Infrared Sauna Health Benefits

There is something great about sweat! Ok, maybe not for everyone, but there is no arguing the fact that sweat is one of the ways the body eliminates toxins.  In today’s busy world where many of us do not have time or simply can not handle vigorous exercise,  there is a way to get some of the benefits of a good sweat in far less time. 

It is called an infrared sauna. Many people, including Hollywood’s elite, now swear by the benefits of the infrared sauna.

What is an Infrared Sauna?

An infrared sauna is a special type of sauna that warms the body directly. While the conventional saunas found in gyms heat the air around you to warm your body from the head down, the infrared sauna emits an invisible ray of light that is directly felt as heat. That heat is readily absorbed by your skin, so there’s no need to circulate hot air to achieve the same effect.

Saunas are known to provide many health benefits to men and women. The list is endless, BUT WE HAVE CUT IT DOWN TO THE MOST POWERFUL BENEFITS BELOW:

 

Benefits of Infrared Sauna

  • Enhances circulation in deep and superficial tissues
  • Accelerates metabolism (at least 600 calories burned in 30 minutes)
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Enhances detoxification processes
  • Reduces pain (promotes analgesia)
  • Promotes deep cleansing of skin pores
  • Induces muscle relaxation
  • Accelerates breakdown of cellulite/fat
  • Improves skin nourishment/skin conditions
  • Accelerates healing from wounds, injuries, and surgeries, thus reducing scarring
  • Reduces physiological and mental/emotional stress
  • Warms muscles (maximizes muscle performance and minimizes exercise-related injury)
  • Enhances nutrient/oxygen supply to deep tissues
  • Improves digestion
  • Promotes softening and elasticity of old scars (internal or external) and keloids
  • Anti-cancer effect (induced by hyperthermia, enhanced immune and circulatory systems and elimination of carcinogenic toxins).

Infrared is Best!

The infrared heat in a sauna is just like the heat from our sun or that which our own bodies produce as they burn fuel to keep us warm. The Infrared Sauna utilizes dry environment and lower temperature (120° - 150° F.). This increases patient tolerance for longer, deeper heating of tissues; promotes profuse perspiration; and provides beneficial metabolic, circulatory, immunological and dermatological effects. 

Reduces Stress and Fatigue

Perhaps the most immediate relief a infrared sauna offers is simple relaxation as it melts away the stresses and tension of "modern" life. Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of a Infrared Sauna gives you an overall massaging effect, soothing jangled nerves and knotted muscles. You will feel rejuvenated and restored in both body and mind.

Removes Wastes and Toxins

Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and wastes. Daily sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of highly toxic heavy metals (lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other organic and inorganic compounds.

Improves the Immune System

The infrared sauna's deep heat raises your body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. Fever is the body's natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection. This enhanced immune system, combined with improved elimination of toxins and wastes via intense sweating, increases your overall health and resistance to disease.

Relieves Pain / Joint Stiffness

The deep heat of a infrared sauna helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. In Europe, radiant heat therapy is widely used to treat patients suffering form many forms of arthritis. It has been proven effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and many other musculoskeletal ailments. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles so they recover faster. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm, promoting greater flexibility and range of motion. Much of the stiffness, aches and soreness that come with aging is reduced or eliminated.

Burns Calories, Controls Weight and Reduces Cellulite

As you relax in the gentle heat, your body is actually hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and burning calories. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, in a single sauna session you may burn as many calories as you would rowing or jogging for 30 minutes. Saunas have been traditionally used by European beauticians to help eliminate cellulite. Since the radiant heat of the Infrared Sauna warms three times as deeply as conventional saunas, it is significantly more effective at reducing cellulite.

Improves Skin

The profuse sweating achieved in the infrared sauna carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Increased circulation draws your skin's own natural nutrients to the surface. You will see improved tone, elasticity, texture, and fresh color. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions, and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.

Increases Blood Circulation and Strengthens the Cardiovascular System

As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder pumping blood at a greater rate to boost circulation, providing the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops, thus boosting overall cardiovascular fitness.

Contact Foundations Medical Center to schedule your reserved appointment in our Infrared Sauna at 850.269.9000 or email us with any questions you may have at: info@foundationsmedicalcenter.com