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Step inside our Sunlighten Infrared Sauna and improve your inner and outer body with its healing medical benefits of detoxification, relaxation, and weight loss. Unlike hot, stifling traditional saunas, which use heated air (steam) to warm the body, infrared light penetrates tissues directly causing the body to sweat without heating the ambient air. Infrared light is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum. We experience it as heat. We cannot see it, but we can feel the warmth of the sun on our skin. Likewise, infrared heat from a sauna cannot be seen yet it infuses deeply into our tissues to induce a detoxifying sweat. Infrared is so safe that it is used in NICUs to warm premature babies[1].

So, what are the health benefits of infrared sauna?

Infrared Sauna Provides Detoxification

Sweating is the body’s major pathway for detoxification. Whilst our bodies can detoxify on their own, the high level of pollutants in our modern world mean that they can do with support to remove the increased chemical load. A study in 2002 found that the average person carriers about 700 pollutants in their body[2] and in 2009 another study found that newborn babies had more than 200 chemicals in their cord blood.[2]

Sweat contains both water- and fat-soluble components, so it can be an elimination pathway for BPA, PCBs and phthalates – chemicals found in many personal care products such a shampoo and conditioner. It can also help with arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury.

Infrared Sauna Can Promote Weight-loss, Increased Metabolism and Cardiovascular Fitness

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, regular use of a sauna imparts a similar boost on the cardiovascular system as running and is sometimes called passive cardio. As you relax in the infrared heat, your body is hard at work producing sweat and pumping blood. All which take calories to execute. 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 up to 600 calories in a 30-minute session[3].

Relaxation & Stress Relief

Regular infrared sauna use can also have a positive impact on your emotional health. When the body is stressed is produces cortisol. Having high cortisol levels for a prolonged time, such as in people who suffer from chronic stress, can lead to serious health problems. “Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can shut down your immune system, upset your digestive and reproductive systems, raise blood pressure, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, speed up the aging process and leave you vulnerable to many mental and physical health problems.”[4]

Sauna can make you feel relaxed in two ways:

  1. It stimulates the release of endorphins to help your feel good.
  2. Like the well documented benefits of exercise for reducing stress, infrared sauna can achieve the same results. It tricks your body into believing its major stress has been removed. Stay with me here while I explain. When your body is exposed to the heat stress of the infrared sauna, your cortisol levels typically rise. However, when you leave the sauna, thereby escaping the heat stress, your body is tricked into thinking that all stress is gone and leaves you feeling relaxed.[5] [6]

Skin Purification & Rejuvenation

Skin purification and rejuvenation is achieved through profuse sweating. The heat allows your pores to open and impurities to come out.  In addition, the temporary increase in blood circulation to the skin may help reduced certain chronic skin conditions.

Improved Blood Flow, Reduced Muscle Pain and Wound Healing

The soothing infrared heat can provide temporary muscle pain relief and wound healing through increased blood flow, which also increases the flow of nutrients such a glucose, amino acids, fatty acids and oxygen around your body. Like how we “warm up” before exercise to reduce injury, muscles relax best when tissues are warm for greater flexibility and range of motion. Infrared heat may help relieve muscle tension by increasing the thermal energy in your muscles.

Anti-ageing

Stress impacts our bodies in many ways. One of the more visible ways is how it impacts our looks or our aging process. People who lead stressful lives tend to look older than they are biologically. Infrared wavelengths can provide anti-ageing benefits by increasing the production of collagen and elastin. They also improve the delivery of nutrients to the skin via increased blood flow making our skin look and feel more supple and elastic.  These are the key features of youthful looking skin. In addition, one of the key benefits of infrared sauna is relaxation and stress reduction which can help slow the aging process.

Book a Infrared Sauna Today

Our sauna is large enough for couple sessions which you can book online. Our infrared sauna has a TV with Netflix. Not your usual “Netflix and chill”, more a “Netflix and sweat”, but you can experience it with a friend or by yourself.  At InsideOut Wellness we also have a magnesium floatation therapy tank.  We provide joint sessions where you can sauna and float straight after each other for the ultimate self-care session of detoxification and relaxation. Floatation therapy also has many health benefits for relaxation, sleep, and mental health.

Incorporate infrared sauna into your self-care routine and achieve the health benefits you are after be it detoxification, relaxation or weight loss. Book your infrared sauna session today.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1497458/pdf/12477912.pdf

[2]https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/newborn-babies-chemicals-exposure-bpa/

[3] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/360118

[4] https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-symptoms-signs-and-causes.htm

[5] https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21206-saunas-could-heal-your-mood-and-your-heart/

[6] https://www.saunasociety.org/press-releases/2015/10/18/health-benefits-of-sauna