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The Benefits of an Infrared Sauna

1. Relaxation

Just a few minutes in the sauna will make you feel relaxed, de-stressed and rejuvenated. Just like a lymphatic massage, the gentle heat of a sauna stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system, which puts you in the rest & digest state of relaxation. 

2. Relief from muscle and joint pain and stiffness

Radiant heat is shown to increase circulation and soothe aching muscles and joints, therefore reducing pain and allowing improved mobility.  Improved circulation allows for removal of built up waste products and heat promotes dilation of blood vessels, therefore relieving pain and muscle tension.  As well as joints bathed in our bodies joint fluid allows for recovery from inflammatory processes and improved joint health. 

3. Detoxification

One of the largest benefits of using an infrared sauna is the detoxification effect.  Sweating is the body's most natural way to rid the body of toxins, including heavy metals.  The release of these toxins and built up chemicals is eliminated through the pores via sweat glands.

4. Improved skin integrity

Along with detoxification, regular use of infrared saunas can improve skin appearance by removing toxins, embedded impurities and dead skin cells.  The increased circulation allows your body with draw it's natural nutrients to the surface to bathe the skin creating softer, clearer and more youthful skin. 

5. Weight loss and increased metabolism

The heat generated from the infrared sauna works to increase your core temperature and increase your heart rate which are the same effects as exercise. As your body works hard to lower the core temperature and keep up with an elevated heart rate, you  are burning calories. An article, titled Effect of Sweating, in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that a 30-minute infrared sauna session could burn roughly 600 calories.  However, do not expect large drops in weight after just one session. 

Who should avoid an infrared sauna:

Anyone with a pacemaker or defibrillator, recent surgery within 48 hours, chronically hot & swollen joints, active infections, hemophilia or anyone predisposed to hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, ventral nervous system tumors or any condition associated with impaired sweating, active fever, a condition that makes you insensitive to heat, or under the influence or drugs or alcohol. 

Consult a physician before using the infrared sauna if:

You are pregnant(requires written consent), breastfeeding, have a history of heart conditions or using medication such as diuretics, barbiturates, antihistamines and beta-blockers. 

Book a sauna session by itself, or even better yet, combine it with a 60 minute lymphatic massage for maximal detoxification, relaxation and skin integrity improving effects. 

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