There is simply nothing as wonderful and healing as a walk in the woods. It is one of my favorite pastimes. Add in a stream and my day is made. Most of us can only enjoy nature occasionally. However, if you’d like the benefits of the outdoors in terms of de-stressing and relaxation look no further than your Far Infrared sauna.
Here’s a little bit of history about how the Far Infrared sauna came to be. For the most part people had little knowledge about Far Infrared sauna therapy. Initially it was limited to the use of infrared heat lamps which generated radiant heat. Eventually in the 1960’s NASA determined that a quantity of mineral oxides were capable of producing Far Infrared waves. Following the use of different types of Far Infrared products in the space program, NASA made no further advancements using this technology. However the Japanese forged ahead and advanced over one hundred and fifty products that required patents involving Far Infrared technology, most pertinent to this discussion, is the development of Far Infrared saunas.
In the course of the last couple of decades both Chinese and Japanese researchers and clinicians have performed widespread research on Far Infrared treatments and have testified touting their benefits. Dr. Tsu-Tsair Oliver Chi, presented his discussion of Resonant Absorption. “These rays, Far Infrared, are selectively absorbed by the tissues. The internal production of Far Infrared energy that normally occurs within our tissues is associated with a variety of healing responses and may require a boost to a maximal level to insure the fullest healing response possible in a tissue under repair. After boosting a tissue’s level to maximum, the remaining rays pass onward harmlessly. This phenomenon is called Resonant Absorption.”
The reason Far Infrared saunas are so unique is that they use radiant energy to directly penetrate the body’s tissues to a depth of over two inches It’s energy output is tuned to correspond closely to the body’s own radiant energy. Our bodies absorb close to ninety three percent of the Far Infrared waves that reach our skin. Less than twenty percent of the infrared energy heats the air, leaving over eighty percent available to be directly converted to heat within the body. A Far Infrared based system can warm its user far more efficiently than a traditional steam sauna.
This important difference demonstrates many of the unparalleled benefits reported to be available through the use of a Far Infrared sauna. These benefits are simply not achievable through the use of a standard sauna. Far Infrared saunas produce up to two to three times the sweat volume of a traditional sauna while working at a considerably cooler temperature range of 110 degrees to 130 degrees versus 180 degrees to 235 degrees for steam saunas. The lower heat scale is ideal for those apprehensive about cardiovascular risk factors that might be adversely affected by the higher temperature encountered in traditional hot-air saunas. Not only that Far Infrared heat is easier to tolerate thus you are able to comfortably able to stay in longer. This adds to the long term benefits, as well.
Medical research has suggested that the use of a Far Infrared sauna provides cardiovascular conditioning as the body tries to cool itself. This is your body’s “rest and digest” mode of unconscious actions that are responsible for transmitting sensory information from your body’s organs to your central nervous system. This transmission tells your body to relax. Also, during use, the infrared heat causes your capillaries to expand and thereby improve blood flow. Next, the opposing and complementary nervous system response is the sympathetic nervous system. This is the fight or flight response which alerts your body to be aware and to act in the face of danger requiring a quick response. Your body must be in one mode or the other at all times.
Finally, when your body goes into relaxation mode, in the parasympathetic response, your blood vessels expand through vasodilation. Your nervous system alerts your heart to pump faster and demands your arteries, vessels, venules and veins to allow more blood to pass through. This causes a variety of benefits. There is simply nothing like the healing power of a Far Infrared sauna. If you are unable to take that long walk, by a stream in the woods, jump into a Far Infrared sauna and you will be amazed at it’s ability to make you feel like you did. I use my Far Infrared sauna for a minimum of thirty minutes five days a week. Combined with a relaxing shower afterwords I am relaxed, feeling great!