Near, Mid, and Far: The 3 Types of Infrared Sauna
The use of heat therapy really isn’t new in the realm of the healing arts, but technological advances that capitalize on infrared energy have made it possible to generate heat in just the right spots with pinpointed precision, hence the advent of the infrared sauna.
There are three distinct types of infrared wavelengths that generate energy: near infrared, mid infrared, and far infrared. Because they penetrate the skin and cells at varying depths, each type of infrared provides different therapeutic benefits depending on its use.
#1. Near infrared
Also referred to as low level light therapy, uses special LEDs to permeate the outer surface of the skin and promote cell health and skin rejuvenation. LEDs are effective because they can trigger a natural photo-biochemical reaction (similar to how plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into plant tissue).
#2. Mid infrared
This type of sauna has been shown to help aid in pain relief and weight loss.
#3. Far infrared
By far the most common type used in commercial infrared saunas, far infrared saunas help pull toxins from the body and lower blood pressure.
Each type of infrared sauna comes with its own unique set of health benefits, and one isn’t necessarily better or worse than another. However, exposing yourself to all three types offers a wider range of comprehensive health benefits. This is why many healing practitioners now encourage their patients to use or invest in a 3-in-1 full-spectrum infrared sauna..
The Science Behind Infrared Sauna Benefits
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to show that infrared saunas are helping people detoxify their bodies, increase their energy levels, and even overcome chronic disease. But what does the science say? In a 2009 scientific review, a Canadian researcher found that:
• At least four separate studies support the use of far infrared saunas in treating patients with cardiovascular disease.
• At least five studies support the use of far infrared saunas in the treatment of coronary risk factors.
• At least one study supports the use of far infrared saunas in treating chronic pain.
Another researcher from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona, put out a paper several years ago highlighting the benefits of infrared sauna use as a way to trim body fat and eliminate toxic xenobiotics (foreign chemicals) from the body.
A 1981 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that regular use of an infrared sauna exerts a weight-loss effect on the body. This is due to the fact that infrared radiation raises core body temperature, mimicking the cardiovascular exertion brought about by aerobic exercises such as running.
There is also copious emerging research demonstrating infrared sauna benefits in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems, rheumatoid arthritis, joint stiffness, muscle spasms, edema, soft tissue injury, sciatica, eczema, pelvic infection, pediatric pneumonia, and even cancer.
Types of Sauna Services
Actual session time: 30 minutes.
Near Infrared LEDs improve overall skin tone, elasticity and firmness promoting anti-aging benefits.
A low constant intensity level of far and near infrared penetrates tissues to help with various skin concerns
Actual session time: 45 minutes.
A blend of near, mid and far infrared starts at a high intensity to increase heart and cardiac output and then lowers to sustain heart rate. Circulation increases to promote healthy blood pressure.
Actual session time: 37 minutes.
The Mid Infrared and Far Infrared combination improves vascular access flow to reach toxins at the cellular level.
Mid and Far infrared start at a high intensity to increase the body's core temperature then reduces to a low comfortable intensity level
Actual session time: 30 minutes.
A mid and far infrared blend provides natural pain relief by reducing inflammation and swelling. The Near infrared LEDs penetrate the tissue to promote cellular relief at a medium constant intensity
Actual session time: 40 minutes.
Far, Mid and Near Infrared induce deep relaxation as they relieve muscle tension at a low comfortable intensity.
Promoting overall stress reduction with regular use.
Actual session time: 30 minutes.
Mid and far infrared start at high intensity to stimulate cardiovascular system then reduces to a medium level.
As the body works to cool itself there is an increase in heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate similar to exercise.
Each individual’s success depends on his or her health and environmental history, background, dedication, desire and motivation, attitude, and continued cooperation. As all health issues have inherent risk, our information and testimonials are not intended to infer or guarantee that anyone will achieve any result with any/all health issue(s), symptom(s), or diagnosis.
When first starting SAUNA start with 5 to 10 minutes. Sauna Sessions are like exercise and should begin conservatively and work up to longer sessions as your condition allows.
Infrared is known to encourage the body’s own production of Nitric Oxide (NO) which is referred to as the ‘miracle molecule’
Over a dozen benefits quoted by Dr Larry Wilson in his book ‘Sauna Therapy’:
2. Inhibit sympathetic nervous system
4. Decongestion of internal organs
5. Heat shock proteins
6. Decouple toxins from water molecules
7. Acts as a nutrient
8. Enhances cell regeneration
10. Balancing pH
11. Improve cellular DNA
12. Color therapy
Infrared assists the body to overcome infection, injury, etc(Sauna Therapy by Dr. Wilson).
Dr. Berman says, “Using infrared significantly alters the slope and course of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and traumatic brain injury. We are seeing significant changes in the functional, behavior, emotional and cognitive behaviors of people after one six-minute session with infrared”.
Sauna sessions improve: Oxygenation, Blood Flow, Blood Circulation and when you help your blood, you help all of your organs and the rest of the body too.
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