Fast Track Your Way to Health With an Infrared Sauna

When I'm being told that something can help me lose weight, detox nasty junk from my body and  reduce pain - all without me needing to change my diet or exercise-  it is usually about 3 o'clock in the morning and I'm watching a"too good to be true" infomercial.

Well, hang on to your hats, because (looking at you with a very straight face) I would like to introduce you one of my most favorite things.

It is actually everything it claims to be, the real makoy, a dream come true.. and yes... you really can lose weight, relieve pain, flush your system  without changing your diet and preferable not moving a muscle.

If you haven't heard the latest buzz word "far infrared" yet, then its time you get acquainted .

It is something that I believe- completely without exaggeration- could change your life.

What is Far-Infrared Heat?

 Anyone who's been on planet earth a while knows that the sun is our primary source of radiant energy, light and heat.

The sun produces and sends earth bound "waves".  Many "electromagnetic" waves.
The full span -there are 7 waves- of which is referred to as the electromagnetic spectrum.

The light spectrum (the light that we see) is only a small piece of the pie, and it is the only electromagnetic waves that can be seen.

However, there are still more unseen waves that come from the sun.

Perhaps, you are  familiar with the terms, gamma rays, x-rays, ultra violet rays, microwaves and radio waves?  They are some of those unseen waves.

** Learn some really cool stuff about these waves here and become a wave genius **

These  waves vary in their wavelengths---some are long and others are short.

But, of course,  not all of this energy  is beneficial.
Although life needs energy from the sun, too much sunlight can be damaging.

We are all familiar with  the warning of ultra violet rays and the damage they can cause.

There is, however, one more ray in this line up which is  getting some serious attention.
It is  the " INFRARED" ray.

Interestingly, infrared heat  accounts for 49% of heating the earth's surface and is not dangerous like Ultra Violet rays (UV) .

Infrared rays are classified in 3 different distinctions:  Near IR Rays, Medium IR Rays, FAR Infrared Rays.

Far-infrared radiant (FIR) heat is a form of naturally occurring energy that heats objects by direct light conversion (DLC).
This means  that only the object receives the heat and it does not raise the temperature of the surrounding free air.

Meet the  Far-Infrared Sauna

 Traditional steam saunas raise the temperature of the air to a very high level within the chamber to warm the body. Some people have difficulty breathing in this extremely warm air.

FIR saunas work differently. Instead of heating the air within the enclosure, FIR saunas heat the body directly. (DLC remember?)

A Far-infrared sauna,   warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight.

You know that feeling when you catch a nap in the sunshine?
When you feel you are getting warmer right down into the very core of your being?
 mmm.... almost heavenly, right?

That's what FIR heat does.
This type of energy travels 2-3" deep into the body (deeper than any other surface heat) to increase circulation and nourish damaged tissue.
It provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight but it does it without the addition of the  damaging rays that come with the sun.

So, What are the Benefits of the  Far-Infrared Sauna?

The infrared sauna benefits include the following :
  • Fat-burner :
    During your relaxing and rejuvenating infrared sauna session, your body sweats and burns calories.
    Some experts say up to 500 calories for every session-- yup, you heard me right... 500 calories.. yee ha!

  •  Pain-reliever :
    Increased blood circulation improves nearly any condition. The delivery of oxygen-rich blood to all muscles and joints stimulates the healing process for all joint and muscle related ailments

  • Detoxification :
    The deep penetration of the infrared rays into your body and the resonance with your body tissue cells ensure quick removal of body toxins. Your body's natural sweat reaction in the infrared sauna ensures that your skin is deeply purified and that toxins find their way out. Efficiently.

  • Skin regeneration :
    Infrared energy is a natural phenomenon. The sun emits infrared energy.
    Most living creatures emit infrared rays (that is why they can be seen with infrared night viewers).
    Infrared waves penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin and assist cell replacement and deep cleansing of your skin.
    Other effects include purging clogged pores of deeply imbedded impurities and dead skin cells.
    You will be amazed by your glowing radiant skin.
    The increased blood circulation encourages a healthy flow of nutrients to your skin that helps relieve acne, eczema, psoriasis and burns. Saunas will also encourage the healing of lesions and minor cuts.

  • Stress relief :
    The warm soothing effect of the radiation will provide immediate benefit to tightened and knotted muscles, leaving the user feeling refreshed and invigorated.

  • Cardiovascular fitness :
    Use of the sauna enhances blood circulation, stimulating the perspiration process and in turn increasing the body's heart rate and overall cardiac output.
    This achieves a similar cardiovascular conditioning as vigorous exercise.

  • Boost immune system:
    The infrared heat strengthens the body's immune response, resulting in increased resistance to disease. Recent studies show cold and flu symptoms are reduced dramatically if treated early with infrared heat. Infrared sauna benefits include strengthening of your immune system by raising your white blood cell count.

  • Lower Blood Pressure:
    The University of Missouri, conducted a clinical study which concluded that infrared heat lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure

My Curiosity's Peeking!
Where Do I Find This Far Infrared Sauna?

Ah ha!!! Good news!
It just so happens that far infrared heat is finally getting the accolades it long deserves.

Because it is being recognized in the medical world,  the fitness circles and the natural health movement, they are becoming more and more available.

Many heath and exercise facilities now have their own saunas.
 I've even seen them popping up now and again in hair salons. Most likely taking over the space where the soooooo last year's tanning bed use to sit.

But if you are looking for private, unlimited and instant availability facility then a home sauna is wise investment indeed!

They can come in several shapes and sizes- from a portable, personal dome-type sauna that you slip inside;
to the traditional, beautiful wood cabinetry that we think of when we hear sauna!

Even then, the cabinet-style saunas can come in smaller sizes- not much bigger than a closet- to accommodate anyone's home!

As far as manufacturers go, there too are many.

So like any wise investment, you will need to do your homework.
Because they will not all be created equal.

You will need to ask questions about the quality of the product in entirety.

 There are several different types of infrared heaters, for instance .

Whether you choose a sauna with a carbon fibre heating element or a ceramic heating element will make a difference to your experience. ( carbon has a deeper effect)
How many heaters does a sauna have in it?   The more heaters the more heat.

Make certain you ask questions about the material the unit itself is made out of.
What sort of wood is it?
Is it the glue or finish toxic-free?
It would defeat the entire purpose of a sauna to be inhaling nasty fumes the entire time you are in it.

What about the warranty?  The shipping charges?
Does the  company web site post testimonials from previous clients?

All of these questions will give you a picture of the integrity of the company you are dealing with.

Is it just another product to them or do the LOVE SAUNAS!

When doing my research I found a wonderful company that immediately caught my attention.
They simply call themselves GREAT SAUNAS and they really are just that!

They have been creating saunas for 35 years, long before it was the new trendy fad, so they should definately know what they're doing!

I found their website very  informative.
I got the feeling that their first priority was to properly educate the customer and I never had the feeling they were hiding anything.

They have both a Canadian  link and an American link, which really helps (at least for those of us in Canada)
 as well as a 1-800 number with their hours of operation clearly posted... Nice....

Now, I haven't tried their product yet, but I'm hoping to shortly.
If there was a company I would feel the most comfortable with investing my money, and counting on good customer after-care, these guys would definitely be the top of the list.

So, What is Your Opinion About the Whole FIR Sauna Gig?

Have you used a FIR sauna before?
Have you used it on a regular basis, or for theratupic reasons?

IYHO, is it everything it is reputed to be?

Are you in the market for a home FIR?
What are some of the question you are finding to ask, or need answers to before you purchase?

Share you thoughts and comments with us here.
It would sure help me narrow down my decision -and help me with a follow-up post  :-)


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