INFRARED SAUNA INFORMATION / FAQ
equipment & treatments
What is Far Infrared Ray (FIR) ?
radiant (FIR) heat is a completely safe form of naturally occurring
energy that heats objects by direct light conversion. Direct light
conversion warms only the object and does not raise the temperature of
the surrounding free air. FIR heat is not ultraviolet radiation but a
narrow band of energy within the 5 to 15 micron level. This type of
energy travels 2-3" deep into the body to increase circulation and
nourish damaged tissue.
The sun is the primary source of radiant energy, but not all of this
energy is beneficial. Although life needs energy from the sun, too much
sunlight damages the skin. FIR heat provides many of the health benefits
of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar
heat better than traditional steam heat?
Infrared heat has some distinct advantages over traditional steam heat
saunas, however many steam sauna advocates feel that an infrared sauna
does not provide the same relaxing and invigorating experience as a
steam sauna. This can be an issue of personal preference.
heaters warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight. FIR heat
therapy uses the wavelength of the visible and non-visible light
spectrum of sunlight that heats the body normally.
Traditional steam saunas raise the temperature of the air to a very high
level within the chamber to warm the body. Some people have difficulty
breathing in this extremely warm air. FIR saunas work differently.
Instead of heating the air within the enclosure, FIR saunas heat the
body directly. The result is a lower power bill and deeper tissue
penetration. In the FIR sauna, the body perspires and receives all of
the healthy benefits but avoids the harmful and extremely hot air of a
traditional steam sauna. FIR saunas are safe for all ages.
Traditional saunas are more likely to spread and cultivate bacteria
in the humid air, therefore a steam sauna creates a more sanitary
environment. An Infrared Sauna will typically heat up in a shorter time
period than a steam sauna.
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.
What are the
health benefits of spending time in a sauna?
benefits of a FAR Infrared Sauna are numerous. Saunas are often used in
the treatment of diseases and drug addictions, as well as for general
therapy and well being. Some of the benefits include
Sauna Heaters and Saunas be used to perform Heat / Bikram Yoga?
Yes, the heat from
an infrared will cause the human body to heat up and become more
flexible. Infrared heaters can be used for Heat Yoga or Bikram
Learn more about
the ceramic sauna heater Wasauna uses in all our home saunas.
Health Benefits of
Circulation and Increased Energy
The sauna emits FIR energy that is absorbed by human cells, causing a
physical phenomenon called "resonance". Thus the cellular activities are
instantly invigorated, resulting in a better blood circulation and an
overall improved metabolism.
Weight Loss Aid
Sauna heat therapy can aid in weight loss by speeding up the metabolic
process of vital organs and endocrine glands resulting in substantial
caloric loss in a sauna heat session.
The FIR Sauna increases heart rate and blood circulation, crucial to
maintaining one's health. The heart rate increases as more blood flow is
diverted from the inner organs towards the extremities of the skin,
without heightening blood pressure.
For injuries, FIR generated heat stimulates vasodilatation of peripheral
blood vessels, bringing oxygen to joints and extremities, speeding the
healing of sprains and strains, thus relieving pain and reducing the
time it takes the human body to recover from an injury.
The quicker metabolic rate causes extra toxic waste products to be
purged from the body through the skin, during perspiration. The skin is
often referred to as the 3rd kidney, because it is believed to be
responsible for eliminating 30% of the body's waste.
Stress Reduction &
FIR Sauna heat treatment before a massage also helps prepare a client by
creating an overall relaxing effect. It loosens the muscle tissue so the
therapist can do a more thorough and effective massage.
For that sought after healthy glow, FIR Sauna heat therapy allows
increased blood circulation to carry great amounts of nutrients to the
skin, thus promoting healthy tone and texture. A FIR Sauna heat bath
also provides a mild cleansing of the skin.
By creating an "Artificial Fever", FIR heat has a positive effect on the
immune system. Often misunderstood, fever is a natural healing response
of the body. The function of the immune system is increased naturally
during a fever, while virus and bacterial growth is slowed, weakening
its hold. This helps the body ward off invading organisms. A FIR heat
treatment in the early stages of a cold or flu has been known to stop
the disease before the symptoms occur.
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