Far-Infrared Sauna

Far-Infrared Sauna

Far-infrared (FIR) sauna therapy can be an important part of any ongoing detoxification program. Since cellulite is a condition of toxic waste, Slim and Detox Body Wraps offers it as an add-on to accelerate the results of your body wrap. Slim and Detox Body Wraps offers transdermal body wraps. This means that the natural products applied to the problem areas work by entering the body through the skin. Use of far-infrared therapy prior to a body wrap will open the pores and accelerate the results of the body wrap products. The products will penetrate more deeply than with just dry skin brushing.

Detoxification

As our world has become more industrialized, it has also become more toxic for all forms of life. We now live in an unnatural and unhealthy world. Our bodies have not adapted to the bombardment of pollutants that are part of our everyday life. The problem is that toxins build up in our fat cells and because we haven’t adapted, they can’t get out. Our bodies have no way of processing these unnatural, chemical toxins. We can neither metabolize nor expel them naturally. We’ve written an eBook,

Far-Infrared (FIR)

Far-infrared heat is radiant heat. This is the same type of heat you feel from the sun on a warm, sunny day. It is not visible and it is not ultraviolet. Unlike a traditional sauna which heats the body with air or steam, far-infrared sauna heats from the inside out, not the outside in. Far-infrared heat raises the core body temperature faster than either traditional sauna or exercise. It also produces a deeper sweat (2-3 times greater) and uses less energy than either traditional sauna or exercise.

Benefits

Some of the many documented benefits include:

  • Purges toxins
  • Increases heart rate
  • Improves immune system
  • Tones skin
  • Relaxes muscle
  • Decreases joint stiffness
  • Relieves pain associated with soft tissue injuries
  • Burns calories and results in water weight loss
  • Balances endocrine system and hormones
  • Increases circulation and blood flow
  • Increases extensibility of collagen tissue
  • Helps resolve inflammatory conditions
  • Produces endorphin-induced relaxation

How It Works

One reason far-infrared sauna therapy has so many benefits is because of its ability to deeply penetrate (1” to 2 ½”) the dermal layer of the skin. Because of the wavelength of the infrared, it pulls toxins out of the cells. Circulation is improved because it expands and dilates the peripheral blood vessels. As a result, it delivers oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.

“A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 kcal, which is equivalent to running 2–3 miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600far infrared sauna–800 kcal with no adverse effects. While the weight of the water loss can be regained by drinking water, the calories consumed will not be.”[1][2]

In addition, since cellulite is a condition of toxic waste, detoxification can reduce cellulite when incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. The profuse sweat produced by far-infrared sauna therapy accelerates the purging of toxins from the body, enhancing the impact of the body wrap.

We use the Sunlighten Solo System which is comprised of a Solo Pad and dual Solocarbon domes. The Solopad is a 3″ memory foam pad covered in waterproof material. We place a towel and sheet on top of the pad before the client lies down in their underwear. The double domes collapse for easy entrance and exit. We then slide the larger dome above the torso and the client enjoys 25 minutes of soothing infrared heat.

[1] Dean W (August 1981). “Effect of sweating”. JAMA 246 (6): 23. DOI:10.1001/jama.1981.03320060027013. PMID 7253113
[2] Searle AJ (January 1982). “Effects of the sauna”, JAMA 247 (1): 28. DOI:10.1001/jama.1982.03320260016012. PMID 7053434

Other Benefits

There is an abundance of research available on the use of far-infrared therapy to successfully treat the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Backaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Nervous tension
  • Diabetes
  • Varicose veins
  • Neuritis
  • Bursitis
  • Rheumatism
  • Strained muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Stretch marks
  • Menstrual cramps

Contraindications

If you have any of the following conditions, use of far infrared sauna is not recommended and requires written permission from a doctor:

  • bleeding disorders
  • current injury
  • fever
  • high blood pressure
  • history of cardiovascular problems, fainting, dizziness, narcolepsy or seizures
  • infection
  • past heart attack
  • pregnant

Additional References

Therapeutic Heat and Cold (Rehabilitiation Medicine Library), Fourth Edition, Chapter 9, Justus Lehmann, M.D.

Clayton’s Electrotherapy, Ninth Edition, Angela Forster

Heating the Patient A Promising Approach? Oxford Journals Annals of Oncology, Volume 13, Issue 8, August 2002, pages 1173-1184, J. Van der Zee

Far-Infrared Sauna Therapy, Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, November 2002, Lawrence Wilson, M.D.

Thirty Years of Cardiovascular Health, Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, February/March 2006, Michael Gerber, MD, HMD, MD (H)

Non Thermal Effects of Far Infrared (FIR) on Human Hepatocellular Cancer Cells HepG2 and their Tumors, Journal of Cancer Science & Therapy, December 2009, Tatsuo Ishikawa, Jun Ishibashi, Kikuji Yamashita, Shine-Od Dalkhsuren, Kaori Sumida, Takahumi Masui and Seiichiro Kitamura

Inhibition by Whole-Body Hyperthermia (wbh) with Far Infrared Rays of the Growth of Spontaneous Mammary Tumors in Mice, Udagawa Y., Nagasawa H., Kiyokawa S., September/October 1999