Traditional steam saunas have been around for centuries as a way to relax from the rigors of everyday work and relieve achy joints and muscles. Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, we can enjoy the same benefits of a sauna at a more efficient rate with the help of an infrared sauna in Melbourne, FL. This is one of the many holistic healing techniques we employ at Better Health Wellness Center to help you become the best version of yourself. If you’re new to the world of infrared saunas, we have a quick guide for beginners.
What is an infrared sauna?
An infrared sauna uses the same principles of heat to encourage the natural healing processes in your body. However, in contrast to the use of steam, an infrared sauna uses infrared heaters to heat the room. As heat radiates from the heaters, your body temperature will increase and help to improve muscle relaxation, relieve joint pain, and detox your body through sweating.
At what temperature does an infrared sauna function?
Compared to a traditional sauna, infrared saunas do not get quite as hot. If you’re familiar with saunas then you’re used to sitting in temperatures around 150 to 195 degrees Fahrenheit. Steam saunas often run about 110 degrees Fahrenheit, but with humidity typically around 100% they can feel even hotter. An infrared sauna is dry and sits between 110 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they run more efficiently than traditional saunas because the infrared heat penetrates your skin and creates a sense of higher temperatures.
What’s the recommended amount of time to spend in an infrared sauna?
The recommended amount of time to spend in an infrared sauna depends on how well you can acclimate to the heat. It’s suggested that beginners not spend more than 20 minutes or so in the sauna as it can initially be difficult to breathe and your body isn’t used to the extreme heat yet. As your body learns how to adjust you can spend more time. Keep in mind that if you do feel any level of discomfort in the sauna to leave immediately as low blood pressure and fainting are possible effects of the heat.
Can I bring my water bottle into the sauna?
It’s a great idea to bring a water bottle into the infrared sauna with you so you stay hydrated. In such high heat, you’re going to sweat a whole lot. It’s better to replenish fluids as you lose them so you’re not trying to catch up later in the day. Additionally, the more fluid your body has available to sweat out the more toxins it can flush out. The more water that you drink during your sauna session the better you’ll feel afterward.
What should I do after to maximize the benefits of the infrared sauna?
A shower is a great idea after your sauna session. Not only do you want to wash the sweat from your body so you don’t smell bad the rest of the day, but you’ll be washing toxins off your skin. What’s more, you can enjoy the benefits of exposing your body to a sudden change in temperature with cool water, which will provide anti-inflammatory action in your body, improve circulation, and boost immunity.
Contact us to learn more
If you’d like to learn more about our infrared sauna in Melbourne, FL, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. Our experts at Better Health Wellness Center want to do everything we can to promote healthy living in our neighbors so feel free to get in touch to schedule your appointment today. Give us a call at 321-259-8285 or send a message via our contact form.