! I first posted about infrared sauna therapy on Instagram months ago and immediately received a ton of questions - what is it? what are the benefits? AND (mostly) where can I experience this myself? I'll try to answer these questions here + share a bit more about what to expect if you choose to try infrared sauna yourself! Alright, let's get right to it!
What is infrared sauna therapy? Infrared saunas use heat and light to relax and detoxify the body. These saunas omit infrared light waves that create heat in the body, causing you to sweat and release stored toxins. The depth of heat warms muscles, joins and relieves aches, pains and reduces inflammation Throughout the entire body. Kills bacteria inside the body as well as increases relaxation and sleep.
What are the benefits of infrared sauna therapy? In addition to helping your body release stored toxins, infrared saunas can help you lose weight, relax, relieve unwanted pain, increase your circulation, and purify your skin. The biggest researched benefit seems to be the coronary benefits, most notably in their ability to help normalize blood pressure and reduce the chance of congestive heart failure.
Are all saunas the same? There are three different levels of infrared sauna: near, middle, and far. These different levels represent the different sizes in infrared wavelengths and refer to the intensity of the treatment. Most people find that:
near-infrared levels are best for wound healing and increased immune function
middle-infrared levels are best for increasing circulation and promoting muscle relaxation
far-infrared levels are used primarily for detoxification purposes
In addition to the different infrared wavelength size, I'm going to briefly cover what you can expect with one of these experiences. Before you go...
I think this goes without saying but it would be irresponsible of me not to emphasize it: You need to be well hydrated, well rested and properly fed before heading to either the sauna room or sauna bed. Think of it as you would a workout - drink plenty of fluids before your session and make sure you've eaten something solid. You'll also want to give yourself time after to re-fuel (both food + liquids) and recover (i.e. don't plan drinks with your girlfriends for 30 minutes after your appointment) And don’t not eat 2 hours prior.
What to expect - sauna room
What to wear: bathing suit or your birthday suit ;)
How long to stay in: Varies - usually you start between 15-30 minutes and can work your way up to 45mins.
we recommend wearing your bathing suit for comfort. No wire.
Are there risks?
research, there are no major risks if you are in good health. That being said, if you do have a health condition or take certain medications, you may want to talk to your doctor before booking your sauna session. Also, sweating is not recommended for pregnant women. So a session of up to 15mins at no more than 35 degrees is advised.
The bottom line
we love and recommend infrared sauna therapy at least once per week to keep in good health, relieve aches pains, inflammation and induce sleep and relaxation.