INFRARED SAUNA: USE LIGHT TO GENERATE BENEFICIAL HEAT FOR YOUR BODY
Surely you know what a sauna is, but an infrared sauna is much more advanced and beneficial than the common ones since it generates the necessary heat for your body.
This article will learn about what infrared sauna therapy is, how it works, and how this therapy can give you many benefits for your body using heat.
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WHAT IS AN INFRARED SAUNA?
When we talk about an infrared sauna, we refer to a dry sauna that uses cells or lamps that emit electromagnetic radiation to generate heat; The body receives the heat directly, unlike traditional saunas that use heat to warm the air which in turn warms the body.
The origin of the sauna is usually attributed to the Finns. The word sauna is the most widely used Finn word. The expression to take a sauna means to perform a whole ritual that involves the radiation of various periods of sweat and heat strokes; heat is the spirit of the sauna.
It was a sacred place in its beginnings, and it was located in the courtyard of the houses. In the 20th century, it began to be built next to the lakes, as was already done in some mansions.
HOW DOES AN INFRARED SAUNA WORK?
As we have mentioned previously, the advantage of this type of saunas lies in the electromagnetic lamps that generate heat more optimally for the body in search of treatments for fatigue, stress, and relaxation.
The user will be able to use the sauna safely for a time generally from 15 min to 30 min. It is essential to drink a lot of water before entering the sauna to be well hydrated, as well as to choose an optimal and tolerable temperature for the person; you must enter using a bathrobe or entirely naked.
The user inside the sauna should relax completely; we recommend reading, meditating, or listening to some music. At the end of the session, the person should let their body cool down and then take a shower; it is essential to note that they should drink a lot of water when leaving the sauna to rehydrate the body.
BENEFITS OF USING AN INFRARED SAUNA
Below we explain some of the benefits that the heat generated by infrared saunas provides to the body.
- Heath therapy: It improves circulation and thus promotes oxygenation of body tissues.
Like other heat therapies, it relieves pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms. Also, it stimulates vasodilation of peripheral blood vessels and improves oxygen delivery to the joints and extremities.
- Pain management: Many doctors and therapists recommend sauna heat therapy to treat chronic pain, including joint pain, arthritis, pain, and fibromyalgia. It also reduces inflammation and swelling, improving lymph flow.
- Relaxation and stress relief: In today’s fast-paced world, we can rarely take time for ourselves to relax and let our bodies rest. Stress has been shown to play a massive role in our physical health and well-being; a sauna session is a great way to relax with a good book or your favorite music.
- Skin, health, and beauty: The sauna’s use has many positive benefits for our skin, in addition to releasing many of the toxins that accumulate as a result of the use of chemicals, soaps, conditioners, makeup, etc. Blood circulation in the skin brings more nutrients to the surface, thus promoting healthy texture and tone.
- Cardiovascular health: As mentioned above, using a sauna improves circulation by stimulating peripheral blood vessels’ vasodilation. During a sauna session, your heart rate increases, providing gentle cardiovascular conditioning.
HOW TO PREPARE BEFORE YOUR INFRARED SAUNA SESSION
IS THE INFRARED SAUNA RECOMMENDED FOR OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE?
The heat generated by the infrared sauna helps burn calories and therefore reduce weight; however, the amounts of calories burned during a session are few and are generally recovered by drinking water for hydration. We can say that it is advisable to follow exercise routines and a healthy diet to collaborate with the weight loss process.
IS INFRARED LIGHT DANGEROUS FOR HEALTH?
SHOULD I DO RECURRING INFRARED SAUNA SESSIONS?
ARE THERE RISKS IN USING AN INFRARED SAUNA?
The use of the infrared sauna should be your responsibility. The recommended time is no more than 30 minutes. People with severe cardiovascular problems, low blood pressure, or those who have suffered heart attacks should request prior authorization from their doctor.
The most dangerous thing that can be done when entering an infrared sauna is not having hydrated before, during, and after the session since heat consumes the liquids that our body has. If we do not ingest water during this process, we can have intense dehydration, which is very dangerous.