By Brian Whiteley, L. M. T.
Saunas have been used for hundreds of years for their beneficial health effects. Besides the immediate relaxation that occurs from being warm, the sauna session promotes the release of toxins from the body by causing you to sweat more than you normally would. The heat can also be beneficial for people who suffer from chronic disorders such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other muscle and joint issues. Far-Infrared Saunas heat in a way that penetrates the body more efficiently to release toxins and provide relief and relaxation. The infrared energy used can cause up to 2-3 times the sweat volume of a traditional hot-air sauna, while operating at a significantly cooler air temperature range (110F to 130F vs. 180F to 235F for hot-air saunas). This also makes it much more comfortable to breathe during a session. Because the infrared energy is not disbursed into the air, it is available to directly heat the bodies that are sitting in the sauna. This type of energy penetrates more deeply into the tissues – over 1.5 inches. This allows the heat to go deeper into the muscular tissues. The body responds to this deep-heating effect in many beneficial ways.
Regular Use of Far Infrared Heat May Help:
- Decrease joint stiffness directly
- Increase extensibility of collagen tissues
- Minimize “down” time from injuries
- Relieve muscles spasms
- Reduce pain of various kinds and increase endorphin production
- Increase blood flow
- Improve skin tone and health, unclogging pores
- Ease joint pain and stiffness without toxic side-effects
- Burn calories
- Relax muscles and increase flexibility
- Improve immune system functioning
- Reduce stress and fatigue
- Reduce symptoms of some chronic disorders such as fibromyalgia
Saunas should not be used by certain people. If you are in doubt, ask your doctor for a recommendation. You can experience a Far-Infrared session free with any massage during the month of October, at Balance Point Spa, 18285 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country, CA 91387; 661-252-0650. For more information on the Far-Infrared Sauna, visit www.balancepointspa.com.