ABOUT INFRARED SAUNAS
An infrared sauna is very different than a conventional sauna. Infrared saunas are much more tolerable and comfortable due to maxing out at a lower temperature than conventional saunas. As well infrared saunas don’t heat the air around you; instead, they use infrared waves that penetrate the dermal layer of the skin to warm your body directly from the inside and then out. The dry heat triggers perspiration at a lower temperature which allows even those sensitive to high heat to benefit from this treatment.
What are the benefits of this treatment? Many! Due to the tolerable temperature heating and penetrating the body leaving less heat in the air, most can sustain this comfortable treatment for 30 minutes. Some won’t break a sweat until about half way through a session. The body is being heated from the inside out at the cellular level, bringing out toxicity from the cells, organs and tissues. Due to this process, infrared saunas are known for their detoxifying properties.
While there are many benefits alone from detoxification, in a single 30 minute session, you can also burn up to 600 calories, therefore you want to have a small meal or protein rich snack before your session water before, during and after your session. This will help prevent dehydration and blood sugar swings and will also flush out any toxins brought to the surface that have not yet been sweated out.
This treatment also works your heart equivalent to a 30-60 minute cardio workout. This is another reason why you burn so many calories effortlessly. Therefore, this is a great way to complement or replace a workout, or convenient for those that need to work out but are not well enough or too fatigued.
Toxicity build up in the tissues and body have been known to contribute to fatigue, weight gain, chronic arthritic symptoms, increased inflammation, heart disease and many other conditions. An infrared sauna can assist with all of these conditions and help you feel more energy, lose weight, reduce inflammation, reduce pain and stiffness and overall well being.
If you haven’t used an infrared sauna before, and would like to try it to assist with a current condition, give us a call and we can help you determine a program that best fits your needs.
CONTRAINDICTIONS AND PRECAUTIONS
Here are some tips to ensure an infrared sauna session is a good fit for you or when to avoid use:
- Avoid using an infrared sauna if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
- Avoid using while pregnant
- Avoid using within 2-3 hours of any medication (to avoid detoxing the medication)
- If you feel ill or have a fever, it’s best to wait to use the sauna until you’re feeling better.
- Using an infrared sauna will cause you to sweat a lot, so you may feel lightheaded when you stand up. If this happens, make sure you get up slowly and sit down once you leave the sauna. Drink water immediately after finishing your session and wait for your body to cool down before doing anything else.
- In extreme cases, some people may experience overheating (heat stroke and heat exhaustion) or dehydration if outside weather is already extremely warm or you have not replenished with enough hydration.
- Trace minerals or at least some electrolytes will help prevent any healing crisis symptoms and will also help to replenish post treatment
If you have any health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, or are under medical care, it is recommended to consult with your doctor before your first session. Even though infrared saunas are known to be safe, you want to ensure it is safe for you and any condition you may have.