Category:Health and Wellbeing
Infrared and ozone saunas are two new health crazes that have been attracting incredible reviews from wellbeing experts and social media influencers alike. But what do they actually do and how do they work?
We’re examining the benefits of infrared and ozone saunas and how they can help you.
What is the difference between a sauna, an infrared sauna and an ozone sauna?
In a traditional sauna, the air is heated using electricity, raising the temperature of the room to a level high enough to make you sweat. The heat can feel very intense, meaning you can’t spend too long in there. A standard sauna is also usually a larger space to be used by several people at a time.
An infrared sauna uses energy waves to warm the body – this energy is close to the same wavelength naturally emitted by the body, allowing it to be well received and to penetrate deeply. The heat is much gentler, and you can therefore spend much longer periods of time comfortably in an infrared sauna. They are smaller spaces, usually for private relaxation.
In an ozone steam sauna, steam is used to infuse ozone (which is electrified pure oxygen) into your skin so the oxygen is absorbed by your pores and transferred into your circulatory system and body tissues. The experience is similar to a steam room, but with less intense heat and a more private experience. You are enclosed in your own small cabin with your head free so that you’re not entirely surrounded by the steam.
How does an infrared sauna work?
Infrared waves are able to penetrate far deeper into the body than regular heat and light, enabling them to heal deep tissue and support cell regeneration.
Despite the heat being far more gentle than a traditional sauna, you will still sweat profusely – perhaps even more than in a standard sauna. This sweat removes seven times more heavy metals from your system than sweat produced by regular exercise, and an infrared sauna is a fantastic way to remove toxins from your body.
The gentle warming experience is also deeply relaxing, it feels like relaxing in warm sunshine!
What are the health benefits of an infrared sauna?
An infrared sauna can help with a wide range of health issues, particularly lung problems, such as asthma and bronchitis, and muscle or joint pain, including pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis or muscle injuries. The impact on tissue regeneration can also help a range of skin conditions, from eczema and psoriasis to acne, and reduce signs of ageing. The detoxifying properties can also help to lessen the effects of a range of chronic conditions.
How does an ozone sauna work?
Ozone is an energised form of oxygen, and is a powerful oxidising agent. Ozone has been used to treat wounds during the First World War, as a disinfectant and to purify tap water. The ozone layer of the atmosphere prevents harmful ultraviolet light from reaching the Earth’s surface.
By introducing ozone gas to the body, damaged cells are oxidised and repaired. Oxidisation also increases blood flow to the body’s cells and tissues.
What are the health benefits of an ozone sauna?
Ozone sauna therapy can significantly boost the immune system and has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. The effects can also fight viruses and microbes within the body. It can raise energy levels and promotes clear skin.
Regular ozone sauna use has also been shown to support mental wellbeing, improving sleep and reducing stress, depression and anxiety. Users report a feeling of euphoria after their treatment.
To find out more and book your own infrared or ozone sauna session, click here. Or give us a call on 01273 698687 if you’d like to discuss which one might be most beneficial for you.