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Far-Infrared Studies have found that the following benefits, plus see articles below
The infrared energy released by an Infrared Sauna can penetrate up to 1.5″ deep into muscle tissue. 93% of this energy is absorbed through our skin. By heating these tissues, we experience a vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels which can be beneficial in reducing muscle spasms, joint stiffness and achiness, as well as general aches and pains due to conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. There is also evidence that when used 24-48 hours post injury, far infrared energy can reduce the time it takes for your body to heal sprains and strains.
Since the skin is our largest organ, it plays an important role in eliminating undesirable toxins. Some physicians refer to the skin as a third kidney. The deep penetration of our Infrared Sauna technology allows removal of toxins stored in fat cells. Detoxifying in a West Coast Sauna helps rid your body of potential carcinogenic heavy metals such as mercury and lead, as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid and cholesterol.
As you bask in the comforts of our Infrared Sauna, your body is actually hard at work attempting to maintain a constant core temperature. Our body does this by increasing peripheral blood flow and by sweating. In Guyton’s textbook of Medical Physiology, it states that 1 gram of sweat requires 0.568 kcal to produce. An average sauna user can produce 500 grams of sweat and burn 350 calories during a therapeutic sauna session. This is the equivalent of running 2-3 miles. Infrared saunas can also help rid your body of cellulite which is a gel like substance made up of fat cells, water and wastes.
Infrared heat therapy is one way to achieve cardiovascular conditioning effects even without exerting yourself. During a sauna session, vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels occurs which increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. This provides a workout for your heart as the body attempts to cool itself in diverting blood from internal organs to the extremities and the skin. Research suggests that regular infrared heat therapy has been beneficial in reducing blood pressure.
Beautification of Skin
Do you want to improve the tone, texture and elasticity of your skin? By sitting in our Infrared Sauna, the increased blood circulation to the skin brings fresh nutrients to the surface. At the same time, profuse sweating is assisting in the removal of toxins that accumulate deep within your pores such as make-up, dirt, lotions and conditioners.
The warmth of our Infrared Sauna will relax your muscles, increase flexibility and range of motion. Studies show, tissues heated to 130° and then stretched have exhibited an elastic elongation that persists long after the stretch is removed. This was not the case when the same tissues were stretched at normal tissue temperatures. Therapeutic benefits were also seen in working with ligaments, tendons, fascia, joint capsules and symposiums that have become scarred, thickened or contracted.
Some researchers believe that infrared therapy can help stimulate the body’s immune system by elevating body temperature. Many viruses, bacteria and tumor cells are thought to have poor tolerance to heat compared to normal healthy cells. A 30 minute infrared sauna session can cause a temporary 3° increase in body temperature. This increase has been shown to stimulate white blood cells which may improve your body’s immune system. Given the human body’s effectiveness in fighting disease by inducing a fever, an infrared sauna can assist the body in the fight of various diseases.
Chronic Inner Ear Infections
Infrared sauna therapy sessions can open nasal passages and therefore assist the sinuses in draining and preventing speed of infection to the middle ear.
Chromotherapy or Light Therapy
Defined as the therapeutic use of color and light in order to bring about homeostasis within the human body. Organs, muscles, cells and nerves all have a level of vibration or frequency. Each color of light has its own frequency and vibration. When our bodies become out of balance, disease occurs. Through extensive research, we know that color and light will help bring our physical and emotional systems into balance. Color works through and in us, in every nerve, cell, gland and muscle. All Coastal Saunas come standard with a Chromotherapy Light System.
Contraindications for use of Infrared Sauna Therapy
Prescription Drugs: Always check with your physician or pharmacist for possible interactions with a drugs affect due the use of an infrared sauna.