Infrared Saunas offer a number of health benefits. The full spectrum infrared sauna at EveryBody in Mind Wellness Center in Sudbury, MA offers the full spectrum of: near, mid and far-infrared.
The sun produces a combination of visible and invisible light, and one of those invisible spectrums is infrared rays. Invisible infrared wavelengths are what makes the sun feel warm (and ultraviolet wavelengths are what makes it bright). Scientists have established that infrared waves are beneficial to the human body as they increase the thermal energy in the body. Infrared does this without any of the harmful rays of sunlight.
There are three main categories of the infrared spectrum: near-infrared, mid-infrared, and far-infrared.
The infrared sauna heaters use the infrared spectrum listed above to promote relaxation and other wellness benefits.
The main difference between infrared saunas and traditional saunas is how they use heat. Traditional saunas use a single heater that is heating the air and this hot air heats the user. In contrast, infrared saunas use advanced therapy to promote heat generation in the body with only a small percentage of the heat heating the air. This results in a deeper sweat and a lower ambient air temperature.
Infrared heat is required for all living things for optimum health. This radiant heat increases the thermal energy in joints, muscles, and tissues. When used as intended as part of a healthy lifestyle, our sauna may help alleviate certain chronic diseases or conditions.
When our full spectrum infrared sauna is used as part of a healthy lifestyle, it promotes a temporary increase in blood flow to muscles and may offer temporary relief of arthritic pain.
Muscles relax best when tissues are warm for greater flexibility and range of motion. Far Infrared heat may help relieve muscle tension by increasing the thermal energy in your muscles.
“It has been known for decades that sweating is a wonderful way to get rid of stored chemicals, including heavy metals. In fact, sauna is one of the detoxification procedures used in the Environmental Units in Dallas (Dr. William Rea) and North Charleston (Dr. Allan Lieberman) where the sickest of folks go to heal.” Dr. Sherry Rogers, Total Wellness, May 2000.
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As thermal energy in tissues increases in the full spectrum infrared sauna, it is effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite. There is a direct link between the slowing of metabolic rates and the storage of toxins in fat cells. Sauna use can temporarily increase heart rate and promote an increase in localized blood circulation. This may reverse the above-mentioned trends toward the accumulation of liquids in the fat cells to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of an infrared sauna will help you feel relaxed, rejuvenated and renewed. This treatment also raises endorphin levels and boosts immunity.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, regular use of a sauna imparts a similar boost on the cardiovascular system as running. As you relax in the gentle infrared heat, your body is hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and burning calories.
As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder to pump blood at a greater rate to boost circulation. This increase in your metabolism may burn calories.
Infrared Saunas have been proven to burn between 300-600 calories in a Far Infrared Sauna in 40 minutes. That’s the equivalent of a 2-3 mile run, based on your BMI (Body Mass Index). A pound is around 3,500 calories, so that is almost 20 percent of a pound in one session.
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A cool body is primed for better sleep. You can hack your body’s thermoregulation process by warming your body in an infrared sauna and then allowing it to cool down after. This quick cool-down speeds up the process for your brain to fall asleep.
After just a few minutes of being in the full spectrum infrared sauna, the sweating purges impurities from the pores. The temporary increase in local blood circulation may help reduce the risk of certain chronic skin conditions and boosts collagen production, allowing for younger, tighter looking skin.
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Color light therapy can benefit your well being. Chromotherapy or Color Light Therapy is the science that uses the seven colors of the light spectrum. The seven colors have the ability to affect the vibrations of the body various frequencies. For optimal health, we all need the light of the sun. We receive light from the sun which is divided into 7 main groups of rays that are absorbed by our bodies.
Chromotherapy works on various energy points to help balance your body using the full spectrum of visible light. Color and light have been utilized by healers for thousands of years. Color therapy possibly has roots in Ayurveda, ancient Egyptian culture, and traditional Chinese healing.
Alternative medicine practitioners who use chromotherapy often relate the seven colors of the color spectrum to specific body areas. Color has a profound effect on us on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
The twelve available colors in the Chromotherapy light have been specifically selected based on their wavelength.
Activates the circulatory and nervous systems.
Provides anti-infectious, anti-septic, and regenerative stimulation.
Lubricates joints. Helps address infections, stress, nervous tension.
Energized and eliminates localized fat. Helps address asthma and bronchitis.
Acts as a relaxant.
Stimulates muscle and skin cells, nerves and the circulatory systems.
Strengthens the body and acts on internal tissue.
Helps address eye inflammation, cataracts, glaucoma and ocular fatigue.
Act as a cleanser, strengthening the veins & arteries.
Reactivates and purifies the skin. Helps with indigestion and bodily stress.
Activates and eliminates impurities from the blood stream.
Relaxes the nerves & lymphatic system. Addresses inflammation and urinary illness.
While EveryBody in Mind Wellness Center promotes the many health benefits of using our full spectrum infrared sauna, we always recommend speaking with your primary care health physician before use. This is especially true if you have any conditions that may pose a risk of health complications.
By following common sense and a few precautionary guidelines, Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna Therapy is a safe and pleasurable way to maintain and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
EveryBody in Mind Wellness Center does not promote this treatment as a cure or prevention of any health conditions or diseases. The material presented is offered for reference purposes only. Creating a cure for or treating any disease is not implied and should not be inferred as such. In all situations, proper hydration is a primary requirement for Infrared Sauna use. Drinking plenty of fluids is recommended before, during, and after infrared sauna use.
Although full spectrum infrared sauna use is safe and beneficial for the vast majority of people, the following list of precautions, recommendations, and contraindications are important to understand and adhere to enjoy this treatment in a safe and beneficial way.
Towel off during your session. This will help the body perspire more freely.
To relieve sore and tight muscles massage these areas for faster healing and effectiveness.
Oil and lotions tend to decrease perspiration by blocking pores. Apply these after your session for best results.
Some minerals can be lost in perspiration. Eating a sensible diet including fruits and green leafy vegetables will replace these. Supplements can also be taken to replenish minerals.
Limit food intake an hour before your sauna session. Your body will be able to detox more effectively because it will not be using that energy for digestion.
Taking a shower or bath before a sauna session tends to increase perspiration as bathing opens the pores.
Increasing your sauna sessions may be beneficial in boosting your immune system and decreasing the reproductive rate of viruses. Consult your physician for the proper treatment for this or any other condition.
If you notice any drying of your skin with ongoing use of your Jacuzzi® sauna or wish to maximize the detoxification benefits from your Sauna, it is suggested that you obtain the best quality oil available (i.e. expeller pressed oil such as Organic Canola Oil or Organic Coconut Oil are very good). Add 2-4 tablespoons a day to your diet. The essential oils in these products are needed for skin health and allow the body to let go of stored toxins, fat and cholesterol.
Sit back, relax and enjoy all the benefits the full spectrum sauna has to offer.
It is considered inadvisable to raise the core temperature too high in someone with adrenal suppression and systemic lupus or multiple sclerosis, by some authorities. For patients with these health considerations, some physicians recommend shorter IR sauna sessions at lower temperatures.
Individuals with total Heat Insensitivity or who lack the ability to perspire or sweat or emit body heat should probably refrain from IR sauna use. As always, check with your doctor first.
Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician or a pharmacist for possible changes in the drugs effect when the body is exposed to infrared waves or elevated body temperature. Diuretics, barbiturates and beta- blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics such as amitryptaline may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heat stroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.
Metal pins, rods, artificial joints, or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician prior to using an infrared sauna.
Please consult your implant device manufacturer or primary health care physician.
Contact lenses are safe to wear in the IR sauna. Butm as always, when any health condition is in question, please check with your eye doctor and/or the manufacturer of the lenses!
If you are pregnant, limit your sessions to 10 minutes with a maximum of four sessions per week. **** NOTE: Exposure to intense heat during the first trimester of pregnancy may slightly increase the risk of birth defects. Consult your physician, as opinions on use during pregnancy vary. Breastfeeding: There is insufficient empirical evidence to establish whether or not toxins are released, during IR sauna use, that could enter into breast milk. It would be prudent to reduce or avoid intense sauna therapy during the breastfeeding period.
Young children have a high metabolic rate and are less adaptable to higher body core temperatures than adults, due to their limitations of circulatory adaptation and body temperature regulation (sweating). Ages 6 – 12 should spend no more than 20 minutes in IR saunas, and should be accompanied by an adult. Start with lower temperatures and work up gradually as child demonstrates the ability to perspire freely. Ages 6 and Under should avoid use unless prescribed by a doctor. Teenagers may safely use IR saunas, taking particular care to hydrate liberally and not become overheated.
According to Dr. J. Halperin, M.D., Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, “Moderate sauna use is safe for most older people. Diabetics or anyone being treated for heart conditions, circulatory issues, or prescription medication should check with their doctor.”
The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature. When using with the elderly, operate at a lower temperature for shorter periods of time.
Individuals with cardiovascular conditions or problems (hypertension / hypotension), congestive heart failure, impaired coronary circulation or those who are taking medications which might affect blood pressure should exercise caution when exposedto prolonged heat. Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow in an effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential toincrease by thirty (30) beats per minute for each degree increase in core body temperature.
Using an IR sauna does not normally raise blood pressure. You may use a blood pressure monitor during your session to observe BP rates. Although the heart rate is increased during use, vasodilation of all the blood vessels in the body and increased blood circulation actually allows for a lowering of blood pressure in many users, both short and long term. Regular infrared sauna use is a highly effective, passive cardiovascular activity for folks with limited physical exercise capability.
Start your IR sauna program slowly and monitor any unusual changes in blood sugar. Infrared sauna use does not increase the blood sugar level or the body’s consumption of glucose.
The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to attempt to “sweat out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment; therefore, he/she may not realize when the body has a negative reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress.
Wait 20-30 minutes, following strenuous exercise, to use your infrared sauna. Allow your body to cool down completely before entering the unit. You are activating a different branch of your involuntary nervous system; The IR sauna is supplying your body heat passively, instead of actively, as in a physical workout.
If you have a sprain, bruising, laceration or surgery, the affected area(s) should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury OR until the swelling has reduced. Start with short sessions of 15-20 minutes at a lower temperature (115-120 degrees) and work your way up. Mild stretching exercises work wonders for rehabilitating injuries like ACL and Rotator Cuff surgery. Proper IR Sauna Therapy speeds healing of wounds and injuries dramatically.
An individual who has a fever should not use an infrared sauna until the fever subsides.
Danger signals include a rapid increase in body temperature, noticeable “racing” and increased heart rate, extreme redness of the skin, and feeling lightheaded, or extremely faint. If you notice any of these symptoms, end your session immediately. These occurrences are extremely rare.
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