What is an Infrared Sauna?
Instead of steam or the traditional “box of hot rocks” heating elements, infrared sauna heaters use the infrared spectrums to promote relaxation and other health benefits. In an infrared sauna, the air temperature is less important than the quality of the infrared heat. As your body absorbs the infrared heat, your core body temperature rises inducing a deep and relaxing sweat.
What is Infrared Heat?
Invisible infrared wavelengths are what makes the sun feel warm (and ultraviolet wavelengths are what makes it bright). According to scientists, infrared waves are beneficial to the human body because they are easily absorbed, stimulating the lymphatic, immune and cardiovascular systems and also help remove toxins. Infrared does all of this without any of the harmful rays of sunlight.
There are three main categories of the infrared spectrum: near infrared, mid infrared, and far infrared.
Far infrared is the closest of the wavelengths to the heat given off by our own body. Far infrared is readily captured by the water molecules in the body and releasing its energy. Our bodies actually give off far infrared wavelengths at about 9.4 microns. Since far infrared wavelengths feel very natural and normal to us, our energy is enhanced and strengthened. If a good portion of the far infrared from a high quality sauna heater at this 9.4 micron range, a subtle “resonant frequency” or vibration is set up within the cells of the body that increases the expulsion of toxins. The toxins are then eliminated either through the three main organs of elimination (urine, feces and exhalation) or directly through the skin, the largest organ of the body. Far infrared activates sweat glands eliminating these chemicals directly through the skin. Expelling toxins through the skin is advantageous because it relieves the liver of having to process quantities of these fat soluble compounds.