When you go to a spa, sweating in the sauna is almost an after-thought tacked on as a five-minute pre- or post-treatment addition. Well new technology has upped the benefits of the sauna to equal, if not surpass, almost any traditional therapist-performed service. According to Mark Hyman, author of Ultrametabolism (Scribner, 2006), Sweating is an integral part of our innate detoxification system.
Heat therapy has been a part of natural healing for centuries, and with the increase in toxic exposures, regular saunas or heat therapy can be a useful adjunct to a healthy lifestyle. It can increase circulation, promote relaxation, and enhance detoxification.
Far-infrared saunas are the latest and greatest advancement in the spa industry. Similar to the naturally occurring infrared light that is projected from the sun, far infrared saunas mimic the healing characteristics of the sun and help to heal the skin without burning it.
Unlike traditional steam or hot rock saunas, far-infrared saunas have been proven to provide pain relief, increase circulation, promote weight loss, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, minimize the appearance of cellulite, and rid the body of toxic pollutants. Jason Kort from Sunlight Saunas explains that, The light energy of far infrared saunas safely penetrates the skin, going 1 to 11/2 inches below the tissue, creating a detoxifying sweat.
Because they are set at a lower temperature compared to traditional hot rock and steam saunas, you can stay in for about 30 minutes at a time, allowing for the release of even more toxins. The techno-saunas are cropping up at spas, gyms, and doctor’s offices around the world, but you can also buy one for your home and have the healing of a far-infrared sauna to go. Sunlight Saunas (sunlightsaunas.com) are leaders in the industry, as are Promolife (promolife.com) and Clearlight Saunas (saunaworks.com).