Infrared Sauna? Yeah, thats what I thought too. I mean we all know what a sauna is, but an infrared sauna? More info please! Anyones first mind would Google it, so I did. What stood out most to me was how unlike the traditional sauna, which heats the air around you at high temperatures, the infrared sauna uses infrared lamp (electromagnetic radiation) that warms your body at lower temperature instead. This gives you longer and more comfortable sweat session you desire. So I’m like, “SIGN ME UP”.
A big thing about having rheumatoid arthritis is pain relief. Medication can only do so much. So what can we do to get relief and relax? Therapies and treatments like massage, acupuncture, cold and hot therapy have shown positive results of relief. Why not give it a try. So I ended up going back to the Cryobar Chicago, where I tried Cryotherapy. I do not like the cold one bit, so I’ve been putting off my next cryo appointment. However, I found infrared which I love. Like, who doesn’t love a good sweat. I’ve been every week for the past 2 months, where I’ve experienced great relief and energy after every session.
The Infrared Sauna Experience
The sessions usually run for 30 minutes. You are provided your own small cozy room that includes robe and towels and even make-up wipes. Now inside the infrared sauna, it’s the perfect size for one person, where its very comfortable and gives you room to stretch. They also provide an aux cord that you can hook up your phone to the radio inside. For my iPhone users bring your adaptor. Now the gag is the infrared sauna doesn’t just have one color, but multiple colors ya’ll! Known as chromotherapy, this process helps restore balance to the body by applying color. Each color is associated with a different bodily response. For example, blue is considered a mentally relaxing color.
Now its time get comfortable and sweat it out! You can either lay down and do nothing or sit up and stretch. I suggest in order to get maximum benefits, sitting up and stretching does the trick. Now lets dive into the benefits I’ve experience since including infrared sauna in my weekly self care routine.
Infrared Sauna Benefits
- Joint Pain Relief
- Better Sleep
- Boost Energy
- Improved Circulation
These are some of the benefits I’ve been experiencing with my once a week sessions. I will start increasing sessions per week and see if that will help my overall pain relief. Now, there’s some things you should avoid and things you should do to help prepare you for your first infrared sauna session:
Water is vital component to insure you do not dehydrate during your infrared session. You should drink at least 1 liter of water before your session and bring water to your session to replenish during. We do not want anyone passing out.
Please don’t do that to yourself -Management
If you are looking for relief and the ability to feel relaxed for extended periods of time, I believe you should give infrared sauna a try. Not only does it provide you with a bomb sweat session, it helps relieve chronic joint pain, boost energy and improves quality of sleep. Why not give it a try?
Gurus, would you try this alternative therapy?