Far Infrared Sauna
What is Far Infrared Heat?
Infrared heat is simply a form of energy in the form of a band of light. The electromagnetic spectrum is divided into three segments by wavelength measured in microns. 0.076 to 1.5 microns is "near" infrared, 1.5 to 5.6 microns is "middle" infrared and 5.6 to 1000 microns is "far" infrared. This invisible band of light warms objects without warming the air between the source and the object. The best example of this is the sun. Recall standing in the sun on a cold day. You felt warmth from the sun even though the air temperature was cold. This warmth you feel is far infrared penetrating your body 1.5 to 3.5 inches.
Infrared heat is, therefore, a completely safe energy that raises the temperature in objects without having to heat the air in between. Approximately 80% of the sun's rays fall into the infrared range. (This should not be confused with ultraviolet rays which are harmful to the skin.) It is not visible to the human eye but can been seen with special cameras that translate the light into visible colors.
Our bodies also radiate far infrared energy through the skin at between 3 and 50 microns. Our palms emit energy between 8 and 14 microns. (You can experience this by holding your palms near each other without touching.) Palm healing, with a 3000 year history in China, is based on the natural healing properties of far infrared.
How Does the Far Infrared Sauna Work?
The Thermal Life™ Far Infrared Sauna therapy unit duplicates these healthy far infrared frequencies. The tissues selectively absorb these rays as the water in the cell reacts in a process called "resonant absorption". This "resonant absorption" occurs when the frequency of the far infrared matches the frequency of the water in the cell causing toxins to be dropped off into the blood stream and excreted in sweat, feces and urine. Radiant heat is efficient because it warms you, not the air. The body absorbs as much as 93 percent of this heat, causing perspiration and producing a vast array of healthful benefits. The sauna employs an infrared heater that radiates heat penetrating the skin to a depth of one and a half inches. It operates at the relatively low temperatures of 110 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
While you calmly relax in the soothing warmth of the Thermal Life™ Far Infrared Sauna, your body is hard at work. A 20 to 30 minute sauna creates approximately the same amount of perspiration as a six mile run. And as your body increases sweat production to cool itself, your heart works harder to boost circulation, thus improving your cardiovascular system. Your immune system is also strengthened because when your body temperature is raised, your systems fight this "artificial fever". Sweating helps detoxify your body fever, by removing the accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals, as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium and cholesterol. Profuse perspiration also deeply cleanses the skin-creating beautiful and improved tone, texture, and color.
The Far Infrared Sauna is also exceptional for burning calories, controlling weight, and removing cellulite. A single sauna session will burn as many calories as you would rowing for 30 minutes. Weight loss occurs because body fat becomes water soluble at 110ºF and the body can sweat it out. The most immediate effect you'll notice on your health is immense relaxation. Read, listen to music, or meditate in the comfortable warmth while stress melts away leaving behind a feeling of total rejuvenation.
"Perspiration therapy", sometimes referred to as "heat stress detoxification" is not new. It dates back
before the Romans and their baths. In fact, virtually every society, including the American Indian sweat lodges, has used " heat stress detoxification". If we are not perspiring we are missing as much as 27% of our body's ability to rid itself of toxins.
Burns up to 600 calories in 25-minute sessions.
The Far Infrared Therapy Sauna assists in weight loss in three significant ways:
1. It effectively reduces heavy metals, which have been directly related to metabolic imbalances in the body ,causing poor digestion and weight gain.
2. The far infrared sauna decreases fat stored (lipophilic) toxins. Often times weight loss cannot be accomplished unless these toxins are removed first.
3. Although weight loss due to perspiration (water loss) is quickly regained, sending more blood to the capillaries and converting fats and carbohydrates results in as much as 600 calories burned during one short sauna session.
In summary, the Far Infrared Therapy Sauna will remove excessive moisture, salt, and subcutaneous fat. Sweating is a part of the complex thermoregulatory process of the body, involving substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate, which consumes considerable energy. Weight loss is possible because body fat becomes water soluble at 110°F and the body can sweat out fats, toxins, and heavy metal that it otherwise can't dispose of.
Whole body therapy system.
Infrared heat can help relieve pain by widening blood vessels. This causes increased blood circulation and allows more oxygen to reach injured areas. It also helps reduce pain and speeds up the healing process.Infrared heat has also been used extensively in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, and muscle spasms.
The body's natural reaction to heat is to cool itself. It does this by diverting blood from internal organs to the extremities and skin. This increases heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. Medical research indicates that use of a Thermal Life™ Far Infrared Sauna therapy may be as effective a means of cardiovascular conditioning as regular exercise. This is especially important to those individuals who are not physically capable of exercising. NASA concluded in the 1980's that far infrared stimulation is the ideal way for astronauts to maintain cardiovascular conditioning during long space flights.
Works your heart similar to a six-to nine-mile run. If you take a 20 to 30 minute sauna in the Thermal Life™ Far Infrared Sauna, you perspire the same amount as if you had run six miles. Clearly for people not in a position to take such regular exercise, this sauna is crucial.
Immune System Improvement
A typical sauna session will cause a brief 1&Mac176; to 3&Mac176;F increase in body temperature. Fever is the body's defense against bacteria, microbes and consequent infection. This beneficial side effect triggers the production of white blood cells (leukocytes) by your bone marrow and killer T cells by your thymus. The result is immune system improvement.
Because cellulite is a gel-like substance made up of fat, water and waste products trapped near the surface of the skin, use of the Thermal Life™ therapy unit is very beneficial. Far infrared therapy is especially effective in cellulite removal when used in conjunction with a program including diet and massage.
Continuous strain on the autonomic nervous system often leads to a high level of stress, one of the elusive causes of many chronic diseases. By facilitating the expansion of capillary vessels thereby improving circulation, stress levels are reduced.
The Thermal Life™ Far Infrared Sauna removes toxins, such as heavy metals that accumulate due to sluggish elimination. It increases the eliminative, detoxifying, and cleansing capacity of the skin by stimulating the sweat glands.
It's a Toxic World
Today more than 77,000 chemicals are in active production in this country. Our exposure to these chemicals is greater than at any time since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. More than 3,000 chemicals are added to our food supply, more than 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives are used in food processing and storage. When ingested these chemicals can remain in the body for years, altering our metabolism, causing enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, creating hormonal imbalances and lowering our threshold of resistance to chronic disease. We are continually subjected to poor air quality, chemically contaminated food and water, household cleansers, paint fumes, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides, heavy metals (including mercury) and the list goes on and on. Today, studies show that most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in the fat cells of our bodies. These chemicals and heavy metals make up the "total toxic burden". When our bodies exceed the limit that we can excrete, we begin to store these toxins. This bioaccumulation seriously compromises our physiological and psychological health and leads to chronic disease.
The following symptoms are often related to toxicity: allergies, acne, anxiety, burning skin, brain fog, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, depression, eczema, frequent colds or flu, felling "sick all over", insomnia, loss of dexterity, low body temperature, memory loss, mood swings, muscle and joint pains and poor concentration.
"A sauna used to be thought of as a luxury. But studies now confirm that diet and environmental chemicals cause 95% of cancers. Furthermore, as the first generation of man exposed to such an unprecedented plethora of daily chemicals, we have learned that stored or undetoxified chemicals can mimic any disease. "Incurable" chronic diseases that were thought to have no known cause often disappear once toxic chemicals are gone. Since the far infrared sauna is the safest, most efficacious and economical way of depurating stored toxins, this makes it a household necessity."
Sherry A. Rogers, M.D., Northeast Center for Environmental Medicine
Internationally known expert in environmental medicine
Author of Tired Or Toxic? and Total Wellness
Our methods of eliminating toxins in the body are few. We are limited to the feces, the urine, perspiration and respiration. When the liver, kidneys and lungs have been damaged by chronic exposure to environmental toxins our ability to rid our bodies of toxins becomes severely limited. Through various methods we can cleanse the liver and kidneys, which will help us address future toxins, but we are still left with the fat-stored (lipophilic) toxins and heavy metals stored in connective tissue and the brain.
Detox, Detox, Detox
The Thermal Life™ Far Infrared Sauna is recognized by health practitioners worldwide as perhaps the most effective method of removing both chemical and heavy metal toxins from the body. The combination of "resonant absorption" and low heat makes this the detox method of choice for chronically ill patients as well as those that are well and wish to stay that way by reducing their "toxic burden".