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The Benefits of FIR Sauna

By Tanner | In Training | on July 31, 2012

The health benefits of using the FIR Sauna

  • Detoxification
  • Muscle Relaxation
  • Improved Cardiovascular Health
  • Speed Recovery from Injuries
  • Improved Immune System

Why Is FIR important to the human body? 
FIR has the ability to penetrate, refract, radiate and reflect. The human body can absorb FIR because of its deep penetrating ability. When FIR penetrates through skin to the subcutaneous tissues, it transforms from light energy into heat energy. The thermal effect within the deep layers of the tissues causes bloods vessels and capillaries to dilate, promoting a better blood circulation, and the heat so produced helps to get rid of body toxins and metabolic wastes through sweating.

We are exposed to numerous toxins on a daily basis. The body primarily deals with these toxins through the liver, kidneys and intestines; however toxins in the form of xenoestrogens, found in many cosmetic and cleaning products that come in contact with your skin, bypass these mechanisms and enter the bloodstream wreaking havoc on your system and causing unsightly fat storage. Hence the need for a detox. There are many ways to detox whether through nutrition or supplements. The FIR sauna aids in detoxification by warming the body and allowing you to sweat. Analyses of the sweat of individuals after sauna use indicate higher levels of heavy metals and solvents excreted than sweat through exercise alone.

The heat from the sauna helps to relax muscle.  Complementing sauna with aggressive stretching will help to increase mobility faster than simply stretching by itself.  The heat from the sauna also causes dilation of the blood vessels and increased blood flow to all parts of the body. Increased blood flow increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients essential for tissue repair and can help with injury recovery as well as reducing mean arterial blood pressure.  Additionally, heating may help to kill off bacteria and viruses inside your body thus supporting immune function.

How to Sauna
Sauna use has a cumulative effect on the body.  You will get benefits from using the sauna one time, such as improved mobility and detoxification- to a certain extent. However the sauna will provide a greater benefit if used on a recurring basis.  Start with 3 days a week and see how you respond. After the first few weeks increase as you feel necessary.

Sauna use should not be a source of stress; do not treat it as such. If you can’t spend more than 5 minutes in the sauna without feeling cramped and frustrated, then use it in 5 minute increments- step out for a minute, cool off and get back in. You should at least spend long enough inside to break a sweat, even if it is in short increments. The last thing you want to do is increase cortisol levels doing something that is meant to be relaxing. Most of you will be just fine in the sauna for 15-20 min at a temperature of 120-130 degrees.  If you are attempting to improve mobility try alternating sauna to stretching then back to sauna.

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