It sounds cool, right? Basically, where a traditional sauna is filled with steam and uses heat to warm the air, which in turn warms your body, an infrared sauna heats your body directly without warming the air around you. It does this using infrared light – sometimes referred to as “far-infrared” light, which is the naturally-occurring beneficial light that comes from the sun.
An infrared sauna produces the same results you’d expect from any sauna in general, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate, however it produces these results at lower temperatures, which actually makes it more accessible to people who can’t tolerate the heat of the conventional kind.
But, you might be asking, why would you want to sit in a wooden box and sweat in the first place?
(Well… you can plug your iPod into ours and listen to some sweet tunes in there and no one can bother you – which, quite frankly, seems like enough of a reason to begin with.)
Alone time aside, the health benefits of an infrared sauna are numerous. It’s proven to be great for relaxation, because the heat helps relax muscles and relieve tension, and it helps to balance your body’s cortisol levels – the main stress hormone. In addition to that, it is excellent for all kinds of health concerns such as:
- pain relief (chronic or otherwise)
- healing injuries
- improving circulation and cell health
- lowering blood pressure
- skin purification and rejuvenation
- weight loss
- relieving symptoms of conditions such as asthma, psoriasis, and diabetes
- body detoxification (when compared to traditional steam saunas, infrared allows you to eliminate about seven times more toxins from your body.)
Our sauna is made by the Canadian SaunaRay company with non-allergenic Basswood from standing trees, EMF-safe heaters, and because they’re hand-constructed under strict environmentally controlled conditions in Collingwood, Ontario, they are guaranteed to be built toxin-free.
So if you have a specific health concern you’re hoping to improve, or you just want to relax, or even if you just want to give it a try – come see us at the studio and ask at the front desk. We provide towels and a shower, and all you need to do is sit there and let the infrared rays work their magic. Trust us, you’ll leave feeling fully refreshed!