You may be wondering - what the heck is an infrared sauna? - don’t worry, we get this question all the time! - An infrared sauna is your new best friend, and you’re going to be seeing lots of her in 2019. So, read on and get to know why...
You’ve likely been in a traditional sauna... for about 5 mins...right?! Because that’s about the length of time you could withstand the heat in the room, BUT, an infrared sauna is different and much easier to tolerate.
Instead of heating the room like a traditional sauna, an infrared sauna uses infrared rays (part of the light spectrum) to penetrate the skin and raise your core body temperature at a cellular level. So, it heats YOU and not the room, so you’ll be able to sauna longer - 30 - 45 min session is about average.
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Here’s the Science Bit
Three infrared wavelengths are emitted: near, mid and far. Why do I need all three? Good question! Well each one is good for something different.
Near infrared is good for healthy cell immunity, wound healing, skin purification and pain relief.
Near infrared wavelengths mostly penetrate the epidermis layer of the skin. This makes it a very safe choice for the improvement of cell health, the renewal of skin, tissue growth and wound healing. When you go to the skin care clinic and they use LED light therapy on your blemishes - that’s near infrared they are using.
Mid infrared is good for pain relief, improved circulation and weight loss.
Mid infrared wavelengths penetrate deeper into the body than near infrared and are therefore good for increasing circulation and blood flow. When used on a consistent basis, mid infrared sauna therapy has been shown to significantly increase blood flow and reduce muscle and joint pain. Healing can occur faster because mid infrared penetrates deeper into soft tissue where inflammation occurs, increasing the blood flow to that area.
Far infrared is good for weight loss, detoxification, better circulation, reduction in blood pressure and relaxation.
Far infrared is the longest wavelength which penetrates the fat cells causing vasodilation, where the fat cells vibrate to expel toxins, resulting in the greatest levels of detoxification which stimulates your metabolism to aid in weight-loss.
Because far infrared sauna therapy heats the body directly, rather than simply warming the air, it raises the core body temperature and produces a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, expelling those toxins from your body. Far infrared also aids in blood pressure reduction & weight loss, as you get a great passive aerobic exercise.
PASSIVE AEROBIC EXERCISE!!! Let those words sink in…
You may be thinking “But I need all three of those!?” RIGHT! So do we!! That’s why at Clear Mind Studio, our infrared saunas are FULL SPECTRUM saunas. A healthy mix of all three waves so you get all of the benefits mentioned above. Yay!
Sounds technical, right? But don’t worry it’s very safe and really good for you!
Do you want to experience far infrared heat right now? Take your hands and rub your palms together then move your hands a few cm apart. You will feel warmth emanating from your palms. This is far infrared heat and very similar to the infrared heat emitted from our saunas. Radiant far infrared is all around us and is essential for human life.
The sun is the primary source of radiant energy, but not all of this energy is beneficial. Although life needs energy from the sun, too much UV rays from sunlight damages the skin. Infrared heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the bad UV stuff. Just the good rays! Infrared heat is very safe and to dispel the myth it’s not at all like the heat produced by a microwave either, that’s on an entirely different end of the light spectrum.
For decades infrared has been used in therapeutic heating applications such as heat lamps, by NASA researchers, and in incubators for premature newborns.
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While we’re talking about safety - the brand of infrared sauna we have here at Clear Mind Studio - Jacuzzi from Clearlight Infrared Sauna - have a patented technology that cancels out EMF and ELF offering the lowest and safest levels of any infrared sauna on the market, bar-non. Contact us for more info.
Here at Clear Mind Studio we have two en-suite infrared sauna rooms. One room has a two-person infrared sauna, where you can choose to come solo, or for a minimal fee a friend can sauna with you.
Our second sauna room is larger and is suitable for four friends seated (think sauna party!) OR we can remove the seats allowing you to roll out your yoga mat and relax on the floor, do some yoga or gentle stretching while you detox.
Our sauna room bookings are exclusive, meaning that when you book the room YOU will be the only person using the sauna at that time (plus your friends if you choose to bring them along). We provide towels, robes, water, cold face cloths and both our sauna rooms are en-suite, so you don’t have to leave the room to shower after. You can simply lock the door, relax and enjoy your infrared experience.
An infrared sauna is also a great way to unwind before or after your floatation session or yoga class, resulting in a deeper healing experience as your body and mind relax.
Afterward you can relax and reflect in our cosy Zen Den with a cup of herbal tea. Take some time to journal, read or just sit and enjoy your newly glowing skin!
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