Since the skin is our largest organ, it plays an important role in eliminating undesirable toxins. Some physicians refer to the skin as a third kidney. Saunas at the Pure Life Studio utilize the deep penetration of infrared heat combined with ozone* oxygen. This treatment removes toxins stored in subcutaneous fat cells as well as purifies the skin as pure O3 oxygen kills bacteria, viral and fungal issues and penetrates the skin for a boost to the immune system. It is excellent for health as well as for skin conditions. Add to that the power of carefully chosen essential oils (pine, lavender, juniper, thyme, mint and sage) which penetrate the skin to intensify the release of toxins and aids in the following benefits: Increases the oxygen content in the tissues, promotes the process of fat breakdown, regulates fluid balance and improves lymphatic drainage for maximum results and beautifully smooth skin. Infrared sauna detoxification requires hydration to ensure the impurities get flushed from the body and mineral rich water is given during the sauna session and should be continued throughout the day of the sauna (at least 64 ounces or 8 glasses of water/day).
Detoxifying helps rid your body of potential carcinogenic heavy metals such as mercury and lead, as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, sulfuric acid, dioxins, pesticides, etc. Infrared saunas are safe and considered the most effective means to remove toxins but also have the benefit of operating at much lower temperatures (around 140 degrees vs. 210) than regular saunas which makes it very tolerable for most everyone. Infrared saunas are proven to be 10 times more effective at removing toxins from the body that convection saunas.
The tone, texture and elasticity of skin is enhanced as toxins are released and with the sterilization effect of pure oxygen (ozone) therapy. Blood circulation is increased in the sauna, it brings fresh nutrients to the surface. Profuse sweating assists in the removal of toxins that accumulate deep within your pores such as make-up, dirt, lotions and air borne pollutants. The cleaner your body is on the inside will be reflected on your skin. While you relax in the sauna, an ozone infused steamer opens facial pores and sterilizes skin, then a purifying masque is applied to pull toxins and excess oils out. An additional facial treatment using pure oxygen infused with plant peptides, can also be added for increased collagen support and to experience healthy, glowing skin. Of course, your body benefits too with the healing properties and regenerating effects of the blend of pure essential oils.
As you bask in the comforts of an infrared sauna, your body is actually hard at work attempting to maintain a constant core temperature. Our body does this by increasing peripheral blood flow and by sweating. In Guyton's textbook of Medical Physiology, it states that 1 gram of sweat requires 0.568 kcal to produce. An average sauna user can produce 500 grams of sweat and burn from 350 to 600 calories during a 45 minute therapeutic sauna session. This is the equivalent of running 2-3 miles. Our infrared saunas can also help rid your body of cellulite which is a gel like substance made up of fat cells, water and wastes. The more we remove toxins from our cells, the more oxygen and nutrients can freely pass through the cell membranes for a higher metabolism, better immune function, and easier weight loss. Feel those extra pounds melt away.
The infrared energy released by an infrared sauna can penetrate up to 1.5" -2" inches deep into muscle tissue. By heating tissue, we experience a vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels which can be beneficial in reducing muscle spasms, joint stiffness and achiness, as well as general aches and pains due to conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. There is also evidence that when used 24-48 hours post injury, far infrared energy can reduce the time it takes for your body to heal sprains and strains. May help to reduce pain and swelling in the lower back as well. Helps break down lactic acid build up which causes muscle aches after a hard work out.
Infrared heat therapy is one way to achieve cardiovascular conditioning effects even without exerting yourself. During a sauna session, vasodilatation of peripheral blood vessels occurs which increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. This provides a workout for your heart as the body attempts to cool itself in diverting blood from internal organs to the extremities and the skin. Research suggests that regular infrared heat therapy has been beneficial in reducing blood pressure (check with your doctor before using if it's very high/low). Relax and get your heart in shape.
Wrap yourself in the warmth and experience the energizing O3 oxygen that surrounds your body while you relax with soothing music, nature videos, or meditation tapes. Of course, you can also read if you like, as your hands can come out of the sauna through a zippered opening. Increased circulation triggers the release of endorphins, loosening tight muscles and making you feel better all over. The ozone in the tent actually helps energize you although many people find that they sleep a very relaxed and deep sleep the night of experiencing a sauna session.
The warmth relaxes muscles, increases flexibility and range of motion. Studies show, tissues heated to 130° and then stretched have exhibited an elastic elongation that persists long after the stretch is removed. This was not the case when the same tissues were stretched at normal tissue temperatures. Therapeutic benefits were also seen in working with ligaments, tendons, fascia, joint capsules and symposiums that have become scarred, thickened or contracted. Stretching after a sauna session is highly recommended to improve flexibility beyond your expectations. Great to do before a yoga or stretching class.
- Prescription Drugs: Always check with your physician or pharmacist for possible interactions with a drugs affect due the use of an infrared sauna.
- Certain Diseases: Raising the core temperature may be contraindicated for individuals with adrenal suppression, multiple sclerosis, cardiac conditions or systemic lupus erythematosus.
- Joint Conditions:An acute joint injury should not be heated within the first 48 hours, or until the joint erythema and swelling subsides.
- Pregnancy:When pregnant, it is recommended to discontinue use of infrared saunas immediately.