When you think of a sauna, does you mind conjure images of steam based traditional saunas? Luckily, there’s a better way to sauna. Introducing 8 benefits of using an infrared sauna – Myall’s newest wellbeing offering.
Infrared sauna technology heats the body at a thermal level and has profound physiological effects on the body.
Researchers in the field of medical science have mounting evidence that proves the benefits of infrared saunas, not only for general health and wellbeing but specifically for toxin clearance and reducing pain and inflammation within the body.
Below, we’ve collated the top eight most researched benefits and how they could be game changing to your wellness journey.
8 Benefits Of An Infrared Sauna
Weight loss & Increased Metabolism
Stress & Fatigue Reducing
Joint & Muscle Pain Management
Weight Loss & Increased Metabolism using an infrared sauna
Regular use of an infrared sauna can imitate the same positive effects on the cardiovascular system as a high-intensity workout. It achieves this by causing your body’s heart rate to increase, produce sweat, and lower blood pressure. By imitating a cardiovascular workout, the body begins to increase its metabolism and burn calories. As you relax in the gentle infrared heat, your body is hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and burning calories. A Japanese study showed that patients with chronic heart failure had better exercise tolerance after experiencing the benefits of an infrared sauna for 15-minutes for five days straight
Far infrared saunas can increase the body’s core temperature by up to three degrees. This increase in temperature can help fight off unwanted bacteria, illness, and flu symptoms especially important in these winter months. This enhanced immune system response, combined with improved elimination of toxins from intense sweating, increases your overall health and resistance to disease.
It’s widely known that one of the benefits of an infrared sauna is its positive effect on the skin. The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Sweating increases circulation which draws your skin’s natural nutrients to the surface. Not only can the sweating give you a glowing complexion, but it can also improve tone, elasticity, texture, and help restore to its natural fresh colour. Correspondingly, increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions, and cuts.
Stress & Fatigue Reducing
We all experience some level of stress in our lives and when the body is in a constant state of stress, its ability to regenerate and eliminate harmful toxins is significantly impaired. As the sauna mimics the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, your body focuses less on the stress response and starts using its energy for cell regeneration and digestion. Interestingly, the benefits of infrared sauna have even been researched as a treatment for chronic fatigue with significant results. Research conducted by the Journal of Psychosomatic Research (2005) found patients who had 15-23 sessions of 15-minute far infrared saunas showed a significant decrease in the symptoms of chronic fatigue such as depression, fatigue, pain, sleep deprivation or disturbances and in some cases fever.
Thermal heating of the body activates the parasympathetic nervous system which removes us from that stressful state and relaxes us, which makes us feel calm. The benefits of infrared sauna causes muscles to release tension resulting in the entire muscular system relaxing, sending a message to the brain that the body is ready for sleep.
One of the greatest benefits of infrared sauna technology is its ability to increase your blood circulation and stimulate the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins in the body. There are claims that sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of accumulated highly toxic metals (lead, mercury, nickel, and cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, and other organic and inorganic compounds.
Heating the body is a well-known factor in improving the blood circulation, reducing inflammation and lubricating the joints. The deep penetrating heat of far infrared sauna technology helps peripheral blood vessels dilate and circulate blood bringing critical relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries
Muscle & Joint Management
Infrared wavelengths penetrate deeply into the body to target and deliver blood and concentrated oxygen to core muscles, assisting the body in the healing process. This oxygenation and circulation help to lower the sympathetic nervous system. Peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated how the benefits of infrared sauna can relieve some of the symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
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