What is an InfraredSauna?
Detoxification can be used as a means to relieve symptoms and as a preventive tool to increase overall health, vitality and resistanceto disease. Sweating is the body’s’ way to release toxins and regulate it’stemperature. Sweat carries impurities out of the body through the pores. The average person has 2.6 million sweat glands that are distributed over most of the body. The skin is the largest organ of the body and plays a significant role in the detoxification process. Detox therapy is important for those suffering from immune system problems, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental illness , chemical sensitivities and fibromyalgia. The Centersfor Disease Control estimate that over 80% of all illnesses have environmentaland lifestyle causes.
Traditionalsaunas are more likely to spread and cultivate bacteria in the humid air,therefore an infrared sauna creates a more sanitary environment. An infraredsauna will heat up in a shorter time period than a steam sauna because it canheat the skin directly and does not need to heat the air. A tailored detox program that includes an infrared Sauna can be helpfulfor people suffering from diseases and conditions including allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, chronic infections, depression, headaches, heart disease, high cholesterol, low blood sugar, digestive disorders, mental illness and obesity.
It is estimated that one in every four Americans suffers from some level of heavymetal poisoning , including mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminum. Toxins inthe body also include chemical pollutants such as pesticides, DDT, PCB’s(poly chlorinated biphenyls), food additives, drugs, alcohol and heavy metals. Other uses for an infrared sauna would be stress reduction, relaxation, pain relief and lowering blood pressure.
Infraredlight is part of the sun’s invisible spectrum. One of the far infrared light’scharacteristics is the ability to easily penetrate human tissue. You can be exposed to far infrared heat for hours and your skin wall never burn. A farinfrared sauna is completely healthy and safe for all living things. In fact hospitals use it to warm newborn infants. All humans send and receive farinfrared waves.
The range of waves generated by the body is 6 to 20 microns. The optimal output range is between 7 and 14 microns, which are very close tothe resonant frequency of a water molecule. And since our bodies are almost 70% water , this “Vital Ray’s” range appears to have special regenerative effectson the body. This vital wave resonance or vibration causes a release of cellular toxins such as heavy metals, cholesterol and toxic gases such as sulfur and formaldehyde.
Contraindications for Infrared Saunas
- Joint injury
- Cardiovascular conditions
- The elderly
- Pace maker
- Reduced ability to sweat
- Sensitivity to heat
For therapeutic use one should use the infrared sauna at least weekly.If one is very debilitated, start with once or twice per week and for only 10to 15 minutes maximum. As you increase your comfort level in the infraredsauna, you may increase the time and frequency of use. Work up to daily use asone is able. When beginning an infrared sauna detoxification regimen, manypeople over-do it and stay too long. Always start slowly, even if you are ingreat physical condition. Always leave any sauna if you feel faint, dizzy orsick.
Preheat the infrared sauna to about 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit and notover 120 F. It is best not to wear clothing in an infrared sauna for bestpenetration of the infrared rays. It is fine, however, if a bathing suit isrequired. Avoid heavy meals two hours before a sauna session. Please avoidalcohol and other intoxicants. Drink at least 8oz of distilled or purifiedwater before entering an infrared sauna. Always keep water near by so you candrink as much as necessary. Remove all metal jewelry before entering a sauna.Do not put any oils on the skin before a sauna, as they also may become veryhot, especially in an infrared type of sauna. Since the skin is the body’slargest eliminative organ, and it expels about a pound of waste per day throughthe pores, dry brushing the skin before entering an infrared sauna stimulatesthe lymph system, thus maximizing the body’s natural detoxification process.
How long one remainsinside an infrared sauna depends on one’s health condition. Most people do wellwith 20-50 minutes in a sauna. We do not recommend more than an hour at a time.When finished, take a warm shower to rinse off the toxins that are excretedduring a sauna. Avoid using soap if possible, as you should be quite cleanafter sweating. If using soap, shampoo and conditioner, use products that are100% organic, as most contain chemicals that are toxic to the body. Also try toavoid most oils, lotions and creams as they may clog pores. Drink 8oz-16oz ofwater after a sauna session, and if possible sit or lie down for at least 10minutes after to reap the full benefit of the sauna experience.
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