Many of you have asked about the Sunlighten Infrared Sauna, so on today’s blog we will be highlighting the sauna’s health benefits and uses so you can begin implementing it into your own health and wellness plan! If you want to get yourself back in to balance, the healing benefits of the infrared sauna may be just what you need! The infrared sauna may do more than just make you sweat. A new study suggests those who engaged in frequent sauna use had reduced risks of fatal cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality.
Infrared Saunas are an effective tool for natural healing and prevention of many diseases. They are more beneficial than a regular steam sauna due to the use of the infrared rays which have the ability to penetrate deeply through the skin and tissues to produce a host of health benefits. Including; anti-aging health benefits, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, general detoxification, and even deep cellular health. Interested yet? Keep reading to see how each health benefit is reached by usage of the sauna.
|| Sauna Usage and a Reduce in Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality Events
Scientific evidence reports that consistent long-term usage of infrared saunas have shown a reduction in cardiovascular episodes such as SCD, CHD, and CVD. During a 20 year study period (!), participants who used infrared saunas consistently (4-7 times per week) reported less episodes of cardiovascular events as compared to the other participants who used the sauna once per week or not at all. This study showed that consistent sauna usage helps to reduce all-cause mortality events, and also results in a protective effect on those who consistently use it as compared to non-sauna users.
We all know sweating is good for you, imagine the great feeling you have after an intense workout that leaves you damp with sweat. Sweating is the body’s natural way to heal, stay healthy, and purge things from our system. The sauna can help you reach a deep sweat by utilizing far infrared rays to help heat the body directly. This causes a rise in core temperature which results in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular levels where toxins reside. Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes functions efficiently. This means you are better able to digest the nutrients in your food.
|| Pain Relief
One of the most beneficial reasons for a patient to use the sauna is the natural pain relief associated with infrared therapy. Infrared rays penetrate tissues, joints, and muscles to relieve anything from minor aches and pains associated with sports and fitness to chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. Many pain management professionals incorporate infrared sauna therapy into pain management treatment plans to decrease pain and muscle spasms and to speed up recovery time.
|| Lower Blood Pressure and Improve Circulation
Our Sunlighten sauna that we have in the clinic is backed by clinical research that shows a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure which are both key factors in maintaining a healthy heart. The deep sweat induced by the Sunlighten sauna makes the heart pump faster, which in turn increases blood flow, lowers blood pressure, and helps circulation. Scientific evidence shows that using an infrared sauna a couple times a week lowers blood pressure. Heating the muscles during a sauna session produces an increase in blood flow that is similar to that seen during exercise, regular use in the mid-ray-range can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate.
|| Wound Healing…Cell Health…Muscle Recovery…Immunity
The full spectrum of infrared rays provided during a sauna session has the unique ability to heal wounds faster and minimize scar tissue formation through the use of near infrared LEDs. No other sauna other than Sunlighten has this benefit. Scientific research has concluded that near infrared therapy greatly enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting faster cell regeneration and apoptosis regulation.
Stay healthy and prevent chronic diseases with near infrared light therapy that stimulates the circulatory system and helps to fully oxygenate the body’s cells. Better circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system.
The increased rate of blood flow induced by the sauna’s infrared rays will help flush your muscular system following intense activity. This can help muscles recover faster since the waste metabolites deposited following intense activity will be flushed quicker due to the sauna session.
Most of us have used a sauna before and know how relaxing they can be, but for many the intense heat of a steam sauna can be overwhelming. With the infrared sauna, the heat is temperate controlled to be a comfortable, soothing, therapeutic heat that helps to promote relaxation and improved sleep. Just ask our staff who have accidentally taken a sauna nap without planning to as well as how well we sleep after using the sauna that day. The infrared sauna is a dry heat sauna, no steam, which results in a lower ambient temperature for a more comfortable sauna experience that will leave you feeling refreshed after each session.
|| Weight Loss
Studies have shown that consistent use of an infrared sauna can promote weight loss by detoxifying the body and burning upwards of 600 calories while you relax. This works because as the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate which causes the body to burn more calories.
Helpful with: Colitis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto-immune diseases, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD, and ADHD.
Check out more information about the Infrared Sauna we have in the clinic at sunlighten.com and the research article mentioned in this blog at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150223122602.htm
-Nicolette Napier NSCA-CSCS, CSEP-CEP