Sauna therapy is a thermal therapy that has been recognized throughout history as a viable means of relaxing and cleansing the body, which may improve overall health, and promoting a sense of well being.
From Finland to India to North America, many people 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 3 inches. 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 40° – 60° C vs. 70° – 90°C 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.
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
- Pregnant Women should be monitored closely by a qualified healthcare professional
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosis
- Multiple Sclerosis
The major benefits of infrared sauna therapy include:
- Possible Weight Loss: You may Burns 900 – 2400 calories in just one 30 min. session
- You may release accumulated toxins such as pesticides, PCBs, drug residues, acidic wastes and non-essential trace metals
- You might see an improvement in symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis
- You might see an improvement skin tone and elasticity, softens scars / Essential for beautiful, youthful, glowing skin
- You may increase oxygenation of the tissues and cells
- May speed any anti-cellulite program
- May increase circulation, oxygen and nutrient delivery within the body
- You may see an improvement in immune function
- You may improve cardiovascular function
- You may improve pulmonary function
- Alleviation of pain and improved joint mobility / helps with sprains, strains, muscle spasm may be seen.
- You may improve psoriatic conditions
- Relief of symptoms of asthma and chronic bronchitis may felt.
- More recently, it has been used in cancer therapy and shows great promise
- It may assist in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, edema and exudates
- Relaxation and enjoyment – remove stress in comfortable warm temperature