Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
Far Infrared saunas have been around for years, but only recently have become popular in North America. Japanese and other cultures have been utilizing saunas for the past century and have enjoyed tremendous health benefits from them.
How Do Far Infrared Saunas Work?
Infrared Saunas are unlike conventional saunas, which pull sweat out of the body. Far Infrared energy penetrates up to 3 inches into the body and PUSHES sweat out of the body. As the body is heated from the inside out, it forces toxins under the skin out.
The temperature of the Infrared Sauna is typically between 120°-150° F versus a traditional sauna, which operates between 180°-220° F. However, despite operating at a lower temperature, you will typically perspire far more in infrared saunas because the infrared energy penetrates your body at a much deeper level.
External detoxification duplicates the beneficial effects of the sun without the harmful UVA and UVB rays that cause sunburn, free radical damage and damage to the skin. The infrared rays penetrate into the body 1 to 3 1/2 inches, mobilizing the adipose layer beneath the skin, cleansing the skin from the inside out. Infrared treatments improve skin tone, color and texture, a perfect solution to aging skin.
How is a Far Infrared Sauna Different?
External Detoxification: Sweating is a safe and natural way to heal, stay healthy, and detoxify from exposure to heavy metals and toxic chemicals without stressing the detoxification organs like the liver, kidney and intestines. Using our Sunlighten infrared sauna, the average person sweats out 20% toxins and 80% water. Like candle wax that melts when it is lit, fat melts above 100°F making it easy for trapped toxins to move through the blood and up through the skin to be released. Scientific analysis shows infrared heat induced sweat contains 20-30% more toxins, fat, and impurities than sweat induced from exercise or other sources.
Weight loss: Studies have shown that 30-minute infrared sauna sessions can burn upwards of 600 calories. Most of our patients who use the sauna for weight loss and detoxification like the sauna between 130 and 150 degrees. As the body works to cool itself while sitting in the infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate. This is a conditioning workout for the heart.
Infrared Sauna Pricing (30-minute Session)
One Visit $45
5 Visit Package $175
10 Visit Package $299
It is possible for two people to use the infrared sauna at the same time.
Gift Certificates are Available and make great holiday and birthday gifts.
How Can an Infrared Sauna Help You Lose Weight?
In a Far Infrared Sauna, a moderately fit person can sweat one pound of sweat in a 30-minute session; the equivalent of running 2-3 miles. While it is true that the weight of the water expelled in the sauna may be regained by re-hydrating with water, the calories lost will not, resulting in weight loss.
The list below is a summary of how many calories a 150-pound person normally burns in 30 minutes of exercise:
Marathon Running: 590
Vigorous Racquet Ball: 510
Rowing (peak effort): 600
Swimming (Crawl Stroke): 300
Tennis (fast game): 265
Cycling (10 mph): 225
Golfing (without cart): 150
Walking (3.5 mph): 150
Other Benefits Include:
Relaxation, Stress Reduction:
According to New York Times best-selling author and fitness expert, Jorge Cruise – as well as many other health professionals – the more stressed you are, the more cortisol your body produces. Cortisol is a “fight or flight” hormone made in the adrenal gland that raises heart rate and blood pressure and leads to the deposit of excess calories in the midsection. Scientific evidence shows that infrared sauna therapy helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol. While cortisol levels stay the same or rise slightly during a sauna therapy session, they drop immediately afterward.
Sunlighten saunas have been clinically shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with regular use. Our patients also report they sleep so much better on the nights they use the infrared sauna. Also, deep core heat has another benefit of removing the emotional stress accumulated during the day.
Boosting the Immune System:
When your body has to fight off a foreign invader, it will create a fever to kill of the microbes. In the same way, sitting in an infrared sauna will raise the core temperature 1 to 3 degrees and your body will recognize it as a fever, putting your natural defenses to work. This treatment is excellent for those who have active Lyme disease, as both the T cells and white blood cells will elevate.
People who work with chemicals or have a lot of mercury dental fillings often have issues with their thyroid gland. Reducing these toxins with the help of the infrared sauna boosts metabolism and supports weight loss.
Far Infrared heat can assist in breaking down cellulite. Cellulite is a gel-like substance made up of fat, water and wastes which are trapped in pockets below the skin. Profuse sweating helps clear this form of unwanted debris from the body. Because heat penetration of Infrared Saunas is over twice that of conventional saunas and up to ten times the level of heat in these tissues, an infrared sauna can be significantly more effective than a conventional sauna.
Burns and wounds
Helps heal scars, burns, acne, and some eczema faster.
Improves male sexual function
Infrared saunas have been shown to increase the production of nitric oxide, a naturally occurring chemical the body needs for sexual function which diminishes with age.
Improves skin tone and elasticity
How Sports Medicine Uses the Infrared Sauna:
Infrared heat can greatly benefit the sore, damaged or tired muscles of an athlete. The heat penetrates the muscles, increasing blood circulation and assisting muscle repair. Infrared heat will also help in the reduction of lactic acid, allowing tight and worn-out muscles to relax. The penetrating heat of the infrared sauna can also help ease the pain of a muscle sprain (after administration of cold and compression). Some of our patients love to use the sauna before a yoga class like a warm up exercise, helping them get deeper into the poses. The deep heat of the infrared sauna is great for arthritis sufferers.