What is an infrared sauna? That's a great question! Traditional steam saunas have you walk into a room with high heat and steam. When the hot steam hits your body, your skin reacts and you begin to sweat almost immediately.
An infrared sauna works by using light rays to penetrate and heats your body from the inside out. The temperature is lower and this makes many people feel a little more at ease. People have said it is easier to breathe and they are able to stay in the sauna longer than in a steam sauna.
Typically, these saunas are small and compact like the one I have in my studio. Since they don't use steam, they are easy to maintain and can be assembled in a few hours. They are the perfect home sauna if it's something that you think you would use a lot.
For those of you who think you might feel claustrophobic, don't worry! They usually have a glass door which really alleviates any issues of sitting in a small space. Believe me! I am claustrophobic and it doesn't bother me in the least!
There are many benefits associated with regular use. They include:
Toxins are stored in the soft tissue of our bodies. Over time, we may feel sluggish and have more aches and pains. I am a true believer that we need to cleanse our bodies regularly in order to enhance our health. I love to use my Nature's Sunshine cleanses a few times a year.
Detox programs are a great way to do this. And using a sauna benefits this process as well. Since the infrared rays penetrate the tissue and heat it up, it causes the body to sweat. When we sweat, we excrete toxins through the skin which also helps to clear up the appearance of the complexion.
The heat increases our circulation bringing more blood flow to our muscles which helps to alleviate arthritic pain and muscle pain. If you are sore from a workout, you have lactic acid built up in the muscle. Using a sauna helps with natural pain relief by getting the lactic acid out via sweating.
Stress reduction is a topic on it's own. However, could you see how sitting quietly in a heated sauna taking some nice, slow deep breaths might just help with your stress level?
You could include a relaxing sauna session ( usually 30 minutes ) as part of a half day Yoga retreat. That's a great idea! So, Contact me to book a session anytime. The heat feels great, it will soothe your body and mind and help you get started on your detox program!
30 minute sauna session ~ $20 + tax
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I hope I've enlightened you on a few ways to improve your health and relax. Time for yourself. Awesome!
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