Far infrared heat is radiant heat and radiant heat is simply a form of energy that heats objects directly, without having to heat the surrounding air. It is a section of the natural band of light that is not visible to the human eye, but can be felt as heat. The sun is the principle source of radiant energy.
Traditional saunas raise the temperature of the air to a very high level within the sauna to then warm your body. In an infrared sauna, only 20% of the energy is used to heat the air, the rest is heating your body. The Infrared panels do not turn red hot, but instead produces invisible, far infrared heat. This is the same type of heat as produced by the sun and our bodies.
Infrared heat is very safe. The radiant heat can penetrate deep below the skin producing a gentle warming inside the body. This allows a person to sweat faster and to tolerate longer periods of time inside the sauna, welcoming many therapeutic effects. Our sessions last 30 minutes and can be as frequent as once a day or a couple times a week, or before your regularly booked massage/acupuncture appointment. Infrared saunas leave you feeling invigorated, not depleted like conventional saunas.
Common temperatures inside infrared saunas range between 37 °C to 52 °C. Our sauna is set to reach a max of 48 °C.
Health Benefits Attributed to a Far Infrared Sauna:
Far infrared saunas can benefit people with arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, certain skin conditions, chronic pain, weight loss, normalizing blood pressure, nervous disorders, digestive disorders, normalizing blood sugar, blood vessel function, reduction of cholesterol and triglycerides and more....
Studies have shown increased circulation, and the potential to expel up to 500 grams of sweat and burn 300-600 calories per 30 minute session. Sauna's speed up your metabolic process and creates a 'fever' reaction that kills viruses. It places demand on the cardiovascular system, making the heart pump harder, a drop in diastolic blood pressure, and stimulates vasodilation of peripheral vessels, which can help relieve pain and speed healing of sprains, strains, bursitis, muscle pain, and more...
In Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology, we find that producing one gram of sweat requires 0.568kcal. The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) states;
“A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna, consuming nearly 300kcal – the equivalent of running two to three miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600 to 800 kcal with no adverse effect. While the weight of water loss can be regained by rehydration, the calories consumed will not be.”
Since an infrared sauna helps generate two to three times the sweat produced in a conventional hot-air sauna, the implications for increased caloric consumption are quite impressive.
Infrared Sauna Therapy Protocol
***Please remember this is intended only as broad guidelines that benefit the majority of us. You must listen to your body and pay attention to the information that it gives you. Also, please remember that you should always speak with your primary care physician before implementing any changes to your health-care regimen. It is NOT recommended if you are pregnant, or if you have Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Adrenal Suppression, Acute injuries, Silicone implants or protheses, or Hemophilia.***