With a traditional sauna, heat is transferred by circulating hot air, meaning very high air temperatures are required to heat the body. In an infrared sauna, the far infrared heat rays warm your body directly. This allows a penetrating heat at a more pleasant temperature of 110 - 150°F (43 - 66°C), thus providing a more enjoyable and comfortable environment, allowing you to stay longer and experience more health benefits.
Traditional saunas need high air temperatures to pull impurities from the body, but infrared heated saunas can directly penetrate up to 45 mm inside the body, quickly raising your core body temperature. Impurities will be released using lower temperatures for a more comfortable experience.
Infrared Saunas are a safe method of removing toxins from the skin. Some of the benefits include:
An Improved Skin Complexion
Over time, dirt and sweat, exposure to synthetic clothing, chlorinated water and various chemicals can lead to a build-up of toxins in the skin. The heat from the sauna allows for the removal of these toxins from the skin through increased heat and perspiration, leaving a healthier looking complexion.
Infrared therapy has also been known to promote wound healing through growth hormone stimulation. Many even believe regular sauna sessions to have anti-ageing properties.
Detoxification through Increased Sweating
Medical studies show that most toxins in the body can be removed through the skin which helps reduce the load on the liver and kidneys. Heat from far infrared wavelengths will encourage perspiration. This process gradually aids the removal of heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Sweating through exercise alone is not as effective for the detoxification process. In comparison, saunas are fantastic for detoxifying the body.
One of the most significant benefits of infrared sauna therapy is to the cardiovascular system. Using saunas regularly can have many exercise benefits including improved blood flow and oxidation of the tissues without expending as much energy. Repeated use can help to lower high blood pressure and increase the elasticity of the arteries. When the body is heated, blood rushes towards the skin and blood vessels expand to help control the heat, this helps to decongest internal organs, improving circulation.
Sauna users with arthritis or those with muscle pain can often find that their symptoms are reduced through regular use. The heat from an infrared sauna relaxes muscles and increases circulation, helping you to recover quickly.
Fever Relief (hyperthermia)
Those with low body temperatures can struggle to overcome some chronic infections, raising body temperature has been shown to aid the body in killing bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.
While on its own, infrared sauna use is not an easy way to burn fat. However, when coupled with a healthy lifestyle, infrared sauna use has been proven to increase the amount of body fat lost in users. This study observed a 4% higher body fat drop over four months in sauna users.