Posted on 23 September 2021

From pain relief to relaxation - the 10 benefits of making infrared light therapy part of your wellness routine

We all want to look and feel our best. From eating a balanced diet to gentle movement each day, and even making sure we take in the rejuvenating qualities of nature on a regular basis, it’s never been more important to invest in our health and wellbeing. However, did you know that regular infrared sauna use can help support all of these goals and provide added benefits for circulation, weight loss, sleep, immunity, stress relief, and general pain relief? 

At Sunlighten we are passionate about supporting your health and wellness, and helping you create impactful wellness spaces that enhance your everyday life. So, if you want to get yourself back into balance, the benefits of an infrared sauna may be just what you need.

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1. Detoxification and cleansing from the inside out

In today’s world, we ingest toxicants every day. They’re in the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat and the products our skin absorbs. While our incredible bodies have an inbuilt detoxification system, it can become easily overwhelmed. 

Sunlighten infrared saunas promote a deep detoxifying sweat that will leave you feeling cleansed, rejuvenated and energised. Using the Far infrared wavelength, this light energy vibrates your fat cells to release trapped toxins and increase your core body temperature.  In response, your body will substantially increase blood flow creating a passive cardio experience and generating sweat to release the toxins.    

2. Support with weight loss and weight management

Maintaining a healthy weight is important to your quality of life, yet it can be so challenging. Whilst moving your body is the most effective way to burn kilojoules, it is not always possible or accessible for everybody. Changing your habits and behaviours is key to success. 

Sunlighten infrared saunas provide such a relaxing and enjoyable experience that it’s an easy lifestyle and behaviour change that you’ll actually want to stick with.  

Our infrared saunas promote weight loss by increasing your core body temperature, detoxifying the body and burning calories while you relax in total comfort.  A 2019 study compared participant’s cardiovascular effects in a sauna and on an exercise bike. The increase in heart rate was found to be similar to a short, moderate workout and is described as creating a passive cardio workout.

So, you can basically ‘workout’ without actually physically doing so! 

Although your workout routine shouldn’t consist solely of sitting in a sauna - the metabolic effects aids weight loss thanks to the patented Sunlighten Solocarbon heater technology found in all of our infrared saunas. 

For absolute convenience, Sunlighten’s mPulse sauna also has a pre-set weight loss program, which you can find out more about here.  

3. Boosted immunity and the body’s best defence against viruses

Your body has in-built natural defences to protect itself.  During a fever caused by a viral illness, our body temperature rises and stimulates the immune system. It’s a signal to white blood cells and the body’s antiviral army of lymphocytes, neutrophils and interferons to come to the rescue. 

Increased body temperature can also help fight infections as it stimulates heat shock proteins that deter viruses from reproducing inflammatory cytokine proteins.

Raising body temperature above the thermo-neutral zone for therapeutic benefits is called hyperthermia.  

Sunlighten’s infrared heating technology gives you the highest quality and quantity of infrared clinically proven to raise core body temperature safely by three degrees. 

This increase in your core body temperature creates a ‘false fever’ effect, stimulating circulation and triggering the bodies anti-viral response to ward off viruses.  

Several studies have shown that people who regularly used infrared saunas had significantly fewer episodes of common colds than those who did not. 

So, if you were looking for an excuse to bring the benefits of Sunlighten infrared saunas to your home or wellness studio, look no further!

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4. Increased circulation, without the exertion

Good circulation is critical to your overall health. It ensures that blood and oxygen continuously flow throughout the body, allowing every organ to function properly.  It helps wounds heal faster, it keeps the brain sharp, helps to maintain a healthy heart and even gives you a natural flush.

Sunlighten infrared saunas effortlessly increase your circulation whilst providing a relaxing and restorative experience.  Science supports using a Sunlighten infrared sauna regularly as part of a healthy lifestyle and to support cardiac health.

5. Increased cardiovascular health for a stronger heart

Your heart is a muscle; working it makes it stronger. A stronger cardiovascular system helps capillaries deliver more oxygen to muscle cells. 

Sunlighten Infrared sauna sessions are clinically shown to raise your heart rate and increase circulation. This replicates a cardiovascular workout we term “passive cardio.” 

In fact, blood flow during our infrared sauna sessions can rise from a normal rate of 5-7 quarts/minute to up to 13 quarts/minute. For people with injuries or conditions precluding them from cardio activity, Sunlighten saunas can help serve as an alternative for needed cardio benefits.   (Change quarts to mls)

6. Decrease blood pressure and cholesterol

Sunlighten saunas have been clinically shown to provide one of the best, natural ways to help temporarily lower blood pressure.  

In a 2005 clinical study by the University of Missouri Kansas City, Sunlighten’s SoloCarbon far infrared heaters were shown to temporarily lower blood pressure through a program of 30-minute infrared sauna sessions 3 times per week.

The study concluded that Sunlighten sauna sessions, as part of a heathy lifestyle, dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining, therefore increasing circulation needed for healthy blood pressure. Repeated infrared sauna use improved impaired blood vessel functions in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

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7. Pain relief and greater freedom from muscle aches and sore joints

Infrared light penetrates tissues, joints and muscles to relieve acute and chronic ails. From aches to muscle discomfort, joint pain to spasms, this therapy can be a life changer. Along with its appeal as a non-invasive, low-risk protocol, it has proven its efficacy in helping to downregulate the production and concentration of inflammatory markers that lead to the degradation of joints. 

Infrared sauna therapy can also be used to assist people living with a range of degenerative diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis which can cause many side effects, including pain, stiffness, fatigue and joint destruction. 

8. Cell health and wound healing

Near, mid, and far infrared light technology has been shown to aid in improving cellular health, making them an effective tool for natural healing and prevention. Infrared light has the ability to penetrate human tissue, which in turn produces a host of health benefits making infrared saunas one of the ‘hottest’ home therapies for overall healthier living.

This increased circulation is critical for proper healing and recovery. Red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to the site of the strain or inflammation, which helps to create new blood vessels and tissues at the site. The more red and white blood cells that can get delivered to muscles, the quicker they rebuild.

Sunlighten’s patented Solocarbon® far infrared heaters have been found to be 99% effective in terms of far infrared absorption into the body. Sunlighten’s mPulse® 3 in 1® is also the only sauna with all three wavelengths in the optimal range in one heater.  

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9. Anti-ageing qualities to restore, refresh and rejuvenate your skin

Healthy, glowing skin can help you feel radiant and confident, and it’s one of the many benefits of consistent infrared sauna use. It almost sounds too good to be true, but the science supports it! 

Sunlighten infrared saunas deliver near infrared (NIR) wavelengths to deliver energy to cells. Research shows that when NIR penetrateds the skin, fibroblast cells absorb the light activity, stimulating production of collagen and elastin. Over time, those increases create thicker, younger looking skin, decrease lines, fade scars, and promote skin renewal, cell health and tissue growth. 

Sunlighten infrared saunas can help reduce wrinkles and crow’s feet, while improving overall skin tone, softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness.

10. Relaxation and the antidote to modern day stresses

According to The Wellness Institute, dedicated ‘sacred spaces’ have the ability to uplift us emotionally, maximise our cognitive performance and allow us the space to breathe, reconnect and be mindful. 

Sunlighten infrared saunas have been designed for the utmost in comfort to deliver greater relaxation and stress reduction benefits. Unlike traditional saunas which operate at extremely harsh temperatures, infrared is a gentle, soothing and therapeutic heat that promotes relaxation and improved sleep. Infrared sauna therapy helps you relax while receiving an invigorating deep-tissue-sweat, leaving you fully refreshed after each session.

By incorporating a Sunlighten infrared sauna into your wellness studio, gym or even at home, you can unlock the regenerative and long-lasting effects of heat and light therapy to nourish your body and soul. 

To bring the benefits of Sunlighten’s infrared saunas, be sure to get in touch with our experienced team. And for more tips on how to increase your health and wellness using the power of far, mid and near infrared technology, visit the Sunlighten blog.

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