What: Far Infared (FIR) Saunas look very similar to traditional saunas. In fact most people wouldn’t be able to spot the difference. However FIR saunas emit Far Infared light rays a frequency found in rays from the Sun. These rays elevate the body’s temperature, expand capillaries and stimulate blood circulation having a therapeutic effect on a persons health.
Why: The major reason to use a FIR sauna is to detoxify. The FIR light rays cause you to sweat, releasing heavy metals and toxic chemicals. They are said to penetrate deeper into the fat than a regular sauna and cause greater levels of sweating at lower temperatures. People with CFS/ME generally tolerate FIR saunas far better than traditional saunas as they do not raise the core body temperature as much.
My Experience: (25/04/2011) I have used FIR saunas about 10 times over the last two years. Usually I feel very relaxed and at peace while in the sauna. Then feel quite spaced out and light headed afterwards. However I feel they have an overall positive effect due to the detoxification process. It seems to me to be quite a strong tool and should be treated with respect. I’ve just recently purchased a Cocoon home FIR sauna blanket from a company called GetFitt in the UK. They offer a support program and are specifically focused on helping people with CFS/ME recover. I’m excited to get sweaty and will keep you posted on my progress.
Learn more: The book Detoxify or Die by Sherry Rogers is filled with useful information. As is the article from the Hummingbird foundation on FIR Sauna use. And finally here is the link to the Getfitt company website.
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