Far Infrared detox sauna

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I had been hearing a bit of talk about Infrared saunas and being interested in everything health and wellness I wanted to see what all the hype was about and try one out for myself.

How does an infrared sauna differ to a traditional sauna you ask?

Traditional saunas are heated to a higher temperature, between 80 – 100 degrees Celsius, and are what I would say much more of a harsh environment.   Because the temperatures in an infrared sauna are significantly lower (between 35 – 60 degrees Celsius) the environment within the sauna is much milder.  For those who want the benefits of heat therapy but do not like the "harsh" climate of a traditional sauna, an infrared sauna is the perfect alternative.

Infrared saunas are known for their ability to remove toxins from the body safely and quickly.  Far Infrared heat is not ultraviolet radiation but a narrow band of energy.   The energy travels to a depth of 1-2 inches into the body to increase circulation and nourish damaged tissue.  The infrared energy triggers the release of toxins stored within your cells and your skin excretes the toxins through sweat.

Studies indicate that benefits of far infrared sauna use include: muscle relaxation; stress, tension and headache relief; reduction and removal of body toxins; increased cardiovascular strength; increased blood circulation; strengthened immune system; improved lung function, and refreshed, moisturized skin.  The benefits do not stop there; far infrared rays improve blood circulation, lower lactic acid, kill certain bacteria and parasites, and stimulate endorphins and burn calories.

My infrared sauna experience was amazing; the hardest part was picking out what magazine to read. Yes I did break out into a sweat but it wasn’t the type of sweat you experience when doing a workout.  I didn’t sit there waiting for my sauna session to end and dash to the shower.  It was enjoyable, relaxing and the best part was knowing that my body was getting a gentle cleanse from the inside out.  I left the spa feeling lighter, clear headed, refreshed, I had a glow and felt fantastic.

An infrared sauna experience is something that I would recommend to everyone.  For those of you who play intense sport, have been indulging a little bit too much, if you have muscle or joint pain or just simply want to give your body some TLC.

Alkaline Spa is where I went for my sauna so for those of you living in the Sydney area this is where I recommend you go.  Alkaline is a beautiful holistic day spa with the most incredible list of treatments available.  I booked my self in for live blood screening and will be blogging about that in the next few weeks.

Julia x