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A Key Tool For Athletes: Portable Infrared Sauna

Portable infrared saunas are showing up in locker rooms and gyms around the country. They are being used as an integral part of pre-workout warm ups, post workout conditioning and injury recovery procedures. For athletes who want a thorough pre-workout warm-up to increase flexibility and prevent injury, a FIR sauna is the ideal “heat therapy room.” Fifteen minutes in a portable sauna just before performing is a great way to get that physical edge that every athletes wants, as well as to better prevent injury. To see an example of a Portable FIR sauna Click Here. Tissues heated to 112 degrees Fahrenheit (45 Celsius) and then stretched exhibit a non-elastic residual elongation of about 0.5-.9% that persists after the stretch is removed. Thus 20 stretching sessions can produce a 10-18% increase in the length of tissues that are stretched in conjunction with infrared heat. (Justus F Lehmann M.D., Williams and Wilkins, Therapeutic Heat and Cold, 4th edition.) Countless are the many benefits that come specifically from the warming effects of the deeply penetrating infrared rays on sore, damaged or tired muscles. The heat will dilate blood vessels and increase blood circulation which will assist muscles to repair and strengthen themselves. Also, the pain of worn or tight muscles will be lessened by the loosening of muscles and reduction of lactic acids that result from infrared sauna use.

Infrared ray saunas are very useful for treating more serious injuries such as sprains. So long as the standard treatments of cold and compressions are first administered an athlete can then use the deep penetrating heat of the sauna to ease the pain and speed the recovery. Infrared heat also works in to the ailing joints of an athlete. By relaxing the muscles around the joints, less pressure and strain is put on the area. The joints are notoriously problematic for lacking circulation. The increased circulation coupled with the relaxed surrounding muscles improves the ability of blood flow in to joints which will greatly enhance the speed of healing and repair. As a result of injuries or a lack of time, many athletes struggle to stick to their workout schedules. Infrared saunas are a very effective tool to stay fit. The accelerated heart rate brought on by the infrared heat offers an fast, low impact cardiovascular workout for those time when you can’t get one the traditional way. According to the American Medical Association (AMA): “Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system…. Regular use of indoor saunas may impact a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise.”

A detailed report in JAMA explains that infrared saunas burn around 500 calories per sauna session on average, making an infrared sauna a great method to born calories, get rid of fat cells and stimulate the metabolism. Although extremely effective, infrared saunas should not be considered a 100% replacement for standard cardiovascular workouts. They are extremely useful as a warm-up, post work out therapy and method to stay fit while your body heals from injury. The improved physical performance, post-workout conditioning and enhanced injury recovery that athletes are getting from regular infrared sauna use explains why they are popular among athletes. Locker rooms everywhere will likely only see an increase in portable infrared ray sauna usage.

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Which Infrared Sauna Is The Best?

Portable infrared saunas have hit the American market with a lot of momentum, and are positioned to grow in popularity here as they have already done in Europe. This leaves most of us asking ourselves: “which portable infrared sauna should I bring home?” This Buyer’s Guide may be just what you are looking for. In order to have a wonderful experience buying and using a portable infrared sauna everyone should know the essentials. There aren’t too many things too know, just a few basics that should be taken into account. First there is the type of infrared heater. Most saunas advertised as far infrared actually use heaters with less than 50% of their emissions as far infrared, wile the rest emit medium infrared with smaller wavelengths that are damaging to the skin. With those saunas, you feel convection heat or heat only near the heater. Some so-called FIR saunas with flat carbon panel/sheet emitters actually only emit 5-10% far infrared! Various portable saunas and all dome saunas use this type of emitter, which also has a high output of unhealthy electromagnetic fields (EMF) because the wires have to be zig-zagged to cover the entire dome. Saunas with these types of heaters should be avoided. Click here to find more info and see pix of fir sauna heaters.

Far infrared ray heaters are most efficient when they are of the carbon coated ceramic make. Originally infrared heaters were ceramic, then came the carbon designs. By combing the two, portable infrared sauna manufacturers are able to benefit from the long waves that come from carbon and the high quantity of waves that come from the ceramic. Additionally, look for the saunas with heaters that heat up immediately. Another aspect of portable FIR saunas often overlooked is whether or not the infrared heaters continuously emit infrared rays. Most saunas get too hot and automatically turn off to prevent overheating. You cannot detect that they are turning on and off because infrared rays have wavelengths out of range for the human eye. You will most likely come across the handy temperature control feature that some of the portable saunas on the market have. Note that this feature causes the infrared heater to shut the FIR emissions off in order to maintain a certain temperature. More recent designs have been able to partially remedy this issue by varying the system’s voltage so as to only loose some of the infrared rays. If you must have the thermostat controls, look for such models. It is important to find a portable FIR sauna that reaches the right temperature. For improved metabolism and increased blood flow and lymph circulation your sauna should be around 170F (75C.) Don’t waste your time with infrared saunas that only reach temperatures of around 110F (43C.) Don’t forget to consider the size of the portable infrared sauna.

In all the efforts to find the right sauna it can be easy to overlook the sauna size. If you end up with a sauna that doesn’t work for you size, you’ll be disappointed and the handy portability of your sauna will be of no benefit. By far the most flexible design style is the portable infrared sauna that is somewhat cube-like in shape and has a chair in the middle to sit on. This shape seems to fit the largest variety of body shapes and sizes.

You may have noticed that the majority of these points are directly related to finding a portable infrared sauna with the right infrared heater. If you can find a sauna with a quality heater then you’re on your way to enjoying your very own portable infrared sauna.

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Research, And The Portable Infrared Sauna

The Finns popularized the sauna in our modern era, but they are not the only group of people to have a long history involving one form or another of sauna use. Perhaps the most well known group of people to use the sauna other than the Finns is the Native American people. Their sweat lodges were, and are, very similar to the traditional Finnish saunas used today. The modern infrared ray sauna was first pioneered in the early 1900′s in Germany, where infrared ray saunas are still heavily used today. Decades later in Japan, Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa of the Research and Development Department of Fuji Medical was awarded a patent for the first ceramic infrared heater. This laid the foundation for the more efficient carbon coated ceramic infrared heaters that are used today. Infrared ray saunas have gained popularity over the years since they first exploded out of Japan in the 1980′s. Their healing properties have made them very popular among health practitioners and private users alike. Considerable research has gone into demonstrating the effectiveness of FIR (far infrared ray) saunas over the years. In Japan, infrared sauna research and usage has been going on for many years where researchers and clinicians have completed extensive research on infrared treatments. Their reports have many eye catching findings. Some of these findings are as follows: -Improves micro circulation by exerting strong rotational and vibrational effects at molecular level. – Enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients in the blood cell to the body’s soft tissue areas. – Promotes regeneration and fast healing. – Increases metabolism between blood and tissue. – Enhances white blood cell function, thereby increasing immune response and the elimination of foreign pathogens and cellular waste products. – Removes accumulated toxins by improving lymph circulation which are often at the core of many health problems. – Stimulate the hypothalamus, which controls the production of neurochemicals involved in such biological processes as sleep, mood, pain sensations, and blood pressure.

portable-infrared-saunaIn Japan, there is an “infrared society” composed of medical doctors and physical therapists dedicated to further infrared research. According to their findings, the health benefits of infrared therapy support the idea that infrared saunas should be seen as a method of healing. Dr. Sasaki Kyuo, M.D., has done extensive research on the therapeutic uses of infrared therapy. She is the author of “The Scientific Basis and Therapeutic Benefits of Far Infrared Ray Therapy.” Dr. Kyuo reports successful treatments of many illnesses by using infrared therapy. The list of illnesses include: facial numbness; shoulder, back, and knee pain; weight loss; lower blood pressure. Dr. Kyuo also explained how research done in the US supports her findings. “One of the reasons FIR has beneficial results in a variety of illnesses is the ability of FIR waves to remove toxins, which are often at the core of many health problems. One study done by American researchers showed that the sweat released by users of a FIR sauna was different than the sweat of people using a conventional sauna or doing normal exercise. The non water portion of sweat released in a FIR sauna was cholesterol, fat soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid.” The sweat of people using a conventional sauna was found to be 95 to 97% water while the sweat of those using an Far-infrared thermal system was 80 to 85% water with the non-water portion principally cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals (such as mercury and aluminum), sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid. Far-Infrared, Technologies that Harness the Sun, Valerie Free, 2001. After researching infrared saunas, G. E. Poesnecker, N.D., D.C. shared his opinion that “photobiotherapy (far infrared rays) will become one of the premier healing tools of our future. It will eliminate the need for many of today’s common surgical procedures. I can see the day when every household in the country will have a (FIR) unit on hand. When used properly, it is a safe, effective, natural tool that can enhance, rather than oppose, the body’s own innate healing powers.” Just as various ancient cultures have enjoyed the health benefits of the sauna, so also do we get to enjoy the valuable results of infrared saunas. Meanwhile, additional research continues to come out of labs around the globe and show us evermore ways to improve our health and wellness by using FIR saunas.

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Joint Pain Treatment and FIR Sauna

Joint pain seems to be the one ailment that everyone is afflicted with at some point in their life. At the same time, it’s one of the more difficult problems to treat. Even though there are a plethora of pain treatment methodologies out there, most patients go away with only partial pain alleviation. In the search for functional and non-invasive methods for dealing with joint pain and stiffness, people are looking more to the modalities of complimentary medicine, or more specifically infrared saunas. Infrared saunas penetrate directly into the body, assuring good heat at the right spot. The possibilities for using an infrared sauna for joint pain treatment increased when research to explore its effects on joint stiffness was done. The research showed a twenty percent decline in stiffness for people with rheumatoid finger joints treated at 112F, as compared to patients who’s joints were treated at a lower temperature.

When heated to 112F and then stretched, tissues become elongated by about 0.5-0.9% which persists even after the stretching has stopped. When stretching at normal temperatures this does not occur. Researchers have concluded that by doing 20 stretch sessions, a person can increase the length of their tissues by 10-18% when they are heated and stretched. -Justus F Lehmann M.D., Williams and Wilkins, Therapeutic Heat and Cold, 4th edition. When working with ligaments, joint capsules, tendons, fasciae, and synovium that have become scarred, thickened or contracted this stretching method is very useful. By stretching at 112F instead of room temperature, the damage that normally occurs when stretching is much less. Since stretching after sauna use is safer, many athletes make use of the advantages that can be had from a quality, deep stretch. Obtaining joint pain relief is of serious concern to many people. Having access to an infrared sauna has given each person the opportunity to find greater and longer lasting natural pain relief. The healthy, non-intrusive nature of infrared portable saunas makes them worth the investment.

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Buy a Portable FIR Sauna and Help a Ten Year Old Girl With Cerebral Palsy Get Therapy!

HEALTHandMED.com needs your help. Our goal is to raise $1,500 for one year of therapeutic horseback riding lessons for ten year old Ginger Roth. She has cerebral palsy and this treatment has been crucial for her progress. Starting right now, HEALTHandMED.com will  donate 5% of revenues from all portable FIR-Real Portable Sauna purchases for Ginger’s therapy. Ginger can receive her necessary therapy only with the help of donations because she lives with her mother who was laid off last year due to the recession.

HEALTHandMED.com would like your help in providing a year of therapy for Ginger. We are raising $1500, which will provide a year of treatment. To reach this goal, we will be donating 5% of every FIR Real Sauna sale to Ginger.  To see Ginger riding her horse, go ahead and watch this video: According to Ginger’s mother Maryann Baker (pictured to the right), “She contracted cerebral palsy due to a stroke

during pregnancy. When she’s on a horse there are no disabilities; she’s totally free; she’s beautiful; she loves it; she doesn’t know that she’s going to therapy. And you know; you see the grin on her face; you see the freedom and beauty of this child. We do see an increase in her stamina, in her balance, in her agility, and especially in her core body strength, as well as her confidence level. As the parent of a special needs child this is the very best thing we have ever done for her.” Says Carol Heiden, Director of Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center “That is wonderful that HEALTHandMED.com is working to raise money for Ginger’s riding! Ginger is riding GiGi, a quarter horse mare. If you want to see GiGi you can visit our website.”

Help Ginger continue her therapy today!

To see how the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center is helping Ginger and other kids with disabilities, check out this video.

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Steam VS Infrared Sauna

Apparently, some of us are behind the curve. There is a large and growing segment of the population using Far Infrared Ray (FIR) Saunas instead of steam saunas and they are wondering why the rest of us are not. Let’s see what all the excitement is about. Steam saunas must operate at a higher temperature than infrared saunas in order to get the same results. FIR saunas are able to directly heat our bodies instead of heating the enclosure and air around our bodies. This is possible because of the infrared rays. This form of light ray is the part of the sunlight spectrum that is healthy for us, and invisible. It penetrates our skin directly and heats us from within, which eliminates the difficult breathing environments found in steam saunas. Infrared heat gets deeper into our bodies that steam heat can. This deeper heat penetration is more effective in a good detox. Muscle relaxation improves because at a 2-3 inch or 5-8 cm level of penetration more muscles are being reached and soothed.

The dry heat that comes from infrared saunas is free of mildew and mold. Steam saunas can be more conducive to spreading and cultivating bacteria. This makes the FIR sauna the more sanitary of the two. According to the International Institute of Holistic Healing, humans sweat differently in a FIR sauna compared to steam saunas. Their research shows that typically the sweat from an infrared sauna contains 15-20% heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, uric acid and other fat-soluble toxins. Whereas, steam sauna sweat is mostly water with about 3% of it being toxins. FIR saunas are 4-5 times more efficient wit electricity than the average steam sauna. Operating powerfully but at a lower heat requires much less energy. No matter how expensive the power in your area is there will definitely be savings when going with the infrared sauna. In many cases FIR saunas are portable. Their portability is a huge advantage to steam heat saunas and has added to their popularity. Portable saunas can be packed up in just a few minutes and tossed into the back of your compact car. Far Infrared Ray (FIR) saunas are poised to be the sauna of choice in the future. Their ease of use, antibacterial technology, gentleness on the lungs make, and amazing health benefits make them an easy sell.

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“Is that An Infrared Sauna In Your Duffel Bag?” What They Are & How They Can Help

Finally, portable infrared ray saunas are available and at a price we can all live with. In the few years since portable infrared ray saunas have been available to purchase they have topped the wish lists of people around the globe. All of this infrared ray sauna buzz is a direct result of two important and unique features of these portable saunas. First, they are portable, so you can take them everywhere you travel. All you need is a duffel bag, or anything really, as long as its roughly the size of a suitcase. Second, they are very efficient at what they do. The average person can burn as many calories sitting in their portable infrared sauna reading a magazine for 30 minutes that they can running 2-3 miles. Just a short session in the sauna lessens pain in muscles and joints. Sitting in a sauna for 30 minutes releases endorphins into the blood according to a study by Czech Scientists. Endorphins are the bodies natural method for relieving pain and also contribute to the euphoric feeling that often follows a healthy aerobic workout.

There is an ever worsening problem among people today. Some researchers have found in our bodies over 400 new toxins today that didn’t even exist 45 years ago (Dr. Steve Nugent, 2003.) Our bodies are continually storing more toxic materials. It has been proven that the extraction of these toxins is greatly improved by regular infrared sauna use. Many toxins like lead or mercury are ever more present in our environment today and as a consequence enter our the cells of our bodies via water molecules. This strains our blood circulation and lowers our energy levels. This is where the infrared ray heat comes into play. It is able to deeply penetrate our skin and breakdown the water molecules. This allows the encased toxins to be flushed from the body. Water molecules vibrate at roughly 9400 micrometers. Portable infrared saunas emit rays at that same level, which is beneficial for humans. Our bodies are 60% water which makes these infrared saunas very efficient for detox and relaxation. These portable saunas really make it easy to slip away from the rough and tumble of your day and relax. The penetrating infrared rays really get at the internal organs and muscles and help to sooth them. Portability, affordability, and a quality sauna experience. These portable infrared saunas may be around for a long time.

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