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Health Benefits of Ice Baths

Benefits

Inflammation Help

People with inflammation-related ailments can experience joint relief with the plunge technique.

Improved Blood Flow

For some, the cold immersion after a hot sauna can improve blood flow. Indeed, cold shower enthusiasts maintain that a cold shower is rejuvenating, simply because of increased blood flow.

Enhancing Pleasure

The hot/cold experience elevates heart rate, adrenaline, and the release of endorphins. This has proven to actually ease pain and lighten mood.

Detoxifying Power

The hot and cold plunging technique has a way of triggering lymphatic circulation. This allows for body waste to be eliminated and for a “flushing” process to have a detoxifying effect on the body.

Soreness Recovery

Sauna heat is noted to decrease muscle aches and soreness. Cold can also help joint ailments.

Rejuvenates Skin

The hot sauna/cold plunge stimulates blood flow, and therefore influences skin health.
It’s always important to be cautious with the hot sauna cold plunge
Needless to say, the hot/cold experience is not for everyone. For example, it’s not recommended for those who are prone to high blood pressure. In these situations, the extreme temperature change may even be shocking to the system. Additionally, pregnant women should be cautious. When it comes to the cold plunge, experts recommend a momentary plunge.   Like anything health related, the hot and cold technique should be discussed with a doctor, particularly if there are outstanding health issues.
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Benefits of Infrared Saunas

The health benefits of infrared sauna range from detoxification and weight loss to reduced stress and lowering blood pressure. So let’s dive into what an infrared sauna is, why they’re good for us and best practice tips.

What is an infrared sauna?

An infrared sauna uses light to create heat, unlike a traditional sauna that uses steam or heated rocks to heat the air around you.  The infrared light gives off what’s known as ‘infrared radiant heat’ which penetrates into your skin, tissues, muscles and cells and increases your core temperature. This increasing oxygen flow and circulation, produces a detoxifying sweat and dissolves harmful substances accumulated in your body.

How does infrared sauna benefit me?

The infrared sauna will penetrate deep into the cellular level where most toxins reside and produce a deep, detoxifying sweat. The many benefits include: increased endorphin levels; beneficial for muscle fatigue and recovery; detoxification; supports weight loss & increases metabolism; reduces cellulite; increases blood flow; and boosts immunity. The relaxation and stress reduction from saunas benefit both mental and physical health, positively impacting every part of your life.

How hot does it get in the sauna?

The temperature within the infrared sauna sits between 40-65 degrees, this is the optimum temperature to receive full benefits of the sauna.  Infrared therapy is a wellness experience where the results are progressive. This means the more you come in, the better you will feel. Just like working out or dieting, it will take a few sessions before benefits begin to manifest.  You may notice that in your first few sessions it takes around 10-20 minutes to break a sweat. This is because our saunas are heating your body directly and raising your core temperature, rather than simply heating your skin with hot air. This is a defining difference from a traditional or community sauna you might have used before. As your body becomes more accustomed to raising your core temperature on a regular basis, your sweat will become more excessive and start sooner into your session.

How much will I sweat?

This depends on your hydration levels, body type, temperature of sauna and frequency of use. Sweating less can be an indication dehydration, hence we recommend drinking at least 500ml of water before and after your session if not more. You may notice that in your first few sessions it takes around 10-20 minutes to break a sweat. This is because our saunas are heating your body directly and raising your core temperature, rather than simply heating your skin with hot air. This is a defining difference from a traditional or community sauna you might have used before. As your body becomes more accustomed to raising your core temperature on a regular basis, your sweat will become more excessive and start sooner into your session.

Who should be careful with saunas or seek medical advice?

 
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should avoid using the infrared sauna
  • Anyone under the age of 18
  • Anyone over the age of 55
  • Anyone with cardiovascular conditions
  • Individuals prone to bleeding
  • If you suffer from chronic health conditions, it is always best to consult with your physician prior to use
  • If you have any concerns or are unsure about using an infrared sauna, it is best to consult your GP or physician prior to use