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Published on October 7th, 2015 | by Guest Contributor


Rick Willianen Brightens the Light on Infrared Saunas

Saunas, hot baths, and steam rooms have a rich history around the world. For centuries, people have enjoyed the benefits of soaking sore muscles and detoxifying the body through heat. Increasing the core body temperature for brief periods, like through that of a sauna, can offer dramatic improvements to your athletic performance, as well as provide a perfect way to relax.

Known as hyperthermic conditioning, sauna use has multiple positive effects on your body, from increased endurance to the release of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and the growth of new brain cells, as well as the overall rejuvenation of the body. Saunas can also improve cardiovascular functions and cleanse the skin.

Most of us are familiar with the traditional sauna found at our local pool or gym that heats the air through convection.  These saunas reach temperatures of 185 to 195 degrees Fahrenheit and can be stifling and overwhelming, especially if you’ve been inside of one for more than a few minutes.

Most of us think this is the only type of sauna available.  However, there is another type of sauna that was developed over 40 years ago in Japan. The infrared sauna heats to only 110 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, but key point is this: the infrared technology found in infrared saunas is able to deeply penetrate the skin to the muscle much more effectively than a traditional sauna.

Runners and exercise enthusiasts love infrared saunas because of how effectively and deeply their heat works. These saunas can significantly expedite the detoxification process, as they heat tissues several inches deep, which enhances the natural metabolic processes.

Infrared saunas also allow the body to perspire deeply and offer all the benefits of sitting in natural sunlight, while protecting you from the dangerous effects of solar radiation. Infrared sessions can even help speed up the healing process when you have a cold and your immune system is compromised.

According to Dr. Brian Clement, a leading authority on detoxification and rejuvenation, infrared saunas are superior to traditional saunas in that: “Infrared saunas help release every type of toxic contamination you have in your body; most notable of which are mercury and lead. However, calcium is another. We’re not talking about natural calcium here, but the types of calcium added to many processed foods that your body cannot process.”

Fitness enthusiast and construction estimating manager, Edmonton’s Rick Willianen, also happens to be a strong believer in the restorative power of infrared saunas. “I love getting into the sauna after a long run or workout,” Willianen adds. “It really helps relieve my tense muscles.”

Rick Willianen, who is in the new home building business, can’t help but notice the environmental benefits infrared saunas offer compared to their traditional counterparts. “Because they don’t get as hot, they require significantly less energy,” Rick Willianen says. “Infrared saunas utilize paneling in the walling around the room so they are efficient as well.”

Because infrared saunas heat you from the inside out, instead of outside in, the time required to reap the health benefits is significantly reduced as well. “You get hot really fast so you don’t have to stay inside as long to get the same benefits as a traditional sauna,” Willianen points out. “This also reduces energy costs.”

Using a sauna is also great for mental health, after all, you are able to relax in a quiet room with no distractions or interruptions and can reflect on your day and thoughts. Experts advise using a sauna for short periods of time; 10 to 20 minutes for beginners.

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