FIR Sauna

The Health Challenges of Today

Our Lifestyle today presents many health challenges. To remain healthy, vibrant and full of energy, simply put you need a plan. Cars have service plans, and we know we need to service our cars regularly to ensure they continue to function well. We also know that when we neglect to service our car, you end up with big repair bills and a car that is not working.

This is so similar to our health; people who have not paid too much attention to their health have ended up with huge medical bills and many health problems.

Our Lifestyle, Environment & Diet are major factors contributing to so many of the illnesses we face such as; Fatigue, Diabetes, Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Obesity and Weight Gain.

We live in an invisible world of chemicals. There is an additional factor to consider also and that is toxicity. More than ever we are exposed to vast numbers of chemicals, in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the environment in which we live. We are not really aware of any of this, until we become ill. After all, these chemicals are totally invisible; you cannot see them, taste them or even smell them most of the time.

Modern life has resulted in convenience foods. Food is processed and prepared so that we can just open a packet, bottle or container and eat.
This is just so easy and useful when you live a busy life, where you are constantly on the go. But there is a price to pay. The reason food can last a specific time in its container and packaging is because chemicals and preservatives are used to ensure that the food has a shelf life. These chemicals are used to preserve the food and also to prevent the growth of harmful organisms in the food.

So many people who suffer from toxic chemical and heavy metal overload. These substances often have accumulated in the body, over many years, contributing to a variety of health problems.

Reports have been published by organisations such as the World Health Organisation* and the Environmental Protection Agency**.

** World Health Organisation Report on Exposure to Toxic Chemicals (2012)

The World Health Organisation States in its 2012 report on Exposure to Toxic Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals that:

''Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals have the capacity to interfere with tissue and organ development and function, and therefore they may alter susceptibility to different types of diseases throughout life. This is a global threat that needs to be resolved.''

Why Far Infrared?

LET FAR INFRARED GET UNDER YOUR SKIN!

The far-infrared sauna gives you a much more successful detox: it is 7x more effective than traditional heat and steam saunas but at the same time more accessible for people who can’t tolerate the heat of a conventional sauna. Infrared saunas are effective and place less stress on the body making them more appealing for those who want to see results without the stress. Far-infrared heat also penetrates the skin deeper than conventional saunas prompting chemicals from fat cells to the skin surface to be sweat out of the body.

The FIR Sauna Blanket detoxifies the body of unwanted chemicals and waste, breaks up fatty tissue deposits BUT Far-Infrared also heals the body. As soon as the body comes in contact with Far-Infrared the healing process starts.
WHAT IS INFRARED HEAT & HOW IT WORKS?

Infrared light is part of the Sun’s invisible spectrum of light that has the ability to penetrate the human tissue. Infrared heat therapy uses these infrared light characteristics to heat the body directly rather than just the air. The experience of an infrared sauna is similar to sunbathing, which gives you the radiant heat that is all your own. The infrared heat penetrates your skin, giving you that wonderful natural warmth. Unlike sunbathing, infrared heat therapy is completely healthy and safe. You get all the amazing benefits of infrared while you relax.

The FIR Sauna Blanket (cocoon) differs from traditional saunas in how the sauna user’s body is heated. Traditional saunas use steam to heat the air, and then the increased air temperature heats the surface of the body. The Infrared sauna blanket (cocoon) uses far-infrared radiant heat to directly heat the body’s skin, tissue, and joints instead of relying on an increase in air temperature.

Far-Infrared rays are invisible light and the Far-Infrared energy is absorbed very easily by the human body and helps in all aspects of bodily growth and development. It heals and rejuvenates, energising cells, inner tissue, glands, nerves and organs beneath the skin. When any tissue in the body is exposed to FIR the bodies healing process is activated.
IS FAR-INFRARED SAFE?

The beauty of the far-infrared heaters is that they only produce far-infrared and not the entire spectrum of the sun’s rays which can be harmful. Essentially you get the healing benefits of the sun, but without all the potential hazards of the full spectrum. Among the total spectrum of solar rays coming from the sun, the Far-Infrared rays are the safest and the most beneficial.

There are no major risks associated with sweating for individuals with average health. If you are worried, please consult your doctor before booking an appointment.


WHAT IS THE FIR SAUNA BLANKET (COCOON)?

The FIR Sauna looks like a sleeping bag and is 100% far-infrared. It is a Thermal Far Infrared Sauna treatment which uses a body wrap concept to help detoxify the body of unwanted chemicals and break up fatty tissue deposits. The blanket has two benefits health and beauty. The sauna blanket (cocoon) will help lose centimetres and body fat and reduce the appearance of cellulite. It also cleans the body of toxins and has many health benefits.

Why do you need Far Infrared Sauna Therapy?

Would you believe that one of the biggest health challenges today is Sitting:

Emerging evidence suggests that excessive sitting is an important risk factor for chronic disease, premature mortality and several age -related diseases according to a new meta-analysis of 47 studies. This latest research is showing that prolonged sitting can increase the risk of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer. The result of all of this sitting is poor circulation.

Boost Your Circulation

One of the main reasons we exercise is to increase our heart rate and achieve a boost in circulation of the blood in the body.

Full Body Far Infrared Therapy is particularly helpful for giving the circulation a boost, helping to deliver more blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

Common Symptoms of Poor Circulation:

  • tingling
  • numbness
  • throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • pain
  • muscle cramps

When circulation is improved, it is possible to reduce and alleviate many of these symptoms.

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Arthritis

Researchers from Saxon University of Applied Science in the Netherlands found that infrared sauna treatments can help reverse chronic pain with little to no side effects. They studied the effects of infrared saunas in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis in the spine over a four-week period, with a series of eight treatments. Sauna therapy was well-tolerated with no adverse effects, and they found that a significant percentage of patients experienced decreased symptoms of pain and stiffness.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is essential in building cells, however too much of it can result in build up in your blood vessel walls and contribute to heart attacks, strokes, etc. Typically, monitoring your food and exercise intake are foolproof ways to control your cholesterol. But, did you know that people could use a far infrared sauna for high cholesterol control? Spending time in an infrared sauna each day and experiencing infrared rays equates to doing some regular, light exercise. Infrared saunas stimulate the nervous system and therefore provide many of the same effects as exercise!

According to the Relax logy Blog, a team at the University of Cracow, had men with similar body composition use infrared saunas for ten days. After ten days, the study showed that collectively, the group’s cholesterol was significantly reduced due to the use of the infrared sauna. It’s also important to note that they did not change their diets.

Diabetes

Diabetes does not only affect your blood sugar, but it can cause problems such as:

  • poor circulation
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • depression
  • leg cramping, as well as pain and cramping in your calves, thighs, or buttocks.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that far-infrared sauna use is associated with improved quality of life in people with type 2 diabetes with, even when compared to other lifestyle interventions. People with diabetes often suffer from complications such as pain, congestive heart failure and other heart problems, but sauna treatments seem to improve pain threshold and contribute to overall well-being – naturally treating diabetes symptoms.

Patients were tested at the Fraser Lake Community Health Centre in Canada, undergoing 20-minute treatments three times weekly over a period of three months. Patients completed a 36-item short-form health survey before and after the treatment period. The results found that a significant percentage experienced improved physical health, general health and social functioning following treatments, as well as lower stress and fatigue levels.

Depression

Far Infrared Thermal Treatment has been shown to be useful in helping those suffering from depression, subjective complaints and appetite loss.

* (Intern Med. 2008,Psychosom Med. 2005)

Far Infrared for those unable to exercise

Far Infrared (FIR) Thermal Therapy can provide similar cardiovascular effects and benefits to physical exercise without the stress or difficulties that may come with conventional exercise.

This is very helpful for those who are unable to exercise, and those who may suffer from a heart condition because many of the beneficial cardiovascular effects of exercise can still be achieved without the need to move physically.

Consequently they tend to suffer from poor circulation and all the associated problems that come with this, such as muscle pain, cramps, poor digestion, leaky gut, poor elimination, poor cognitive function, and cold hands and feet and they would also be cold all the time.

The Far Infrared really is so helpful because it enable them to take the treatment while lying down and stimulate the cardiovascular system, which effectively is passive exercise.

The August 7, 1981 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported what is common knowledge today:

Many people who run do so to place a demand on their cardiovascular system as well as to build muscle.

What isn't well known is that it also reported the "regular use of a sauna may impart a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories as regular exercise."

Due to the deep penetration of Far Infrared rays, there is a deep heating effect in the muscle tissue and internal organs. The body responds to this heat with a beneficial heart stress resulting in a cardiovascular training and conditioning effect.

Medical research confirms 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.

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Fatigue

The deeply warming effect of Far Infrared helps the blood vessels to expand (vasodilatation) and boosts circulation. As more blood flows throughout the body, more oxygen, and nutrients are flushed through the body system. This has a deeply relaxing and energising effect.

Fibromyalgia

Studies have stated that infrared heat therapy helps to alleviate the debilitating pain associated with fibromyalgia. The reason that fibromyalgia relief with infrared sauna is so helpful in getting rid of the pain is because it is a deep heat. Deep heat has been shown to be more effective than even the strongest medication. There aren't any negative side effects to deep heat treatment.

The infrared therapy helps the body get rid of the lactic acid in the muscles. The lactic acid increases muscle stiffness and soreness. When there is no lactic acid build-up the muscles feel looser and are more relaxed.

Fatigue and depression are other symptoms, but fibromyalgia sufferers are reporting that the infrared sauna heat rejuvenates the body. The deep heat that is provided can also be more effective than a nap. The rejuvenation also helps to sleep better and sleep deeper. Routine infrared sauna treatments may impact the intensity of fibromyalgia. The infrared waves help the body detoxify, getting rid of the toxins that actually aggravate fibromyalgia symptoms.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

The lining of our arteries can become damaged due to our lifestyle and poor diet. Cholesterol can form a plaque that lines the arteries causing hardening and narrowing of our arteries.

When your arteries become narrower due to the plaque that has formed inside of them, the more blood your heart pumps the higher your blood pressure will go.

Many factors may contribute to high blood pressure:

  • Lifestyle
  • Stress
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Poor Diet
  • Being overweight or obese – Puts stress on the heart
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Too much salt in the diet - Processed foods contribute up to 75% of our sodium intake.
  • Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
  • Older age
  • Kidney disease
  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders

In 1989, German medical researchers reported that Repeated Far Infrared (FIR) Thermal Therapy has been shown to significantly lower blood pressure due to improved blood vessel function. This improved blood vessel function may lead to expansion of the blood vessels (vasodilatation) thus lowering blood pressure.

Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease can result in the narrowing of the blood vessels and arteries. Resulting in a condition called atherosclerosis; this is when the arteries stiffen due to plaque build-up. This can lead to reduced blood flow to your extremities and can result in pain.

Not everyone can safely tolerate the intense heat of a traditional sauna —- heart patients, for example, particularly those with angina or arrhythmias. But many of even the most incapacitated heart patients can safely use an infrared sauna and improve their condition, according to Mayo clinic studies. Another study published in the Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society backs up that research, as the study found that infrared sauna treatment can help patients who have heart arrhythmias and suffer from chronic heart failure, improve scores on physical fitness tests and boost endothelial function in the hearts vessels.

Increase your body temperature - Low Temperature Syndrome

The metabolic processes of the body require your temperature to be in the normal range of 36.80C-37.00C. For many of us our temperature can be 1.0 -2.00C lower than the normal range. This can result in many of the body metabolic processes not occurring, just because your temperature is too low. This commonly occurs for those of you who suffer from an underactive Thyroid.

When lower body temperatures can lead to a number of health problems.

Symptoms of Low Temperature Syndrome can include:

  • Arthritis
  • Muscular/Joint Aches Cold hands and feet
  • Constipation/Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • High Cholesterol
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Poor Memory & Concentration Recurring Infections
  • Tinnitus (Ringing In The Ears)
  • Weight Gain
Far Infrared Thermal Therapy has been very useful for improving circulation and restoring the body’s temperature to the normal operating range of 36.80C-37.00C.

This allows the metabolism to function normally and can really help alleviate many of the symptoms listed above.

It is also desirable to achieve an increase our body temperature – a one degree Celsius rise in our body temperature can result in up to a 70% boost in immunity.

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Lowering Blood Sugar

The treatment has been shown to be of benefit by significantly lowering blood sugar, and helping to increase blood sugar absorption.

Menopausal Symptoms

Local Far Infrared Thermal Therapy results in a significant reduction of Menopausal Related Symptoms in postmenopausal women. These results suggest that local Far Infrared thermal therapy may be a potential alternative for the management of postmenopausal symptoms.

*J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Dec;17(12):1133-40. doi: 10.1089/acm.2010.0635. Epub 2011 Nov 21.Chien LW, Liu SJ, Chang Y, Liu CF.

Poor Liver Function

Many people suffer from poor circulation and the body’s response to this is to prioritise where the blood supply goes. The result is that blood supply to certain organs is reduced. One organ that can suffer from reduced blood supply is the liver. Ironically this is one of the major organs for detoxification. When most of us are suffering from toxic overload the liver often will not be working so well.

Poor Digestion / Leaky Gut

Another effect of poor circulation is poor digestion and something called leaky gut Syndrome. The Far Infrared helps to improve the blood supply to the gut and reduce the gut permeability.

Pain Relief

Much of the pain in the body can be due to muscles that are in spasm. One theory is that these spasms can result is reduced blood supply to the area of spasm, leading to a build up of toxins in the area of the muscle spasm. Metabolic wastes can accumulate in these muscles leading to even more inflammation and pain.

Warming the muscles with Far Infrared can stimulate an increased blood flow to the muscles, helping to eliminate accumulated metabolic wastes and leading to the alleviation of the spasm that can also cause much referred pain as well as local pain.

Reduction of Body Weight & Body Fat

Carrying around extra pounds also puts a burden on your body; if you are overweight, sitting or standing for hours may also lead to additional circulation problems.

‘’In obese patients, the body weight and body fat significantly decreased after 2 weeks of (far Infrared) sauna therapy’

** Biro S, Masuda A, Kihara T, Tei C. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2003 Nov;228(10):1245-9.

Sweating

Many people do not sweat because of poor circulation, would you believe. So to begin with commonly a large proportion of our clients simply do not sweat to begin with.

Why Should I Sweat?

It is no secret that toxins are all around us and the idea behind a detox is to rid the body and major organs and tissues of toxins that have accumulated over the years. The effects of detoxification range from weight loss, amplified energy, exuberant health and a reduction of persistent symptoms like constipation, headaches, skin problems and even depression. Undergoing a detox can also reduce ones dependency on sugar and stimulants.

Detoxifying is absolutely necessary for your health, balanced energy, glowing skin, healthy sex drive, good sleep and weight loss. What many people don’t realize is that sweating is healthy, a vitally important part of a properly functioning body.

Sweating has been the most effective form of detoxification since ancient times. The skin is the largest organ of elimination, removing 30 percent of waste products through perspiration. Sweating allows for detoxification through the open pores. The good news is that detoxifying every day is super easy and affordable! By implementing the use of an infrared sauna session into your weekly routine you can help your body rid itself of these devastating toxins.

The Effect of Infrared Sauna on Cancer Cells

For cancer specifically, infrared sauna treatments are exceptionally promising because of the selective toxicity they have on cells. In a nutshell, the hypothermic effects of infrared radiation are only harmful to malignant cells, as was explained to me by Dr. Irvin Sahni in a Truth about Cancer documentary-series interview. Dr. Sahni said that normal healthy cells are essentially immune to infrared radiation, while cancer cells are hyper-terminally challenged:

“...by exposing your body to that heat, you’re selectively killing or eradicating those less viable cells, those cancer cells, without hurting your normal cells. And so a far infrared sauna is useful because it can help you sweat, excrete toxins, and in theory eliminate cancer cells which can’t survive the heat as well as the normal cells."

Between this internal heating mechanism and the sweat it produces, infrared saunas offer a one-two punch for powerful detoxification and cellular maintenance and regeneration. As long as you’re continually replenishing your body with both clean hydration and electrolytes, the sky’s the limit: the more you heat your core and sweat, the better off you’ll be health-wise.

Other Health Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna Treatment

Anti-Ageing

Reducing Cell Damage - Antioxidant Effect * The more cell damage we experience the faster we age. Far Infrared (FIR) Thermal Therapy has an Anti-Oxidant Effect and has been shown to activate the body’s natural antioxidant pathways helping reduce cell damage.

* Journal of Public Health Frontier Jun. 2013 ISSN:2227-4561(Online) ISSN:2227-457X(Print) Author: Chun-Chih Lin1, Cheng-Lung Lee2, Chia-Chi Lung

* Lee JH, Roh MR, Lee KH. Yonsei Med J. 2006 Aug 31;47(4):485-90.

Relaxation

Quiet time, space, and privacy - this is a sauna benefit much needed in our hectic, busy and stressful society. The time you spend relaxing is a little-appreciated benefit to your level of health and wellness, and is more important than most people realise.

New studies into the effect of stress on the human body regularly highlight stress as a major contributor to many negative physiological effects on the body, including high blood pressure, weight gain, and a weak immune system.

In addition, a side benefit to relaxation is the reduction in the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is used by the body to raise blood pressure and heart rate in “fight or flight” scenarios. The FIR sauna will all act to reduce cortisol production in the body, thus increasing your wellness and reducing hormonal stress.

Did you know?

In an astounding finding, Megan Shields, MD, discovered that even after a sauna program is complete, your body will continue to rid itself of toxins at an accelerated rate for many months afterwards.
It seems that undergoing a sauna detoxification treatment, optimizes your handling of toxic residues in your body thereafter.

What to expect when you book a Fir Infrared Treatment

  • An infrared sauna treatment at Rejuvenate x360 is a 30 minute session where you lie in a sauna blanket (cocoon) and relax while you sweat away toxins, stress, and weight, as soon as your body comes in touch with the far infrared all the healing benefits start.
  • When you arrive you will be asked to sign a waiver.
  • Once you are checked in you will be escorted to the treatment room.
  • It is important to drink at least 250ml of water before your treatment commences.
  • Once your treatment begins you will notice that you will gradually start getting warmer and begin to sweat, this is your body warming up through the infrared heat. One of our therapists will check on you regularly to see that you are comfortable.
  • We provide 3 different treatments - You choose.
  • Stimulating blood circulation or pain relief & muscle relaxation.
  • Increased sweating to detoxify.
  • Metabolism speeding for weight loss.
  • At the end of your session you will hear a beeping noise to let you know your treatment is over. Once you feel ready to you can exit the blanket (cocoon).
  • You can dry off and get dressed.
  • We do have a shower should you need to shower, however it is recommended to wait an hour before showering to allow you to get the most of out of your treatment by allowing your pores to stay open and continue flushing toxins.
  • We recommend you drink another 500ml of water after your session. It is important to keep hydrated for the rest of the day to assist the lymphatic system in flushing toxins from the body.

Acknowledgement

Mark at Get Fitt as a reference and source.

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