Infrared Sauna...what is it? and what are the benefits?

As many of you know from social media, I've been taking care of a messed up back for sometime now. Without a true diagnosis, I've seen a chiropractor, doctor, and now doing some physical therapy. It is starting to feel better, but still about once a week I have a flair up of pain that seems to put me out and make normal life very miserable and on some occasions nearly impossible. 

So today during my PT appointment, I got dry needling done for the 2nd time, which is an amazing practice, and truly incredible how it works. (more on that to come later)

Afterwards, I got to take advantage of the clinics INFRARED SAUNA. 

This is something I have known about and plan to utilize next week at the Abilene, TX. Gold Monarch Healing Center where I work with people who are healing from trauma. I lead them through what we call Charisma Stretch, which are trauma releasing exercises that go deep into the Psoas muscles, (our hip flexors), which is where we hold a lot of stress and trauma. It's a Christian practice where I get to ask God to come in and heal wounded places in people's lives along with utilizing specific stretches, it is incredible. SIDENOTE: if you are local and want more details about doing a session with me, let me know! I LOVE being able to do this! 

Now, back to the Infrared Sauna. This was my first experience, and I wanted to share with you guys what it is, and what you benefit from using one! 

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WHAT IS AN INFRARED SAUNA? 

  • A type of sauna that uses light to create heat
  • An effective tool for healing and prevention
  • Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue which creates multiple anti-aging benefits
  • A traditional sauna uses heat to warm the air, which in turn warms your body. An infrared sauna heats your body directly without warming the air around you. (source)
  • Less heated than normal saunas, but with the same results, making it easier for anyone to handle the heat, and reap the benefits

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • Detoxification-the infrared sauna heats the body directly, resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.
  • Relaxation-it's a gentle, soothing, and therapeutic heat
  • Weight Loss-"Studies have shown that benefits of an infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn more calories." (source)
  • Pain Relief-Infrared sauna heat penetrates tissue, joints and muscles to relieve anything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia
  • Blood Pressure Reduction-the heat causes your heart to pump blood fast, which increases blood flow and circulation
  • Anti-Aging-"The near infrared wavelengths are the most effective wavelengths for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin."

I definitely felt great after I was done, and would encourage anyone to try it out. I am planning to continue utilizing this form of heat therapy, and will keep you all updated on how it goes! 

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XOXO

Brittany