Infra-red saunas utilize infra-red heaters to release infra-red radiant heat that is absorbed straight into the body. Infra-red sauna’s created the same rays that come from the sun however, filters out the UV radiation leaving only the infra-red radiation. This radiation goes into the skin, just a little, so it heats your body up without heating the external environment around you up as well. The high body temperature that the sauna creates helps to lower blood pressure whilst increasing blood circulation. Infra-red saunas raise your metabolism, the heat causes you to sweat any toxins out through your skin and because it causes your heart to beat faster, it burns calories. Here are some other effects of using and infra-red sauna:
- Can help relieve arthritis
- Helps control blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Helps cure some skin diseases such as acne, eczema and psoriasis
- Helps treat cellulite
- Helps treat bronchitis
- Increase weight loss
- Increases energy levels
- Improves strength and vitality
- Improves immune system
- Relieves stress
- Relieves joint pain and sore muscles
- Rids the body of unwanted toxins
- Strengthens the cardio-vascular system
Infra-red saunas take less time to heat up and therefore are a more sanitary environment than traditional saunas which, due to the humidity, are more likely to spread and house bacteria.
The infra-red heat stimulates vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels which brings oxygen to joints. This increases the healing process of sprains and strains and therefore relieves pain, reducing the overall time it takes to recover from an injury.
Leading studies have shown that the sweat caused by conventional saunas comprised of between 95-97% water, whereas the sweat exuded in an infra-red sauna was 80-85% water and the other 15-20% was cholesterol, toxic heavy metals i.e. mercury and aluminium, sodium, ammonia, sulphuric and uric acid as well as other fat soluble toxins. These toxins and heavy metal high concentration levels are not found in sweat from normal exercise. Toxins and waste are released due to the increased blood circulation caused by sweating. This detoxifies your body as it is cleansing itself of an accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals.
Everyone can benefit from a 30 minute infra-red session whether it’s to de-stress, rehabilitate or to encourage weight loss. There is a sauna in each change room so you’ll soon be reaping the benefits.