A few months back I signed up for a monthly massage membership and included in the plan was infrared sauna time. I took advantage of this and spent an extra 30 – 45 minutes after my massage sweating it out.
All I can say is, what a difference! I’m setting an intention now to have my own far infrared sauna in my home so I can use it all the time.
How does the Infrared Sauna Work?
Infrared saunas use the same type of radiant energy that the sun produces. Infrared’s radiant heat is said to go deeper into your skin than traditional saunas to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen your immune system.
When your body temperature rises in a sauna session, your white blood cells and killer T cells are produced and mobilized. In a nutshell, this means that your body’s natural healing mechanisms are optimized.
At your cellular level, these light waves can alter membranes, DNA/proteins and cell fluids. Altered cell membranes and mitochondrial activity take place, impacting your body’s energy and metabolism.
With infrared saunas the light directly penetrates your skin, but does not warm the air around you. So, the temperature rises in your body, but the light does not impact your surrounding environment. This allows for the use of them at home 🙂
It also makes it more tolerable for those of us who can’t handle very high heats of other dry saunas or even steam rooms.
Benefits of Infrared Sauna Time
The radiant energy from the infrared sauna increases your blood flow and regenerates damaged tissues in your body.
Sauna time stimulates your lymphatic system, which is responsible for releasing toxins from your body. It purifies your skin.
Sauna time stimulates your circulatory system to oxygenate your cells. This increase in circulation stimulates blood flow. Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to your skin’s surface.
The best way to release heavy metals and chemicals that accumulate in your fat cells is through sweat.
Sauna time stimulates the production of endorphins in your body, which help to alleviate pain. Heat relaxes your muscles.
Sauna time has a parasympathetic healing effect, which means it helps your body better handle stress. It promotes relaxation and balances your body’s cortisol levels.
On the Positive Side?
My time in the infrared has been well worth it. I’ve left feeling relaxed and clear headed.
In the day(s) to follow these sessions I was super tired! On the surface this isn’t a positive, but the fatigue means that my body is releasing toxins and needs to rest.
Only 15 – 20 minutes of time in an infrared sauna can impact your health dramatically. This time is capable of causing changes in your body chemistry and has the potential of helping restore balance if are dealing with chronic pain, inflammation, low energy or poor circulation.
My time brought with it less pain and stiffness in my body, relaxation and an improvement with my skin. When I did the massage and sauna combo a couple of days before the start of my period, I felt a big difference. Things flowed better and I experienced less pain with the start to my period.
It’s important to drink lots of water following your session and be prepared to rest, as your body could react to the release of toxins.
Have you tried an infrared sauna? How did it impact you? Is this something you do on a consistent basis?
I’d love to hear your experience in the comments below.