Infrares sauna Benefits
Article by Blue Dunn
A few years ago I became interested in Far Infrared Technology and purchased a Far Infrared 3 person Sauna. I was intrigued by the seemingly unbelievable and numerous health benefiting claims attributed to it.
I had been introduced to this technology about 10 years before by a friend of mine who pursued the practice of Acupuncture while I pursued my interest and passion for Myo-fascial Release work. He had learned about and purchased a portable Far Infrared Light, which he learned about in China while he was there during an apprenticeship/internship for Acupuncture. At the time, I could tell he was excited about the use and benefits of this technology, but alas, I was skeptical and considered it just one more of the hyped myriad health-related tools making their appearance on the healing scene. *I am a skeptic when it comes to all the Health and Fitness Tools and Gizmos which fill the infomercials and magazine ads. My bottom-line rule is to “Judge only by Results”.
When I began reading my way through the thousands of pages available on the research and results attributed to Far Infrared Technology I realized that this was something I wanted to have a direct experience of myself. And by the way, this is the method I apply to any form of Self-Maintenance Tools I attempt to share and make available to other conscious Health Seekers.
So I made a fairly expensive purchase and bought a Far Infrared Sauna, assembled it in my master bedroom, and began using it on a daily basis.
I’ve had loads of personal experience with regular saunas, in health clubs and in homes of wealthy friends, over the years. And though I loved them, the obvious downside to them was that as my body heated up and began the sweating detoxification process, the air inside them became so hard to breathe because it had become super-heated, and therefore almost impossible to inhale. If you’ve had any experience with regular saunas, which rely solely on convection (air currents), and conduction (direct contact of hot air on the skin), then you’ll understand what I’m talking about. If you’ve not had any experience with saunas then you can get the idea by turning your oven up to high, opening the door to it, sitting in front of it, and trying to breathe. This is the kind of heat utilized by a “regular” sauna.
What is this Far Infrared Heat?
The heat produced by a Far Infrared Sauna is a completely different kind of heat: Radiant Heat.Radiant Heat is a form of energy that heats objects directly through a process called conversion, which heats an object without having to heat the air in between it and the heat source. Radiant Heat is also called Infrared Energy. The sun is the principal source of Radiant Energy that we experience daily.
Infrared saunas use infrared radiant energy to directly penetrate the body’s tissues to a depth of over one and a half inches. Its energy output is tuned to correspond so closely to the body’s own radiant energy that our bodies absorb more than 90% of the infrared waves that reach our skin.
The benefit of this technology is that the air you get to breathe in the sauna is 50 to 100 degrees cooler than in a conventional sauna that relies on indirect means of heat. In other words, instead of having to endure heat in the 180+degree range, in the infrared sauna your body will heat up and begin to profusely sweat between 95 degrees and 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
*Here is a partial list of the dis-ease conditions of the physical body positively affected by Far Infrared Heat Therapy; the healing qualities of Far Infrared Heat are numerous and far-reaching:detoxificationcellulite removalsunburn antidoteimproved skinremoval of clogged pores and blackheadsacneeczema and psoriasesdandruffmuscle spasmsarthritisjoint stiffnesslow back painmuscle tensioncold hands and feethigh blood pressurecancerasthmaweight losslowered cholesterolfibromyalgiareduced stress and fatiguechronic fatigue syndromemultiple chemical sensitivity
Of course you can just sit in your Far Infrared Sauna and experience all of the myriad positive physiological health benefits listed above, and more found elsewhere if you do further research about Far Infrared Heat.
You can also take your experience with Far Infrared Heat to the next level by working on yourself while being saturated with Far Infrared Heat. The main way this can be done is by using any of the movements from the flexibility system I’ve developed.
I can guarantee you that any righteous flexibility work done while under the rays of Far Infrared Heat will be exponentially more productive and effective than anything you’ve ever experienced. Remember, a whole new modality of Flexibility work (Bikram Yoga) has sprung up and spread like wildfire using “hot air”, in super-heated workout rooms, to enhance the Hatha Yoga experience. As explained elsewhere in this treatise, the much more positive physiological effects gained from the use of Far Infrared technology as a heat source renders the use of “hot air” obsolete, especially in the context of Flexibility and Physical Fitness.
Research has also shown that any Flexibility work done just after a Far Infrared Sauna session produces much better (document-able) results than Flexibility work done without the use of Far Infrared Heat. This is because of the way that Far Infrared Heat affects the Myofascial Web, which has everything to do with how a muscle responds to physical manipulation; including stretching/Release, and hands-on Release work.
So at the end of this treatise, I implore you to find out everything you can about Far Infrared Heat and how it can positively impact and affect your Health and Well-Being.
I hope I’ve shown you, or at least piqued your interest about this incredible technology, which I’ve found to be one of the most amazing and effective passive technologies available to the Sincere Health-Seeker.
About the Author
Blue Dunn: Originator of Flextasy! the Functional Flexibility System”.