We know the sauna helps improve recovery, but how do the benefits of sitting in an infrared sauna actually work? Read on to learn what’s unique about an infrared sauna.
The technology in an infrared sauna works by targeting the body’s tissue to detoxify the body. A full-spectrum sauna has near, mid and far-infrared waves. Each one penetrates the body at different depths to push out metabolic waste in our cells. This waste builds up from environmental toxins, from our diet, and from stress. Cellular waste can disrupt our hormones and cause sleep issues, inflammation, pain, difficulty in losing weight, low energy, brain fog, and low moods. When utilizing an infrared sauna for 20-30 minutes, the body is able to detox and release these byproducts through sweat and through the kidneys. What’s more, you do not have to feel like you’re overheating as in a traditional sauna. For benefits, the temperature needs to be between 100 and 130 degrees, versus a traditional sauna at 180+. Improve sleep, decrease pain, increase metabolism, and increase energy. Added benefit: glowing skin!
So where do I start? When starting out, heat the sauna to 100 degrees and do a 20 minute session. Build the temperature and time from there and adjust as needed. Always bring water to hydrate during and after your session. Aim for three to four sessions per week for maximum benefits.
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