“Far Out” It’s A Far Infra Red Sauna
Many of you are aware of my great interest in the importance of detoxification of the body to regain or maintain good health, and with this in mind I have in the past used Colonic Irrigation and detox programs to facilitate this process.
I have also in the past used our steam room to help speed up this process by detoxifying through the skin – our largest organ of elimination. Well we have now superseded the steam with a new Far Infra Red Sauna. (Update – no longer have a sauna but still find them awesome)
(FIR) Infrared light is part of the suns invisible spectrum. Far Infrared waves are the safest and most beneficial, because they penetrate deeply and have a very uniform warming effect.
Do you remember standing in the sun on a cold winter’s day? Despite the cold air temperature, you were probably still able to feel the warmth from the sun. This is because of FIR rays – a completely safe energy that raises the temperature in objects without heating the surrounding air.
Radiant heat is efficient because it warms you, rather than the air surrounding you. FIR Saunas use infra red energy to penetrate the body’s tissue to a depth of over 4 cm. The energy output is so closely tuned to the bodies own radiation energy that our bodies absorb close to 93 % of the infra red rays that reach our skin.
So how does a FIR Sauna compare to a conventional sauna? Conventional saunas must rely on direct contact of heat or hot air on the skin to produce its heating effects, thus, FIR Saunas are able to produce up to three times the sweat volume of a normal sauna at a much lower temperature.
Not only does the perspiration contain more toxins and less water, but more toxins will be expelled through your kidneys, liver and even hair! Whilst sitting comfortably and enjoying a relaxing sauna, your body is hard at work. Just 30 mins in a sauna produces the same amount of perspiration as a 10 km run. And as your body increases sweat, your heart works harder to boost circulation.
This beneficial heart stress leads to a sought-after cardiovascular training and conditioning effect. The use of a sauna provides cardiovascular conditioning as the body works to cool itself and involves substantial increases in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate.
As well as strengthening the cardiovascular system and therefore strengthening the immune system through increased circulation, FIR Saunas relieves pain in conditions such as arthritis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and sprains through increased blood flow helping with the treatment of inflammation, pain and speedier healing rate associated with such conditions, as well as reducing stress and fatigue through the immediate effect of relaxation.
The heavy perspiration involved with FIR Saunas helps skin by improving skin tone, texture and colour as well as removing roughness, reducing scarring and improving firmness and elasticity. Skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema can also be assisted.
FIR Saunas also have a unique effect on caloric consumption and weight control. In one thirty minute session, up to 900 calories can be burned. While the weight of the water loss can be regained by drinking water, the calories consumed will not be.
My inspiration for researching the FIR Sauna was from reading Sherry Rogers book titled Detoxify or Die, which placed great emphasis on the use of Far Infra Red Saunas as a valuable resource for detoxification. Dr Rogers maintains that we are a polluted people and do not have the metabolic processes in place to metabolise the toxins in the environment of the 21st century.
Whilst our body is trying to detoxify from these environmental agents, it is using up the very nutrients that the body would ordinarily use to protect us from disease and ageing. We therefore need additional help for detoxification.
Health experts from around the world recognise FIR Sauna as amongst the most effective methods of removing chemical and heavy metal toxins from the body. More and more as the years go by have I seen (using Live Blood Analysis) the ever growing effects of chemicals on peoples systems and have felt the need to use more than one pathway i.e. colonic irrigation; to rid the body of these chemicals and toxins.
By far the most important health benefit of FIR Saunas is its efficiency in removing toxins from the body. This is achieved by a process called “resonate absorption “whereby the frequency of the FIR matches the frequency of the water in the cell, causing toxins to be released into the blood stream and excreted through sweat.
Studies have shown that the sweat of people using a conventional sauna was found to be 95-97 % water while the sweat of those using the FIR Saunas was 80-85 % water with the non-water component being cholesterol, fat soluble toxins and toxic heavy metals such as mercury & aluminium, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid.
This unusually high concentration of heavy metals and other fat soluble toxins is not found in the sweat from normal exercise. Increased blood circulation caused by sweating stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built up toxins and waste.
Regular sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals. This removal of toxins from the system can help assist the symptoms of conditions such as allergies, acne, chronic fatigue, frequent colds, muscle and joint pain, poor concentration, eczema and mood swings.
Here & Now Magazine February 2005
Please note that this article was first published in 2005 and now with the clinic in a different location, it is not possible to have the sauna, but they are still great to use, so look out for one nearby you to benefit from these great treatments.