Far Infrared Sauna (Detox Box) Benefits
There is a wide body of both scientific and anecdotal evidence regarding the effectiveness of sauna heat therapy. While you sit and relax, read or chat with a friend, you may also receive the following benefits:
Injury Repair and Recovery
The infrared energy released by a far-infrared sauna penetrates deep into muscle tissue, enhancing circulation and promoting oxygenation of body tissues. Sauna heat therapy relieves muscle aches, pains, stiffness, and muscle spasms. Because it stimulates vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels and enhances the body’s delivery of oxygen to joints and extremities, it is believed to speed the healing of sprains and strains, thereby relieving pain and reducing recovery time from an injury.
Sauna heat therapy is also recommended by many therapists and physicians to treat chronic pain, including joint pain, arthritis pain, and fibromyalgia. It is also effective in reducing inflammation and swelling by improving lymph flow.
Not only is the skin our largest organ, it plays an important role in detoxifying the body by eliminating undesirable chemicals and compounds, eliminating up to 30% of the body’s wastes through the sweat. The process of toxin elimination through the skin is greatly enhanced by perspiration and sweating. Since infrared saunas heat the body directly and profuse sweating often ensues quickly, they offer an excellent means of general detoxification. Infrared heat penetrates well below the surface of the skin, right into the joints and muscles. This increases metabolism and allows body cells to eliminate toxins more readily.
Synthetic clothing fabrics, our more sedentary lifestyles, and indoor air conditioning, reduce the opportunities that our bodies have to sweat out toxins. Further, sun damage to our skin and the chemicals found in skin lotions, soaps, creams and deodorants also affect the rate that we perspire. Repeated use of a sauna slowly restores skin elimination better than any other method without the need for rigorous exercise which may be difficult or impossible for many people.
Relaxation and Stress Relief
Stress plays a huge role in our physical health and mental well-being. A sauna session is a great way to sit quietly, meditate, relax with a good book or your favourite music or chat with a friend.
Sauna’s aren’t the answer to overnight weight loss, but can help play a small role in maintaining a healthy weight or shedding a few pounds, especially when combined with a regular exercise routine and healthy eating. The physical physical weight you lose after a sauna session is due to perspiration of fluids and not burning fat. Following your session, you will consume water to replace the lost fluids, so some of this weight will certainly come back almost immediately. However, it is estimated that to produce one gram of sweat, 0.568 Kcal is required. The average sauna user can easily produce 500 grams of sweat during an effective sauna session, thereby burning close to 300 Kcal. This is equivalent to running a couple of miles. Plus there are the benefits of releasing toxins that can inhibit weight loss and the benefits of relaxation on the cortisol (fat storage) response.
Saunas enhances circulation by stimulating vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels. During a sauna session, the heart rate increases, providing mild cardiovascular conditioning. Some initial research suggests that regular heat therapy in an sauna can help reduce blood pressure (perhaps by providing an environment where you can just relax and let go of stress) and also lower cholesterol.
Skin Health / Beauty
Sauna use has many positive benefits for our skin. In addition to freeing our skin of many of the toxins that accumulate as a result of the use of chemical-laden soaps, conditioners, make-up, etc., the increased blood circulation to the skin brings more nutrients to the surface, thus promoting healthy tone and texture.
Other Potential Health Benefits
Doctors of naturopathic, homeopathic and alternative medicine are convinced of a wide range of other benefits of saunas. For instance, it is believed by many that a sauna can help stimulate the body’s immune response by elevating the body temperature – many viruses, tumours and toxin-laden cells are thought to be weaker (poor tolerance to heat) than normal healthy cells. Proponents believe that by elevating the body’s temperature much like the body does naturally during a fever, the sauna will help the body fight various diseases. Given the human body’s effectiveness in fighting disease by inducing a fever, the science behind this theory would appear to be very plausible. FIRS also increases an antioxidant in our body called MnSOD, improves endothelial lining and reduces inflammation
What is involved in a session?
Make a booking on 93310951 so the Detox Box is warmed up ready for you (it takes 20 minutes to warm up, so it’s a good idea to call beforehand).Bring some water and 2 towels – one to sit on and one for the shower afterwards. The session goes for 30 minutes followed by a shower. An electrolyte drink with antioxidants is given to you after your session here at All Degrees of Health to replace electrolytes and nutrients lost through the sweat.
Mention this post and bring a friend for FREE (usually costs an extra $10) OR book one session and get the second one FREE (valid until 30th October)
Essential pre-reading: http://mthfr.net/benefits-of-sauna/2015/01/13/