Infrared spa treatments are a great way to rid the body of unwanted toxins and burn calories. Environmental chemicals and any heavy metals such as mercury or lead that have built up in the body are excreted through sweating, and the infrared sauna is a way to comfortably sweat, relax, and purify skin. The increase in calories burned has been proven to help with losing weight, and the dry heat also assists with increasing circulation and healing injuries.
Infrared technology allows treatments to be available at different heat levels: near, middle, and far. These levels refer to different infrared wavelengths and heat intensity. Testing has shown that near-infrared levels are excellent for the healing of wounds and increasing the function of the immune system. Middle levels are better for improving circulation as well as enhancing the relaxation of muscles. And the far infrared levels? Those are ideal for detoxification. Often new users prefer to start their sauna time slowly, working up to thirty-minute sessions from an initial five minutes to start, but if you use a standard Swedish sauna frequently or have a high tolerance to heat, it’s fine to spend a longer period of time initially in an infrared sauna. The goal is to spend thirty minutes experiencing the relaxation and health benefits of an infrared sauna at least several times a week.
One of the most powerful benefits of infrared spa treatments is detoxification of the body. Infrared saunas help those who use them to literally eliminate more than seven times the amount of toxins lost in a conventional Swedish sauna. The result is a healthier you.
Purification aside, an infrared sauna visit is simply relaxing. The intense, dry heat helps to balance the body’s cortisol level. Cortisol is the body’s main stress hormone. The saunas heat helps to relax muscles and relieve tension all over the body, improving relaxation and de-stressing.
Injured athlete, tired mom, or weary college student – it doesn’t matter. Infrared sauna treatments help to relieve muscle aches and inflammation. Many users swear by infrared treatments to accelerate the healing process from minor injuries.
Spending time in an infrared sauna can also help with weight loss. On average, spending thirty minutes in an infrared sauna burns 600 calories. The reason? The saunas heat increases core body temperature and increases heart rate, the same type of increase experienced when exercising. This means the body will burn more calories – and the more calories burned, of course, the more weight lost.
Sauna heat also improves circulation. In fact, spending regular periods of time in an infrared sauna can enhance blood flow. Enhancing blood flow also decreases inflammation after exercise, and improves the recovery of muscles, too.
The effects of an infrared sauna on the skin are well known. Eliminating toxins by sweating creates softer skin that’s clearer and looks healthier.
Regardless of which benefits you are seeking, overall, infrared saunas are a relaxing and powerful way to improve health inside and out, enhancing your complexion, boosting your immune system, and simply relaxing both body and mind.