With so much health and beauty to-do’s in a given week, it can all feel rather overwhelming. The couch and a good book seems a lot easier these days. However, there is one ritual that is worth the time and sweat, the Far Infrared Sauna. This isn’t your old school sit in the gym’s sauna wrapped in a towel next to a stranger experience.

Rather than heating the air at an average sauna temperature of 180 Celsius, the infrared sauna uses light and runs about 45 degrees lower making it less daunting. That’s why you can safely stay relaxed in an infrared sauna much longer and, according to many infrared-goers, reap more detoxifying and lasting benefits. Also, unlike traditional wet-dry sauna heat, infrared heat travels below the surface of the skin as far as 3 centimeters, which is why proponents say that it can actually heal inflammation deep inside the body.

This kind of relaxing sweating experience has both age old and new age benefits that offer immediate and long-term results. For example, after a good sweat, your mind is clear and your body is both calm and invigorated. Researchers have labeled this state, “relaxed alertness,” being in the ideal physical state for higher-order thinking skills such as problem-solving and creativity. 

In addition to feeling less moody and walking out with more pep in your step, here are top ten reasons to bring on the heat!

  • Detoxes your body
  • Rejuvenates skin and boosts collagen levels
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Speeds up workout recovery
  • Fights oxidated stress
  • Relieves pain
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves circulation and blood flow
  • Speeds healing of wounds
  • Helps with treatment of chronic diseases (for example, sauna is often recommended for people with autoimmune diseases)

Unlike many fads and health trends that come and go, sweating in the sauna goes back to  around 2000 BC. The earliest known versions were humans basking in holes dug into the ground in Northern Europe heated by hot rocks over coals. Saunas are common household fixtures in Finland, which is why Fins may be the happiest people in the world.

For 30 minutes of your day, even an hour, let it all out and forget about that new binge-worthy show on HBO. It will be there once you get back home…after you shower, of course. Click HERE for a direct link to Rejuvenation Spa’s services menu, and book your appointment today.