Calorie Burn and
Infrared sauna may aid in weight loss. As you sit in the sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. This causes the body to burn more calories and increase your metabolism. An infrared sauna is a perfect example of a passive workout, and can be great for people who cannot exercise or those who hate exercise.
You will feel the relaxation benefits immediately after your very first session! Research shows that cortisol (a stress hormone) drops immediately after use of an infrared sauna, and serotonin levels increase. Infrared sauna can be so effective at creating a state of calm that it is sometimes used to treat drug and alcohol addiction.
The aforementioned stress reduction properties, coupled with the dramatic shift in body temperature after use of an infrared sauna, can help you sleep. Infrared sauna therapy in the evening may help those affected by insomnia.
Infrared wavelengths penetrate the skin and body, stimulating collagen production and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The deep sweat you will experience in an infrared sauna is also great for purifying the skin and pores. For this reason, infrared sauna therapy is great for acne and improvement in overall skin tone.
Pain Relief and
Infrared heat therapy penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve aches and pains stemming from strain, overuse, or repetitive motion, and it stimulates cell growth and regeneration. Infrared saunas can help those experiencing joint dysfunction or arthritis. It is also perfect for athletes looking to loosen their muscles and joints before a workout, or for post-workout recovery.
& Improved Circulation
Regular infrared sauna therapy increases circulation, blood oxygenation, lymphatic drainage, and cellular turnover. Clinical research shows that infrared saunas can lower blood pressure and reduce belly fat, which both contribute to cardiovascular health.
Alternative Depression &
Regular infrared sauna therapy can be used to treat depression, seasonal affective disorder, and anxiety. In some cases it can be as effective as medication, and/or can be used as a complimentary practice to improve symptoms.
Infrared sauna treatments enhance immune system function and increase overall health and resistance to disease. In fact, people who use infrared saunas during the winter months can cut the risk of getting the flu by 1/3! That’s as effective as most flu vaccines! The penetrating rays of the sauna strengthen your immune system by increasing white blood cell count, improving circulation, and promoting relaxation and stress reduction.
Sounds too good to be true, we know!
We're all for doing your research when it comes to your health, so here are links to some of the clinical studies to get you started.
- Sauna-induced body mass loss in young sedentary women and men:
- Clinical implications of thermal therapy in lifestyle-related diseases:
- Sauna bathing reduces the risk of stroke in Finnish men and women:
- Beneficial effects of sauna bathing for heart failure patients:
- Infrared therapy for chronic low back pain:
- The effects of repeated thermal therapy for patients with chronic pain:
- Effects of infrared radiation on skin photo-ageing:
- High-energy protocol improves photoaged facial skin:
- Effects of far infrared heat on recovery in power athletes:
- Effect of post-exercise sauna bathing on endurance performance:
- Whole body hyperthermia for the treatment of major depressive disorder:
- Chromotherapy in the regulation of neurohormonal balance in the human brain:
- Clinical effects of regular dry sauna bathing:
- Far infrared radiation medical applications: