Our body naturally rids itself of toxins in several ways; through our kidneys, bowels, and through our skin when we sweat. Working up a sweat can be done through vigorous exercise or through Bikram-style yoga, but it can also be done in a less taxing way – with a treatment in an infrared sauna. At the COE, we employ this method of detoxification to eliminate environmental chemicals and release heavy metals like mercury and lead. But the benefits do not end there! Infrared sauna technology can also help you to lose weight, relieve joint discomfort, increase circulation, and purify your skin.
An infrared sauna is different than the traditional dry heat sauna. A traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air, which then warms your body. An infrared sauna uses infrared spectrum light waves to heat your body directly without warming the air around you. The reaction to the infrared heat results in profuse sweating and an increased heart rate, similar to performing moderate exercise – and infrared saunas produce these results at much lower temperatures than a traditional sauna, making it accessible to people who can’t tolerate the intense heat of a regular sauna. While it’s not a substitute for exercise, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded that a 30 minute infrared sauna session could burn approximately 600 calories.
In addition to its detoxifying and calorie-burning benefits, infrared saunas are also helpful for individuals with circulation issues. As the heat from the sauna increases your core body temperature, your circulation levels will also increase. Consistent infrared sauna treatments can stimulate blood flow throughout the body, improve muscle recovery after exercise, and may reduce joint inflammation. As an added benefit, many people report clearer, healthier-looking skin after their infrared sauna therapy.