Scientific advances in technology, agriculture, and industry have made civilization safer and more comfortable compared to previous eras, but progress isn’t without consequence. Our bodies are vulnerable to a variety of toxins—some known, some not—that affect everything from our energy levels to our capacity for concentration and to our overall health.
Sweating is a critical detox function of the human body, but many of us don’t sweat regularly enough to flush all those toxins out on our own. That’s why sauna therapy is so popular. The feeling of refreshment and inner cleanliness afterward can’t be beat. And in an ironic twist, those same scientific advancements that produce and spread toxins have vastly improved sauna technology for more effective detoxification.
Infrared sauna vs. traditional sauna
Traditional hot rock and steam saunas have been around for centuries, but many people find the high temperatures (often in excess of 200 degrees Fahrenheit) to be extremely uncomfortable. Infrared saunas, on the other hand, use infrared light—the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum—which is experienced as heat ranging from 100 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
Detox benefits of infrared saunas
Infrared light has the ability to penetrate tissue down to the cellular level where most toxins are stored, which stimulates metabolic activity and triggers the release of stored toxins through sweat, as well as through the liver and kidneys. In fact, this is why you get fevers when you’re sick. Increased body temperatures kill viruses, bacteria, and other unwanted intruders and stimulate the release of toxins. Infrared saunas recreate the fever response, but without raising your core body temperature so you feel great inside and out.
Other benefits of infrared saunas
Effective detoxification is only one of the many health benefits of using infrared saunas. Other benefits include relaxation, lowered blood pressure, improved circulation, weight loss, pain relief, oxygenation of tissues, and even anti-aging effects.
Exercises boosts sauna benefits
Infrared saunas are great on their own, but they can be even more beneficial when paired with exercise. Studies show that when you combine physical activity with demanding conditions like high temperatures, you burn more calories than with exercise alone—one reason why hot yoga is so popular. High heat leads to rapid cardiovascular conditioning, which gives your metabolism a strong boost.
Rebounding and infrared saunas
Because of space constraints within the sauna, one of the most effective exercises to employ inside a sauna is rebounding, another word for jumping up and down on a mini trampoline. On its own, rebounding burns massive amounts of calories, tightens and tones muscles, increases circulation, increases bone density, cleanses the lymphatic system, improves cardiovascular function, increases endorphins, and more. Add the two elements together, and you can detox your body while burning up to 600 calories per session, the equivalent of a 2-3 mile run.
Ready to try a rebound sauna?
At Suddenly Slimmer in San Diego, we offer comprehensive treatments to rid your body of the unhealthy toxins that build up in everyday modern life. In addition to sessions in a rebound sauna, we also offer Mineral Body Wraps, Thermaslim, Endermatherapy Cellulite Treatment, and other services that will help you look and feel great. So stop in today and flush those toxins out!