For centuries, cultures over the world have used “hot air tubs” and makeshift saunas – from the Diocletian bath of Ancient Rome, to the sweat lodge ceremonies of Native Americans. And although the practice of going to the sauna is still popular today, modern technology has enabled us a completely altered experience that comes with a endless list of benefits. Introducing – the goodness of infrared sauna therapy.
Before we start with the benefits you can reap by regularly using an infrared sauna, let’s first take a look at the different infrared levels and see which ones are more suitable for certain goals you may have. Infrared treatments are usually available at different levels which represent the different sizes in infrared wavelengths and refer to the level of intensity of the treatment:
- near-infrared levels are best suited for increased immune function and wound healing;
- middle-infrared levels are great for promoting muscle relaxation and increasing circulation;
- far-infrared levels are ideal for detoxification.
Being one of the body’s most natural ways of eliminating toxins, sweating is a crucial part of detoxification. We took the time to make our research and found out that when compared to the Swedish sauna, an infrared sauna enables you to eliminate about seven times more toxins!
Truly one of the most amazing benefits of infrared saunas is the fact that they can help you with pain relief. If you suffer from joint pain or muscle aches, start this kind of therapy to relieve inflammation by relaxing your muscles and increasing your circulation.
It is no news that by increasing circulation and eliminating toxins from your pores, infrared saunas can help purify your skin. Getting a softer, clearer and much healthier-looking skin has never been easier and more relaxing before!
The heat that the infrared sauna generates will increase your core temperature, which will consequently increase your heart rate – the same increase in heart rate that you get while doing cardio. Therefore, when your body works harder in order to make your core temperature lower, or to keep up with your increased heart rate, it burns more calories. This, of course, results in weight loss. There is an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association which states that an infrared sauna session of 30 minutes can burn about 600 calories. Wow, talk about passive cardio while relaxing!