The FAR INFRARED RAY Sauna
What it is, how it works, and what the medical researchers say.
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What is it?
Since then Thermal Infra Red heating has been used extensively in Europe and USA and the health benefits assessed and reported on. You may at times have used an infrared lamp as an aid to recovery from back pain or sprains and muscle lesions.
The sun emits FIR energy that is absorbed by human cells, causing a physical phenomenon called “resonance”. FIR rays vibrating at a frequency to that of the human body are thus able to activate cells, and reactivate as well as strengthen resulting in a better blood circulation and an overall improved micro blood circulatory systems.
The body’s ability to also emit FIR energy is the reason behind some alternative healing practices such as ‘laying-on of hands’ and ‘palm healing’, a practice with some 3000 years of tradition behind it in China (known as “Qi-Gong therapy). Our palms in fact emit far infrared energy at between 8 to 12 microns.
Our sun’s energy output comes mostly from the IR segment of the spectrum, but it is the wavelength of between 6 and 14 microns that is most beneficial to humans and indeed to all living things on this earth.
How it works:
The heat energy penetrate the body tissues to a depth of 4 to 5cm quickly and efficiently, and instead of using energy to convert air to higher temperatures, as for example in a steam sauna, the energy is converted directly to heat the body. This is one of the reasons for the unprecedented benefits reported for the FIR Sauna system, unavailable from the use of a conventional steam sauna.
The volume of perspiration induced by FAR Sauna may be up to 2-3 times the volume obtained from a conventional sauna, yet the FIR sauna operates a significantly cooler air temperature 55-65oC, against the hot air sauna’s 80-110oC, so FIR saunas are safer for people with cardiovascular concerns.
When it is desired to enjoy only the FIR ray penetration the front of the sauna cubicle may be left open, i.e. unzipped, for example for the purpose of a pre-activity warm-up, even when fully clothed, then minimal perspiration is likely to be experienced. This approach is useful for a warm-up prior to stretching, working-out, running or before exposure to cold weather, as well as being useful for those competing in international games.
The increased blood flow speeds healing of sprains and strains and relieves pain. It also helps aching muscles to recover faster because the metabolic and toxic waste products are purged faster from your system and through the skin when perspiring. In fact, the skin is often referred to as the ‘3rd kidney’ because it is believed responsible for eliminating up to 30% of the body waste.
With the extra nutrient reaching the skin the sought-after ‘glow’ is obtained whilst promoting healthy tone and texture, helping the body to ward off invading organisms.
It is well known that a fever is the body’s response to infection because of increased activity of the immune system fighting the invading germs. An increase in the function of the immune system incurs naturally during FIR sauna’ing and this treatment for early stages of colds and flu’ like virus are known to be successful in stopping the disease before becoming full-blown.
It is clear then, that increased wellbeing and better health can be enjoyed by regular use of the FIR sauna, and below you’ll find information from a number of eminent people and researchers as well as results of international studies carried out on the use and benefits recorded from the use of IR treatment.
In addition to the health benefits obtainable from the use of a FIR Sauna there are some down-to-earth benefits too. A FIR sauna is easy and comfortable to use compared to the Steam sauna and does not require the extensive warm up period of the latter. It leads to a more regular use of the FIR sauna and the consequent benefits that can be conferred. Hence the running cost is much less, around 5cents for power compared to a steam sauna costing up to 10 times more to operate.
The use of FIR can provide therapeutic effects.
If you are suffering from a disease be certain to consult with a primary-care physician concerning it.
If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the hot and swollen symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind. Vigorous heating is strictly contraindicated in cases of enclosed infections, be they dental, in joints, or in any other tissues.