FAR Infrared Therapy is a process that involves the use of FAR infrared rays to gently heal, soothe, and get you sweating—in a good way. Not only is sweating a great way to burn calories and help rid your body of toxins, but there are also a wide array of other benefits. As providers of FAR Infrared Therapy, we at Springs Integrated Health would like to discuss some of these benefits in this blog.
At our Colorado Springs holistic medical center, we strive to be Colorado Springs’ premier integrated health provider. Our team of physical therapists, chiropractors, and orthopedic specialists are committed to running a world-class holistic wellness center, which means providing you with comprehensive, all-natural medical care so that you can achieve and maintain your optimal wellness.
Benefits of FAR Infrared Saunas
One of the greatest benefits of sweating is that it helps your body release toxins, including small traces of heavy metals like mercury, lead, and other chemicals, as well as nicotine, alcohol, sodium, and sulfuric acid. Infrared sauna treatments are a great way to facilitate this detoxification. Unlike traditional Swedish saunas, infrared saunas are reported to rid the body of seven times more toxins.
Though heat is never good for a recent injury, for long-lasting pains, including muscle aches, joint pain, and soreness, some of the best infrared saunas have proven to be effective methods for pain relief. Specifically, saunas can increase circulation and provide soothing heat, which can relieve inflammation and relax muscles.
Seeking regular FAR Infrared Therapy treatments can help aid in weight loss. However, before you disregard your diets and sell all of your exercise equipment, do know that it can never be used as an alternative to exercising and dieting. This weight loss effect works primarily by heating up your core temperature, which then can increase your heart rate in a similar way to working out. When this occurs, your body naturally begins working harder to lower your temperature and keep up with your heart rate, resulting in more burnt calories and, therefore, more potential weight loss.
As we mentioned, the heat from infrared saunas increases your core temperature, which then increases your circulation. Although this is somewhat of a temporary effect, research suggests that regular sauna sessions can lead to better blood flow and overall circulation, which can then help muscles recover quicker and decrease the pain and inflammation caused by strenuous exercise.
Because they help to remove toxins, FAR Infrared Saunas have shown signs of helping to purify skin. This includes helping to clear up acne. When you sweat in a sauna, you also cleanse your pores and remove dirt, cosmetics, blackheads, dry skin, and other accumulated pollutants. This not only means a cleaner face, but it also means healthier skin with a potentially visible difference in tone, complexion, elasticity, texture, and overall appearance.
Perhaps the most well-known benefit of infrared saunas is their ability to promote relaxation. This works in a number of ways. Firstly, the heat generated by saunas helps to relieve tension and relax muscles. Additionally, infrared saunas are also known to help maintain healthy levels of stress hormones like cortisol. When this hormone is properly balanced, you are more likely to sleep better, feel relaxed, and have an overall feeling of rejuvenation.
Are All Infrared Saunas the Same?
It is important to remember that not all sauna therapies are the same. For example, traditional saunas use heat and humidity to create warm air. FAR Infrared Therapy, on the other hand, uses light to create heat. This allows the body to be warmed more easily with warm and dry heat, making the treatment more enjoyable for people who are unable to handle the heat and humidity of traditional saunas.
Moreover, not all Infrared saunas are the same. For example, there are a variety of different levels of infrared sauna treatments available. These include the following:
Near-Infrared Levels—Often thought to be best for wound healing and improving immune system function.
Middle-Infrared Levels—Great for promoting muscle relaxation and circulation.
FAR-Infrared Levels—Ideal for improving circulation, muscle relaxation, detoxifying, and relieving tension.
Want to experience FAR Infrared Sauna benefits for yourself? Learn more about our sauna treatments and contact us today to schedule your therapeutic session!