far infrared saunas: frequently asked questions
Far-infrared heat is required for all living things for optimum health. The radiant heat from Prana’s Clearlight Far Infrared sauna surrounds you and penetrates deeply into your joints, muscles and tissues, speeding oxygen flow and increasing circulation. As well, it helps to remove impurities from your cells, specifically the subcutaneous cells which store waste and harmful toxins such as cholesterol and heavy metals.
As professionals, we are always vigilant, always guided by science. We know that Far Infrared produces a huge range of benefits. And we encourage your questions:
Can you explain Far Infrared heat?
The light that we can see is part of a spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. Each of the colours familiar to us from the rainbow (violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, red) has a different wavelength – violet has the shortest and red has the longest.
On either side of the visible colour spectrum are the invisible types of radiation: the wavelengths immediately lower than violet are the UV rays we protect ourselves from with sunscreen; the wavelengths immediately higher than red are the infrared rays.
The longest wavelengths of infrared (or Far Infrared) are thermal, meaning that they produce heat, and this is the essence… because unlike UV rays, infrared rays are not only completely harmless, but produce an astonishing range of health benefits for the body.
How do Far Infrared saunas work?
Key to the Far Infrared sauna is that instead of heating the air and relying on that to pass the heat onto your body through the skin as traditional saunas do; Far Infrared rays carry their heat and its benefits directly into your body. This heat is special because it is the type our bodies naturally produce – ‘body heat’, which resonates with our natural constitution is part of the reason that Far Infrared saunas have such a positive impact on our bodies.
In essence: Far Infrared heat causes the peripheral blood vessels to dilate, increasing circulation and oxygen flow. This increased blood flow stimulates the cardiovascular system in the same way that exercise does and brings with it many of the benefits. It also stimulates the lymphatic and immune systems.
Far Infrared also quickly induces the body to sweat, triggering the body’s other natural detoxing mechanisms.
What are the benefits of Far Infrared saunas?
Far Infrared’s dilation of the blood vessels and the stimulation of the cardiovascular system help to build fitness and can result in significant weight loss. They also aid in the treatment of conditions such as high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.
Too, the increased circulation leaves skin cleansed and vibrant, with improved tone and clarity. Its deep tissue penetration has a powerful therapeutic effect on sprains, muscle and joint stiffness and even conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Why are Far Infrared saunas more effective than standard saunas?
There are several key differences that distinguish Far Infrared saunas from traditional saunas.
To begin with, because of the more effective heat transfer, Far Infrared saunas operate at a much lower temperature, 100 °F to 140 °F (38 °C to 60 °C) as opposed to 180 °F to 220 °F (80 °C to 105 °C). This means that Far Infrared saunas are accessible to those who cannot tolerate high temperatures and makes longer sessions possible, increasing the benefits.
Is Far Infrared safe?
The answer, simply, is yes! Far Infrared radiation is entirely harmless. It has no negative impact on the body whatsoever.