Body in Balance ~ Massage Therapy & Hydrotherapy
What is an infrared Sauna?
Infrared radiation (IR) is electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength longer than that of visible light but shorter than that of radio waves. This radiating energy penetrates the body and heats it directly and more efficiently through a process called conversion.
Are infrared saunas safe?
Yes. Far infrared heat is a form of energy. The sun is an example of a principle source of infrared radiant energy that we experience on a daily basis (well not necessarily in the great Northwest!). Our bodies absorb as well as emit infrared radiant energy. Our body’s frequency of infrared radiation is at 9.4 microns compared to the infrared sauna which emits infrared radiant heat between 7-14 microns. The closer these frequencies are to each other the more beneficial to your health.
Will I get burned in the infrared sauna?
No. Damaging effects to the skin, such as sunburn, are caused by Ultraviolet light. This light is at the complete opposite end of the visible spectrum to Far Infrared. Infrared rays are very beneficial and provide all the benefits of sunlight without the harmful UV rays. Infrared saunas are completely safe, and your skin will benefit from sauna sessions through allowing increased blood circulation to expedite nutrient and waste movement promoting healthy tone and texture.
General Uses and Benefits
- Increased activity of all body systems
- Elimination of toxins
- Reduce Respiratory problems
- Increase immune response system efficiency
More details of benefits and uses…
Since the skin is our largest organ, it plays an important role in eliminating undesirable toxins. Some physicians refer to the skin as a third kidney. The deep penetration of infrared heat allows removal of toxins stored in fat cells. Detoxifying helps rid your body of potential carcinogenic heavy metals such as mercury and lead, as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid and cholesterol. Cleanse your body with ease in an infrared sauna!
As you bask in the comforts of a our sauna, your body is actually hard at work attempting to maintain a constant core temperature. Our body does this by increasing peripheral blood flow and by sweating. In Guyton's textbook of Medical Physiology, it states that 1 gram of sweat requires 0.568 kcal to produce. An average sauna user can produce 500 grams of sweat and burn 350 calories during a therapeutic sauna session. This is the equivalent of running 2-3 miles. Our infrared saunas can also help rid your body of cellulite which is a gel like substance made up of fat cells, water and wastes. Feel those extra pounds melt away.
Infrared heat therapy is one way to achieve cardiovascular conditioning effects even without exerting yourself. During a sauna session, vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels occurs which increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. This provides a workout for your heart as the body attempts to cool itself in diverting blood from internal organs to the extremities and the skin. Research suggests that regular infrared heat therapy has been beneficial in reducing blood pressure. Relax and get your heart in shape.
Stress Relief & Relaxation
Wrap yourself in the warmth of our far infrared sauna and relax in style. Feel the stress of the day melt away in your private sanctuary. Increased circulation triggers the release of endorphins, loosening tight muscles and making you feel better all over.
Beautification of Skin
Do you want to improve the tone, texture and elasticity of your skin? By using our infrared sauna, the increased blood circulation to the skin brings fresh nutrients to the surface. At the same time, profuse sweating is assisting in the removal of toxins that accumulate deep within your pores such as make-up, dirt, lotions and conditioners. Look and feel better!
The warmth of our infrared sauna will relax your muscles, increase flexibility and range of motion. Studies show, tissues heated to optimum temperatures using infrared heat stretch more easily and have exhibited an elastic elongation that persists long after the stretch is removed. This was not the case when the same tissues were stretched at normal tissue temperatures. Therapeutic benefits were also seen in working with ligaments, tendons, fascia, joint capsules and symposiums that have become scarred, thickened or contracted. Improve flexibility beyond your expectations.
Contraindications for use of Infrared Sauna Therapy
- Prescription drugs: always check with your primary health care practitioner to be sure any medications you are taking – either my prescription or from natural health sources – are not contraindicated for use with infrared heat use.
- Uncontrolled blood pressure; blood pressure that is uncontrolled or over 160/95
- Heart problems; if you have unstable or high risk cardiac concerns
- Thrombophlebitis – vein inflammation or possible thrombus/clots
- Arteriosclerosis – hardening of the arteries
- Acute illness – when you are actively sick
- Kidney disease
- Diabetes – blood sugar may be adversely affected
How long should I sit in the infrared sauna and at what temperature?
Before your first visit to our infrared sauna we take your blood pressure and pulse before and after your session. This gives us a baseline of how your body tolerates this treatment. If this is your first time using an infrared sauna there are a couple of initial considerations?
- What benefits would you like to derive from using the sauna?
- Stretch/loosen tight muscles
- Weight loss
- Other __________?
- Are you heat tolerant or heat intolerant?
- If you tolerate heat well then 10-15 minutes are a good rule of thumb the first time or two you use the sauna with temperature starting at between 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If you do NOT tolerate heat well then we suggest 5-10 minutes at temperatures between 85-95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once we have established that you are safe and happy in the sauna then we can help you develop a “schedule” of how often and at what temperatures you should utilize this type of treatment. Below is an example of how you might proceed if you were looking to generally improve your health.