Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna
Saunas can quickly and effectively help you get back to feeling amazing again. Sauna therapy has been around for centuries as a way to detoxify your body, but did you know that full spectrum infrared saunas can go even further by heating up your body’s core to a cellular level, where most toxins are stored?
Infrared’s deep penetrating heat is what most effectively stimulates metabolic activity, which in turn triggers the release of stored toxins through sweat, as well as through the liver and kidneys.
Sweating is a critical human detox function, yet most people don’t sweat regularly or enough. Sweating helps the body make use of its ability to use the skin to eliminate toxins. The body is very effective at eliminating toxins this way, but it only works if we make the body sweat.
Worse, many of us sit at desks all day, and in air-conditioned indoor environments. In these conditions, the skin stores the toxins with little opportunity to eliminate them.
To combat these effects, infrared sauna systems help us to purify our bodies from the inside out.
Benefits of the infrared spectrum on the body include:
oxygenation of tissues
lowered blood pressure
Traditional hot rock and steam saunas operate at extremely high temperatures in excess of 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This kind of heat is uncomfortable for many people, and it is not necessarily effective as it simply heats the air around you.
Infrared light, experienced as heat, is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum and is necessary for all living things. Far infrared has the ability to penetrate human tissue providing a deep, detoxifying sweat. Far infrared saunas are the most common on the market.
Full spectrum saunas (the type we have at Restore) emit three infrared wavelengths independently – near, mid and far. At optimal frequencies, the different wavelengths can precisely target specific benefits. Near infrared light shouldn’t be confused with ordinary red light. Therapeutic near infrared light is invisible to the naked eye and has a consistent output without extreme heat or light.
Here are a few guidelines for safe and effective sauna use:
Pre sauna session, hydrate with at least 8 ounces of water to prepare your body for an increase in core body temperature. It is best to maintain peak hydration throughout the day by drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water.
To get your body accustomed to infrared therapy, start with 10-15 minute sessions at 100°F every other day. The optimal sauna experience occurs between 100° and 130°
Gradually increase session length towards 40 minute daily sessions at the optimal temperature range
Don’t be surprised if you don’t sweat during the first few sessions. Sweating will increase with regular use, removing toxins and leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Wipe down with our lavender-infused cool cloths after your session to remove the toxins that you have released from your skin.
Post sauna session, drink at least 24 ounces of water or electrolytes to rehydrate.
You can follow up later with a refreshing shower at home.
"In just a couple of sessions, my husband noticed immediate results. He has low back and joint pain, and he said he felt pain relief pretty quickly. He started off at 130 degrees for 5 minutes, and worked his way up to 150 degrees for 30 minutes. He’s been using it consistently to help with his back pain – and now he can’t imagine life without it. The heat from the sauna and the sweating have been instrumental in helping him to get through the winter here in San Diego, which is usually a time when his joints and low back pain are at their worst."
"My husband decided to use the infrared sauna to treat the common cold, which has weakened him to the point he couldn’t go to work. He sat in the sauna for 30 minutes, and said after he was done he felt like a new man. He didn’t feel sick at all and actually felt well enough to go to work. He had a headache, body aches, a stuffy nose and a mild cough. When he emerged from the sauna, he said he felt relief from most of the symptoms."
Tracey Black, author and wellness educator at DontMessWithMama.com
Sarah Wilson, author of SarahWilson.com has tried an infrared sauna treatment to relieve lymphatic issues and joint pain from toxin build-up:
"I’ve done it a number of times since, and it’s made a HUGE difference. I get a lot of lymphatic blockage and it bloats the right side of my body and my face. I also get joint pain from toxin build-up…and it all just… goes…. after a session in one of these. I can go in “thyroidy” and come out calm, enlivened."
In her well-researched post about infrared sauna benefits, Kelly from primallyinspired.com shared her story about her chronic neck pain caused by a car accident.
For 10 years she has tried everything she could think of to end the chronic, nagging pain, only to have it come back after each treatment.
And then she tried her first infrared sauna treatment:
"After my first session I was hooked. Just three sessions a week for 3 months and my chronic neck pain was finally gone…and didn’t return."
"I have been using my Infrared Sauna since 2005 when I was diagnosed with MS. It has been my greatest treatment regime for battling my MS. By detoxing my body I have given my body a fighting chance to minimize the effects of my MS. My balance has improved greatly, the pain nearly unnoticeable and the fog has cleared up. The greatest measure of the benefits of the infrared sauna is many of my elisions have healed over and it is seen in the progression of my MRI’s …. No side effect except the healing of the body …."