Infrared sauna therapy is the use of infrared light to promote healing and relaxation. Infrared light has been shown to have many therapeutic benefits, including:
- Increasing circulation, which improves blood flow and helps reduce pain
- Reducing stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline (which can cause inflammation)
- Stimulating the production of melatonin (a hormone that regulates sleep cycles)
The Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy
The benefits of infrared sauna therapy are many. The heat from the infrared rays helps to stimulate your blood vessels, which increases circulation.
This can be especially beneficial for people who suffer from arthritis or other joint pain as it eases their discomfort by improving blood flow to their joints.
Infrared saunas also help detoxify the body by encouraging sweating and flushing out toxins through the skin’s pores. This is especially beneficial for those with chemical sensitivities, who may find traditional steam rooms too harsh on their lungs or eyesight but still want to reap some of the benefits of sweating out impurities in their system (excessive sweating).
The infrared light waves penetrate deep into tissue layers where they increase production of nitric oxide–a chemical compound that relaxes muscles throughout your body–and decrease production of stress hormones like cortisol while increasing endorphins (natural painkillers produced by our bodies).
These effects combine to create feelings of relaxation without sedation; many users report feeling more energized after using an infrared sauna than before!
How to Prepare for an Infrared Sauna Session
- Hydrate. You may want to hydrate by drinking a large glass of water before your session, as dehydration can lead to dizziness and nausea.
- Avoid food and alcohol. The infrared sauna heats up the body’s core temperature, which can cause nausea if you eat before entering the sauna room or drink alcohol beforehand–especially if you’re new to infrared saunas!
- Wear loose clothing that allows air circulation around your body (no tight jeans). If possible, take off all jewelry so it doesn’t get hot enough in there for them to melt or catch fire (not kidding).
The Different Health Conditions that Infrared Sauna Therapy Can Help With
Infrared saunas can be helpful for a variety of health conditions. Some of the most common include:
- Chronic pain, including back pain and headache relief
- Depression and anxiety disorders (including post-traumatic stress disorder)