My wife’s health was greatly compromised recently by fibromyalgia and, after following traditional medical routes to no avail, she found a surprising solution to her physical challenge: the use of a far infrared sauna. Because of her twice daily use of this sauna, her symptoms abated, her energy returned and her overall state of well-being is as it had been ten years ago.
Far infrared radiant (FIR) heat is an energy that directly transmits and deeply penetrates into the body because of its specific wavelength. Basically, it replicates the rays of the sun’s spectrum that are responsible for photosynthesis. Native Americans first used this healing approach in sweat lodges. NASA studies show that infrared stimulation improves cardiovascular function/conditioning and blood circulation in those who cannot exercise in a regular manner. As a measure of its safety, it is the same heat used in hospital incubators for premature babies.
Far infrared should not be confused with the ultraviolet rays that cause sunburn and skin damage. “Far’ means that the waves measure in the far range of the light spectrum, spanning from 1000 to 4 microns, and so have no visible light. Zirconium ceramic heat emitters in true far infrared saunas simulate the conversion of the energy of the sun into deep warmth that naturally penetrates up to two inches through the skin to easily reach muscles and joint tissues.
The array of health benefits derived from far infrared saunas are due to the type of heaters in the unit. There is a significant difference between pure zirconium ceramic emitters and commonplace carbon heaters. Ceramic infrared heaters were developed in 1965 by Dr. Tadashi Ishakawa in Japan and tested for 14 years before being patented and used in the first healing infrared thermal systems.
Zirconium ceramic cylinder tube heaters emit infrared rays nearly 180 degrees away from the tube, scattering the light energy at every angle because of the circular or cylinder shape. Their stainless steel polished reflectors also radiate out the energy of the heaters into the sauna, further enhancing the already dispersed infrared rays. Such infrared heat is absorbed by the body while the walls of the sauna remain cool.
Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas
- Muscle and Joint Tissue Pliancy/Flexibility
More and more chiropractors recommend that patients sit in a sauna for 30 minutes prior to an adjustment as a way to relax their muscles and tissues so that the ensuing treatment is more effective. A true infrared sauna offers patients a low heat comfort level of 110-140 degrees and the added benefit of burning 500-800 calories per 30-minute session. Because this type of sauna heats the body and not the air, (you can sip a glass of ice water and still have ice after a half hour session), the heat is not harsh to lungs or skin like traditional steam and rock saunas can be.
Circulation is improved, nerves are calmed and pain/aching joints assuaged. For intractable muscle/joint pain common among those with fibromyalgia and arthritis, and for those that can’t tolerate deep muscle massage, FIR saunas provide a welcome measure of relaxation.
- Pain Relief
Countless testimonials have shown that far infrared saunas relieve the pain of ailments such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, migraines, bursitis, backaches, pulled muscles and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This type of heat also helps with light deprivation in the winter. Across the board health benefits include increased circulation, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, enhanced skin tone, blood pressure balancing and purging of toxins and heavy metals. The deep warming of the blood vessels dilates them, increasing oxygen and circulation to the entire body.
- Detoxification/Lowered Stress
Far infrared saunas are able to induce the sweating out of toxins and heavy metals, not just water. Sitting in a far infrared sauna also melts away tension. You will feel your muscles relax soon after entering the unit.
Mayo Clinic studies show that FIR is the safest way to induce healing sweat, even in heat-sensitive cardiac patients. In her book ‘Detoxify or Die’, Sherry Rogers, MD, confirms that FIR saunas allow a tolerable temperature for purifying the body because it uses a heat energy that penetrates tissues, triggering the mobilization of chemicals from subcutaneous fat storage. One of many additional benefits is the lowering of lactic acid levels, especially of value if you are involved in sports.
In a conventional sauna, anywhere from 3-5% of the sweat is non-water components or toxins. In a far infrared sauna, anywhere from 15-20% of the sweat is non-water components or toxins. Far infrared saunas are the best way to detoxify heavy metals such as lead, aluminum and mercury as well as fat-soluble toxins.
- Ease of Use
Set up is simple: eight Canadian cedar pieces buckle together in 30 minutes and can be easily moved. The sauna uses a standard 110-volt household power outlet, requires no plumbing, and are economical to use with a low energy cost of just a few dollars per month. The built-in stereo speakers can be used for relaxing music. Far Infrared Health Cabin Saunas are unique in offering a full lifetime warranty.
Don Tralmer is Owner of Tralmer Enterprises and has been marketing infrared saunas in the Upper
Midwest for over 12 years. His wife attributes her recovery from fibromyalgia to her use of a far
infrared sauna. Contact Don for medical/therapeutic data and studies on the myriad health benefits
of zirconium ceramic vs carbon far infrared saunas: www.healthcabinsauna.com or