The benefits of infrared saunas include helping relieve inflammation, stiffness and soreness by increasing blood circulation and allowing the deep, penetrating infrared heat to relax muscles and carry off metabolic waste products, while delivering oxygen-rich blood to the muscles for a faster recovery.
We live in a toxic world. The air that we breathe, the water we drink, the foods that we eat, the products we use, all are covered with the chemical effects of living in the modern world. Some we can avoid, some we cannot. The best thing we can do is support our body’s natural detoxification systems to be able to help safely eliminate these toxins from our bodies. Our bodies have a few main modes of detoxification: sweat, bowels/urine and breath. All of these need to be functioning optimally to help rid our bodies of the toxins we encounter. If we cannot properly eliminate these toxins, they can build up over time and make us sick. Sweating is an extremely important mode of detoxification. Spending more time indoors in the air conditioning, we don’t sweat as much as we used to. In addition, personal care products, such as antiperspirants, impede the sweating process. Using saunas as a way to induce sweating can be an integral part of your wellness program. Infrared heat is very different from traditional (hot rock or steam) saunas. It is a very gentle heat. The experience is similar to lying in the sun on a warm day and feeling the heat radiate to the core of your body. Traditional saunas operate at a temperature in excess of 200°F, whereas, infrared heat has the benefit of being effective at a more comfortable operating temperature of 100°-150°F. Traditional saunas heat the air, which can be a more uncomfortable way to induce sweating. Infrared saunas heat the body directly. Because infrared heat penetrates human tissue rather than just simply heating the surface of the skin, infrared saunas are seven times more effective than traditional saunas at detoxifying the body. By raising the body’s core temperature, infrared saunas can produce a sweat composed of 20% toxins versus only 3% toxins with a traditional sauna. The infrared spectrum consists of near, mid, and far waves, each with distinct characteristics and frequency ranges. Near infrared promotes skin renewal, cell health, wound healing, and tissue growth. Mid infrared is a longer wavelength that can penetrate deeper into the body’s soft tissue where inflammation occurs. This helps expand blood vessels and increase circulation, so more oxygen can reach injured areas of the body, which reduces pain and speeds the healing process. The longest wavelength, far infrared, reaches deepest into the body, where toxins are stored. By increasing your core body temperature, far infrared stimulates the sweat glands, resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat that leaves you feeling revitalized. Some of the benefits of regularly using infrared saunas are: Support removal of toxins Lower blood pressure Muscle relaxation Improved immune function Younger appearance Weight Loss Relaxation Improved Circulation Skin Purification
What Is Chromotherapy? How Is It Carried Out? This complementary therapy, as mentioned above, is based on the idea that the colors evoke different responses in people. To be more precise, colors create an electrical impulse in our brain, which creates hormonal and biochemical processes in your body. Before anything else, your color therapist takes her time to understand the cause of mental or physical issues. She also explains the roles that colors can play in your daily life and how they can impact your well-being. After that, it is time for the therapy itself. According to her diagnosis of your condition in the previous step, an appropriate color is shined on the area of your body. This non-invasive therapy is also done by getting you to look at a particular color.
It is normally the case in places with dark winter months that people suffer from seasonal affective disorder due to a lack of sunlight exposure. However, these days many people’s lifestyle does not allow them to spend ample time in nature and get the natural blue light. To help people dealing with the issue mentioned above, your color therapist may use blue light therapy. There is research going on about the effectiveness of this therapy against mood disorders and anxiety. Anyway, it is thought that blue light therapy counters depression by influencing the biological clock. Moreover, color therapy can balance appetite in people with depression. Some depressed people experience loss of appetite, while others may tend to eat more than their usual self. Color therapy can help with both conditions. For example, red and orange can cause the heart to beat a little faster and increase your appetite. Purple, gray, and purple, on the other hand, can make people feel less hungry.
Regulating Sleep Patterns
Besides the sense of peacefulness and comfort that colors like blue, green, and light purple can have, color therapy and light therapy are considered effective in regulating people’s sleep patterns. Now let’s see how chemotherapy helps you have a better sleep. Well, it is all about melatonin. This hormone made by pineal glans is responsible for telling your body when it is time to sleep and when it is time to wake up. Generally, in the evening, when the sun sets, your melatonin level starts to go up, preparing your body to go to sleep at night. Its level, in turn, drops when the sun rises to give a wake-up call to your body. To regulate your sleep pattern and help you sleep easily at night, your therapist subjects you to an optimal amount of purple during midday to suppress your melatonin levels and allow you a good sleep at night.
Reports are confirming the effectiveness of light therapy in reducing swelling, decreasing inflammation, and healing wounds. Chromotherapy is especially considered effective in reducing overall recovery after medical and surgical scars. Also, one form of color therapy known as LED light therapy helps heal people with joint and back pain, sore and or torn muscles, sprains, and arthritis.
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