To be able to enjoy tranquil and restorative time at home while detoxifying your body is now an easily accessible luxury.
Saunas provide you with health benefits in just a few minutes a day, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated to deal with busy life.
You may have heard about ‘infrared’ and ‘regular saunas,’ and the differences between the two. We get questions everyday here at Vitality about this and also why the Zen Far infrared sauna is different to others.
In this article we will dive into answering these questions and let you know about
- evidence-based truths of how infrared saunas can really benefit your health
- help clear up some myths around infrared saunas
- explain the benefits and points of difference of a zen far infrared sauna
Regular saunas vs infrared saunas
Traditional saunas heat the air around you, whereas as infrared saunas use infrared lamps to warm you more directly.
Traditional saunas normally operate at around 150 F (65 degrees C) to 180 F (82 degrees C) and some people find this too hot to handle for more than a couple of minutes, if at all.
Although these saunas certainly help you to sweat and can provide warmth to your body and a ‘feel good’ feeling, we need to remember that sweating does not necessarily give you actual health benefits (keep reading to discover the facts) like fat loss or better skin, for example.
Infrared saunas function at a much lower temperature of 100 F (37 degrees C) to 130 F (54 degrees C) which makes it more tolerable in increasing your duration of use, plus actually enjoying the experience (you want it to help reduce stress, not create stress, right!)
Most professionals agree that there are many health benefits with regular infrared sauna use. From muscle relief to heart health, from stress relief to looking feeling younger using an infrared sauna regularly can improve our quality of life. These days, however, as we are surrounded by many man made products that produce electromagnetic fields (EMF) we may need to think about lowering our exposure. Using a low EMF Infrared sauna can help keep our exposure to a minimum.
What is EMF?
EMF stands for electromagnetic force (or electromotive force). EMF is found in the natural world by sources such as the local build-up of electric charge in the atmosphere associated with thunderstorms. The earth's magnetic field is used by birds and fish for navigation. They are also emitted from our manufactured products and our own bodies. Mobile phones, television, computers, kitchen appliances, power points etc all emit EMF's in regulated low ranges. EMF is present in just about any situation where electricity is used and is, therefore, part of everyone’s everyday life. Some believe that due to our modern lifestyles and constant contact with EMF it could be dangerous to our health. Some studies have shown a correlation between exposure to EMF and incidences of leukemia and some other cancers, fatigue, stress, and even infertility.
The greater the electric current the stronger the EMF and as you sit for prolonged periods of time in a sauna close to the heater you may be exposed to greater levels. Choosing a low EFM infrared sauna and reducing your exposure allows you to reap the health benefits of sauna but keeps you safe f
If you can't handle the heat - you don't have to stay out of the infrared sauna
The benefits of regular infrared sauna sessions can seem too good to be true, it is a fountain of youth, you can lose excess weight, balance your hormones, reduce stress, detox, stave of anxiety, depression, memory loss, even Alzheimers, improve your circulation, get better sleep.... the list is endless.
But what's the point if you can't handle the heat?
How long do you last in a sauna? It's a marathon sometimes just to stay in there sweating and heaving till you nearly pass out then running for the door to the plunge pool. The relatively new game in town is the infrared saunas with more benefits for less the heat.
What is Infrared sauna and why is it different?
The difference is in the hotness and how its used... bit like us really. Traditional saunas use steam to heat the air around the user to extreme levels while an Infrared Sauna directly heats the user with Infrared waves creating a ‘dry’ warmth. With an infrared sauna, only about 20 percent of the heat goes to heat the air and the other 80 percent directly heats your body. A lot of people also find it easier to breathe than in a traditional type of sauna.
An infrared sauna can operate at a lower temperature up to 65 degrees Celsius much lower than a traditional sauna that can heat up to 80 degrees or more. Allowing you to stay in longer and reap more of the benefits.
By far the most important health benefit of the Far Infrared Sauna is its efficiency in removing toxins from the body.
The infrared sauna achieves this by a process called “resonate absorption” whereby the frequency of the Far Infrared matches the frequency of the water in the cell, causing toxins to be released into the blood stream and excreted through sweat.
Still not convinced, read on to find out why so many people are using Infrared Sauna's as part of their health and detox programs.
- Improves skin tone - removes roughness, firms and improves skin tone and elasticity, reduces scarring
- Removes toxins
- Relieves pain - arthritis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness, sprains
- Reduces stress and fatigue
- Strengthens the Immune System
- Strengthens the Cardiovascular System - heart rate, cardiac output & metabolic rate increases, while pressure drops.
- Lowers blood sugar and cholesterol
- Increases blood flow helping with the treatment of inflammation, pain and speedier healing rate
- Improves impaired blood vessel function in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol
- Weight Loss - burns 900 calories in one 30 min. session.
- Reduces swelling of prostate in men
- Controls excessive leukorrhea in women (PMS/yeast)
- Beneficial for eczema, psoriasis and acne sufferers
Studies have shown that the sweat of people using a c
Remember standing in the sun on a cold winters day? Despite the cold air temperature, you could probably still feel the warmth from the sun. This is because of Far Infra Red rays - a completely safe energy that raises the temperature of objects without heating the surrounding air.
For thousands of years, cultures of the world knew the therapeutic value of heating the body for better health, healing and vitality. The Mayans, Native Americans, the Inuit, and Europeans all developed their own versions of saunas and sweat lodges. Two thousand years ago the ancient Greek physician Paemendides said, "Give me a chance to create fever and I will cure any disease."
Crafted in timber that doesn't out-gas (emit toxic resins) and using patented ceramic heating elements, the SoftHeat Far Infrared Saunas emits far infrared rays in the range of 5.5 to 15 microns which achieves the optimum effect on the cells of the body. This heat is efficient because it warms you (rather than the surrounding air) so your body absorbs the majority of this heat causing perspiration and many other health benefits.
Conventional saunas rely on direct contact of heat or hot air, at high temperatures 80 - 104 Celsius, on the skin & lungs to produce its heating effects. Far Infra Red Saunas are able to produce up to 3 times the sweat volume of a conventional sauna at much safer temperatures (18 - 60 Celsius). Not only does the perspiration contain more toxins and less water, but more toxins will also be expelled through your kidneys, liver and even hair. So our SoftHeat Far Infra Red Saunas are a vast improvement over conventional saunas!