Effects of Sauna Therapy
Balancing the Nervous System
Sauna therapy quiets the sympathetic nervous system and enhances the parasympathetic nervous system. This is one of the most important aspects of sauna therapy. The sympathetic nervous system controls the "fight or flight" response. The parasympatetic nervous system has to do with rest, relaxation and rejuvination. Balancing the nervous system enhances immune function and relaxes the muscles and the nervous system.
Sweating moves toxins out of the body, cleans pores and tones skin. Infrared sauna therapy i especially effective at promoting perspiration thereby removing more of the toxins stored in the body through the skin, sparing the liver, kidneys, and other organs of detoxification and elimination.
As sauna therapy increases body temperature, more blood is directed to the lungs and skin. There is an increase in both the heart rate and the amount of blood pumped with each heart beat.
Dilating peripheral blood vessels
Sauna therapy increases the delivery of health giving nutrients and oxygen to the skin, and promotes elasticity and adaptability of the vessels.
Reducing Internal Congestion
By routing blood away from the internal organs sauna therapy helps reduce congestion and stagnation thus increasing oxygenation and reducing carbon dioxide and toxic buildup withing the body and internal organs.
Relaxing muscles and increasing flexibility of tendons and ligaments
All sauna and heat therapies will improve the elasticity and flexibility of tissues. Infrared energy like that delivered in an infrared sauna is far more effective, as it acts directly upon the nervous system to reduce sympathetic tone and improve blood flow and elimination of toxins. Infrared sauna heat penetrates more deeply than other heating treatments, delivering the health giving infrared energy to deeper structures in the body.
Infrared sauna therapy can help restore the the acid/base balance of the body through enhancing the elimination of certain minerals, toxins, bacteria and viruses, and the acid end products of metabolism.
Increasing Body Temperatureh
Heating the body with infrared sauna therapy is generally considered more comfortable than other forms of body heating such as traditional sauna and hot water bathing. The air temperature in an infrared sauna is lower than a traditional sauna, allowing people to enjoy longer treatments. There is no difficulty with breathing hot air or felling that the skin is too hot. The increased core body temperature hastens the death of damaged cells, such as cancer cells, bacteria and spirochetes, fungi and parasites, virus infected cells and cells containing damaged DNA, radioactive minerals, chemical toxins, and toxic levels of metals.
Production of Heat Shock Proteins
When the body "overheats", special proteins that powerfully enhance the immune system are produced. These "heat shock proteins" are far more effective than the normal cells that fight disease in the body.
Normalizing Enzymatic Activity
Low body temperature is very common, and impairs the activity of thousands of enzymatic reactions in the body. Heating dramatically increases enzymatic function and improves various systems, most notably thyroid function. Infrared sauna therapy is a comfortable and pleasant way to maintain a sustained elevated body temperature.
Infrared vs Traditional saunas
Deep Tissue Heating
Far infrared energy penetrates and heats the body from one to two inches. Traditional saunas heat only the surface of the skin. Infared heating allows more sweating at lower sauna temperatures. Many find this is a more comfortable sauna experience.
Enhanced Activity of Water Molecules