SAUNA HEALTH BENEFITS
INFRARED & TRADITIONAL
infrared sauna manufacturers make grand claims about
the health benefits of infrared saunas in
general and in relation to traditional saunas.
We live in the information age. We encourage
all our customers to do as much research as they can before
you buy a sauna.
If you are buying a sauna because you enjoy
the experience, you will be pleased with your selection
- whether it is infrared or traditional. However, if your
motivation is health related and you are trying to
decide between infrared and traditional, you should seek out
information beyond the claims of infrared vendors (like us).
Check with your doctor or health practitioner and make the
decision that will most benefit your health & lifestyle.
Try to find information from medical texts
and journals. We have put together some of this information
for you. Feel free to browse theses articles. Some refer to
traditional saunas and others talk about infrared.
SAUNAS PROVIDE A SERIES OF
Heat relieves pain by expanding blood vessels and increasing
circulation. Better circulation allows more oxygen to reach
injured areas of the body and helps reduce pain and
speed up the healing process.
Perspiring is part of the complex thermoregulatory process
of the body that increases the heart rate, cardiac output,
and metabolic rate. The process requires a large amount of
energy and reduces excess moisture, salt and subcutaneous
fat. Fat becomes water-soluble and the body sweats out fats
During a 10-20 minute sauna session, your heart rate increases
by 50-75%. This provides the same metabolic result as
physical exercise. The increased cardiac load is the
equivalent to a brisk walk. There is a nominal effect on blood
pressure because the heat also causes blood vessels in skin
to expand to accommodate increased blood flow.
The Journal of
the American Medical Association (JAMA) (August 7,
1981) reported what is common knowledge today: Many people
who run do so to place a demand on their cardiovascular system
as well as to build muscle. What isn't well known is that
it also reported the "regular use of a sauna
may impart a similar stress on the cardiovascular system,
and its regular use may be as effective as a means of cardiovascular
conditioning and burning of calories as regular exercise."
Toxins such as sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and
carcinogenic heavy metals (cadmium, lead, zinc, nickel) accumulate
in the body during modern daily life. The body eliminates
most toxins naturally by sweating. Heat therapy stimulates
the sweat glands that cleanse and detoxify the skin. The heat
simply speeds up the body's natural process.
Most illnesses are accompanied by a fever. During a fever,
the body heats up to eliminate viruses and attack foreign
agents. Often misunderstood, this rise in temperature is a
natural stage of the immune system's healing process and is
one of the best ways to rid the body of chemicals
and unwelcome visitors. The immune system weakens the hold
of viruses and bacterial growth. Saunas induce an "artificial
fever" by heating up the body but without the pains of
an illness. Subsequently, the body wards off invading organisms
much more easily because the immune system is activated consistently
by the "artificial fever".
Heat therapy loosens the muscles and relaxes
the body. Many massage
therapists use heat to provide more thorough and effective
BENEFIT TO SKIN:
Heat improves circulation, expels dirt & chemicals and
removes dead cells on the surface of the skin. This leads
to a more soft and clear complexion.