First of all, Infrared Saunas are trending. That means that people are beginning to understand and use
this amazing technology in cities all over the country. Sometimes, our city is a bit slow on the uptake,
but the owners at InsideOut have always tried to offer the best and most current fitness and wellness
technology available. Infrared Saunas go a step further than fitness. They do, in fact, harness beneficial
light waves without the UV or burning rays.

Since ancient times, people have known that exposure to sunshine can maintain and enhance health. Sun
therapy is a form of natural FIR (far infrared rays) thermal therapy. Far Infrared Ray are the invisible rays of
natural sunlight that have the longest wavelength. By contrast, sunbathing (sunlight) contains ultra-violet rays
which can burn the skin. There is also no temperature control, and sunshine is only available seasonally.

Infrared rays are safe and can easily penetrate human tissue creating a natural resonance, which has many
beneficial properties. You can be exposed to far infrared heat for hours and it will never cause your skin to burn.
Far infrared heat is completely healthy and safe for all living things and has actual been used in hospitals for
decades to warm newborn infants (modern incubators).

All humans send and receive Far infrared waves. The range of waves generated by the human body is
6 to 20 microns. The optimal micron output range is between 7 and 14 microns which is very close to the
resonant frequency of a water molecule. This similarity makes sense since our bodies are almost 70% water.
This range, sometimes referred to as “Vital Rays” appears to have special regenerative effects on the body.
When far infrared waves are applied to water molecules, these molecules begin to vibrate. This vibration
reduces the ion bonds and the eventual breakdown of the water molecules causes encapsulated gases and
other toxic materials to be released.


The main difference between near infrared and far infrared sauna technology is the type of light/heat delivered.

Near infrared uses infrared heat in the range of 600-950nm. Far infrared delivers light in the 3000 nm – 1mm
wavelength range. As for the effects on the human body, the skin has no photoreceptors that are able to absorb
or process far infrared light, so the far infrared saunas provide heat therapy, not near infrared phototherapy.
What’s the advantage of near infrared in saunas?

Although there are many physical similarities between near infrared saunas and other sauna types, the near
infrared therapy has some distinct advantages: Near infrared uses part of the natural visible light spectrum to
provide heat to the body. Utilizing the chromopores in our cells, which act as photoreceptors for the near
infrared light, exposure to near infrared light acts as light therapy which can penetrate muscle tissue deeper,
potentially unlocking even harder-to-reach chemicals and toxins.

Near infrared (NIR) light has dozens of biological effects on the body. The near infrared wavelength radiation
penetrates into the body and has a direct effect on cellular structure. NIR can kill parasites and resolve infection.
An important thing to understand about the near infrared spectrum is that human biology has evolved over
millions of years receiving it and growing with it. Getting adequate NIR is essential for health.


Your skin is the largest organ of your body. The subcutaneous fatty layer is located just below the skin. An infrared
sauna emits rays that penetrate into the tissues to a depth of 1.5 inches. This heat stimulates our fat cells to release
the accumulated debris that they have been holding on to infrared sauna also stimulates the sebaceous glands to
release harmful toxins such as petrochemicals, mercury and other heavy metals. Since humans are bio-accumulators,
toxins that cannot be expelled immediately after entry are stored in our bodies. One of the reasons infrared saunas
are so beneficial with a variety of different illnesses is the ability of the FAR waves to accelerate the removal of toxins
that are often at the core of many different health challenges.

The specific wave range of a the FAR infrared sauna is 7-14 microns, the frequency that H²0 resonates with. When
toxic substances encounter large H²0 molecules in our body, they are encapsulated by water clusters. This
accumulation of toxins blocks blood circulation, oxygenation, nutrient supply and waste removal. When the FAR
emitted by an infrared sauna hits these water molecules, they begin to vibrate. As the bonds which hold clusters
of H²0 molecules together are dissolved, the toxins they are holding are released.

The specific wave range of a the FAR infrared sauna is 7-14 microns, the frequency that H²0 resonates with. This
resonance releases all manner of toxins such as sulfur, formaldehyde, heavy metals and more. The increased depth
of penetration provides pain-relief, detoxification and increased circulation.


Weight loss from perspiration is quickly regained. However, being in a hyperthermic state due to the increased
core body temperature increases blood circulation, especially to the capillaries, converts fat and increases heart rate.
It is possible to burn upwards to 700 calories in a single session in an infrared sauna. Some infrared sauna proponents
claim that a 30 minute sauna session is equivalent to jogging or rowing for thirty minutes, and while this could be
accurate, we don’t believe that caloric burn is the most important benefit.

The removal of heavy metals that were contributing to metabolic and hormonal imbalance and weight gain can also
improve the basal metabolic rate and normalize body weight. The decrease of toxins stored in the subcutaneous fat
goes a long way towards increasing a feeling of lightness in the body and willingness to exercise. Also increasing
circulation and oxygenation to the glands improves their health and their ability to keep the body balanced.


Infrared heat can greatly benefit the sore, damaged or tired muscles of an athlete. The heat penetrates the muscles,
increasing blood circulation and assisting muscle repair. Infrared heat will also help in the reduction of lactic acids,
allowing tight and worn-out muscles to relax. The penetrating heat of the infrared sauna can also help ease the pain
of a muscle sprain (after administration of cold and compression). Just as infrared saunas help chronic pain sufferers
(such as those with Lyme disease and fibromyalgia), they can also help ease joint pain in athletes. The relaxation of
the muscles controlling the joints and the increased circulation to the joints enhances healing and recovery.


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