Rather than using steam to heat the air like a traditional sauna, Infrared Saunas use infrared radiant energy, which is an intense dry heat. The infrared energy penetrates your skin and heats your body on the inside. This heat causes the pores of your skin to open so that you can sweat, and your sweat carries waste products, toxins, and old skin cells out of your body.
The heat generated from the Infrared Sauna will also increase circulation in your body, helping to relax your muscles and relieve any muscle and joint pain you may have.
Because you are causing a rise in your core body temperature, you will also see an increase in your heart rate and a substantial calorie burn, which will cause weight loss. The lost weight is not all water, as some believe. The Journal of the American Medical Association stated, “A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 kcal, which is equivalent to running 2–3 miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600–800 kcal with no adverse effects. While the weight of the water loss can be regained by drinking water, the calories consumed will not be.”
Infrared saunas offer a number of benefits, which may include:
- Relief from arthritis pain and stiffness
- Relief from muscle stiffness and soreness, and joint pain
- Weight loss
- Clear skin