Infrared light is part of the sun’s invisible spectrum of light that has the ability to penetrate and heat the human tissue. Infrared heat heats the body directly rather than simply the air. The experience of an infrared treatment is similar to sunbathing, giving you that wonderful natural warmth.
Unlike sunbathing, infrared heat therapy is completely healthy and safe. You can relax in an infrared sauna and it will never cause your skin to burn. Far infrared saunas use carbon/ceramic heaters to generate indirect heat in the form of low energy far infrared waves. The waves of energy are from the far end of the infrared spectrum, hence the name, far infrared.
Infrared saunas are used to treat health problems such as arthritis, muscle pain and spasms, and joint stiffness. An infrared sauna session:
- Helps the body remove toxins through perspiration
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduces tension and stress
- Improves lymphatic flow
- Increases the circulation of blood deep in the tissues
Far infrared waves penetrate up to three inches deep to generate warmth that provides relief to muscles and internal organs. The gentle heat produced in far infrared heat therapy produces an analgesic effect and to reduce or eliminate chronic pain and stiffness in the joints. Studies show that far infrared heat makes connective tissue more flexible, permits greater joint movement and brings about increased levels of endorphins, which ease pain.
Far infrared therapy also causes blood vessels to expand. This expansion leads to improved circulation and allows the immune system cells and chemicals to converge on the injured areas to facilitate the healing process. Despite the heat induced, FIR therapy does not cause any significant rise in core body temperature or in blood pressure.