Halotherapy & Infrared Sauna for Athletes
Halotherapy has the potential to increase athletic performance. How? Research suggests 1 in 3 athletes experience EIB (exercise-induced bronchoconstriction)/ EIA (exercise-induced asthma). Halotherapy helps expand the airways for increased lung function, increases oxygen saturation which fuels muscles in turn increasing muscle endurance and recovery. Halotherapy can help strengthen abdominal wall muscles for increased lung capacity and oxygenation. The Infrared sauna helps with muscle pain, ease joint pain and stiffness. During exercise, your muscles are worked harder than they are accustomed to, which causes them to form microscopic tears. These tears cause inflammation and can result in muscle soreness, tightness, cramps, and sensitivity. Your body then heals these tears to make your muscles stronger. Using a sauna enhances the muscle recovery process by increasing blood circulation and carrying oxygen-rich blood to the oxygen-depleted muscle. Heat also allows muscles to relax better, thus relieving muscle tension. In short, sitting for 20 minutes 2-3 times a week will help you perform better and help your muscles recover faster. After working out, you’re sure to feel sore in the muscles you’ve worked.
WHAT IS AN INFRARED SAUNA?
Infrared saunas are increasingly popular in the wellness community for a number of reasons including the numerous health benefits and they just make you feel good! What exactly is an infrared sauna? Before we dive into what infrared saunas are, we should first understand infrared wavelengths.
The sun produces a combination of visible and invisible light, and one of those
invisible spectrum is infrared rays. Invisible infrared wavelengths are what makes the sun feel warm (and ultraviolet wavelengths are what makes it bright). Scientists have established that infrared waves are beneficial to the human body as they increase the thermal energy in the body. Infrared does this without any of the harmful rays of sunlight.
There are three main categories of the infrared spectrum: near-infrared, mid-infrared, and far-infrared.
Near-Infrared is the shortest wavelength but penetrates the deepest. It has a distinct property that is not captured by the water of the body allowing it to penetrate the deepest to increase your core thermal energy. Near-infrared is associated with photobiomodulation which directly produces energy within the cells through ATP stimulation.
Mid-infrared wavelengths are also captured by water molecules
while temporarily increasing circulation through vasodilation,
promoting a temporary increase in blood flow, and temporarily
elevating heart rate and overall metabolism.
Far infrared is the closest of the wavelengths to the infrared heat
given off by our own body. Far infrared is readily captured by the water molecules in the body and releasing its energy. Our bodies actually give off far-infrared wavelengths at about 9.4 microns. Since far-infrared wavelengths feel very natural and normal to us, our energy is temporarily enhanced and strengthened.
Infrared Saunas Versus Traditional and Steam SaunasThe main difference between infrared saunas and traditional saunas
is how they use heat. Traditional saunas use a single heater that is heating the air and this hot air heats the user. In contrast, infrared saunas use advanced therapy to promote heat generation in the body with only a small percentage of heat heating the air. This results in a deeper sweat and at a lower ambient air temperature. In fact, infrared saunas usually operate between 115° – 135°F, while traditional saunas can get up to 195°F.
You will get all of the relaxation benefits of a traditional infrared sauna along with the increased health benefits that infrared offers all at a much more comfortable temperature. Infrared saunas are also dry saunas and many users find this makes for a more comfortable sauna session.
Not only are infrared saunas extremely beneficial, but they are also more efficient and require less electricity (according to Livestrong.com, a traditional sauna is almost three times as expensive to run as an infrared sauna). That also means that the warm-up time of an infrared sauna is much quicker than a traditional sauna.
Disclaimer: Results may vary between clients. While there are many clinical and scientific studies conducted on Halotherapy (dry salt therapy) throughout the world, the FDA has not evaluated the statements made on this website. Halotherapy and Infrared Sauna are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Halotherapy and Infrared Sauna are not intended to replace any medications or treatments. Any health issues should be treated by a licensed medical professional and any further questions relating to the Halotherapy and Infrared Sauna should be directed to your physician.