“Infrared wavelengths penetrate the body to create heat, which creates profound therapeutic benefits. They increase blood flow to the muscles, delivering more concentrated oxygen, which creates more energy to heal.”
-Dr. Jeffrey Spencer – University of Southern California
What is Infrared?
The sun produces a combination of both visible light and invisible light, and part of this invisible spectrum is infrared wavelengths. These invisible infrared rays carry heat and are what makes sunlight feel warm.
Direct heat to tissues = more benefits
While traditional saunas use a heater to heat the air, relying on this hot air to indirectly heat up the skin of the user, infrared saunas use infrared heat wavelengths to penetrate tissues directly up to several inches under the skin.
Since only a small percentage of the infrared heats the air, with the majority instead heating your tissues, this results in a deeper sweat, greater effects on the cellular level and a much lower and more tolerable ambient air temperature. In fact, infrared saunas usually operate very effectively between 120° – 140°F, while traditional saunas often get up to 195°F.
What are the Benefits of Full Spectrum Infrared?
The reported benefits of using an infrared sauna, including better sleep and relaxation, are impressive. Relief from sore muscles tops the list, but there are myriad other documented benefits. Scientists have established that infrared waves are beneficial to the human body, stimulating cellular repair and the lymphatic, immune and cardiovascular systems, while also helping to remove cellular waste. Infrared provides all these benefits without including any of the more damaging rays of sunlight. As a bonus, our Infrared model is rated as the lowest EMF on the market.
Pain Relief & Injury Healing
Infrared sauna heat penetrates tissue, joints and muscles to relieve anything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Pain management professionals often will incorporate infrared sauna heat therapy into treatment plans to decrease pain and muscle spasms and to speed up recovery time.
Full Spectrum infrared heating technology has the unique ability to heal wounds and injuries faster and minimize scarring. Research has shown that near infrared therapy greatly enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting faster cell regeneration and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increases to repair wounds and prevent infection.
Blood Pressure & Circulation
Infrared sauna use induces a deep sweat that makes the heart pump faster, increasing blood flow, lowering blood pressure and helping overall circulation. Heating the muscles with infrared produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Scientific evidence shows using a infrared sauna a couple times a week can contribute to lower blood pressure.
Regular infrared sauna use can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate. This stimulation the circulatory system more fully oxygenates the body’s cells. Better blood circulation means more wastes are pulled by the lymphatic system from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system
NOTE: if you have significantly elevated or low blood pressure, please consult with your healthcare provider beforehand to best plan your use.
Near infrared exposure stimulates collagen production and has been shown to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. The near infrared wavelengths are proven to be the most effective wavelengths for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin, leading to a healthier skin and complexion. Far infrared wavelengths target deeper down, helping remove cellular wastes that can have a negative impact on your skin.
How does it work?
A full-spectrum infrared sauna provides a variety of heat wavelengths known as near, middle, and far. All of these waves are absorbed into the body similar to sunlight, even though they cannot be seen with the naked eye. These wavelengths provide several documented benefits to different depths in your body:
Near-Infrared is the shortest wavelength and is absorbed just below the surface of your skin. This spectrum will help raise your core body temperature and helps with skin purification and rejuvenation providing anti-aging benefits. It has also been proven to be effective for boosting immunity, and maintaining healthy cell function.
Middle-Infrared is a longer wavelength that penetrates deeper, encouraging circulation while releasing more oxygen to injured areas and helping with tissue healing, pain management, and muscle relief.
Far-infrared wavelengths is the longest infrared wavelength and penetrates several inches deep into your body. This can increase the body’s core temperature significantly and can clear waste from the body as much as seven times more effectively than a regular sauna. Far infrared wavelengths result in the greatest levels of detoxification, increase your metabolism aiding in cardiovascular health, improve circulation through vasodilation, relax muscles, reduce joint pain and much more
Who is it for?
Anyone can enjoy infrared sauna use. However, each person reacts differently to heat, so it’s best to check with your health practitioner to be sure that you’re engaging in the safest practices possible for your own unique body and conditions. And, of course, take your time and listen to your body and intuition when exposing yourself to something new!
When and how often?
New to infrared Sauna? When you first begin to use the infrared sauna, Start Slowly. In the beginning you do not have to spend all of your 40 minute session time inside the sauna. We have cool water to drink, and a fan to help cool you down located just outside the sauna, as well as a call button if you need us. Please don’t “tough it out” if you are feeling overheated! We recommend planning on spending no more than 20-30 minutes in the sauna for your first session and stopping if you feel overheated, especially if you do not have prior experience with infrared saunas.CHECK OUT our guidelines on Sauna Safety.
Sauna therapy can be practiced daily – however, if you’re new to the practice, plan on increasing your sauna usage slowly. Be sure to stay hydrated and include electrolytes, as the body expels most of its waste through sweat via this detoxification process.