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iCRYO Infrared Sauna: Everything You Need To Know

Summary

Infrared heat is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum, which allows people to harness the benefits of the sun, without being exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays. Infrared light also comes in several forms, Near, Mid, and Far Infrared. Each form offers unique wellness perks that together provide a holistic approach to better mind and body. Also, infrared therapy is safe and effective, without adverse side effects. As a matter of fact, infrared light is safe and is used even for infants in the neonatal intensive care.

What is Infrared Therapy?

Infrared therapy refers to the use of infrared light to treat pain and inflammation. This type of light is safe and not as energetic as ultraviolet light, which can damage the skin.

During infrared therapy, the light is delivered at the specific location of the pain. This promotes cell repair on the area affected, so not only the pain goes away, but the cause too.

But what exactly is infrared, and why is it so good at what it does?

Infrared is a low-energy form of electromagnetic radiation, allowing it to penetrate through the skin’s deep layers without damaging it. This makes it safe, non-invasive, non-radioactive, and painless. Infrared therapy is an innovative method with proven efficacy.

It is a natural method to help relieve conditions such as muscle pain, injury, and arthritis, just to name a few.

Infrared therapy has many functions in the human body, and this is why it makes sense for it to be used in our saunas. These roles include:

So, What Is An Infrared Sauna?

You have probably enjoyed the benefits of a regular sauna. Twenty minutes of sweat to help relieve sore muscles and provide a general state of well-being.

Ah, the feeling of relaxation, along with the pleasant sensation that your blood is circulating and bringing about many health benefits.

But some people do not enjoy the high temperature of a sauna or they just can’t handle it. This is where the infrared sauna comes in.

Unlike regular saunas, an infrared sauna does not use heated air, but instead, it contains infrared lamps that warm up your body. These lamps effectively deliver the infrared radiation for long enough without warming the air surrounding you.

Infrared effectively enters through human tissue under a temperature between 120°F and 140°F. Regular saunas usually operate between 150°F and 180°F. Essentially, your body will experience a more intense sweat (infrared heat is more readily absorbed than the heat from warm air) but at a lower temperature.

Technically, anyone can use an infrared sauna and for a longer time. This guarantees your body to increase its core temperature by about three degrees.

Are you ready to get that heart pumping and blood flowing while you improve your health and reduce pain and inflammation?

What Goes on in Your Body When you are in an Infrared Sauna?

The reaction of your body to infrared therapy is the same as when you do moderate exercise. When in an infrared sauna, the body’s response to it is the same as with a regular sauna. This includes: intensive sweating, blood vessel dilation, and heart rate increase. All of these responses will bring about many health benefits. However, some agree that with infrared, the heat in your body is experienced more intensely, but without the sometimes suffocating effects of heated air. 

The waves produced by the infrared lamps in a sauna go deep through your skin and heal deep tissue.

When exposed, your body experiences radiant heat, which goes down to 1 ½ inch inside your skin. The wavelength of infrared is believed to impact the chemical bonds between molecules in the cell. Inside an infrared sauna, this provides many therapeutic effects.

Benefits of Infrared Sauna Therapy Include:

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Cell Health

Infrared therapy stimulates the circulatory system, causing the heart to beat more vigorously and blood vessels to dilate, which help cleanse the circulatory system and more fully oxygenate the body’s cells. Better blood circulation means more toxins flow from the cellular level to the skin’s surface to improve cell health, aid in muscle recovery and strengthen the immune system.

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Blood Pressure

In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City, far infrared heaters were shown to lower blood pressure through a program of 30 minute infrared sauna session 3 times per week. The study concluded that infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining, thus increasing circulation to promote healthy blood pressure.
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Circulation

Infrared Saunas heats your body temperature from the heat of the sauna which causes blood vessels to dilate, therefore increasing blood circulation. Infrared Saunas also heat your muscles with infrared rays and produces an increase in blood flow similar to regular exercise. In fact, blood flow during infrared sauna use has been reported to rise from a normal rate of 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute.
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Pain Relief

You too can toss the pain pills and step into one of our healing infrared saunas to relieve tension and relax your muscles. Infrared sauna heat works by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, our Infrared saunas reduce muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally and efficiently.
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Relaxation

Infrared therapy soothes your mind by enveloping your body in relaxing warmth, allowing you to not only loosen your body, but loosen your mind. Practicing mindful meditation while in a sauna therapy session can also help with mental stress reduction. Alone time is maximized with a sauna therapy session, giving you an opportunity to reflect and move on from the stressors of the day.
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Natural Anti-Aging

A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of sauna skin therapy using near-infrared technology. Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness
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Weight Loss

During a sauna weight loss session, core temperatures increase. The body has to work hard to cool itself, causing a healthy sweat. Using an infrared sauna increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, burning more calories, leading to more weight loss. Blood flow rises, increasing from 5-7 quarts up to 13 quarts a minute and produces an increase in blood flow similar to regular exercise!
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Detoxification

Far Infrared saunas are believed to be more effective in moving toxins through the skin than traditional saunas because in a far infrared sauna only 80 to 85% of the sweat is water with the non-water portion being cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins while traditional sauna sweat is 95 to 97% water with salt making up a part of the rest. Regular usage of a Infrared sauna detox will provide a truly deep, productive sweat where toxins reside, at the cellular level.
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Wound Healing

Studies conducted by NASA concluded that Near Infrared light significantly promotes faster cell regeneration, wound healing and human tissue growth. Human cell growth increased by 155%-171% in some cases and wound size decreased by 36%. Infrared Therapy promotes new blood vessels and tissue formation, leading to faster overall healing times for all kinds of injuries and wounds.

What Is The Difference Between Near and Far Infrared?

Near Infrared

Near infrared technology in our saunas is similar to the infrared used in cosmetic and healing devices. The LED technology we use allows our saunas to produce consistent near infrared without extreme heat or light, making it a safe option for near infrared use. Near infrared waves have a shorter frequency range and penetrate the epidermis layer of the skin. This is how near-infrared is able to impact your body at the cellular level, encouraging tissue growth, speeding up muscle recovery and strengthening your immune system.

Mid Infrared

Because mid-infrared wavelengths penetrate deeper into the body, they are beneficial for increasing circulation. So much so that mid infrared therapy mirrors the benefits of a passive cardiovascular workout! Regular mid infrared sauna therapy has been shown to significantly stimulate blood flow – its effects continuing on even after the sauna session is completed.

Far Infrared

Because far infrared sauna therapy heats the body directly rather than simply warming the air, it raises the core body temperature and produces a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where most toxins reside. Your sweat then pushes out the toxins, cleansing your body and rejuvenating your skin. Far infrared also aids in blood pressure reduction and weight loss, along with a wide range of other health benefits

Tips to Get You Started

Now that you have decided to take an infrared sauna, here are some tips to help guide you through the process.

The Temperature

If this is your first time or have not been in an infrared sauna for a long time, the best temperature is 100°F. We might keep this temperature for you, at least for the first few sessions. Once you scale up, we will be gradually increasing it to 150°F, which is on the higher end of a sauna. We need to know if this is your first time taking this therapy.

The Time

“How much time will my therapy last?” is a common question. This will not likely depend on how much you can tolerate but just like with temperature, we scaffold all the way to the top end.

For beginners, we start with 10-15 minutes. The suggested time for this procedure is 20 to 30 minutes. Our saunas include a timer, so you do not have to worry about overexposure.

Hydration

Staying inside the infrared sauna more than the time recommended may result in dehydration. But even if you stay in the proper amount of time, it is still advisable to drink a glass of water before coming in.

Alternatively, you can bring a bottle with water into the sauna.

What Can I Wear?

Recommend gym clothes with an alternate set of clothes to change into after.

Other Things to Know Before Coming in

We can’t wait to see you here and enjoy the benefits of this amazing service. Come in and indulge yourself with a nice and comforting experience.

A few things that you may find useful to know as you come:

  • If you are feeling feverish or not too well, it is better to postpone the session until you feel better.
  • Do not drink alcohol prior to a session.
  • The intense sweat may cause you to feel lightheaded. If this happens, slowly get up and exit the sauna. Drink water right away, try to relax, and wait for your body to cool down before getting up again.

Our Infrared Sauna Locations

The vast majority of iCRYO locations around the USA have infrared sauna facilities to boost your health. To find out if there is one in your area, click the button below: