One tidbit of reality that I believe we can all agree on as true is that stress is a very real and sometimes dangerous consequence of life. Stress, often unavoidable and inevitable, needs to be well managed as it can never be truly eliminated. Stress is a part of life and for a good reason. 10,000 years ago if you were being chased by a tiger, you needed the stress reaction to run and try to escape. However, we’re no longer being chased by tigers. But we are now stressed by so many daily triggers. Work, family, money, health–I can go on forever.
Stress is the cause so many diseases; physical and mental.
A couple of decades ago a life changing discovery was just beginning to battle the war on stress; the use of far infrared sauna technology. It was discovered that not only does infrared heat relax and calm a person down but it actually aids in providing relief from a myriad of physical and mental symptoms along with solving additional health issues. As stress is at the center of so many of these issues utilizing far infrared sauna therapy is considered one of the best tools to employ in this ongoing battle.
Inside a far infrared sauna warm, gentle and relaxing heat is generated. Natural stress relief occurs even as the heat efficiently relaxes the body’s muscles and tendons. The warm rays penetrate deep into the body’s joints and organs gently relieving stress and relaxing the overburdened mind. Constantly putting your body in relaxation mode when using an infrared sauna will do a great amount of good for your stress levels. We are hardwired to respond to stress with the “fight or flight” sympathetic nervous system response. This makes sense as in ancient times we constantly had to worry about predators eating us or our loved ones (sorry for the visual). Our lives were much more at peril than they are now. Currently in place of this perceived fear, we have created new ones. Work, money, job, relationships and family can together cause us a great deal of stress.
When you are stressed your body will actually trigger this fight or flight response and release adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline will make your heart rate increase and cortisol tells your body that it is under attack, when it is not. This constant release of hormones into your bloodstream, day-in day-out, will harm you in more ways that you would like. Your immune system will be damaged due to this hormone release. Also, your body will retain more fat cells and you will gain weight as a result, you are also prone to depression as well as being anxious. This will then ruin and disrupt your sleep patterns which will affect your ability to retain memories. It also harms your ability to concentrate. This constant release of adrenaline can actually cause a cardiac emergency as well.
Stress is damaging, however not getting proper sleep is equally as bad. When you don’t get the necessary amount of sleep, your body revolts against you. You will experience increased stress, foggy brain function, impaired motor controls, lethargy, weight gain, poor mood swings, lowered and reduced immune functions to fight disease and viral infections, lowered productivity and poor memory functions. These are all the signs and symptoms that I am sure you are well aware of. Sleep is not given enough respect and when it is absent it can seriously diminish your health. Diminish your health and you will diminish your life.
By using an infrared sauna daily, you will take your body out of the fight or flight sympathetic mode and you will relax in the parasympathetic mode. If you do this daily, your sleep will improve. Improving sleep was the number one day to day benefit that I experienced when I consistently used my infrared sauna. I never miss a day. Everything gets regulated when you get great, deep sleep. My trick that I use is to take a very hot steam shower right after I use my sauna. I don’t personally own a proper steam shower, but I just turn the water on as hot as possible, let the steam build up in the shower and then get in. If you combine the sauna and steam together you will be so physically exhausted that you will have no choice but to lie down and fall asleep. You will wake up feeling refreshed like you never have before. The need for an alarm clock will go away. You will wake up at the same time everyday ready to go. Your need for caffeine will disappear and you will be drinking the right amount of fresh, clean water that your body craves. Over time this will speed up your metabolism, calm your nerves and burn excess fat. Your desire for healthy food will improve as you are not as hungry as you are drinking so much water. When you get in the rhythm of sauna, sleep, sauna, sleep, it really is unlike anything I have ever experienced.
How can this possibly work? When using a far infrared sauna actual physical stress is reduced by boosting blood circulation and by oxygenating that blood. As blood is efficiently circulated it stimulates the production of endorphins; the ‘feel good’ hormones. In terms of our nervous system most of us currently live in ‘sympathetic dominance’. This is exhibited by excessive worry, anger, fear, resentment and worry. People in this nervous system hole experience over thinking, over eating, over drinking, and over working. This can result in a totally toxic body. However, when using far infrared therapy our nerves system moves into ‘parasympathetic dominance’. This is anabolic and healing as it rebuilds the body and stabilizes the nervous system. It improves digestion, organ efficiency and improves the immune system.
In order to be happy, balanced and healthy we need to find the most efficient way to deal with stress. Consistent stress reducing sessions in the far infrared sauna will enable you to achieve that. When your body is stressed it affects you at the cellular level. Experts believe that use of sauna therapy stimulates your circulatory system thereby increasing production of norepinephrine in your body. The warm, gentle heat within the infrared sauna gently relaxes muscles, tendons and joints, refreshing mind, body and spirit. When stress is lessened overall health greatly improves. Far infrared sauna therapy is one of the most natural ways to enjoy the greatest relief from stress. It enhances just about everything else including a better attitude and a more positive outlook on life. What can be better than that!