(BeWellBuzz) Hundreds, even thousands of years ago, people turned to heat therapy as a source of healing. Sauna is one of the best ways to immediately sooth achy muscles and relax busy minds. Health professionals worldwide recognize the benefits of saunas to promote blood circulation and oxygenation of body tissues, relief aches, pains, and general stiffness; eliminate body toxins by promoting perspiration; and even to help burn some unwanted calories.
Unlike traditional saunas that can be uncomfortably hot, far-infrared sauna uses light to create heat. They are a great alternative to the traditional sauna, especially for elderly and people with asthma, as it warms objects without warming the air between it and the object. It allows you to sweat without feeling the intense heat of a regular sauna.
What Is Far-Infrared?
Far-infrared heat is a safe form of naturally occurring energy. Infrared rays have a longer wavelength and cannot be seen by a human eye. Our bodies are able to absorb these rays when in direct contact. This heat doesn’t raise the temperature of the air but goes 2-3″ into the body heats the body directly, thus providing all the benefits of natural sunlight without the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.
Infrared saunas gained a lot popularity due to its many health benefits. They are available in all shapes, sizes and prices from full size cabins that can seat up to 4 people to the small individual and portable sauna bags, whatever your needs there will be something for you.
Health Benefits of Infrared Sauna
- The infrared rays enter the body and converts into energy which stimulates the body tissues. This helps body to change fat cells into sweat and resultantly a person loses fat and weight. You can burn 400-600 calories in just one 30 minute session.
- Helps flush out toxins.
- Improves metabolism.
- Relaxes muscles and helps eliminate shoulder, neck, and back pain.
- Speeds up healing process. People who suffer from sprains and strains must use sauna to recover quickly.
- Improves blood circulation.
- Relieves arthritis pain.
- Boosts immune system.
- Helps relax and rejuvenate the body.
- Removes oil, dirt, makeup from clogged pores and improves skin problems like acne, rashes and scars.
- No alcohol usage prior to a sauna session.
- Drink plenty of water before and after sauna.
- Children must be accompanied and they should take a bath under supervision.
- If you have some medical problem or pregnant, consult your doctor before using sauna.
Recommended session time is about 10-15 minutes. You can extend it to about 20 minutes. Just remember that excess is never a good thing. Always do your own research and be aware of the benefits and limitations of an infrared sauna. Never check your physical limits while using it and it is always better to first learn how to use it and what would the best method for you. The limitations of sauna differ for each one of us and similarly the benefits also differ and depend upon the health condition of the person. Remember, always respect your body limitations.