I’ve always loved everything about the sauna – the whole ritual felt healthy and was a relaxing way to end the day. I always enjoyed it, but never really thought much about the health benefits perhaps because I couldn’t really indulge on a daily basis. Finally it took some research into cancer for one of my clients that led me to the health benefits of the infrared sauna – and now I am lucky enough to try one out in my own home! So far, I’ve found after less than one week and 3 sessions that my skin is clearer, softer and smoother. What other benefits are there?
According to Sherry Rogers, MD, an internationally known expert in environmental medicine and author of Tired or Toxic?, saunas should be a part of every household. Dr. Rogers writes that “incurable chronic diseases that were thought to have no known cause often disappear when toxic chemicals are gone”. In his book Never Fear Cancer Again, Raymond Francis recommends regular saunas to “achieve and maintain good health”. The skin is one of the best ways to rid yourself of toxins as it is the body’s biggest organ and a crucial part of our detox system. “Saunas melt the fat layer in the skin, allowing the oil to ooze out of the oil glands along with its cargo of accumulated fat-soluble toxins. In addition, water-soluble toxins are lost in the sweat, carrying out heavy metals like lead and mercury.” That’s enough of a reason for me, but there are more!
A quick search in Pubmed, confirms the following benefits:
· Rheumatoid Arthritis: short-term improvement of pain and stiffness, and a trend towards long-term beneficial effects
· Reduction in chronic pain
· Useful in treating cardiovascular disease
From other studies including personal experiences, infrared saunas are extremely useful for
· A variety of skin disorders from psoriasis to acne
· Alleviating muscle aches and pains
· Lung issues including asthma and bronchitis
· Supporting your liver function
· Supporting your immune system and overcoming the common cold quickly
· Reduction in cellulite and possible weight loss!
Not to mention the relaxation benefits when you take some time out of your busy schedule just to tune out from the stresses and more into yourself!
Why are infrared saunas better than conventional ones?
Some people find the excessive heat and sweating caused by the extreme temperatures in Finnish saunas unbearable. Simply put, infrared is different in that it heats you and not the room around you. The heat actually penetrates your tissues by 1.5 inches and stimulates the healing of tissues and the release of toxins – and the temperature is far lower than in a normal sauna. 50 degrees centigrade is the optimal temperature.
They are also extremely easy to install, relatively affordable and take up little space so most homes can find a space of less than 1.5 x 2m for a cabin suitable for up to 3 people at a time. You do not need to have a water source connected – just a regular power source and you are ready to enjoy the benefits!
I will keep you posted, but so far, we are really pleased with our home spa!