Infrared heat is 100% safe and natural for our bodies, and our well-being, as the human body is designed to accept and emit infrared. The feeling of warmth from infrared is particularly comfortable. Unlike tanning beds, infrared saunas use infrared heating, which is entirely different to microwaves, or ultraviolet radiation. It is UV that is harmful, not infrared, and so there is no need to worry. Infrared heat is extremely comfortable. People feeling infrared heat for the first time say it is like walking past a window that the sun is shining through.
As a sauna heating technology, infrared is a recent innovation of the last two decades. Yet, the same technology has been used extensively. Especially in other industries from healthcare to space exploration for many decades.
What health professionals say
“Infrared Saunas are different to regular saunas because infrared heat waves penetrate facial and muscular tissue, helping to rid the body of toxins that are stored in deeper layers than the simple sweat glands that are activated in a conventional sauna”
Dr Rachel West, M.D.
“Infrared Saunas are indispensable to healthy living in our current toxic environment. Even if people are careful with their diets, personal care products and household cleaners, the amount of pollutants such as chemicals, preservatives and pesticides are so prevalent today that they are impossible to escape.”
Dr David Minkoff, M.D.
“Working with high performance athletes, Dr Spencer believes that regular sessions in an infrared sauna are essential for promoting muscle recovery, reducing tension and eliminating performance inhibiting toxic burdens from the body.”
Jeffrey A. Spencer, M.A., D.C.
Infrared sauna benefits
Step into an infrared sauna to relieve tension and relax muscles. The heat from infrared saunas works by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, the infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally. Infrared wavelengths penetrate the body to create heat, which creates profound therapeutic benefits. They increase blood flow to the muscles, delivering more concentrated oxygen, which creates more energy to heal.
Detoxification promotes wellbeing and helps the body to maintain optimum health. Infrared saunas rid the body of harmful toxins by inducing sweating, which increases circulation and helps remove environmental toxins from the skin, kidneys, colon, and liver.
Unlike traditional steam saunas, infrared saunas raise your core body temperature by two-to-three degrees. Rather than simply heating the ambient air to draw out toxins, infrared sauna detox will heat your core to expel them - which will have you leaving your session feeling refreshed.
Infrared saunas help you lose weight by detoxifying the body and burning calories while you relax in total comfort. They aid in weight loss by heating your core temperature to promote sweating. During a sauna weight loss session, core temperatures increase. The body has to work hard to cool itself, causing a healthy sweat. Using an infrared sauna increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, burning more calories (up to 600 calories) which leads to more weight loss. Using an infrared sauna is similar to moderate exercise - but much more relaxing!
When you use an infrared sauna you improve blood flow and circulation. As your body heats up, your blood vessels dilate, and your heart rate increases. This results in oxygen and vital nutrients travelling around the body. A blend of near, mid and far infrared starts at a high intensity to increase heart rate and cardiac output then lowers to sustain heart rate circulation increases to promote healthy blood pressure.
Your body’s largest organ, the skin, works 24/7 to protect your body from the elements. Infrared Saunas promote healthy skin year round, whether you are seeking anti-aging effects, or general skin rejuvenation from the deep detoxification to give you a healthy glow. Near infrared therapy can help to heal the epidermis and dermis layers and rejuvenate your skin, which help to slow down ageing. The therapy also increases collagen production which reduces wrinkles and improves the overall skin tone. Common benefits include; a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness.
Relaxation is more important to health than most people realise. Stress impacts not just the mind but the body as well. High levels of stress can have a great impact on the brain. Scientific evidence shows that infrared sauna therapy helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol - the happy hormone. An infrared sauna session at Enliven Infrared Saunas is as much about a mental detox as a physical one. During your session you can relax and unwind to focus on self-care in a tranquil environment. You will relieve muscle tension which will help you relax and de-stress during an infrared sauna session.