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Infrared Sauna Relaxation & Stress Relief

Infrared Sauna Relaxation & Stress Relief
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Infrared Sauna Relaxation & Stress Relief

Stress, much like death and taxes, is one of those things that we as humans experience at varying times in our lives and can’t be avoided. Stress comes in different forms, and there are varying degrees to them.

Stress occurs when a particular situation arises and it causes an effect on the body where your fight or flight response kicks into high gear. Some of the different types of stressinclude acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress.

Each type comes with its own share of traits and characteristics. People also deal with stress in different ways. Some ways are good, while some aren’t so good. While we all experience stress at some point in our lives, with some experiencing it more than others, how we manage the stress is crucial.

Focusing on your body and understanding why you’re feeling this way is the first step. Being able to take a step back and having that mind-body control, connection, and understanding are important pieces of the puzzle in ultimately handling your stress in a productive way.

A method that has helped millions of people relieve stress is to place oneself in an environment that promotes a feeling of relaxation and tranquility. A calm environment helps to calm the mind and become more at peace.  One of the best environments that allow one to achieve that is in an infrared sauna.

An infrared sauna can be considered a mini getaway from the stressors of life. Whether you want to just sit there in silence, read a book, listen to music, stretch, or practically anything really, a sauna is a great option to help you relieve stress and get back to your center.

If you’ve ever taken part in an infrared sauna session, you know just how relaxing it is both in the sauna and also for a long time after you leave. For the time that you’re in the sauna, the stress of the day just seems to melt away. After you leave, you are left with a feeling of deep relaxation and a more positive mood and attitude.

Alongside a laundry list of physical, emotional, and mental, stress relief, and relaxation are some of the top reasons why individuals purchase Health Mate saunas.

A black and white image of a woman grabbing her shoulder while relaxing in an infrared sauna.

How An Infrared Sauna Helps Us Relax

From the moment we step into a sauna, there begin a series of chemical changes that occur within the body including an increase in body temperature, blood vessels become more dilated due to the effect of the heat which causes more efficient blood circulation, stimulates the release of endorphins, the ‘feel-good’ chemical, and an increased heart rate due to the blood being rerouted to the skin, to name a few.

The reason why heat helps us relax has to do with blood vessels becoming more dilated. The increase of flowing blood helps to direct unwanted toxins and also lactic acid away from the muscles that are sore. Like most things that heat touches, they become more elastic and loosen up. Same with the muscles. Furthermore, it’s been studied that pain signals are blocked when nerve endings are stimulated by heat.

Another way to look at the effects of heat on the body and muscles is to imagine how a hot compress works. The infrared sauna has similar effects. The infrared light penetrates the muscles deep within the body and helps to relieve and relax from the inside out.

Other effects of heat therapy include a boosted immunity, detoxification, and pain relief.

Two women sitting in an infrared sauna reading a book and laughing.

Studies on Infrared Sauna Relaxation, Stress Relief & Quality of Life

One pilot study from the Department of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Metabolic Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Kagoshima University, Japan, when studying the effects of sauna therapy on individuals with chronic fatigue system (CFS) shows:

Perceived fatigue significantly decreased after therapy, although no significant reductions were observed during therapy. In addition, a negative mood, including anxiety, depression, and fatigue, and the performance status significantly improved after therapy.”

Another study from the Department of Biology of Physical Activity, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, when studying the effects of far-infrared sauna bathing on strength and endurance training tell us:

“In conclusion, deep penetration of infrared heat (approximately 3–4 cm into fat tissue and neuromuscular system) with mild temperature (35–50°C), and light humidity (25–35%) during FIRS bathing appears favorable for the neuromuscular system to recover from maximal endurance performance. FIRS bathing is a very light loading for the body and provides a comfortable and relaxing experience.”

Additionally, it’s been stated according to Walter J. Crinnion, ND:

“Evidence suggests that sauna therapy is an effective and underutilized treatment for a variety of cardiovascular problems…studies suggest that sauna use improves lung function and might offer pain relief.”

There have also been no reported adverse effects of using an infrared sauna. Even though this is the case, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to watch out for other signs or symptoms. Being in the sauna for more than the desired timeframe may make some people have headaches, cause dizziness, dehydration.

Relax with Health Mate Saunas

Health Mate infrared saunas use patented Tecoloy heaters, which delivers 360 degrees of dual wave heat to help penetrate the skin and muscles even deeper than the leading competitor. Our saunas are made with 100% PEFC Western Red Cedar, an antimicrobial, and one of the only woods known as a sustainable and renewable resource. For more information on our line of infrared saunas for sale, contact us today to see how you can improve your health and your life.

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