Humanity continues to evolve, technological progress is becoming more pronounced, and once complex processes and procedures are easier and more accessible. So, even 50 years ago, in order to take a steam bath, you had to spend at least an hour to warm it up and another hour to warm up properly, but now, in general, 45 minutes is enough. Thanks to the invention of the new method of warming the human body with the help of infrared waves, the Japanese sauna therapist Tadashi Ishikawa introduced the infrared sauna. Production of the first infrared saunas in Japan began in the 70s, in America and Europe in the 90s, but this invention came to us about twenty years ago.
What is the advantage of infrared sauna?
- saving time - 15 minutes is enough to heat the infrared sauna, the time spent in the room is no more than half an hour;
- compactness - the infrared sauna is a small cabin measuring approximately 1m2 (for one or two people), so you can even place such a design in your apartment. By design, the infrared sauna resembles an ordinary one, but infrared radiators are placed in the walls and a bench, which fill the space with thermal waves;
- versatility - due to the sparing mode (the maximum temperature in such a cabin is usually 60 ° C), an IR bath can be visited by people who do not tolerate high temperatures, and even children. But for children, the duration of the session should not exceed 15 minutes;
- safety - the body is heated due to the spread of long infrared waves, which the body perceives friendly, since their length coincides with the length of the waves emitted by the human body. Some use the erroneous concept of “ultraviolet sauna”, and its radiation is accordingly called ultraviolet. This is fundamentally wrong, since ultraviolet radiation is actually harmful to the human body;
- Efficiency - the therapeutic or prophylactic effect is achieved due to deeper warming of the body (heat penetrates into the body to a depth of 4 cm).
Before you enjoy the benefits, you should be familiar with the basic recommendations for a visit. So, how to visit the infrared sauna? First, it is necessary to remember that the length of the session should not exceed 30 minutes, and the frequency of visits one (maximum two) days a week.
Secondly, before visiting the bath, wash off any cosmetics, it is better not to use even cream or aromatic oil to avoid burns.
Thirdly, in order to maintain a positive state of health, it is better not to eat an hour before the procedure of soaring and immediately after, and also do not drink alcohol on the day of the visit to the bath. Drink more water during the session. And, finally, to achieve the maximum effect, it is better to sit on a bench sitting (legs down on the floor and straighten your back).
The benefits of visiting the infrared sauna are not inferior to the beneficial properties of a conventional bath:
- accelerates metabolism, promotes weight loss;
- strengthens the immune system and makes the body more resilient;
- supports skin in tone, rejuvenates, relieves skin diseases;
- helps to improve blood circulation;
- has a positive effect on the nervous system, calms and relaxes;
- It is recommended that athletes use it to accelerate the recovery of damaged muscles and joints;
- improves kidney function;
- a visit is also shown if there are problems with the locomotor system.
Do not forget about the contraindications, which are slightly smaller than traditional steam rooms. You can visit the infrared sauna even for people with vegetative-vascular dystonia. But it is necessary to refrain from a similar way of spending leisure time for people with heart disease, inflammation, implantation, malignant neoplasms, too high or low blood pressure, diabetes, gynecological diseases, as well as pregnant women.
In general, infrared sauna has several advantages and is not inferior in efficiency to other types of baths. In order to preserve health and get the maximum benefit from visiting it, the best solution would be a preliminary consultation with your doctor.