Oh, how I miss the Far Infrared Sauna! (Especially on colder days... and I say "colder" as a Floridian living in Georgia where we get "flurries" and I freeze.) A few years back when I was still living in sunny Florida, my friend had one of these babies in her spare bedroom and I was lucky enough to use it frequently. Let me tell you, it was well worth a weekly visit to have an "appointment" with myself to relax, detox and sweat it out. I'm now on a quest to find one in Atlanta, and a few options look promising so far.

{ my old sweat box }
My routine while the sauna was heating up was to "warm up" with T-Tapp's Primary Back Stretch exercise and body brushing sequence to get my lymphatic system going. I sat in the sauna for about 15 minutes, somewhere between 110-120 degrees. The trick is to work up to higher temperatures gradually. Holy hotness!!! I would drip in sweat, literally, but I can't tell you how refreshed I felt afterward. It really helped with my back and neck issues as well. You MUST drink a ton of water during and after to stay hydrated and assist in the detox. The FIR sauna was easily an addicting healthy habit for me.

Benefits of Far Infrared Therapy:
  1. Decreases joint stiffness.
  2. Relieves muscle spasms.
  3. Increases blood flow.
  4. Leads to pain relief.
  5. Affects soft tissue injury.
  6. Increases the extensibility of collagen tissue.
  7. Assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrated, edema and exudes.
  8. Improves micro circulation by exerting strong rotational and vibrational effects at molecular level.
  9. Enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients in the blood cell to the body's soft tissue areas.
  10. Promotes regeneration and fast healing.
  11. Increases metabolism between blood and tissue.
  12. Enhances white blood cell function, thereby increasing immune response and the elimination of foreign pathogens and cellular waste products.
  13. Removes accumulated toxins by improving lymph circulation which are often at the core of many health problems.
  14. Stimulate the hypothalamus, which controls the production of neurochemicals involved in such biological processes as sleep, mood, pain sensations and blood pressure.
  15. Antidotes the negative effects of toxic electromagnetic sources.
  16. Also assists in energy expenditure (aka burns calories!) just by being in the sauna. Here's a quote from the Journal of the American Medical Association:
A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 kcal, which is equivalent to running 2–3 miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600–800 kcal with no adverse effects. While the weight of the water loss can be regained by drinking water, the calories consumed will not be.

The list goes on and on...

What an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G invention!!!


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