Infrared Sauna

Infrared Sauna

Infrared saunas are the ultimate detox.  The research on these saunas is significant and very impressive.  In a 30 minute session you can expect to expel toxins and also burn up to 1000 calories.

Research has shown a number of significant health benefits of using infrared saunas.
Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing the build-up of toxins and waste.  Daily sweating can help dextoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, zinc, nickel and cadmium, as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulphuric acid and cholesterol.

Infrared saunas operate at low temperatures, reducing the pressure placed on your body and allowing heat to penetrate more deeply into your skin.  They safely function by producing radiant heat (not to be confused with the damaging ultraviolet radiation usually associated with sunburn).  The time spent in an infrared sauna opens pores prompting perspiration, helping to release toxins.
As well as releasing toxins, infrared saunas help you burn calories. According to a Journal of the American Medical Association report; in a single sauna session you may burn as many calories as you would rowing or jogging for 30 minutes.  It is important to understand that you are burning calories not just loosing water.

 A quick search of the web will give you lots of information on the benefits of using infrared saunas.

 Recent research has established that Infrared Radiation significantly accelerates the regeneration time of athletes… The main physiologic effects are deep relaxation, optimization of the microcirculation, effective reduction of oedema, acceleration of healing processes after micro-fibre cracks in muscles, tendons and tissues… During training and competition times, daily Infrared exposures are recommended. Favourable time points are immediately up to one day following peak physical activities. Also, short exposure during the warm up periods is also recommended.” World leading heat therapy specialist Dr Ralf Kleef

Depending on your requirements, ie injuries or illnesses, depends on how often you would ideally use the sauna to get the optimum benefits.  In a perfect world you would use it every day.  The nice thing about infrared saunas is that they feel great to use, particularly in the dead of winter.
There are some scientific studies behind using an infrared sauna, Dr Kleef from the Institute for Thermal and Immune Therapy in Vienna has developed infrared treatments for many conditions. Below is a chart to give you a guide on how to get the best from your infrared sauna treatments.

Condition

Frequency (30 minute sessions)

 

 

Rapid recovery and revitalisation

Every two days

Back pain and muscular tension

Daily

Joint pain and rheumatic disorders

Daily

Common cold

Daily

Skin disorders

Daily

Bronchial conditions

Every two days

High blood pressure

Every two days

Migraine headaches

Daily

Supporting weight loss

Daily

Detoxification

Daily

Infrared saunas operate at low temperatures, reducing the pressure placed on your body and allowing heat to penetrate more deeply into your skin. They safely function by producing radiant heat, not to be confused with the damaging ultraviolet radiation usually associated with sunburn. The time spent in an infrared sauna opens pores prompting perspiration. This helps to release toxins such as lead, nickel and mercury from the tissues.

Enjoyed by all ages and with very few contra-indications.
The low-temperature heat makes our sauna safe for children, elderly, and those with heart problems.
Effective in controlling weight.
According to a Journal of the American Medical Association report, in a single sauna session you may burn as many calories as you would rowing or jogging for 30 minutes. It is recommended that you sauna 20-30 minutes a day, 2-3 times per week.

Reprinted from Alternative Medicine Magazine, January 2001 Issue.
A few quotes from the article:
The FIR energy emitted in these saunas may induce two or three times the sweat volume of conventional saunas, yet they operate at a much cooler air temperature range: about 110° to 130°F, compared with 180° to 235°F in a conventional sauna. Many individuals who cannot tolerate a conventional sauna, steam room or sweat lodge will find FIR saunas pleasant. The lower heat range is also safer for those with cardiovascular risk factors or fragile health because lower Temperatures don't dramatically elevate heart rate and blood pressure.
Dr. Cline points out that methods to induce sweating have been used for centuries to bring about improved health and relief from disease. “Over 2,000 years ago,” he says, “the famous Greek physician, Parmenides, stated 'give me a chance to create fever, and I will cure any disease.'

Q : My doctor says the infrared sauna is very effective for detoxifying mercury from your body?
A : Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and waste. Daily sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals (lead, mercury, zinc, nickel, cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid and cholesterol.

Analysis of sweat reveals the toxins removed from the body during a Healthy Infra-Red Sauna Session

Lead
Nickel
Copper
Zinc
Iron
Calcium
Sodium
Magnesium
Manganese
Cadimium

Q : How often should I use the sauna?
A : Two or three times per week

Q : How long should I stay in the sauna?
A : 20 – 30 minutes

Q : What temperature is best?
A : 40 – 60 °C

Q : Will the infrared sauna have side effect?
A : Releases Stress, Good for weight control, Improves Elasticity and clarity of skin, Detoxifies body, especially good for body and muscular aches such as Arthritis and Rheumatism, Relaxes muscles, Burns calories & controls weight, Increases blood circulation, Strengthen the cardiovascular system

Q : Will it make me to reduce weight?
A : According to a Journal of the American Medical Association report, in a single sauna session you may burn as many calories as you would rowing or jogging for 30 minutes. So you reduce weight – not just water.

Q : Can the person who had back pain to use this product?
A : Don’t attempt to self-treat any disease without direct supervision of a certified physician.

Q : What is normal temperature for infrared sauna to operate?
A : 40 – 60 °C

Q : How much calories will it burn in a sessions?
A : Far-infrared Saunas burn 900 calories in just one 30 minutes session. Here are how many calories a 150-pound person normally burns up in 30 minutes of exercise:

 

Detox in the Sauna

By Lawrence Wilson, MD

Everyone today is exposed to heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Particularly for slow metabolizers, a very good method to detoxify the body is the far-infrared sauna. Its dry, warming energy is highly compatible with the human body. It heats the tissues several inches deep, enhancing metabolic processes.

Sauna Benefits

Heating of the tissues enhances metabolic processes. Greater cellular energy production facilitates healing. Viruses, tumors and toxin-laden cells are weaker than normal cells. They tolerate heat poorly. Raising the body temperature causes infections to heal more quickly. Hyperthermia or fever therapy help combat infections and even cancer. Our bodies develop fever when ill to enhance metabolism and help kill germs.

Saunas enhance circulation and oxygenate the tissues. They open the nasal passages and assist the sinuses to drain. A major eliminative organ, most people's skin is very inactive. Many do not sweat. This may be due to synthetic or tight clothing that does not breathe. Sedentary living and sun damage also inactivate the skin. Hundreds of chemicals affect the skin from lotions, soaps, creams and deodorants. Other are cleaning solvents, detergent residues and chemicals from bathing water.

Repeated use of the sauna slowly restores skin elimination. Toxic chemicals and metals can be removed faster than with any other method. It is a daily habit that pays many dividends. Steam baths, sweat lodges, vigorous exercise and hot tubs are more extreme and less effective.

Infrared heats the body, the air remaining cool. Sweating begins quickly and the experience is rather pleasant.  Infrared also provide warming and stimulating colour therapy.

According to research, infrared is more cleansing than traditional saunas. The deep penetration of the infrared energy allows the cells to eliminate better.

The Sauna Experience

Supervision and Safety. Saunas are safe for most people providing one follows a few simple rules. Remain inside no longer than 30 minutes at a time. Rest lying or sitting for 10 minutes afterwards. This allows time to eliminate dead cells and other debris. Drink mineralized water before and after the sauna. Make sure the bowels move regularly, as sauna therapy will increase elimination.

Please get a Doctors approval if you have a chronic condition. If debilitated or very heat-sensitive, begin with a shorter time. Particulary those with multiple sclerosis, hyperthyroidism, hypertension or serious heart conditions should consult a health professional.

Drink two glasses of water before entering the sauna.
The infrared sauna will not work through clothing.
Use a small towel to wipe off the sweat.
Not recommended are talking or working in the sauna.

Finishing Up. Remain in the sauna no more than 30 minutes. Use your judgement regarding the time. The temperature should not exceed 110 (44). Some days you will sweat more than others.

When finished, wipe body with a cool wet towel. Avoid using soap as you will be clean. Soap leaves a film and clogs the pores and some contain chemicals toxic to the body. Also skip most lotions and creams. These also contain harmful chemicals.

After the sauna drink a glass of water. If possible sit or lie down for at least 10 minutes. These simple steps allow your body to reap the full benefit of the sauna experience. As you become healthier, you will sweat more easily. The body dissipates heat more efficiently and fewer cellular toxins are there to be removed.

An Integrated Health Program

Results are much better when saunas are part of an integrated program. To your diet add extra sea salt or kelp granules to replace minerals lost through sweating. Eat natural foods grown on mineral-rich soil. Rest and sleep plenty, and exercise a little each day. Breathe deeply clean, fresh air. Reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. Create and maintain a positive environment. Stay happy and bright regardless of what others may say and do.

WEIGHT LOSS . . . In the infrared saunas, your heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase to improve your overall cardiovascular fitness. You can burn 600 or more calories in just one 30 minute session . You reduce weight – not just water.
on weight loss.
One can receive the “training effect” while reading and relaxing in the Soft Heat saunas. NASA concluded infrared “passive exercise” was the ideal way to keep astronauts fit during space flight.

ELIMINATE HARMFUL TOXINS . . .Take the detoxifying load off your liver and kidneys by the direct elimination of toxins through the skin. Two to three times more sweat is produced in the far infrared sauna than is possible in conventional hot air saunas. Greater detoxification of heavy metals is achieved, including: lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium, and fat-soluble toxins.

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE . . . Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm, for greater flexibilty and range of motion. Top athletes are using the Soft Heat Sauna to warm their muscles before and after working out to prevent injuries and promote relaxation.

BREAKS DOWN CELLULITE . . . Infrared Saunas help breakdown cellulite, the gel-like lumps of fat, water and debris trapped in pockets beneath the skin. European beauty specialists routinely incorporate daily saunas in programs to reduce cellulite.

BOOSTS IMMUNE RESPONSE . . . This radiant therapy may shorten your recovery time colds and flus and improve the immune response. It is reported to stimulate the body's own natural healing processes.

IMPROVES SKIN . . . The profuse sweating achieved in a infrared sauna carries off deeply imbedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Skin tone and elasticity are improved. It has been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns and also removes roughness.

Radiant heat is a form of energy that heats objects directly, without heating the air inbetween. This is also called “infrared heat” (never to be confused with ultra-violet light). Infrared heaters are used by hospitals to warm premature infants. Safety first.

HYPERTHERMIC DETOXIFICATION THERAPY USING THE FAR INFRARED SAUNA

Introduction

Saunas and steam baths have been used for centuries by cultures around the world to bring about detoxification. Traditionally, saunas have been used to improve mental clarity, to diminish pain and promote longevity. In the past few years, hyperthermic (sweat) therapy has been studied quite extensively and several papers on this subject have appeared in the scientific literature. Through this research, it has been shown that saunas greatly assist in the elimination of accumulated toxins. Toxic metals, including mercury as well as organic toxins such as PCB's and pesticide residues, are excreted in high quantities in the sweat during properly conducted hyperthermic therapy sessions.

Heat causes toxins to be released from cells. The toxic molecules will then reside transiently in the lymph fluid. Since sweat is manufactured from the lymph fluid, toxins present in the lymph fluid will exit the body through the sweat. Because the liver and kidneys are not required for this process, these organs are largely unburdened by hyperthermic therapy and toxins are able to leave the body even when liver or kidney function is impaired. This may be a distinct advantage for chronically ill patients whose livers and kidneys may already be under toxic stress.

OTHER ADVANTAGES OF HYPERTHERMIA IN THE CHRONICALLY ILL PATIENT

Hyperthermic therapy also is one of the few things, which brings about a significant rise in the level of growth hormone, an important hormone that helps to maintain lean body tissue, including muscle.

For the chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia (FMS) patient, hyperthermic therapy helps to restore normal autonomic nervous system functioning. This is the part of the nervous system, which governs unconscious functions such as muscle tension, sweating, blood pressure, digestion and balance. Autonomic dysregulation is the term used to describe changes in the nervous system, which result in many of the symptoms of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia (FMS) . Muscle pain, excessive body odor, digestive complaints, visual disturbances and dizziness are some of the many manifestations of autonomic dysregulation. Repeated sessions of hyperthermic therapy can greatly assist in the restoration of normal autonomic nervous system functioning.

ADVANTAGES OF THE FAR INFRARED SAUNA

Many people with chronic illnesses find the high temperatures inside a regular sauna or steam room intolerable. In these traditional systems, the inside of the body is heated completely from the surface of the skin. Even though you feel very hot in these units, the heating is quite shallow – only a few millimetres below the skin. In the far infrared sauna, invisible light rays emanate from several infrared emitters. This infrared light penetrates deep into the fat and muscles of the body, creating a more powerful detoxifying influence upon the deeper tissues of the body. As well, since the air temperature remains much lower than in a traditional sauna, the individual feels more comfortable. Sweating often begins before the person feels very hot at all and the sweating is more profuse than in a traditional sauna.

Finally, unlike traditional saunas or steam baths, which can often leave a person feeling exhausted, the far infrared sauna is usually quite energizing. Many people actually use these before going to work in the morning, something that one would never do with a traditional sauna. Research conducted largely in Japan suggests that the far infrared sauna has a wider range of therapeutic effects than traditional saunas or steam baths, especially for detoxification.

Excerpted from:
Sick and Tired? Reclaim Your Inner Terrain
by Robert O. Young, PhD.DSc.1999

Because of the level of pollution we are exposed to and its many sources, as well as poor dietary and exercise habits, the therapeutic value of regular sweating has become immense. It has benefits for both body and mind and, in fact, is the primary benefit of exercise.

One of the best passive exercises is the radiant heat of an infrared sauna which, causes a profound deep sweat. After about 30 minutes of exposure, the blood vessels of the skin dilate to allow more blood to flow to the surface to support the cooling process. The millions of sweat glands covering the body are infused with fluid from the blood. In turn, they empty to the skin's surface, thereby flushing large amounts of toxins, including toxic acids and heavy metals, from the body.

My research over the last two years shows that a radiant heat (infrared) sauna provides the following benefits:

-Speeds up metabolic processes of vital organs and glands, including endocrine glands.

-Inhibits the development of pleomorphic microforms and creates a “fever reaction” of rising temperature that neutralizes them.

-Increases the number of leukocytes in the blood.

-Places demand on the heart to work harder thus, exercising it and also producing a drop in diastolic blood pressure (the low side).

-Stimulates dilation of peripheral blood vessels thus, relieving pain (including muscle pain) and speeding the healing of sprain, strain, bursitus, arthritis, and peripheral vascular disease symptoms.

-Promotes relaxation thereby creating a feeling of well-being.

For those who are unable to exercise sufficiently, for whatever reason, the radiant heat infrared sauna is an excellent way to get the benefits of exercise without undue stress on the skeleton, muscles, and associated tissues. Such people have an even greater need for exercise and the sauna fills the bill.

TITLE :     Electromagnetic Wave Emitting Products – Potentiate Human Leukocyte Functions

AUTHOR :     Niwa Y; Iizawa O; Ishimoto K

SOURCE :      Int. J. Biometeorol  1993  Sept; 37(3):133-8

In their abstract, the authors conclude that materials which emit electro-magnetic radiation in the far infrared region, “…significantly increased intracellular calcium ion concentration, phagocytosis…and the blastogenetic response of lymphocytes to mitogens. The results suggest that materials emitting electromagnetic radiation in the far infrared range, which are widely used in Japan for cosmetic, therapeutic, and preservative purposes, appear capable of potentiating leukocyte functions without promoting oxidative injury.”

AR INFRARED VS CONVENTIONAL SAUNAS

A conventional sauna must rely only on indirect means of heat: first, on convection (air currents) and then, conduction (direct contact of hot air with the skin) to produce its heating effect on us. In a far infrared sauna, less than 20% of the infrared energy heats the air, leaving over 80% available to be directly converted to heat within our bodies. Thus an infrared sauna can warm its user to a much greater depth and much more efficiently than a conventional sauna. This crucial difference explains many of the unprecedented health benefits reported to be available through a far infrared sauna that are not attainable through a conventional sauna.

The infrared energy applied in these saunas may induce up to 2 – 3 times the sweat volume of a hot-air sauna. They operate at a significantly cooler air temperature range of 110° to 130°F vs. 180° to 235°F in a conventional sauna. The lower heat range is safer for those concerned about cardiovascular risk factors that might be encountered in old-style hot-air sauna

FAR INFRARED
The electromagnetic spectrum is divided into three segments by wavelength, measured in microns or micrometers(a micron = 1/1,000,000 of a meter) : 0.076 to 1.5 microns = near or close; 1.5 to 5.6 = middle or intermediate; 5.6 to 1,000 = far or long wave infrared. The far infrared segment of the electromagnetic spectrum occurs just below, or “infra” to red light as the next lowest energy band. This band of light is not visible to human eyes but we can, however, feel this type of light, which we perceive as heat.When warmed, the earth radiates infrared rays in the 7 to 14 micron bands with its peak output at 10 microns. Our palms emit infrared energy at between 8 to 14 microns. Infrared sauna heaters emit the majority of their output in the long band from 5.6 to 25 microns. The output is evenly spread around the 9.4 micron pivot point of peak human output. The energy output from the infrared sauna corresponds so closely to the body's radiant energy that our bodies absorb close to 93% of the infrared waves that reach our skin.