YOGA AND INFRARED SAUNAS

While saunas may not be the perfect substitute for a yoga studio, you might be surprised at how much you can actually do – especially in a relatively spacious unit like our Clearlight Sanctuary model. Standing poses or moves that require vertical rather than horizontal movements are obviously easier to perform; but many supine poses may be achieved as well.

Since yoga yields many of the same positive outcomes as heat therapy, going through a short routine in your infrared sauna will accelerate the beneficial results. Depending on your fitness level, yoga program, and length of time spent in your Clearlight unit, these results may include:

  • Increased flexibility and loosening of stiff joints
  • Improved deep-breathing ability
  • Greater weight loss
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Stronger immune system
  • Reduction of stress and heightened capacity for relaxation/meditation

YouTube is a wonderful resource for finding individual hot yoga poses or even full workouts that can be done within the confines of an infrared sauna, so be sure to check out some videos if you want to give this a try at home.

More and more people are realizing that yoga and saunas go hand-in-hand in terms of the healthful, rejuvenating effects they have on the body. From now on, why not combine your workouts and heat therapy sessions into one activity and enjoy superior results.

TOP ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE THERAPIES

In the past several years, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, including Reiki, meditation, and infrared sauna sessions, have gained tremendous acceptance not only with patients but also with healthcare professionals in virtually all fields. This rising popularity can be attributed to factors such as affordability and safety when compared to traditional drugs and procedures, as well as overall effectiveness.

Although CAM therapies take a number of different forms, here is a brief list of some of the most common treatments used today:

  • Specialized diet: From weight loss to detoxification and disease management, larger numbers of patients are following specialized diets—Atkins, raw food, macrobiotic, gluten-free, vegan—to achieve their health goals.
  • Body manipulation: Based on the belief that mind and body should be in perfect harmony, body manipulation therapies like chiropractic, yoga, and tai chi bring spiritual tranquility in addition to physical relaxation.
  • Sauna: The health benefits of saunas have been thoroughly discussed here on our site. Pain relief, weight loss, detoxification, and stress reduction are just a few of the positive effects of heat therapy.
  • Herbal remedies: More and more people are turning away from prescription drugs in favor of natural herbs to treat their ailments. St. John’s wort, ginger, chamomile, caraway, ginseng, and Echinacea are all widely used.
  • Reiki: Performed by a trained Reiki master, this CAM therapy focuses on restoring energy balance throughout the body by means of light touch on or above specific areas in the head, neck, and elsewhere.

While complementary and alternative medicine therapies are not for everyone, their safety, affordability, and effectiveness make them worth looking into. If you’re currently experiencing health problems or would like to prevent them before they arise, getting an infrared sauna for your home, taking up yoga or tai chi, or changing your diet might be just what you need.

THE BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING

Your body’s largest organ, the skin, is responsible for about one fourth of the daily detoxification of your body. Dry brushing your skin is an ancient technique that can help to detoxify the body more effectively. It is also wonderful for rejuvenating your skin and keeping it looking young and healthy!

Not only does it improve the appearance of your skin by sloughing away dead cells, helping new skin to regenerate, but it also stimulates blood circulation, the lymphatic system, and greatly enhances toxin elimination.

Why is this important for great health? 

The Lymph System is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste. The lymphatic system absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system and delivers these nutrients to the cells of the body. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing and destroying waste, debris, pathogens, toxins, and cancer cells.

Dry brushing literally pumps the lymph system helping to move toxins that cannot be transported in any other way back into circulatory system for elimination. If these toxins stay in our systems outside the blood vessels, it attracts other fluid. The result is swollen joints, skin issues and cellulite, or worse: a weakened immune system that can contribute to many other illnesses. Since the body’s lymphatic system is stimulated through dry skin brushing, toxins are excreted more efficiently from the body through sweat, breath, urination and elimination. Since toxins are eliminated from the body quicker, dry brushing also strengthens the immune system. It may help keep you healthy through cold season and reduce the duration of an illness and accelerate healing by clearing toxins from the body.
How do you dry brush your skin?

 

Choose a brush with natural bristles—nylon and synthetic fiber brushes are too sharp and may damage skin. Yerba Prima makes one with a long detachable handle. This makes reaching your whole body much easier!

  • Dry brush your dry and naked body before you shower or bathe.
  • Start at your feet and sweep in an upward motion, always moving towards your heart. (See picture on the right.)
  • Sweep toward the inner thighs, where the lymph nodes are.
  • For arms, sweep toward the arm pits also where there is a cluster of lymph nodes.
  • Every morning is best, but do it any time before a bath or shower, at least a few times per week.

In addition, dry brushing your skin before getting into to an infrared sauna or warm bath will help your skin and your body to detoxify and stay younger and healthier over time. You can complete this simple and inexpensive home remedy with your favorite natural moisturizer. Coconut oil, almond oil or any other natural oil with a few drops of your favorite essential oils is also a great option.

THE BENEFITS OF INFRARED SAUNAS FOR OLYMPIC ATHLETES

One of the most interesting aspects of the Olympics, aside from the intense competition, is learning how some of the participating athletes reached world-class status. In the coming weeks, we’ll see countless athlete profiles and interviews describing punishing training regimens and practice schedules that would make mere mortals collapse. We might even hear about the role far infrared saunas have played in the athlete’s injury prevention and treatment program.

 

Sports medicine practitioners are well aware of the healing properties generated by a sauna equipped with infrared heaters, and many of them insist that athletes under their supervision sit through both pre- and post-workout sauna sessions to prevent injuries and speed recovery. By doing this, athletes can:

  • Loosen their muscles and joints before a workout to increase flexibility
  • Increase their tolerance for anaerobic activity
  • Eliminate harmful toxins that might hinder performance
  • Reduce lactic acid buildup in muscles, allowing them to loosen and relax
  • Boost their blood circulation to promote muscle repair
  • Ease muscle and joint pain stemming from overuse, strain, or repetitive motion
  • Feel refreshed and reinvigorated even after the toughest workouts
  • Burn extra calories and retain cardiovascular fitness while recovering from injuries that inhibit full workouts

Of course, you don’t have to be an elite Olympic athlete to enjoy the benefits listed here. A sauna with infrared heaters is also a wonderful workout supplement for weekend warriors in all sports, as well as dedicated runners, martial artists, yogis, and more.

To minimize time lost to sports injuries and accelerate recovery so you can get back to the action faster, check out our line of far infrared saunas today.