When asked to recall a memory of being in a sauna, it usually evokes images of steam clouds and people in towels, wrapped or unwrapped to their level of comfort, in a large common room. Wet saunas are very popular, in history as well as modern periods; the first saunas were described in Finland in 1112 CE. Historically, saunas used steam to heat the inside of an enclosed space, usually a room big enough to accommodate a crowd. In contemporary times, technology has allowed for more common and private use of heat with the innovation of infrared saunas. Whether wet or dry, saunas share one thing in common -- they are hot and will make you sweat!
What is an infrared sauna?
Infrared Saunas are a fairly new technology that has been on the rise in popularity as more and more benefits are being discovered. Infrared saunas use infrared heaters to emit infrared light, which is invisible to the naked eye, to heat the body instead of the surrounding air. Infrared saunas are generally smaller than traditional saunas, so they are a bit more private, and can be suitable for private home use, as they are small, efficient, and quiet.
How does an infrared sauna differ from a traditional sauna?
Because infrared saunas do not use humidity to create heat, it does not expose your external surface or respiratory system to as much wet heat as a traditional sauna. Infrared saunas also recreate sweating and heart rate similar to exercise at a lower heat than a traditional sauna. Infrared light can penetrate deeper than just the superficial layer of the body, so it is said to increase sweating and the release of more toxins.
What are the benefits of infrared saunas?
Studies have shown that infrared saunas have a variety of benefits, including an increase in longevity, heart function improvement, a boost of the immune system, reduction in stress, and an increase in weight loss. Sauna use can also soothe pain, relax muscles, improve circulation, and stimulate and boost the release of endorphins, causing a natural euphoria. It has also been shown to be effective for the elimination of heavy metals from the body, large concentrations of which have been linked to autoimmune disease. Your skin is your largest elimination organ used for detoxing, and sweating is a great way to rid your body of toxins.
A study spoken about by Dr. Rhonda Patrick showed that men who used the sauna four to seven times a week had a 40% decrease in all-cause mortality rate (mortality caused by diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, etc). To listen to Dr. Rhonda describe the experiments and results more in depth, watch her YouTube videos here, here , and here .
Is there any danger in using infrared saunas?
Infrared light itself is not known to cause any sort of condition, though people with sensitive skin or active skin cancer will not want to use the sauna, as it can be aggravating to the condition. Anyone under the influence of mind-altering substances should not use any sauna, as it is hard to know your physical limits or listen to what your body is asking for, making it easier to overheat. Persons that have a heart condition, high blood pressure, or suffer from chronic dehydration should check with their doctor before participating in sauna activity.
What can I expect when I come to use the infrared sauna at Healing One?
Our infrared sauna is in its own private room with a door that looks behind you, so there will be no surprises! When you first arrive to use the sauna for your first time, a float technician will greet you at the front and have you fill out a quick waiver in our Chill lounge while they make you some tea or grab you some water. Using the restroom before entering the sauna is suggested. When you are ready, we will give you a quick walkthrough of the sauna itself, you will have complete control over the temperature (tops out at 150 degrees Fahrenheit) and duration of the sauna session up to an hour. Healing One provides a robe to wear while going between sessions or if you need to use the restroom, as well as an extra hand towel and lavender water to clear up sweat during or after your session. Our infrared sauna room does not have its own shower, though you are free to use the ones in the float room if any of them are open.
Healing One is currently running a special on our infrared sauna through the month of September for guests who have not yet experienced infrared heat! When you book a float or massage with us, you receive a sauna session ON THE HOUSE! First time users only, please.
For more information on infrared saunas and scheduling, head over to our Infrared Sauna page on our website or call the shop at 775-499-5393.