Sitting in a sauna is a great way to relax and let the stress and anxiety drain from your body. Over the years there have been a number of advancements in saunas. One such advancement is the infrared sauna. An infrared sauna uses special heaters instead of steam to heat the sauna room. This type of sauna uses a specific heater to emit Infrared Radiation (IR) which heats the body. The infrared waves cause the body to warm up while the air stays cooler allowing one to stay in the sauna longer. The deep penetration into the skin allows for better bacteria and toxin elimination and helps to stimulate muscle and joint healing. The temperatures in an infrared sauna are lower than a steam sauna allowing one to sit longer and produce more sweat which makes it a better body detoxifier.
The following explains how you can get the most out of your Infrared Sauna:
1. If you are taking any medication or have any health problems such heart disease, consult your physician before using infrared saunas. Don’t use the sauna right after exercising. You should relax and let your heart and breathing return to normal. As well, do not eat a heavy meal prior to use because you may get sick to your stomach and your blood will also be aiding digestion instead of strongly circulating throughout the body. Remove any jewelry containing metal as they can get quite hot. Make sure you have gone to the bathroom before going into the sauna so you do not interrupt the session.
2. When you go into the sauna, you should begin by sitting on the lower bench. If you feel dizzy or ill at anytime while in the sauna, you should immediately exit the room. If it is your first time, you should gradually get use to the environment by sitting for about 15 minutes at a time. Work your way up to the upper benches as you get accustomed to the heat. As well, maintain a lower temperature so that you can adjust to the temperature better and not feel faint or ill. Avoid taking alcohol and drugs and make sure you have a bottle of water available after you are done sitting.
3. Whenever you move around in saunas during your sessions, do not get up quickly to avoid dizziness because the blood pressure is normally lower in a sauna. Relax during the session to feel its full benefits. If you are sitting with friends, avoid any conversations that cause stress. After the session, rinse off in the shower.
For more than forty years, infrared heat therapy has been used as a treatment for many injuries and aches in the body. The infrared sauna has proven health benefits such as relieving aching and swollen muscles and joints, relieving stress, detoxifying the body of harmful chemicals and toxins, and improving the condition of the skin. It also relieves tension headaches, clears up chest and nasal congestion, and provides relief of such conditions as arthritis, muscle and joint stiffness, and osteoporosis. When taking the proper precautionary measures, an infrared sauna is an enjoyable way to relax and improve your health.