Far Infrared Sauna

Far Infrared Sauna

Sauna therapy is a thermal therapy that has been recognized throughout history as a viable
means of relaxing and cleansing the body, improving overall health, and promoting a sense of
well being. From Finland to India to North America, medical professionals recommend saunas
as a safe and effective adjunctive therapy for detoxification. It is a practical means of stimulating
the release of non-essential or toxic trace metals such as nickel, cadmium, and lead through
sweat. The therapeutic rationale for using sauna therapy is that overheating the body, and
hence inducing an artificial fever, stimulates metabolism, inhibits the growth of bacteria,
increases the ability of all vital organs, and increases the capacity of the skin to eliminate,
detoxify and cleanse via profuse sweating.

Infrared saunas use radiant energy to directly penetrate the body’s tissues to a depth of over 1½
“. Its energy output is tuned to correspond so closely to the body’s own radiant energy that our
bodies absorb close to 93% of the infrared waves that reach our skin. Infrared rays are
selectively absorbed by the tissues needing a boost in their output. The internal production of
infrared energy that normally occurs within our tissues is associated with a variety of healing
responses, and may require a boost to a maximal level to insure the fullest healing response
possible in a tissue under repair.

The infrared energy may exceed up to 2-3 times the sweat volume of a hot air sauna while
operating at a significantly cooler air temperature range of 110o – 130o vs. 180o – 235oF for hot
air saunas. The lower heat range is safer for those concerned about cardiovascular risk factors.
Infrared saunas emit 1/3 of their output in the middle infrared band from 2 to 5.6 microns for
deeper penetration, and the other 2/3 in the long band from 5.6 to 25 microns. The band from 2
to 25 microns is the most therapeutic according the Chinese researchers. Japanese
researchers have reported that infrared radiant heat antidotes the negative effects of toxic
electromagnetic sources, i.e. high tension power lines or computer display terminals. These
thermal systems have been free of such toxic electromagnetic fields and are not dangerous.

Safety of Sauna Therapy

Sauna therapy is generally well tolerated by most healthy adults and children. This therapy has
been shown to cause transient changes in hormones and cardiovascular, function. However,
sauna therapy does not influence fertility and it is considered a safe treatment during
uncomplicated pregnancies in healthy women. With regard to cardiovascular health, recent
research shows that repeated sauna therapy upregulates endothelial nitro oxide synthase
expression in arterial endothelium thereby improving the hemodynamics, endothelial function
and clinical symptoms in patients with chronic heart failure. Further, some studies suggest that
long-term sauna therapy may improve the left ventricular ejection fraction in patients with
chronic congestive heart failure, and it may help lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients.
Patients with chronic bronchitis and asthma may benefit from the transient improvements in
pulmonary function that occur because of sauna therapy. Further, patients with rheumatic
disease can safely employ sauna therapy as a means of improving joint mobility and relieving
pain.

Contraindications

Contraindications to sauna therapy include:

  • Adrenal Suppression
  • Recent Myocardial Infarction
  • Unstable Angina Pectoris
  • Severe Aortic Stenosis
  • Alcoholism or recent alcohol consumption
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Anemia
  • Pregnant Women should be monitored closely by a qualified healthcare professional
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Hemophiliacs

Overview

The major benefits of Infrared sauna therapy include:

  • Weight Loss: Burns 900 – 2400 calories in just one 30 min. session
  • Release of accumulated toxins such as pesticides, PCBs, drug residues, acidic wastes
    and non-essential trace metals
  • Improvement in symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis
  • Improves skin tone and elasticity, softens scars / Essential for beautiful, youthful, glowing
    skin
  • Increased oxygenation of the tissues and cells
  • Greatly speeds any anti-cellulite program
  • Increased circulation, oxygen and nutrient delivery within the body
  • Improvement in immune function
  • Improved cardiovascular function
  • Improved pulmonary function
  • Alleviation of pain and improved joint mobility / helps with sprains, strains, muscle spasm
  • Improved psoriatic conditions
  • Relief of symptoms of asthma and chronic bronchitis
  • More recently, it has been used in cancer therapy and shows great promise
  • It assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, edema and exudates
  • Sunburn – Infrared radiations are the only antidote to excessive ultraviolet radiation
  • Relaxation and enjoyment – remove stress in comfortable warm temperature

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