A far infrared sauna is closer to moderate exercise in its affect on the body, than it is to a traditional sauna. The reason is that the heat penetrates deep into the muscle and other tissues of the body. This penetrating heat warms the tissues, increases the heart rate and circulation and pushes sweat out of the body. In contrast, a traditional sauna warms the skin first and slowly penetrates the muscles. A traditional sauna does not have the detoxifying effect of the far infrared sauna because the heat is relatively superficial.
Due to these basic differences, there are some significant health benefits to the infrared sauna;
- It burns calories as if you were exercising, over 400 calories for a 30 minute session.
- It detoxifies better than a traditional sauna; since the circulation is affected at a deeper level, significantly more toxins are exuded from the body.
- It improves cardiovascular strength and lowers blood pressure.
- It alleviates muscle and joint pain.
- It improves the tone and elasticity of the skin.
I was impressed with the effectiveness of the far infrared sauna in treating muscle pain. After trying it out myself, I could feel the heat penetrating deep into my back and it would last up to an hour after getting out of the sauna. The best result, though, was that it lowered the overall tension and pain in my back after just two sessions. It also made me sleep more deeply. I don’t know if it was the sleep or the affect that it has on detoxification and circulation, but I also feel more energetic since starting my regular sauna sessions. I really encourage everyone to give it a try, especially if you have back, neck or joint pain.
To find out more about the far infrared sauna at Balance Acupuncture, please visit our sauna page.
Sauna Room image by Anthony Thompson