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Infrared Sauna Therapy

Infrared Sauna Therapy in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island

Using An Infrared Sauna 

 Infrared Sauna South CarolinaWhat if Infrared Light?  The infrared light of the suns rays are invisible to humans but can be felt. Think of standing outdoors on a cold day while the sun is beaming down upon you. Even though it is cold you feel warm inside. It is seen as hot and cold when viewed through a special camera as seen in image.

How Safe is Infrared Light? Very safe, it is the opposite side of the spectrum from the ultra-violet part of the sun that causes sunburns and worse. Hospitals use Infrared Light to keep newborns warm.

Is Infrared Sauna different than a traditional sauna? Yes, the main difference is that in traditional saunas the air is heated first and then you, so the air can get up to 200º  which may be too uncomfortable.Infrared Sauna heats you and so is more comfortable to breath and be in where the air generally stay between 120º to 140º .

How often can I do it? Every day if you wanted, there really is no overdosing. That being said we do recommend 30 minute sessions as often as you wish to come in. To make it that much more effective we also recommend going into the sauna about 10 to 15 minutes after having a Cryotherapy session.

Who can benefit from the Infrared Sauna? Any one from the soccer mom to the soccer player. If you use a heat pack or enjoy a hot shower than you are going to love taking advantage of the Infrared Sauna Carolina Chillin. If you have a medical condition or just want to seek medical advice I encourage you to talk with your Dr. about the benefits of Infrared Sauna .

Health Benefits From Infrared Sauna 

Detoxification:

The liver and kidneys are the two biggest detoxifiers in the human body and many times becomes overworked and overwhelmed. Normal sweating and traditional saunas only remove up to 3% but with regular use of Infrared Sauna you can get up to 20% toxin removal during the sessions. This would greatly improve overall health and reduce stress on the liver and kidneys.

Pain Relief:

Relieve aches and pains throughout the body better and more efficiently than in a traditional sauna.

Weight Loss:

While in the Infrared Sauna your metabolism, heart rate, and perspiration rate all increase which translates into a calorie burn of between 200-600 calories per session. Couple that with the toxin removal and that will help  you on your journey to reaching your weight loss goals.

Lowers Blood Pressure:

Clinical studies have shown that Infrared Sauna can reduce blood pressure with 30 minute sessions, 3 times a week. It has shown to help improve impaired blood vessel function in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. 

Improve Circulation:

Heating the muscles in the body increases the blood flow and therefore will help increase circulation to areas that may have poor or no circulation. This translates into a decrease in pain and an increase in the body’s healing process.

Skin Purification:

The skin appearance is improved along with healing of wounds and scars. Acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin problems can be helped through regular use of the sauna. Improved skin tone, elasticity, and firmness can be had with utilizing the healing benefits of Infrared Sauna.

The Benefits of Saunas for Athletic Performance

Increased Hormone Production

One of the biggest benefits that athletes gain from the sauna is the elevated levels of natural growth hormone production. It was found that sauna sessions between 15-20 minutes in length, at a temperature between 80 to 100 degrees Celsius increased the level of growth hormone by 2-5 fold. This level persisted even after the sauna session was finished. The other plus is that exercise and hyperthermia have a synergistic relationship, meaning that a higher heat increases growth hormone production. So if you increase your core temperature while working out, and then you decide to sit in the sauna for 15 minutes, you are creating substantial gains.

Improves Insulin Sensitivity

The heat from saunas promotes muscle growth by improving insulin sensitivity and lowering muscle protein catabolism. Periods where the body is hotter than average (also called hyperthermia) has been shown to reduce insulin resistance in obese diabetic mice. These mice were given hyperthermic treatment for 30 minutes, 3 times a week for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, the mice had a 31% decrease in insulin levels and a significant reduction in blood glucose.

Why is that important for athletes? Because insulin affects muscle growth directly, balanced levels of insulin will aid in better muscular hypertrophy over time. Another test done with rats showed that after 30 minutes in a sauna, heat-shock proteins were released, and this prompted a 30% increase in muscle regrowth when compared to a control group.

Aids in Muscle Recovery

Hard workouts mean more than just DOMS. You may have a chronic issue that flares up, like arthritis or experience muscle stiffness. Infrared saunas in particular have a way of targeting the places that are inflamed or aching to aid in faster recovery.

An article by Sunlighten describes some interesting findings. Research done in Japan, for example, revealed that chronic pain patients who sat in an infrared sauna had nearly 70% pain reduction. Another study done by NASA showed how infrared technology penetrates tissues deeply to increase cell growth in the targeted areas.

Because of this reason, former and current Olympic athletes, like Doctor Jeffrey Spencer (1972 U.S. cycling team), are huge fans of infrared saunas.

Cardiovascular Improvements

Some of the best known research about far-infrared saunas (FIRS) was from 2009. The research found that FIRS may help normalize blood pressure and treat congestive heart failure. Another way saunas help with improving circulation has to do with the heat. When the body warms up in a sauna, the blood vessels dilate and the heart rate increases (to almost 150 beats per minute). This increases overall circulation, which helps transport nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.

Lastly, saunas play a role in hyperthermic conditioning, or increased plasma volume and blood flow to the heart. The result is decreased cardiovascular strain during vigorous exercise.

Lowers Stress Levels

After a workout, the body is still revved. Pair that with other elements of life that stress people out, and you have a system that could be approaching adrenal fatigue. Saunas help the body switch off the “fight or flight” mode by coaxing it into a parasympathetic state, allowing for the body to destress, rest, and heal. Also, when stress is lowered, so is cortisol.

Saunas are nothing new to the world, but the advantages of use for athletes are just beginning to come to the forefront. By sitting in a sauna for 15 to 20 minutes a day, you do more the detox. Your body gets washed with relaxation, healing accelerates, growth hormone increases, and other hormones, like cortisol, come to a state in equilibrium. So what are you waiting for? Try a sauna today. Your body will thank you for it.