5 Ways an Infrared Sauna Supercharges Your Vitality
Lauren Roxburgh of The Aligned Life
Lauren Roxburgh is an international best-selling author, speaker and wellness educator known as, “The Body Whisperer.” A board certified Structural Integration practitioner with a degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Lauren is an expert on all things fascia and body alignment.
One of my absolute favorite ways to clear the residue of the day, unwind and detoxify physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically is to do a session in my Clearlight® infrared sauna. We’ve made our home into a wellness sanctuary and I highly recommend doing it. I love infrared saunas because they use infrared panels to heat up the body’s core at a cellular level where the toxins are stored, meaning they are more efficient at mobilizing those toxins so you can sweat them out. But the benefits of the deep penetrating heat that the infrared sauna produces goes well beyond just detoxifying. It boosts circulation, oxygenates the tissues, eases muscle and joint pain and even tightens the skin. Plus, it’s so deeply relaxing that it eases any anxiety and tension and feels so incredibly healing and calming that I’ve never slept better than when I take a sauna before bed.
I recently got the Clearlight® Sanctuary Outdoor 5 sauna and I am absolutely LOVING it.
I chose Clearlight® because in our lives, we’re constantly bombarded with electro-magnetic frequencies (EMF.) Clearlight® believes that your sauna environment should be a safe haven, free of EMF exposure. As a result, Clearlight® was the 1st company to begin shielding infrared saunas from EMF over 12 years ago. Clearlight® is the only far infrared sauna company that shields their products not only from EMF, but they greatly reduce ELF (extremely low electrical frequencies) as well.
Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) are defined as energy waves with frequencies below 300 hertz or cycles per second. In this day and age, unless we’re living in isolation in a desert or island paradise, we’re exposed to electromagnetic fields on a daily basic from numerous sources including power lines, radar towers, television and computer screens, microwaves, cell phones, motors, fluorescent lights, electric blankets, household wiring, blow dryers and many other commonly used electrical devices. Over the past century, levels of electromagnetic fields (EMF) from human-made sources have continued to increase steadily.
So, I feel very strongly about choosing the best option for our family and for our high vibe aligned tribe too! This is the best of its kind wellness tool and it looks beautiful in our backyard, and my husband and I can hop in at night once we’ve finally got the kids to bed to sweat and relax and just have a moment to reconnect with each other. But I don’t just use it at night. Some mornings I’ll have a quick sauna just to boost metabolism, circulation and get energized for the day, and I’ll even jump in during break time on a day when I’m shooting content to ease my muscle soreness and tension and get glowing too.
Besides relaxing your body, mind and tissues, helping you detoxify and easing your pain, the infrared sauna is a game changer because it also helps with cellulite reduction, weight loss, and even helps your skin become glowier. AMAZING, right? I truly believe infrared saunas are an incredible healing tool.
So here are my top 5 ways the infrared sauna can supercharge your health:
Say Goodbye to Cellulite
I know that cellulite can be especially frustrating because you can eat right and exercise and STILL struggle with cellulite, am I right? If you do have cellulite in some areas of your body, the infrared sauna could be your new best friend. When we sit in the infrared sauna, the heat helps boost our lymphatic drainage, which works wonders for evening the texture of cellulite. Even better, infrared saunas benefit the body from the inside out by heating us up, making us sweat, and flushing unwanted toxins out of our body with the sweat. The infrared sauna can be an amazing tool to combat cellulite, especially if you work it into your wellness routine. I love to dry brush, then get my body moving on the roller and rebounder, then sweat it out in the sauna to really heal and align my body from the inside out.
Get GLOWING Skin
Looking to get a little summer glow going? Hop in the sauna! Spending time in the infrared sauna can help you get that glow on from the inside out, and it can work wonders for the texture, elasticity, and coloring of your skin. The infrared sauna boosts the body’s production of collagen, and collagen is the key to youthful skin because it helps the skin stay tight and connected, and it can even help with wrinkles! The infrared sauna also improves circulation, which not only plumps up the skin, but it also fills your cheeks with color, literally giving you a natural glow! AMAZING, right? Not to mention another benefit of sweating out excess toxins: ridding our bodies of toxins helps clear the skin of congestion and blemishes, so the infrared sauna will leave your skin radiant AND clear.
Boost Your Immune System
Now more than ever, keeping your immune system strong and impenetrable, so you can stay healthy and active, is SO important. The infrared sauna can work wonders for your immune system, just by heating the core of your body. When our bodies are heated, several super important things can happen: a rise in white blood cell activity, detoxification, and the dismantling of organisms that cannot survive intense heat. This is fabulous for the immune system because the heat not only rids the body of organisms like viruses, colds, and flus, but the white blood cell boost and detoxification gives your body just what it needs to fight off any viruses and illnesses that work their way into your system.
Shed a little Weight
It’s no secret that exercising and eating healthy has been challenging the past few months – our routines are totally different, many of our favorite exercise studios are closed, and we’re stuck at home with our fully stocked pantries ALL DAY. Naturally, many of us are feeling a little thicker and heavier – and there is no better time than summertime to shed that extra weight. When you sit in the heat of the infrared sauna, your body tries to cool off, which is a challenge, so your heart rate, metabolic rate, and cardiac output fire up and you actually burn calories. Who wouldn’t want to burn calories and get a little workout in, just by relaxing in the heat? Sweating it out in the infrared sauna can actually lead to weight loss in more ways than one — time in the sauna usually calms us and relieves anxiety, and flushes toxins out of our bodies, and we all know anxiety and toxins make it harder to shed weight. According to Heal with Heat, a study from Binghamton University even suggested that the infrared sauna helps us shed body fat – just by sitting in the heat! The infrared sauna is a wonderful self-care tool, and letting go of anxiety, toxins, and weight you don’t need is just one of the many benefits of the sauna.
Free Yourself of Aches and Pain
Finally, the infrared sauna is an amazing healing tool — it can ease pain from chronic pain conditions, or even just the little twinges and pains we feel from sleeping in the wrong position, or sitting at a desk all day. Whether you keep active all day, running errands, carrying your kids, cleaning the house, or spend hours and hours hunched over a computer, you usually feel a few aches in the spots where you hold your stress. Whether you just want to alleviate those little aches, or you are looking to reduce the pain from a chronic pain condition, the infrared sauna is a beautiful tool for healing your body and relieving yourself of pain.
With a list of benefits like that it’s easy to see why I’m such a fan of the infrared sauna. But most of all it just feels great – like a little holiday away from the world. And right now, who doesn’t need a little holiday!