Infrared saunas produce a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that induce a deep sense of relaxation. The infrared light will widen your body’s blood vessels and skin’s pores, and coax your muscles into a loose, relaxed state. Your body will feel much more comfortable and less tense, alleviating any muscle aches or tension spots. Infrared sauna benefits include therapy that helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep tissue sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.
Stress impacts not just the mind but the body as well. Infrared saunas provide an enjoyable place in your wellness routine to receive the full-body benefits of relaxation and stress reduction.
How Does Infrared Sauna Help in Relaxation and Mental Well-being?
“Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.” – Amy Myers, MD
Infrared sauna use elicits a multitude of beneficial health effects, including improved sleep and mood-boosting benefits. Researchers treated patients with major depressive disorder with heat so that their core body temperature reached temperatures equivalent to those experienced with infrared sauna use.
Alleviates depression and anxiety
Studies have found that sauna therapy and other forms of whole body heating boost mood and alleviate depression and anxiety. One study treated subjects with major depressive disorder with a single session of whole body heating and followed them for 6 weeks after the heat therapy. Even 6 weeks after treatment, subjects showed a small but significant improvement in scores on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale. Another study showed that whole body heating with infrared light five times a week for four weeks alleviated appetite loss associated with depression, as well as other somatic symptoms, and significantly improved relaxation
Heat therapy raises endorphins
A University of Wisconsin-Madison study using hyperthermia to raise body temperature of depressed volunteers to the equivalent of a mild fever found improvement in symptoms of major depression for as long as six weeks after a single treatment.
Heat therapy and hyperthermia, as experienced in an infrared sauna, increase the release of beta-endorphin into our brains and blood. This rise in endorphins corresponds to a feeling of pain relief and well-being reported after a sauna session. Endorphins produce a feeling of calm, happiness, and well-being, and have been shown to be important in mitigating symptoms of depression and anxiety. There was also a decrease in cortisol in one study after sauna therapy, a stress hormone associated with depressed immune function and diseases of chronic stress.
Infrared Sauna can be a great place to meditate
Practicing mindful meditation while in an infrared sauna therapy session can also help with mental stress reduction. Many studies have shown the benefits of meditation for reducing inflammation, cortisol, cytokine chemicals, and increasing calm.
Why Choose Infrared Jade Sauna?
In this difficult and stressful time of social isolation and a push with normalcy that we are dealing with, consider adding Infrared Jade Sauna to your routine to help with the depression and anxiety that naturally accompany these trying times.
Whether you are looking to relieve some symptoms from your own medical condition or are just looking for a way to enhance your health and get nice and relaxed, an infrared sauna is an excellent option. If you have questions, we invite you to contact our Vivo Wellness team at (323) 888-1000.