It has been well documented by the scientific community that free-radicals and inflammation are present in diseases of aging (www.pubmed.com), and that reducing inflammation as a result of decreasing the presence of free-radicals has a positive effect on diseases of aging. Free-radicals occur as a result of our cells burning fuel but also due to toxins we consume, put on our skin, or breathe in the air. The quest for detoxification is an ongoing process that can not only improve our immediate health circumstance but also contribute to our projected longevity and whether we make it to The Finish Line of Life at a full speed run or using a walker.
One of the easiest ways to detoxify is through sweating, but not all sweat is created equal. While the infrared sauna causes you to sweat, the composition of chemicals found in sweat from this mechanism is quite different from that produced by a steam bath, traditional sauna, or exercise. The sweat of people using a far infrared sauna will not only contain water, but will also contain cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals (such as mercury, aluminum, and arsenic), nicotine, sulfuric acid, ammonia, and other dangerous environmental poisons (approximately 85% water and 15% toxins). Normal sweat produced by other methods, including exercise, is mostly water and sodium chloride (approximately 97% water and 3% toxins). Most of us don’t spend enough time outdoors so we don’t get enough infrared in our bodies and we don’t work hard enough to sweat, therefore an infrared sauna offers us the opportunity to do both while relaxing in the sauna. A 30 minute sauna produces as much sweat as a 6 mile run.
FAR INFRARED ENERGY
All life requires far infrared energy from the sun. Far infrared energy is not ultraviolet radiation but a narrow band of energy within the 5 to 15 micron level (humans thrive optimally at 9.4 microns). This type of energy travels 2-3″ deep into the body to increase circulation and nourish damaged tissue. The sun is the primary source of radiant energy, but not all of this energy is beneficial as it also contains harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays which are not present in the infrared sauna. Although all life needs energy from the sun, too much sunlight damages the skin because of the UV rays. Far infrared heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of ultraviolet rays.
For years, the healthcare industry has recommended infrared heat lamps as a source of far infrared heat but the lamps were cumbersome, extremely hot and difficult to maintain at a constant temperature. The recent development of ceramic infrared heaters created a new and convenient source of far infrared heat therapy.
FAR INFRARED SAUNA
Traditional saunas raise the temperature of the air in order to warm the body, often making it difficult to breathe. Infrared saunas work differently as they produce the same infrared energy we get from the sun. Instead of just heating the air within the enclosure, far-infrared saunas emit an infrared wavelength that heats the body just like when we lay in the sun. Because the rays are absorbed directly into the body, one can work up a sweat at less intense ambient temperatures than a traditional sauna (100 – 135° F. versus 185-215° F.) In an infrared sauna, heat is just a by product, as it’s the infrared rays that are the most beneficial for the body — it is even beneficial to sit in the presence of far infrared energy at temperatures too low to generate a sweat.
THE BODY KNEADS FAR INFRARED SAUNA
Far Infrared Saunas typically produce infrared rays between 5 and 15 microns which are the most beneficial for the human body. Toxin release is optimal around the 9.4 micron range. The Body Kneads sauna uses the Ultra Wave 9.4 Heaters which produces the best quality infrared available which is the most effective for serious health issues.
The angled front walls project more infrared toward the centre of the sauna. This sauna has a movable heater which can be placed anywhere inside the sauna, or directed at an injured body part. It has an ergonomically designed backrest with wide openings at the heaters to allow more infrared to reach your body. There is ample leg room due to the open space under the bench and the angled walls. The bench is long enough to stretch out and recline (as if on a lounger at the beach). It is also noteworthy that our sauna is made of Canadian Hemlock wood as it has been shown to be the least antagonistic for people with allergies due to its lack of odour and irritants (Cedar wood tends to aggravate).
As preparation for your time in the Body Kneads far infrared sauna you should ensure you are well hydrated the day before and the day of your session. We provide towels and spring water to drink. Some patients take the time to read or meditate to music in the CD player or by hooking up their own MP3 players. Others prefer relax channel surfing on the flat screen cable TV or watching a DVD. The space inside the sauna is also large enough to accommodate a variety of stretches should you wish to get a jump on your homework!
INDICATIONS FOR USE
Musculoskeletal Issues; Fractures; Wounds; Scars; General Detoxification; Auto-immune Diseases; Neurological Disorders; Respiratory Conditions; Cardiovascular Diseases; Digestive Concerns; Heavy Metal Detoxification; Substance Abuse Detoxification & Recovery
Infrared energy is extremely safe, often used in hospitals to warm premature babies and is in athletic training facilities to speed recovery, substance abuse rehabilitation facilities, and in cancer therapy clinics. The far infrared sauna is not recommended for pregnant women or people who cannot regulate their internal temperature. If you have concerns about a medical condition that affects you, please contact your medical doctor.
ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH
- Stimulates the production of cell tissue and rapidly promotes the regeneration of skin and blood tissue ~ ‘Reversing The Aging Process – an Enlightened Doctor’s Discovery’. ©1999 by Dr. Fouad I. Ghaly, M.D.
- Wound healing is improved significantly ~ Hideyoshi Toyokawa et al, “Promotive Effects of Far-Infrared Ray on Full-Thickness Skin Wound Healing in Rats”, Experimental Biology & Medicine, June 2003; 228: 724 – 729.
- Significant improvement in pain & discomfort associated with Raynaud’s Syndrome ~ Dr. Gordon Ko & Dr. David Berbrayer, Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Science Centers, University of Toronto, as published in the Alternative Medicine Review “Journal of Clinical Therapeutics”, August 2002.
- Decreases joint stiffness; Relieves muscle spasms; Increases blood flow; Pain relief; Affects soft tissue injury; Increases the extensibility of collagen tissue; Assists in resolution of inflammation & edema. ~ “Chapter 9: Therapeutic Effects of Far Infrared Heat” Therapeutic Heat and Cold, Fourth Edition, Editors Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin
- Far Infrared Radiation is the only antidote for excessive Ultraviolet Radiation (aka Sunburn) ~ Clayton’s Electrotherapy, 9th Edition
- Dr. Sasaki Kyuo, M.D. “The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of Far Infrared Ray Therapy’ – presents the clinical effects of far infrared therapy. The list of conditions and diseases – as documented in her book – includes asthma, bronchitis, colds, flu, sinusitis, respiratory congestion, stress induced chronic diarrhea, abdominal distention, ulcerated large intestines, gastritis, facial numbness, hemorrhoids, shoulder, back, and knee pain, rheumatism, hypertension, diabetes, weight loss, breast and abdominal tumors, low blood pressure, asthma, anemia, burns and scalds, body odor, early onset of baldness, fracture of cervical vertebra, radiation exposure and related diseases.