Infrared Sauna Therapy in Washington DC
Infrared Sauna for Natural Healing and Prevention
There is nothing better than getting into a sauna and feeling the room’s warmth fill your body. Not only do you feel relaxed almost instantly, but many people quickly see and feel the amazing benefits these sauna sessions have on the rest of their bodies. Their clothes begin to feel looser, their body becomes more limber, and all their aches and pains seem to melt away in the heat.
Sauna therapy is a powerful tool to help facilitate great health. But what happens if you are someone that would love to feel the health benefits a sauna can provide but cannot stand the extreme heat? Well, the answer is simple: Far-Infrared Sauna Therapy.
What is Far-Infrared Sauna Therapy?
Many people often use saunas for their fantastic health benefits, benefits that are similar to those that are elicited by moderate exercise. Not only does it help your body feel relaxed and rested, but you have also increased your heart rate, experienced vigorous sweating, and improved overall health and well-being in as little as 20 minutes. Yes, saunas are a vital health tool; however, what makes far-infrared saunas that much better is that you get to experience these essential sauna health benefits but at lower temperatures, which makes it the ideal opportunity for everyone.
Unlike traditional saunas, an infrared sauna does not heat the surrounding air around you. Instead, it uses infrared lamps to create the heat and warm your body directly. These sauna rooms are often described as infrared sauna therapy rooms because the heating elements reflect heat in the form of light directly on the user’s body.
Far-infrared is the most common type of infrared sauna therapy, with the term “far” describing where the infrared waves fall on a light spectrum representing the different sizes in the infrared wavelengths and the intensity of the treatment.
The Benefits of Using Far-Infrared Sauna Therapy
The benefits of using far-infrared sauna therapy are similar to those of a traditional sauna, with the added bonus that the environment is more tolerable. You can experience a more intense sweat at lower temperatures, stay in the sauna longer, and increase your core body temperature by two to three degrees.
In addition, you can begin experiencing the following health benefits:
The Science Behind the Benefits
Detoxification and Purification
This type of therapy is ideal for getting that core temperature burning, and that sweat pouring up to seven times more than traditional saunas. This therapy will help with the detoxification process while making your skin look amazing by cleansing your pores and ridding it of dirt, dead skin, cosmetics, and blackheads. Which, in turn, will improve your overall skin tone, texture, and complexion.
Helping with Various Health Conditions
Saunas have been used for centuries all across the world, aiding individuals with many health conditions. While the use of this type of sauna therapy is relatively recent in comparison, emerging studies are continually showing how beneficial far-infrared therapy is for individuals with certain health conditions.
A small study published by the National Library of Medicine has found that individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome have benefited from using an infrared sauna as part of their treatment program by alleviating symptoms associated with chronic fatigue.
Blood Pressure and Breathing Problems
Some studies have found that far-infrared sauna therapy has had incredible benefits on the cardiovascular system and the respiratory system. Helping individuals not only to reduce their blood pressure and alleviate symptoms of asthma and bronchitis but to also improve the body’s blood flow and circulation.
Muscle, Joint, and Tendon Pain
Muscle relaxation is often one of the most cited benefits of using far-infrared sauna therapy. Not only does it improve muscle recovery, but it also helps decrease inflammation and pain, especially for those experiencing pain from arthritis or other joint issues.
emotional health and mood
Sauna use is a great way to get away and release any built-up tension and stress, and have been shown to affect the autonomic nervous system putting you in the parasympathetic state allowing your body to heal. When your body and brain are healthy, detoxified, and distressed, and you’ve boosted endorphins, your overall mood and emotional health improves.
How to Use a Far-Infrared Sauna?
As you can see, far-infrared saunas are very similar to a traditional sauna. However, even if you have some experience with saunas, it is still important to remember that even though the temperature may be slightly lower, those that have not used far-infrared saunas before need to start slow. It is best, to begin with, shorter sessions (15 minutes) in order to get comfortable with this type of therapy before you start working your way up in the amount of time you spend in the sauna and the frequency you go.
Far-infrared sauna therapy is a powerful tool that can help individuals experience the healing, restoration, and peace that they always wanted for their bodies. In truth, many people begin to see numerous health benefits from this therapy in as little as 15 to 30 minutes, three to five times a week. It is an ideal practice that people can incorporate into their daily regimen to promote their overall health.
What should I expect during my first far infrared sauna visit?
When you visit our Washington DC location, expect a relaxing, pleasurable experience, with gentle heat deeply warming your body. You may or may not sweat during your first session, but either way, the penetrating heat will provide healthy benefits. Bring a book or magazine to read, or just close your eyes and enjoy the quietude. Dr. Threlkel will provide towels and fresh water, and monitor your blood pressure and temperature — you may be surprised by improvements post-sauna! If possible, plan relaxing activities afterwards for an extended experience of self-care.
To learn more about Infrared Sauna Therapy, read Dr. Threlkel’s blog post, Self-Care Sublime: Far Infrared Sauna
Doctor Karen R. Threlkel- Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Karen Threlkel, a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, provides her patients with a full range of naturopathic medical services. As a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and a past president and current member of the Washington DC Association of Naturopathic Physicians, she has a strong passion and love for her holistic, functional, natural, and integrative medicine treatments.
Far-infrared sauna therapy has become increasingly popular at gyms and spas because of the many benefits it can provide its users. That being said, working with someone who has experience with these types of treatments can mean a world of difference in the service that you receive and the benefits that you experience. When it comes to your health, don’t just let anyone take control. Rather, leave it to someone with the training, background, and knowledge that can help you reach the pinnacle of overall health.
If you are getting serious about your well-being and want to take the next steps, and want to learn more about far-infrared sauna therapy in the DC area, contact Dr. Karen R. Threlkel today to see how it can help you.