Healing With Heat – FAR Infared Sauna

 

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I’ve been exploring. Not only with travel, but this year, I’ve been trying new things especially as it relates to wellness and self care. I’ve been working out with weights when previously I was a “just walk” person. I’ve started to practice more yoga, experimenting with different types of meditation, tried dermaplaning (essentially a blade to the face) and every time the Salt Cave has a special on one of their …. I try it… So far I’ve done the salt therapy, the crystal therapy and now today I am going to try FAR Infared Sauna.
What I’ve read so far about FAR Infared Sauna makes me excited to try it. The Salt Cave website touts the sauna as: “Detox, weight loss, pain relief, blood purification.
Infrared sauna benefits are tremendous. Some of the health benefits include detoxification, relaxation, weight loss, lowering blood pressure, pain relief, and blood purification. Detox from our Sunlighten Sauna is 7 to 10 times greater than a conventional sauna…  In our Sunlighten Sauna, the average person sweats out 20% toxins and 80% water! In a conventional sauna the average person sweats out 3% toxins and 97% water. Studies have shown a 30 minute far infrared sauna session can burn up to 200-600 calories. Heating of muscles with far infrared produces an increased blood flow level similar to that seen during exercise. Body temperature elevation also produces an increase in blood flow. Infrared heat assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, edema and exudates. The increased peripheral circulation provides the transport needed to help evacuate the edema which can help end inflammation, decrease pain and help speed healing. Also beneficial with the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome or Fibromyalgia.”

Yes I’m ready to try this so I called and booked myself an appointment. Upon entering the room with the sauna I was given a towel and a massive jug of water and told… you can go in with your clothes if you want but some people just opt for naked. You are the only one in here and won’t be disturbed. Naked it is…. well… I do have a towel (thankfully I keep a beach bag in my car at all times).  The sauna was set for 60 minutes and the temperature read 144 degrees. I stepped in….

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10 minutes in I started to feel toasty… ok this is not so bad right? 20 minutes… I’m having hurricane Irma (no electricity in 100 degree weather for 10 days) flashbacks. At about 30 minutes in I’m wondering if I could possibly bake and around the 40 minute mark I’m guzzling water like… can someone get a heat stroke in a sauna…. around 45 minutes though… with sweat dripping off my body to the point that I’m glowing I start to doze off, yes in the heat, thinking… detoxification. As I entered into a meditative state I started a self-made mantra. Detox all negative energy, detox all anger and resentments, detox all unforgiveness, detox the jealousy, drama and chaos, detox all childhood traumas… detox detox detox…. I looked up and had 5 minutes to go with a temperature of 151 degrees. I’m tempted to jump out but since this one hour session cost more than I make in an hour, I am determined to get my money’s worth (well… I did pay 1/2 price so technically that’s not true)

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I felt refreshed, purified, a better me… in this one session. I’m thinking… can I convince the hubby we need one of these at The Sunshine House? Where would it go? In his garage that I’ve already stolen and converted into a gym? In the backyard next to the She Shed I had to have? By the front door next to the custom stained glass sideline I insisted on? Maybe in the middle of the living room next to the massive   teddy bear?

Sigh… I guess I will have to be contented with 1/2 off days at Salt Cave for now…..

 

 

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