What is infrared and how does it work?
Infrared rays are one of the sun’s rays of light. Sunlight itself is a combination of both invisible and visible light. When you see the seven colours of the rainbow, these are the visible lights to the naked eye, the invisible lights are ultraviolet light and infrared light. Infrared rays are the light that are the healthiest form of light, it has the ability to penetrate down into your skin deeply and help to dissolve substances which are harmful to us that have become trapped in our body accumulating over time. By doing this the infrared sauna can revitalise both your cells and your metabolism.
As we sit in the sauna these far infrared waves penetrate our body and cause the activation of our sweat glands. The sweat glands are one of a few structures in our body that can eliminate toxins. Due to the skin being the largest organ in our body it gives us a big surface to utilise for detoxification. How do these toxins get released you ask?……. Well when the infrared waves penetrate our skin they cause the water molecules to start vibrating (remember we are approximately 70% water), the vibration that is now occurring in your body greatly reduces the ion bonds and eventually causes the breakdown of the water molelcules. When the water molecules break down it causes them to release toxins and other trapped gasses.
Here at Naturally Restored we have chosen to use Clearlight commercial grade saunas. Clearlight have built saunas that use the full spectrum of infrared, so both near, mid and far infrared is utilised, giving the customer the maximum benefit of being in the sauna.
INFRARED RAYS EXPLAINED
The shortest wavelength is the near infrared. This near infrared is absorbed just under the surface of your skin creating your body to sweat that stimulates will be absorbed just below the surface of the skin creating a sweat that stimulates healing and rejuvenation.
Mid infrared is a longer wavelength than the near infrared, but not as long as far infrared. Mid infrared goes a little further into the skin penetrating the body’s soft tissue. This helps to improve the body’s circulation giving the body the ability to release oxygen into injuries or other areas.
The longest wavelength is far infrared. Far infrared has the ability to penetrates the fat cells. When it does this it causes vasodilation, during vasodilation the fat cells vibrate to get rid of toxins. This results in the largest level of detoxification and metabolic stimulation aiding in weight loss.
BENEFITS OF INFRARED SAUNAS
WEIGHT LOSS AND INCREASED METABOLISM
Relaxing in the sauna comes with many benefits, while you are comfortably sitting in the sauna your body is actually hard at work As your body increases its sweat production in an aim to cool itself your heart rate is increased boosting your circulations. This increase in your metabolism helps to burn calories.
MUSCLE PAIN RELIEF
Muscles will have the ability to heal faster, this is because the increase in your blood circulation will take away all the metabolic waste products and in turn send oxygen rich blood to the muscles helping to speed recovery. Whilst warm your muscles will relax and create better flexibility and range of motion. The infrared heat helps to relieve muscle tension and the deep heat of the far infrared saunas assist in the peripheral dilation of the blood vessels. This dilation brings with it relief and healing to soft tissue and muscle injuries. As the heat of infrared saunas penetrate your body it will also reduce muscle spasms and sore nerve endings once the muscle joints and nerve fibres are heated.
IMMUNE BOOSTING PROPERTIES
By raising your body’s core temperature and creating a artificial temperature is stimulates the body’s own natural response to strengthen and increase the immune response. Like what occurs when you get an infection. Enhancing youe immune system and also getting rid of toxins and waste through your sweat will aid in improving your overall health and ability to resist disease.
The main reason why most people use a sauna is the detoxification benefits. It’s ability to boost your blood circulation and activate the sweat glands, releasing the trapped toxins in the body still remains the infrared saunas biggest benefit. Utilising the sauna on a regular basis can help rid the body of accumulated toxic metals such as nickel, mercury and cadmium, as well as nicotine, alcohol and many other organic and inorganic compounds.
JOINT PAIN AND STIFFNESS
Many people have found that infrared saunas benefit joint pain and stiffness. The radiant heat from the being in the sauna is effective in the treatment of the many forms of arthritis, joint stiffness, neuralgia, muscle spasms, sprains and many other ailments from the muscular-skeletal system. Age related soreness, aches and stiffness can be reduced or eliminated with the aid of an infrared sauna.
FATIGUE AND STRESS REDUCTION
The gentle warmth of being inside the infrared sauna causes you to feel quite relaxed, renewed and rejuvenated in just a few minutes. This positive effect has been shown to cause the autonomic nervous system to go into a parasympathetic state of rest and digest, giving your body the opportunity to heal.
Within minutes of being in an infrared sauna the sweating occurring is beginning to take away the dead skins cells and impurities, leaving the skin looking and feeling clean and glowing. The increase in circulation also aids in the delivery of nutrients to the skin. Benefits may include an increased elasticity, and better skin texture and tone. An increase in blood circulation has also been shown to help with the relief of acne, burns, cuts, eczema, lesions, scarring and psoriasis.
As an added benefit there are Chromotherapy lights inside our saunas. Chromotherapy is the use of light and it’s various frequencies to penetrate the body and promote healing and harmony from within by adjusting our own body’s frequencies.
Each colour has it’s own unique vibration, each of these vibrations have been found to be beneficial in helping different physical symptoms. Everyday examples can be seen in the use of green light to help with the growth of plants, like the NASA astronauts have done in space, and red light has been increasingly popular for treatment of skin conditions. Each colour is found to be able to address a distinct need.
As explained on the clearlight sauna page (infraredsauna.com/images/clearlight_chromotherapy.pdf) chromotherapy has many health and cosmetic benefits, see below.
The History of Color Light Therapy
Color Light therapy is a technique of restoring imbalance by means of applying color to the body. Its history is rooted as far back as the Mayan culture.
In India, Ayurveda, an ancient form of medicine practiced for thousands of years, is based on the idea that every individual contains five elements of the universe which are present in specific proportions unique to each individual, including their personality type and constitution. When these elements are out of balance, Ayurveda works with the energies inherent in the colors of the spectrum to restore this balance.
In ancient Egypt the art of healing with color was founded in the Hermetic tradition, the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used colored minerals, stones, crystals, salves, and dyes as remedies, and painted treatment sanctuaries in various shades of color.
In China, traditional Chinese medicine incorporates color to be associated with each organ and elemental system. This healing method looks at the idea that every individual is a balance. The first color wheel was invented by Sir Isaac Newton. He split white sunlight into red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, and blue. He then joined the two ends of the color spectrum together to show the natural progression of colors.
Light Therapy has been valued throughout history as a remarkable source of healing. Today, the therapeutic applications of light and color are being investigated in major hospitals and research centers worldwide. Results indicate that full-spectrum, ultraviolet, colored, and laser light can have therapeutic value for a range of conditions from chronic pain and depression to immune disorders.
Healing With Color
Color is light; split into different wavelengths vibrating at different speeds and at different frequencies. Objects that ABSORB all wavelengths and DO NOT reflect are black in nature. Objects that REFLECT all wavelengths and DO reflect are white in nature. Between black and white lies COLOR. Colors are wavelengths of energy that, to us, appear as color because of the potential and capabilities of the object to either absorb or reflect the energy.There are many numerous benefits from the infrared saunas chromotherapy lights, please see below for more information, click on the tabs to expand the information.
Light Therapy has been reported to reduce swelling, relieve pain, decrease inflammation, accelerate open wound healing and greatly reduce overall recovery after medical/surgical procedures. Patients have demonstrated increased range of motion, decreased muscle tension and spasm, and improved circulation.
Rejuvenating LED light therapy can be used for pain management such as joint and back pain, sore or torn muscles, sprains, arthritis, post-surgical scars, burns, wounds and more. When used with infrared technology, light therapy (phototherapy) is one of the most effective and noninvasive ways to repair the body.
Light therapy is also used to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD effects individuals when the lack of sunlight results in seasonal depression. Phototherapy helps with SAD by resetting the internal biological clock (Circadian rhythms), helping individuals sleep better and regulate their mood. Even companies, such as GE and Philips, have created phototherapeutic product to improve and regulate mood.
Light therapy is also a growing treatment for anti-aging. Many individuals have seen a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and age spots.
Light therapy is “effective at improving the appearance of the face, neck and chest by reducing the signs of aging, wrinkles and age spots”, says Web M.D. Combined with infrared therapy, LED phototherapy can be a great way to revitalize skin. Light therapy energizes skin cells, stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, giving skin back it’s youthful look.
Red is called “The Great Energizer.” It loosens, releases stiffness and constrictions. It is excellent for areas that have become stiffened. Red is the first visible color we see after the infrared band is passed. It promotes cellular growth, stimulating the “will” aspect, or the circulatory system. It is therefore indicated for all colds, sluggish or dormant conditions, such as pneumonia, arthritis, anemia, as a liver stimulant, an energy builder, and for increasing circulation. Red links with and stimulates the base of the spine, causing the adrenal glands to release adrenalin. This results in greater strength. Red causes hemoglobin to multiply, thus increasing energy raising body temperature conditions as it stimulates sensory nerves such as hearing, taste, smell, and activates metabolism. It is excellent for anemia or blood-related conditions.
Yellow helps awaken mental inspiration arousing higher mentality. Thus, it is an excellent color for nervous or nerve-related conditions or ailments; fueling the solar plexus. Yellow has a very enriching effect upon the intellect. Yellow can be used for conditions of the stomach, liver, and intestines. It can help the pores of the skin by repairing scarred tissue. These rays have an alkalizing effect which strengthens the nerves. Awakening, inspiring and vitally stimulating the higher mind promoting self-control. Typical diseases treated by yellow are constipation, gas, liver troubles, diabetes, eczema and nervous exhaustion. Providing clarity of thought, increasing awareness, stimulating interest and curiosity yellow energy is related to the ability to perceive or understand. The yellow energy connects us to our mental self.
Toggle ConGreen is the universal healing color. Green is midway in the color spectrum; therefore, it contains both a physical nature and a spiritual nature, in equal balance and in equal harmony. Thus, green can be used for just about any condition in need of healing. When in doubt, green will always work. Help relax muscles, nerves, and thoughts. The color green cleanses and balances our energy, to give a feeling of renewal, peace and harmony. Used primarily for balancing our whole being It is neither relaxing nor astringent in its impact. In a more practical sense, green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart. Having both an energizing effect, moderating, or soothing effect. Green can help heal many illnesses of this nature, specifically including heart troubles, decreasing and stabilizing blood pressure, ulcers, cancer, headaches, nervous disorders and influenza, and acts as a general tonic.
Blue on the other hand, is at the opposite end of the visible spectrum. Blue can be used for any type of ailments associated with speech, communication, or the throat. This is a mentally relaxing color. Blue has a pacifying effect on the nervous system encouraging great relaxation. It is ideal for sleep problems. Blue light connects us to holistic thought, and gives us wisdom and clarity enhancing communication and speech. Relaxing, soothing blue rays bring great calm and peace to the mind that is worried, excited, or in a constant nervous state. It is a very positive color, indicating loyalty and reliability, as expressed in the sentiment of being “true blue.”
Orange has a freeing action upon the mind, relieving repression. Because orange is a blend of red and yellow, it combines physical energy with mental wisdom, inducing a transformation between lower physical reaction and higher mental response. Thus, it is often referred to as “The Wisdom Ray.” Orange is warm, cheering, and non-constricting. Through orange, we are able to heal the physical body (red) and, at the same time, induce within the mind (yellow) greater understanding. Orange helps assimilate new ideas. Orange is the best emotional stimulant, helping to remove inhibitions paving independent social behavior. Bring joy to your workday and strengthen your appetite for life. Orange aids in repairing inflammation of the kidneys, gallstones, menstrual cramps, epilepsy, wet cough and all sinus conditions.
Violet is the last color we can see before light passes on to ultra-violet. This color is an excellent remedy for neurosis, diseases of the scalp, sciatica, tumors, rheumatism, cerebralspinal meningitis, concussion, cramps and epilepsy. Violet animates and cleans the venous blood. It is generally not used for physical conditions; however, some color experts believe that it does provide nourishment to the cells in the upper brain. Violet purifies our thoughts and feelings giving us inspiration in all undertakings. The violet energy connects us to our spiritual
self bringing guidance, wisdom and inner strength, and enhances artistic talent and creativity. Leonardo da Vinci proclaimed that you can increase the power of meditation ten fold by meditating under the gentle rays of violet, as found in church windows.
Light therapy uses colors for their proposed healing abilities in treating emotional and physical disturbances. Light therapy is based on the premise that different colors evoke different responses in people. For example, some colors are considered to be stimulating, whereas others may be soothing. Color therapy has been suggested for many uses, based on tradition or on scientific theories. Consult with a health care provider before using color therapy for any use.
INFRARED SAUNA SESSION INFORMATION
Each sauna session is in a private open aired room. A privacy lock on the door ensures total privacy. A space is provided for your personal items. Once in the infrared sauna you will be able to use the supplied cords to charge you phone and/or to listen to your own music in the specially designed cabinet that keeps your phone cool. You can also simply read a book as there is no steam to make your book damp. Heat settings can be adjusted according to your personal requirements if need be.
After the session you will be able to wipe yourself down and rid yourself of all the sweat and toxins on your skin, whilst still maintaining a relatively stable body temperature so the process can end naturally. This can be done with one of the heated towels provided in the towel heater found in the room. Please note when they come out of the cabinet they are very hot and need to be aired for a little while before use.
After you are dressed and your session has ended you are able to utilise the powder room to re-apply makeup and fix hair etc.
CONTRAINDICATIONS AND SAFEGUARDS FOR INFRARED SAUNA USE
– Never sleep inside the sauna while it is on
– Do not use during an electrical storm, as there is a remote risk of shock
If any of the below apply to you please expand the sections for further information and always consult your physician prior to sauna use if required or you have any concerns:
Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their personal physician since some medications may induce drowsiness, while others may affect heart rate, blood pressure and circulation. Diuretics, barbiturates and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics such as amitryptaline may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent, heat stroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to attempt to “sweat out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment; therefore, he/she may not realize when the body has a negative reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress. The use of alcohol, drugs or medications prior to a sauna session may lead to unconsciousness.
The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature. If elderly, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. When using with a child, operate at a lower temperature and for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumors and Diabetes with Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating. Consult a physician.
The use of infrared saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
Individuals with insensitivity to heat or who have a fever should not use the sauna until the fever subsides.
Pregnant women should consult a physician before using an infrared sauna.
Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase menstrual flow. This should not preclude sauna use.
- Recent (acute) joint injury should not be heated for the first 48 hours or until the swollen symptoms subside. Joints that are chronically hot and swollen may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind
Metal pins, rods, artificial joints or any other surgical implants generally reflect infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your physician prior to using.
If you have a condition that reduces your ability to control your temperature, please consult you health practitioner before use.
The magnets used to assemble our saunas can interrupt the pacing and inhibit the output of pacemakers. Please discuss with your doctor the possible risks this may cause.
If you have any concerns regarding the use of the sauna or any other of our equipment please ensure you seek proper medical advise before your treatment.
IN THE RARE EVENT THAT YOU EXPERIENCE ANY KIND OF PAIN OR DISCOMFORT, IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE USING THE SAUNA AND SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.
INFRARED SAUNA SESSION
30mins – $30
45mins – $45
1hr – $60
Extra person – FREEPACKAGES ARE ONLY INITIALLY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN-STORE (OR VIA PHONE, TEXT OR EMAIL).
AFTER PURCHASE YOU CAN REDEEM PACKAGES AT ANY STAGE IN-STORE OR VIA THE BOOKING SITE.
Sauna sizzle – 10 x 30min sauna sessions $270
Sauna simmer – 10 x 45min sauna sessions $400
Sauna scorch – 10 x 1hr sauna sessions $550
We have 2 saunas available: a 2-3 person rectangle sauna and our corner sauna which can hold 4-5 people. Although our saunas are available to hold additional people it is booked out by one person only for the entirety of that session. If they personally would like to invite friends/family to have a sauna with them they are more than welcome to do so.
Each extra person (of your personal choice) is free, so why not split the cost.
You may bring your own towel or please advise reception if you require a towel. Hot disposable towels are available in the sauna rooms to wipe off excess sweat after each session, these are supplied at no extra charge. A powder room is available to re-apply makeup and fix your hair.