If you are doing research on improving your health, you may have stumbled across information about saunas and how many people have found awesome results from using them. But what is an infrared sauna and how does it work? Well, in this article I will try to explain to you in layman’s terms so that you too can see if this is a device that will be beneficial in your journey to improving your health.
Saunas have been used around the world for centuries and many cultures have known the power of healing through heat. Infrared saunas are growing in popularity amongst natural and holistic healthcare professionals in the US.
Give me the power to create fever, and I will cure any disease. – Hippocrates
When you hear the word sauna your mind most likely conjures up images of a very hot steamy room with sweaty old men wrapped in towels lounging on benches. And to most people these images can be a turn-off, I get it. In fact, my very first experience in a sauna was not very pleasant. The heat was way too hot, it made my eyes and nose burn. I couldn’t even stay in there for 10 min. But that’s not at all what an infrared sauna is.
What is an Infrared sauna?
An Infrared sauna has taken the concept of traditional saunas and has improved on them. Just like a traditional sauna, infrared saunas are made out of wood, either hemlock or western cedar, they use either nano carbon panels or ceramic heaters that heat the object, not the air creating a gentle dry therapeutic wave of heat that is a safe and enjoyable way to sweat out harmful chemicals and heavy metals from the body on a cellular level. No water or rocks are needed, so there is not going to be any steam that can be overwhelming to most and they operate at a lower temperature (150-degree Fahrenheit maximum).
Because the infrared heat rays are gentle and relaxing, this allows you to be able to sit in the sauna for a longer period of time (normally 30 min) as the invisible infrared rays penetrate into the body, this results in the core body temperature rising a couple of degrees. The increase in core body temperature produces a faux fever, in order to generate a really good sweat.
Beautiful construction, you can brighten or intensify the colored lights, heats in about 20 minutes, easy to put together I have Fibromyalgia and I purchased this sauna for therapeutic reasons. ~ Smilindollbaby / Johnston, IA
Extensive research conducted by Japanese and European doctors concluded that the amount of chemicals and heavy metals released in the sweat during an infrared sauna session was much higher then sweating from exercise or a traditional sauna.
This, in turn, is why many people are seeing a higher improvement in their overall health.
How does an Infrared sauna work?
As I mentioned above, unlike traditional saunas which rely on rocks, water, and a heater that heats the air, an infrared sauna works by direct heat transfer through nano carbon heating panels that heat objects directly. This method of heating objects directly (wall, floors, people), is then slowly released into the air. This creates a more pleasant and consistent ambient temperature.
Infrared is part of the Sun’s invisible spectrum that we experience as heat. Infrared radiant heat is divided into three segments: near, middle and far. While we cannot see far-infrared heat, we can feel its effects.
“All types of light penetrate into objects, not just infrared. As this light infiltrates an object its radiant energy (also known as electromagnetic radiation) is absorbed by that object at the molecular level, causing the thermal motion of the object ’s particles. In layman ’s terms, the absorbed heat moves or charges the object’s molecules. As a result, the object ’s core/internal temperature will increase based on the level of absorption.” ~ Christopher Kiggins
The carbon heating panels used in most infrared saunas consist of strips of nano-carbon conductors. When the sauna gets turned on, it activates the particles inside the conductors to release radiate far infrared rays that are invisible to the naked eye but are being dispersed into the sauna and absorbed into your body at the molecular level producing some major health benefits to the human body.
The Benefits of FAR Infrared Heat therapy to Humans.
- Effectively helps to increase blood circulation without straining the heart, and increases the levels of oxygen and white blood cells in your blood.
- Stimulates the production of collagen in human body
- Helps to build a stronger immune system, better cardiovascular health, and the ability to heal faster from soft tissue injuries such as tears, pulls, and sprains.
In conclusion, an infrared sauna is the hottest health device (no pun intended) available on the market today and they are safe enough for anyone to use even children. Let’s face it, we live in a very toxic world and are exposed to a plethora of chemicals on a daily basis causing many health issues. Using an infrared sauna for detoxification is the most effective way to remove harmful chemicals and heavy metals and have been scientifically proven to do so.
We love our sauna. We got it for me to detox from Lyme – so I am the one using it the most. Daily, sometimes 2x a day. ~ alcrisp / Portland, OR
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kim Brillon is an experienced Licensed Practical Nurse and a highly successful Licensed Massage Therapist in NY State who understood the importance of regular sauna usage to ensure a detoxification process on a cellular level in order to improve overall well-being so she became a sauna dealer for Golden Designs Inc. and Almost Heaven Saunas.
Take note that Pure Life Energy Saunas is not a recognized medical entity allowed to diagnose or prescribe any medical treatment or device. You can easily find a lot of information on this website and on the internet promoting the benefits of infrared saunas. It is recommended to consult with your physician before getting started on an extensive use of an infrared sauna.