A sauna is a small room where dry or wet heat is used to help the body perspire.
Infrared saunas differ from traditional saunas in that they use infrared radiant energy to directly penetrate into the body's tissue. This type of sauna uses infrared heaters to produce heat like the sun, without the damaging ultraviolet waves the sun gives off. When these rays penetrate the body there is a deep heating effect in both the muscle and internal organs. Our body reacts to the increased heating through the natural cooling process of perspiring.
Saunas can be used therapeutically, as you relax in the sauna, your body is hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and even burning calories. This heat surrounds you and penetrates deeply into your joints, muscles, and tissues, speeding oxygen flow and increasing circulation. These infrared heat waves penetrate deep into your body warming the body to the point of encouraging your body to begin sweating. As your body sweats, your heart works harder to pump blood. Sweating can help your body to eliminate toxins through the skin, which is the body's largest eliminatory organ. It helps to detoxify your body, by helping to remove impurities from your cells, specifically the cells inside our fat where our body stores waste and harmful toxins. The temperature inside an infrared sauna is adjustable can should be used between 100- 140 degrees F. Typical sessions last 20-45 minutes and can be repeated once or twice a day.
Other benefits from a sauna include:
Weight loss: As your sweat this increases your metabolism therefore burning more calories.
Muscle Pain Relief: As muscles become warm, the circulation increases helping to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the muscles, muscular tension decreases, and it helps remove metabolic waste products away from the body especially after a work our.
Boosts the Immune System: Saunas the internal temperature of the body allowing the body to eliminate toxins through sweating, and also increasing your overall resistance to disease.
Detoxification: Saunas can help to release built up toxins in the body, such as chemicals, heavy metals, alcohol, nicotine, metabolic waste and other toxins on a daily basis.
Improves Appearance of Cellulite: The saunas heat penetrate deep into the body helping to reverse the accumulation of liquids in the fat cells to help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Ease Joint Pain and Stiffness: Through sweating the body is able to help arthritis, by decreasing joint inflammation, and releasing toxins in the joints that may be causing inflammation to begin with.
Reduce Stress and Fatigue: Sitting in a sauna gives your body time to relax, the heat relaxes the muscles, and it's like the stress is literally melting out of the body. Saunas have also been shown to affect the autonomic nervous system putting the body in a parasympathetic (resting) state.
Improves Skin: It helps cleanse the skin by enabling the body to rid of impurities and dead skin cells. It also helps to increase circulation to the skin increasing tone, elasticity, texture and color. This is not only good for generalized skin conditions but also with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
Caution: Persons suffering from obesity or with a medical history of heart disease, low or high blood pressure, circulatory system problems, or diabetes should consult a physician prior to using the sauna.
Contraindications: Not for people with pace makers.
Cost: 10 per session