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What is an Infrared Sauna?
The seven colors of the rainbow are visible lights, and infrared rays and ultraviolet rays are invisible lights. Infrared rays are one of the sun’s rays. Infrared rays are the healthiest, penetrate into your skin deeply and they dissolve harmful substances accumulated in your body. The infrared rays vitalize your cells and metabolism. Infrared heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation. Infrared Sauna is best used at temperatures between 100° to 125°F versus 180° to 220°F for traditional hot-air saunas.
Far infrared waves penetrate into our body to activate the sweat glands. The sweat glands offer one of only a few mechanisms that the body has to eliminate toxins and since the skin is the largest organ in the human body it is apparently a very good means for elimination. As the infrared heat warms your body directly, you will start to sweat and you will sweat profusely. You will find you may actually sweat more in an infrared sauna than in a traditional rock sauna. Studies show that sweat from a traditional sauna contains about 3-5% toxins where sweat from your infrared sauna contains about 17-20% toxins. When far infrared waves are applied to water molecules (comprising 70% of our body) these molecules begin to vibrate. This vibration reduces the ion bonds and the eventual breakdown of the water molecules causes encapsulated gasses and other toxic materials to be released.
What is Full Spectrum Infrared?
Full spectrum refers to the entire infrared spectrum: near infrared, mid infrared and far infrared.
Is Infrared Safe?
Infrared heat is very safe and not at all like the heat produced by microwaves. In an infrared sauna, only 20 percent of the energy is used to heat the air, leaving the rest of the energy to heat the body. The radiant heat can penetrate deep below the skin producing a gentle warming inside the body. The temperature inside an infrared sauna is adjustable and averages a comfortable 100°F to 130 °F. These lower temperatures allow you to sweat faster and to tolerate a longer sauna session offering greater therapeutic benefit. Typical sessions last 20 to 45 minutes and can be repeated once or twice during the day to maximize the benefits. Infrared saunas leave you feeling invigorated, not depleted like conventional saunas.
Infrared heaters warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight. Infrared heat therapy uses the wavelength of the visible and non-visible light spectrum of sunlight that heats the body normally. Traditional saunas raise the temperature of the air to a very high level within the chamber to warm the body. Some people have difficulty breathing in this extremely warm air. Infrared saunas work differently. Instead of heating the air within the enclosure, infrared saunas heat the body directly. The result is deeper tissue penetration. In an infrared sauna, the body perspires and receives all of the healthy benefits but avoids the harmful and extremely hot air of a traditional steam sauna.
What about EMF / ELF dangers?
The Infrared Sauna in our office uses True Wave™ far infrared and full spectrum infrared heaters. These are most effective and safest infrared heaters available. Clearlight Infrared Sauna® models are the only ONLY infrared sauna that cancels out both EMF and ELF. Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) are energy waves with frequencies below 300 hertz or cycles per second. Extremely low frequency (ELF) are the electric fields with frequencies from 3 to 30 hertz. Studies are being conducted to see the damage to our cells from over-exposure to high levels of EMF and ELF.
The Sanctuary Infrared Sauna® model offers the lowest and safest EMF and ELF levels of any infrared sauna on the market. The EMF levels in our Clearlight Sanctuary™ sauna will be mostly below 1mg when tested directly on the heater itself. Where you are sitting in the sauna, the EMF levels are virtually 0mg. The ELF levels in the Infrared Sauna™ are 3 – 5 times below the threshold of concern.
A Way of Life Acupuncture now offers a Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna at the office. Our sauna is in a private room so you can relax and enjoy your experience. Please make sure to drink lots of water prior to your sauna experience. You will be sweating so to avoid dehydration, you must drink lots of fluids before and after your session.
Some of the many benefits research has shown that an Infrared Sauna may help with are:
Boost / Increase Metabolism
Relieve Muscle Pain
Boost Immune System
Improve the Appearance of Cellulite
Ease Joint Pain
Ease joint Stiffness
Improve Skin and Complexion
CONTRAINDICATIONS & PRIOR USE MEDICAL ADVICE
If you have any questions regarding your current medical condition and the use of an Infrared sauna please consult your medical doctor before use. Infrared saunas are contraindicated for the following conditions or you should consult your medical doctor prior to use. Infrared Saunas creating a cure for or treating any disease is neither implied nor should be inferred. In the rare event that you experience pain and/or discomfort while in the sauna immediately discontinue use.
Seek permission from your doctor prior to use for the following conditions:
Infrared sauna use is contraindicated for people with following conditions: