I heard the Spa at Body+Beauty was getting an Infrared Sauna and was immediately excited….but I had no clue how an Infrared Sauna was any different than a traditional sauna. My excitement was purely based off of the fact that we are always adding something new and amazing to our product and service offerings. I’ve spent plenty of time in traditional saunas and started doing a little research on our new addition.
Traditional saunas are a high heat, low humidity environment, while infrared saunas provide a more mild environment. Infrared rays directly heat the body and the air is heated secondarily, whereas a traditional sauna heats the air in order to warm the body. Basically, this means that an infrared won’t feel as hot, which is great if you don’t enjoy breathing air at 190 degrees. I always loved the initial warmth of a traditional sauna, but the extreme heat was very overwhelming and I usually found it uncomfortable to breathe the air for more than ten minutes.
Tony Walker Body+Beauty is now taking appointments for our NEW Infrared Sauna. I took it for a test drive this week and did some research. Find the answers to all of your questions below, then give us a call at 445-3280 to schedule your first session.
What is Infrared?
Infrared rays are a form of electromagnetic sunlight that is the invisible to the human eye. Unlike Ultraviolet radiation (UV), infrared is completely safe and has the ability to penetrate human tissue to produce a host of health benefits.
Unlike traditional saunas that heat the surrounding air, infrared sauna therapy heats the individual directly, raising the body’s core temperature to produce a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where most toxins reside. Infrared also aids in blood pressure reduction and weight loss, burning up to 600 calories in one session.
What are the health benefits?
Detoxification: Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal & stay healthy. Far infrared sauna benefits the body by heating it directly causing a rise in core temperature resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.
Pain Relief: Infrared heat penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve anything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. Pain management professionals incorporate infrared heat therapy into treatment plans to decrease pain and muscle spasms and to speed up recovery time.
Relaxation: Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna benefits include therapy that helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.
Weight Loss: Studies have shown that benefits of an infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories.
Improve Circulation: Heating the muscles with infrared rays produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Regular infrared sauna use can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate.
Anti-Aging and Skin Purification: The near infrared wavelength (sometimes referred to as Red Light Therapy) is the most effective wavelength for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. Infrared treatments stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone.
Wound Healing: Scientific research has concluded that near infrared therapy greatly enhances the skin’s healing process by promoting faster cell regeneration and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increases to repair wounds and prevent infection.
What is it like?
In short: really relaxing. Laura greeted me and showed me to the spa room where she handed me a towel to sit on in the sauna, a wrap to wear, and a cold washcloth to use during my session. She then explained that she would set the timer on the sauna for 35 minutes for my session so that I would have plenty of time to get changed.
The sauna doesn’t look very large, but there is plenty of room to sit comfortably inside. I really like the fact that the sauna has its own speakers and auxiliary cord so that I could play my own music. The sauna also has an adjustable light, which is nice if you would like to read during your session. Your body will feel very warm, and of course you will sweat, but the air doesn’t feel so hot that it is difficult to breathe. I used the time to listen to music, check my emails, and scroll through instagram.
After the thirty minutes I felt warm, relaxed, and refreshed. I can’t wait to make my next appointment.