Scientifically Based Benefits*
Full-spectrum infrared sauna therapy is a safe, effective way to rid your body of toxins, promote cell regeneration, rejuvenate your skin, lose weight, and more. Whether you visit for a relaxing session in one of our flotation therapy suites or drop by for a soothing massage, adding full-spectrum infrared sauna therapy to your wellness regimen can produce a number of additional health benefits.
*The use of full-spectrum infrared sauna therapy is not intended to fully treat, cure or prevent any illness or condition. All medical conditions should be treated by a physician competent in treating that particular condition. Afloat has neither applied for nor received approval from the Food and Drug Administration or any other consumer protection group.
SWEAT + DETOXIFY
As infrared light penetrates joints, muscles, and soft tissues, blood flow increases, releasing toxins from cells and transporting them to the skin’s surface for removal as sweat. Our full-spectrum IR sauna can raise core body temperature by two-to-three degrees, ridding your system of environmental toxins as well. In fact, the US Center for Disease Control estimates that the root causes of more than 80% of all illnesses are found in personal environments or lifestyles.
Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes function efficiently so that we are better able to digest the nutrients in our foods. Detoxification has also been shown to be helpful with colitis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD and ADHD. —Dr. Rachel West, Family Medicine Physician
Our saunas produce near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths, which promote faster cell regeneration, wound healing, and human tissue growth. In one particular study, human cell growth increased by 155%-171% in some cases, while wound size decreased by 36% (1).
A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy revealed that when exposed to near-infrared (NIR) sauna therapy, a person’s skin can show significant improvements after just 12 weeks. Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity, and firmness (2).
Infrared saunas have been clinically shown to help lower weight and waist circumference over a three-month period. The heat our saunas generate will raise your core temperature by two-to-three degrees, which can lead to an increased heart rate similar to that experienced during exercise. In this warmer state, your body has to work hard to cool itself, causing a healthy sweat—which increases heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolism, burning more calories (3).
As the heat from an infrared sauna raises your core body temperature, blood flow increases. Consistent infrared sauna sessions, especially at the mid-infrared level (MIR), can continue to stimulate blood flow after a session, supporting muscle recovery, easing pain, reducing inflammation, and speeding up healing.
The cardiovascular cleansing properties of these saunas allow the circulatory system to have increased circulation and oxygenation which lowering blood pressure. —Dr. Rachel West, Family Medicine Physician
If you suffer from muscle aches or joint pain, time in an infrared sauna may be an effective complement to your treatment, as infrared light penetrates tissue deeply to promote cell growth from the inside (4). In addition, the use of near-infrared (NIR) therapy boosted the production of white blood cells to alleviate inflammation and reduce swelling, two key factors in easing bodily pain (5).
LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
Our full-spectrum saunas offer a natural, clinically proven way to lower blood pressure with just three 30-minute sessions each week. In fact, a University of Missouri at Kansas City study concluded infrared sauna therapy dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining, thus increasing circulation to promote healthy blood pressure (6).
Stress is a component of 75-90% of all visits to primary care physicians, according to The American Institute of Stress. We invite you to relax in natural comfort with an invigorating deep tissue sweat that will refresh you in new ways—promoting a reduction in stress. Infrared sauna therapy helps the body maintain healthy levels of cortisol, the “fight-or-flight” hormone produced in the adrenal glands that raises heart rate and blood pressure.
The benefits of infrared sauna therapy described above have been demonstrated through numerous peer-reviewed studies. Click or tap View Sources to see our research citations.