IR technology delivers the health benefits of being in the sun–without UV radiation. But not all IR tech is the same!
When people think of infrared light therapy, most think immediately of pain relief, detox and burning calories. Infrared light therapy (also known as photobiomodulation) actually has a numerous health benefits that most people have never heard of.
What is Infrared Light Therapy?
Infrared light is the invisible part of the sun’s light spectrum, and is experienced by us as heat – when we’re out in the sun, when we put our toes in the sand, or get into a car that’s been parked outside on a hot day. In the last few decades, research has proven that this particular frequency of light offers a powerful healing boost to your body on a cellular level.
Infrared technology allows us to enjoy the amazing health benefits of being in the sun, without the skin-damaging UV radiation. The technology – also known as Low-Level Laser (LLLT), is natural, non-invasive, painless and so safe it is even used to warm babies in the NICU.
Infrared light penetrates deep into your body (2-7 cm) all the way to the inner layers of your skin, to your muscles, nerves, and bones, and works to boost local blood circulation, relieve muscle pain, and promote a detoxifying sweat.
What are the benefits?
ELPS ELIMINATE METABOLIC WASTE
Our cells hold onto heavy metals and environmental toxins, which we release through sweat. Infrared therapy, especially when sitting in a steam or sauna, raises our core temperature and gets us sweating, helping the body to remove these harmful substances at a cellular level – while also increasing blood circulation, oxygenating tissue and boosting metabolism.
Where can I get Infrared Light Therapy?
Infrared light therapy is widely available at spas featuring infrared saunas, med-spas offering infrared treatments, and even at home with products designed for personal use. At Foggiare Wellness Center, infrared is an integral component in our whole-body beauty and wellness programs.
ENCOURAGES WEIGHT LOSS
When you relax in an infrared steam or sauna (or other infrared treatment) – your body is working hard, producing sweat and burning calories. According to a Journal of the American Medical Association report, you can burn as many calories as you would by jogging or rowing (200 – 600 calories) – in a single far-infrared sauna session.
RELIEVES PAIN &
HELPS SPEED RECOVERY FROM INJURIES
Infrared light therapy is a proven, safe and effective method for long-lasting pain relief and injury-healing – anywhere in your body. Countless people turn to infrared therapy to find relief from muscle pain, joint inflammation and pain, spine injuries (bulging/herniated discs), sports injuries, and nerve pain.
Raising your core body temperature boosts your immunity. Just as with a fever, your body is creating more white blood cells and bacteria cannot survive in the heat. Heating the body also causes your blood vessels to dilate, enhancing circulation and oxygen delivery throughout your body. Next time you’re coming down with a cold or flu – consider infrared light therapy (but not if you already have a fever).
HELPS HEAL CHRONIC WOUNDS
According to many studies, cells exposed to near-infrared light (energy just outside the visible range) from LEDs – grow 150% to 200% faster than cells not stimulated by this light. Near-infrared wavelength increases microcirculation and formation of new capillaries, while the wound area receives more oxygen and nutrients to help with the natural wound healing process.
CAN LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
According to the journal of the American Medical Association, infrared heat therapy lowers blood pressure by promoting the same physiological process that happens when you do aerobic exercise. Your core body temperature slowly rises and stimulates blood vessel dilation. This results in increased blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased heart rate – without you moving a muscle.
HELPS RELIEVES STRESS AND
A full body infrared therapy treatment relaxes the whole body and is proven to balance your cortisol (stress hormone) levels. Infrared rays penetrate your body and promote muscle relaxation and endorphin (feel-good hormones) release. Repeated infrared sauna or steam sessions over several weeks can reduce stress levels long after you’ve finished treatment. Many people report an overall feeling of well being, improved sleep and greater peace of mind.