Sauna is a healing tradition that dates back more than 2,000 years.&It has been valued as a form of cleansing in several cultures including Roman baths, Aboriginal sweat lodges, Scandinavian saunas, Native American sweat lodges, and Turkish baths.
Immersing oneself in a high-temperature sauna environment causes the body to sweat, which even in primitive times was recognized as an effective way to cleanse the body and eliminate waste via the skin. Our skin is our largest organ and a major organ of elimination. The main function of our skin is to act as a barrier to protect our bodies from the outside world. It also functions to retain body fluids, protect against disease, regulate body temperature and eliminate waste.
Most people do not sweat on a regular basis, this is why the routine use of a sauna slowly restores skin elimination, which can help reduce body’s toxic load quite significantly, rejuvenate its cellular system, and promote a vibrant, disease-free life.
Toxins are excreted in sweat, including arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, flame retardant chemicals, and bisphenol-A (BPA).
Infrared Sauna vs Traditional Sauna
Infrared light delivers heat without the body having to get extremely hot. With a traditional dry sauna, temperatures reach as high as 185 to 195 degrees F, which can overwhelm those who are more sensitive to the heat. Not so with the infrared sauna. They use a much milder temperature environment between 120 to 150 degrees F. Because the heat of an infrared sauna travels much deeper into the body, it is able to cause a more vigorous sweat at lower temperature, allowing for a more enjoyable experience!
Adding Infrared Therapy to saunas has proven& far superior to those of a traditional sauna. So even though most saunas are beneficial, the good news is that with infrared you won’t experience that uncomfortable, over-heated feeling that you may feel from a traditional hot or dry sauna.
Here is the BIG difference:
Far Infrared rays are the invisible light waves from the sun that used to generate heat from WITHIN the body. The infrared rays are a different wavelength of light. There is NO UV exposure. The traditional saunas generate heat from OUTSIDE the body. Therefore, there is a risk of overheating. The infrared wavelengths penetrate deeply into our bodies, typically by 2-3″ inches. This is very important! Infrared lights have been proven to penetrate far deeper than the heat would from a traditional sauna. By penetrating deeper into the body, infrared sauna allows for a greater detox experience on a CELLULAR level. This means deeper healing, health, and energy!
The Full Spectrum: Near, Mid and Far
The use of heat therapy really isn’t new in the realm of the healing arts, but technological advances that capitalize on infrared energy have made it possible to generate heat in just the right spots with pinpointed precision, hence the advent of the infrared sauna.
There are three distinct types of infrared wavelengths&that penetrate different layers in your body: near infrared, mid infrared, and far infrared. Because they penetrate the skin and cells at varying depths, each type of infrared provides different therapeutic benefits depending on its use.
Near&infrared&is the shortest wave length (also referred to as low level light therapy) uses special LEDs to permeate the outer surface of the skin and promote cell health and skin rejuvenation, boosts collagen production and reduces wrinkle lines, increases skin elasticity, reduces the cellulite, relieves acne, eczema, psoriasis, increases healing time with wounds, and makes the skin radiant.&LEDs are effective because they can trigger a natural photo-biochemical reaction (similar to how plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into plant tissue).
&Mid infrared&is a the mid-wave length penetrating the muscles, joints and tendons. This wave reduces arthritis pain, muscle stiffness, and relieves tension thoroughout the body also&has been shown to help aid in weight loss.
Far infrared, which is by far the most common type used in commercial infrared saunas is the longest wave length which is the deepest penetrating wave of infrared. It releases toxins from the fat layer. It also helps your body eliminate toxins from your internal organs. These toxins pass from the organs to the fat tissue under the skin then they are eliminated in perspiration. Also helps lower blood pressure.
Each type of infrared sauna comes with its own unique set of health benefits, and one isn’t && necessarily better or worse than another. However, exposing yourself to all three types will && clearly offer the most comprehensive health benefits, hence why many healing practitioners && now encourage their patients to use& 3-in-1 full-spectrum infrared sauna.
Boost Your Health with the use of our Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna!
The heat comes from our SoloCarbon Infrared panels that deliver invisible light waves that activate a healthy sweat without feeling oppressively hot.&You can achieve 18% detoxification rate with FSIR sauna compared to 3% in a regular heat or steam sauna.&Our Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna is 6 times more effective in producing a detoxifying sweat. Our&FSIR Sauna raise your core temperature and engage your heart to increase circulation. &This pumps oxygen rich blood to your cells and carries away toxins, inflammation, and lactic acids that build up in your body and can lead to disease, fatigue, and a suppressed immune system.
So, we know using a sauna is a great way to sweat out toxins your body accumulates through contaminated food, water, pollution, and other environmental exposures. But, did you know, saunas may also help kill off viruses and other disease-promoting microbes in your body? As a general rule, viruses and toxin-laden cells are weaker than normal cells and have poor tolerance to heat. As a result, raising your body temperature can help heal infections more quickly.&The infrared sauna heats your tissues several inches deep, which can enhance your natural metabolic processes, enhances circulation, and helps oxygenate your tissues, but perhaps most importantly, it can help restructure the water in your cells.
Did you know lack of sweating could be an indication of an under active thyroid? Generally, hypothyroid people tend to feel cold much of the time, and are slow to warm up even in a sauna, and don’t sweat with mild exercise. Therefore, detoxing in an infrared sauna can be of particular benefit for those who have thyroid issues.
Structures the Water
Your body consists of over 99 percent water molecules, but as explained by Dr. Gerald Pollack, the water in your cells is not just regular water, but highly structured water with special properties. The infrared rays from the sauna (and the sun) will help structure the water in your body and may be one of the reasons why regular use has been associated with decreased cardiac deaths.
Structured water is more viscous, dense, and has a negative charge. It can hold energy, much like a battery, and deliver energy too. A key ingredient to create this highly structured water is infrared light. One reason why infrared saunas make you feel so good is because your body’s cells are deeply penetrated by infrared energy, which builds and stores structured water. The same goes for light therapy, spending time in the sun, and laser therapy.
Sauna Bathing Can Be an Excellent Addition to a Healthy Lifestyle
Virtually everyone is exposed to heavy metals and toxic chemicals today, and using an infrared sauna can be a helpful method to promote detoxification. Its dry, warming energy is highly compatible with the human body, and by heating your tissues several inches deep, it helps enhance cellular energy production and facilitate healing. Furthermore, viruses and toxin-laden cells are weaker than normal cells and tolerate heat poorly, so raising your body temperature helps heal infections quicker.
A major organ of elimination, most people’s skin is very inactive. Many simply do not sweat enough. Repeated use of the sauna slowly restores your body’s ability to eliminate toxins through your skin.
A sauna’s deep heat raises your body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. As it works to combat the “fever,” your body’s immune system is strengthened. Combined with the elimination of toxins and wastes produced by the intense sweating,&your overall health and resistance to
A sauna’s deep heat raises your body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. As it works to combat the “fever,” your body’s immune system is strengthened. Combined with the elimination of toxins and wastes produced by the intense sweating, your overall health and resistance to disease is increased.
Heating of muscles with far infrared produces an increased blood flow level similar to that seen during exercise. Body temperature elevation also produces an increase in blood flow. Infrared heat assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, edema and exudates. The increased peripheral circulation provides the transport needed to help evacuate the edema which can help end inflammation, decrease pain and help speed healing. As your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder pumping blood at a greater rate to boost circulation, supplying the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate increases while diastolic blood pressure drops, for improved overall cardiovascular fitness. Increased blood circulation has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions and cuts. In addition, open wounds heal more quickly, reducing scarring.
Detoxification from a Sunlight Sauna is 7 to 10 times greater than a conventional sauna. In a conventional sauna the average person sweats out 3% toxins and 97% water. In a Sunlight Sauna, the average person sweats out 20% toxins and 80% water!Increased blood circulation stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built-up toxins and waste. Daily sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals (lead, mercury, zinc, nickel, cadmium) as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid, and cholesterol.
Relieve back, neck, and arthritis pain with far infrared sauna heat therapy. Researchers studying HRP (Heat Responsive Pain) have observed remarkable therapeutic benefits by using continuous low level heat therapy for treating lower back and upper body pain, all conditions that fall under the HRP classification. The deep heat of the infrared sauna helps peripheral blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles, so they recover faster. Muscles relax most readily when tissues are warm, for greater flexibility and range of motion.
In Europe, radiant heat therapy is widely used to treat patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. In addition, it has been proven effective in the treatment of sprains, neuralgia, bursitis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness, and many other musculoskeletal ailments. Much of the stiffness, aches, and soreness that comes with aging is reduced or eliminated.
Perhaps the most immediate relief the infrared sauna offers is simple relaxation, as it melts away the stresses and tension of urban life. Just a few minutes in the gentle warmth of the infrared sauna gives you an overall massaging effect, soothing jangled nerves and knotted muscles. You’ll feel rejuvenated and renewed, restored in both body and mind.
Improve your skin’s appearance with regular use of a Sunlight Sauna. Open wounds heal quicker with reduced scarring. Far infrared heat therapy helps acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns and any skin lesions or cuts. It also reduces wrinkles, makes skin look radiant, firms and improves skin tone and elasticity. Regular use may also help reduce cellulite trapped beneath the skin, lessen the appearance of scars, and help burns heal significantly. The profuse sweating achieved after just a few minutes in the infrared sauna carries off deeply embedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Increased circulation draws your skin’s own natural nutrients to the surface. You’ll see improved tone, elasticity, texture, and fresh color.
A 30 minute far infrared sauna session can burn up to 200-600 calories! As the body works to cool itself while using a far infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. Sunlight Saunas far infrared heat therapy raises core body temperature causing passive cardiovascular conditioning. Your body’s natural response to far infrared heat therapy is to increase circulation and sweat. Check out the results with a heart rate monitor and you will be amazed! As you relax in the gentle heat of the infrared sauna, your body is actually hard at work producing sweat, pumping blood, and burning calories. According to a Journal of the American Medical Association report, in a single sauna session you may burn as many calories as you would rowing or jogging for 30 minutes. So you can lose weight, not just water.
Our Sauna’s Solocarbon heaters were used in a clinical study with the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2005 and were shown to lower blood pressure from a 30 minute sauna session three times a week. Repeated far infrared treatment improves impaired blood vessel functions in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. This suggests a preventative role for sauna use for arteriosclerosis.
EMF in a Sunlighten Infrared Sauna
We’re hearing a lot in the media lately about electromagnetic fields (EMF), usually in relation to mobile phones. And, from time to time, we get a question about whether Sunlighten infrared saunas (or infrared saunas in general) produce high EMF levels. The short answer is no but the EMF question is worth talking about here.
Infrared saunas heat your body directly (as opposed to the air around you) by emitting infrared radiant heat. The waves, similar to those produced by the sun, penetrate and heat your body. The infrared waves are safe – used even to heat newborn babies at the hospital.
But what about EMF? Despite extensive research over the past 20 years, the health risk caused by EMF exposure remains an open question. Two national research organizations (the National Research Council and the National Institute of Health) have looked at the studies and have concluded that there is not strong evidence that EMF exposures pose a health risk. However, other studies suggest otherwise.
Although the current scientific evidence provides no definitive answers regarding EMF, there is enough uncertainty that some people want to reduce their exposure to EMF.
EMF is everywhere in our homes and offices. The electrical appliances we use (an electric can opener at close range emits substantial EMFs), computers, monitors, keyboards and mice, wireless modems, cordless phones, clock radios, hair dryers, mobile phones, microwave ovens and more – all produce EMFs. Thos who live near high-voltage power lines have an even higher potential exposure.
The EMF (electromagnetic field) levels of Sunlighten saunas are well below the threshold of what is generally considered safe, and in fact, produce less EMF than a standard hair dryer. The EMF attributable to a hair dryer at 6″ away is about 300 mG. Our saunas have been measured between 0 and 10 mG. (EMFs are measured in units called milligauss (mG).)
If you are concerned at all about EMF, the EMF-cancelling technology found in our mPulse saunas reduces EMF to our lowest level yet. Our Signature and Select models have also tested at extremely safe levels due to steel conduit electrical shielding.
- Contraindications for Infrared Sauna: If any of the below apply to you, consult your physician prior to sauna use: Cardiovascular Issues, Obesity or Diabetes – Individuals suffering from obesity or with a medical history of heart disease, low or high blood pressure, circulatory problems or diabetes should consult a physician prior to use. Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow in an effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by thirty (30) beats per minute for each degree increase in core body temperature.
- Medications – Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician since some medications may induce drowsiness, while others may affect heart rate, blood pressure andcirculation. Diuretics, barbiturates and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics such as amitryptaline may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heat stroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.
- Alcohol & Drug Abuse – Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to attempt to “sweat out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment; therefore, he/she may not realize when the body has a negative reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress. The use of alcohol, drugs or medications prior to a sauna session may lead to unconsciousness.
- Elderly – The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature. If elderly, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
- Children – The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. When using with a child, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
- Chronic Conditions / Diseases Associated With Reduced Ability To Sweat Or Perspire – Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumors Diabetes with Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating. Consult a physician.
- Hemophiliacs / Individuals Prone To Bleeding – The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
- Fever & Insensitivity to Heat – Individuals with insensitivity to heat or who have a fever should not use the bodywrap until the fever subsides.
- Pregnancy – Pregnant women should consult a physician before using a sauna.
- Menstruation – Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase menstrual flow. This should not preclude sauna use. Joint Injury – Recent (acute) joint injury should not be heated for the first 48 hours or until the swollen symptoms subside.
- Joints that are chronically hot and swollen may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind.
- Implants – Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician prior to using.
- Pacemakers / Defibrillators – The magnets used to assemble our saunas can interrupt the pacing and inhibit the output of pacemakers. Please discuss with your doctor the possible risks this may cause.