Far Infra Red Saunas:
FIR Saunas Are Generally Called Dry Saunas.
FIR Saunas can be purchased in many different configurations and sizes. Some come with 120 volt electrical requirements, that can be plugged in to any outlet. Others come with 240 volt electrical requirements. Most can be used with an extension cord, while some even need to be hard wired.
The FIR energy emitted in these saunas may induce two or three times the sweat volume of conventional saunas, yet they operate at a much cooler air temperature range: about 110° to 130° F., compared with 180° to 235° F. in a conventional sauna. Many individuals who cannot tolerate a conventional sauna, steam room or sweat lodge will find FIR saunas pleasant. The lower heat range is also safer for those with cardiovascular risk factors or fragile health because lower temperatures don't dramatically elevate heart rate and blood pressure.
A low body temperature impairs sweating. This hinders elimination and interferes with tissue regeneration. Supporting sluggish thyroid and adrenal glands helps, but is often not enough. By heating the body, saunas activate and enhance many metabolic processes. This is most beneficial for those with sluggish metabolism.
Far-infrared light penetrates beyond the skin level and is absorbed efficiently by cells below, whereas visible light is mostly bounced off the skin surface. Near-infrared is mostly absorbed at the skin level and raises the skin temperature. Far-infrared can penetrate up to 4 centimeters (about 1-1/2 inches), exciting the vibrational energy of molecules and resonating with cellular frequencies. We can't exactly perceive the deep heating effects of FIR, though, because our body's ability to sense heat is mainly at the skin level. Nonetheless, the effects of FIR rays promote bioprocesses, such as increased metabolism and blood circulation, and can raise core body temperature.
One study found that the sweat formed in conventional saunas is 95 to 97 percent water. In infra-red saunas, only 80 to 85 percent of the sweat is composed of water; the remaining 15 to 20 percent consists of cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid.
A typical sauna session will cause a brief 1 to 3 degree F. increase in body temperature. Fever is the body's defense against bacteria, microbes and consequent infection. This beneficial side effect triggers the production of white blood cells (leukocytes) by your bone marrow and killer T cell by your thymus. The result is Immune system improvement.
The heaters in these Systems emit about 1/3 of their output in the middle infrared band, from 2 to 5.6 microns, for super-deep penetration and the other 2/3 in the long band, from 5.6 to 25 microns, with that part of the output evenly spread around the 9.4 micron pivot point of peak human output. This distribution maximizes the higher penetration of the middle-band waves and combines them with the long waves that produce a resonant absorption amplification of healthy tissue output. The Chinese researchers consider the band from 2 to 25 microns, as the most therapeutic.
Some Of The Benefits Of Using A FIR Sauna Are As Follows:
- Infrared energy penetrates 1.5" into the body fast
- Burns calories and helps in weight loss
- Burns as much as 500 calories in 30 minutes
- Reduces stress and fatigue
- Helps to increase blood circulation
- Rejuvenates and beautifies the skin
- Eases joint pain and stiffness
- Has exercise effect on cardiovascular system
- Perspiring process promotes detoxification of residue from exercising as well as reducing build up of toxins and mineral waste
- Improves the immune system
- Clears cellulite
Many wellness centers offer FIR Sauna therapy for their patients. Before buying a FIR Sauna, I would suggest using one and then investigate the best place to buy. Shop around, as there are many types and sizes. The quality varies as does the price.
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