Sauna

Infrared Sauna

For benefits and guidelines relating to infrared saunas, read below.

£10 (Course of 4 - £28)

Benefits of Infrared Sauna

1. An improved skin complexion:

Over time, dirt and sweat, exposure to synthetic clothing, chlorinated water and various chemicals can lead to a build-up of toxins in the skin. The heat from the sauna allows for the removal of these toxins from the skin through increased heat and perspiration, leaving you with a healthier looking complexion.

2. Cell regeneration

Infrared therapy has also been known to promote wound healing through growth hormone stimulation. Many even believe regular sauna sessions to have anti-ageing properties.

3. Detoxification through increased sweating

Medical studies show that most toxins in the body can be removed through the skin which helps reduce the load on the liver and kidneys. Heat from far infrared wavelengths encourages perspiration. This process gradually aids the removal of heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Sweating through exercise alone is not as effective for the detoxification process, therefore saunas are fantastic for detoxifying the body.

4. Enhanced circulation

One of the most significant benefits of infrared sauna therapy is to the cardiovascular system.  Using saunas regularly can have many exercise benefits including improved blood flow and oxidation of the tissues without expending as much energy. Repeated use can help to lower high blood pressure and increase the elasticity of the arteries.

When the body is heated, blood rushes towards the skin and blood vessels expand to help control the heat, this helps to decongest internal organs, improving circulation.

5. Improved results from exercise

Not only do infrared saunas provide a range of natural health benefits, but they can also be used as part of your exercise regime to get the most out of your body. Regular sauna use after exercise has been clinically proven to promote weight loss, with a study at Binghamton University finding that those who used far infrared saunas after a gym session losing more body fat than those who did not.

For the average man, 30-minute sessions in under the infrared lights can burn calories at a higher rate than cycling or playing tennis for the same amount of time.

6. Fever relief (hyperthermia)

Those with low body temperatures can struggle to overcome some chronic infections, raising body temperature has been shown to aid the body in killing bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. Heightened body temperature induces an artificial fever, helping the kill off bacteria and strengthen your immune system’s response to infections.

7. Pain relief

Because infrared saunas penetrate the body directly, they can be a great method of relieving pain caused by chronic conditions such as arthritis. Regular infrared sauna sessions can relieve chronic pain from the muscles and joints through the stimulation of blood through the affected areas.

Guidelines for Infrared Sauna

Drink water

Make sure you’re hydrated before going into an infrared sauna. Drink a glass of water before your session. You can also bring water into the sauna, especially if you’re sensitive to higher heats.

Clothing

How you dress is your choice. Some people will wear bathing suits, while others prefer to go in towel.

What you can do while in the sauna

Relax, read, meditate, listen to music, or visit with friends. Just don’t go to sleep.

After the session is over

When your session is done, it’s suggested that you take your time and let your body cool down. Once cooled down, feel free to take a shower or bath. Just make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

Number of sessions per week 

Most facilities that offer infrared sauna treatments recommend using the sauna three to four days per week. If you are healthy and tolerate the four days, you can use the sauna daily.

What should you know before you try an infrared sauna?

  • Avoid using an infrared sauna if you’ve been drinking alcohol.
  • If you feel ill or have a fever, it’s best to wait to use the sauna until you’re feeling better.
  • Using an infrared sauna will cause you to sweat a lot, so you may feel lightheaded when you stand up. If this happens, make sure you get up slowly and sit down once you leave the sauna. Drink water immediately after finishing your session and wait for your body to cool down before doing anything else.
  • In extreme cases, some people may experience overheating (heat stroke and heat exhaustion) or dehydration.

If you have any health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, or are under medical care, get cleared by your doctor before your first session. Even though infrared saunas have been found to be safe, you don’t want to take any chances when it comes to your health and safety.