Many cultures around the world have used the sauna for thousands of years as a method of promoting detoxification and reducing stress. Long before traditional or infrared saunas existed, sweat lodges or “hot air baths” were heated with rocks, water, and other materials to create similar effects. Ancient Chinese and Ayurveda medicine throughout India, Sri Lanka and Native Americans used the sauna.
What is a Far-Infrared Sauna?
The word far in this case means longer wavelengths in the infrared spectrum. A far-infrared sauna works by producing light waves that are capable of penetrating the skin through the use of light rays and the invisible radiant energy encompassing the body. Whereas traditional saunas heat the surrounding air and produce a hot, humid climate, the far-infrared sauna’s use of light waves heats the body internally, which causes the body to sweat and promotes the release of toxins.
The use of lights in saunas has been in existence for a century, when Dr John H. Kellogg developed the first infrared lights for saunas, referred to as light therapy.
Benefits of the Far-Infrared Saunas
Many individuals who are sensitive to the humidity and hot climate produced by the traditional saunas find the far-infrared saunas more comfortable and frequently the preferred choice.
Holistic practitioners, as well as various therapies, incorporate the use of far-infrared saunas. The unique application of light waves heats the body’s internal temperature, which helps reduce blood pressure, reduce pain, and increase the detoxification process.
Researchers have conducted multiple studies on the far-infrared saunas for several years, and the results they’ve encountered include the following:
- Reduces blood pressure and increases blood flow, which can improve heart health
- Removes toxins from the blood and helps regenerate arterial walls and blood veins
- Reduces arthritis pain and chronic pain
- Speeds muscle fatigue and recovery
- Increases collagen production and slows down the aging process
Removal Of Toxins
Additionally, studies indicate that sweating helps remove heavy metals from the body, making far-infrared saunas an ideal choice. For years we have been aware of the dangers of buildup metals and how they can harm physical and mental health. Lead can cause an array of health issues, and aluminium is linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. According to cardiologist Joel Kahn, M.D., once heavy metals are cleansed from the body, it enhances the immune system, and the individuals notice improvements in clarity and enjoy an increase in energy.
Additional Benefits of Far-Infrared Sauna
Furthermore, infrared heat helps improve stamina, muscle strength, circulation, and boosts the mood. It is capable of triggering the same mental state as routine moderate exercise, and, according to Dr Axe, “infrared sauna therapy is believed to have a parasympathetic healing effect,” or enables the body to endure stress without significant repercussions.
Also, research indicates that the process of heating the skin with infrared lighting, along with the colouration of the lights, it may aid in the production serotonin and act as an antidepressant helping to alleviate SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
Overall, far-infrared saunas offer a variety of healing and detox benefits and can improve overall well-being.
New Leaf has two large far-infrared saunas. One in the women’s spa and one in the men’s spa. We strongly suggest you take full advantage of it when you are visiting as they will significantly assist in the body detoxification process.