Our health is profoundly affected by TOXIC COMPOUNDS IN OUR AIR, FOOD, WATER AND SOIL!
Our bodies have become virtual dumping grounds for hundreds of thousands of toxic compounds that invade our air, water and even the soil in which food grows. Today more than 80,000 chemicals are in active production in this country and more than 3,200 chemicals are in our food supply.
These chemicals and heavy metals create a situation of chronic toxic overload. As these toxins build up, they can cause enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, create hormonal imbalance, damage brain chemistry and even contribute to cancer and other debilitating chronic illnesses.
To stay healthy in this chemical-ridden world,
detoxification is essential to help the body with
the removal of harmful waste products
FAR INFRARED SAUNA
One way to accomplish this safely and effectively is by using Far Infrared Sauna treatments.
Far Infrared Sauna boosts the body’s ability to detoxify, leading to
significant health improvement and lasting health benefits.
What Medical Conditions Does Far Infrared Help?
Far Infrared Sauna therapy will help any number of chronic medical conditions in which detoxification may be useful. Common conditions treated include:
* Fibromyalgia * Chronic fatigue * Brain fog
* Depression * Anxiety * Headaches
* Chemical sensitivity * Candidiasis * IBS
* Allergies * Insomnia * Detoxification
* Anti-aging * Eczema * Memory loss
* ADHD * Autism * Stress reduction
* Weight loss * Cellulite removal * Pain relief
* Arthritis * Bursitis * Low back pain
People also report many other benefits such as:
• Alleviation of symptoms of fibromyalgia and arthritis
• Help with menopausal symptoms
• Relief from back and joint pain
• Improved circulation
• Better skin tone
• Stress release
• Weight loss
Infrared sauna carries off deeply imbedded impurities and dead skin cells, leaving the skin glowing and immaculately clean. Skin tone and elasticity are improved. It has also been shown to relieve acne, eczema and psoriasis.
The Thermal Life Far Infrared Sauna
The Thermal Life Far Infrared Sauna is a medical grade sauna that uses a specific type of wood and avoids the use of glue, adhesives, lacquer or plastics that may cause toxic gases to be released during the infrared heating process. The Thermal Life Far Infrared Sauna is recognized worldwide by physicians, medical doctors and healthcare practitioners as one of the safest and most effective ways to remove toxins from the body.
How Does Far Infrared Work?
Far infrared is a section of the natural band of light that is not visible to the human eye but can be felt as heat. Unlike the high heat produced in traditional saunas, far infrared heat is able to penetrate the body to a depth of 1.5 to 2 inches. This allows use of a lower temperature than traditional saunas. The effect is to stimulate the body’s cellular detoxification process much more effectively than a traditional sauna.
How Light Affects Your Health
For centuries, scientists and laymen alike have known that plants are dependent upon sunlight for photosynthesis. Only now have researchers discovered how integral light is to the health of humans. We are nourished by the sun just as we are nourished by food. Energy from the sun controls vital processes in humans. Inadequate sunlight can be detrimental to our health and well-being. Luckily, there is a huge body of research by physicians and scientists on the therapeutic benefits of specific wavelengths of the sun, such as far-infrared. Infrared saunas contain the far-infrared light that is felt as heat, and are the most popular and available sources of far-infrared heat.
Light is Vital to the Human Body The energy from the sun's rays, called photons, is the catalyst for the production of sugars, fats and proteins. Photons stimulate brain waves, metabolic processes, enzyme reactions and the endocrine system. When we come into contact with light, an army of light sensitive cells converts the light into electrical impulses, triggering the hypothalamus gland. This gland governs the automatic bodily functions such as blood pressure, breathing, digestion, sexual function, moods, the immune system and the aging process.
Lack of Sunlight Causes Problems According to Dr. John Downing, PhD, Director of the Light Therapy Department at the Preventative Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, “We cause or worsen a wide range of health problems by spending ninety percent of our lives indoors, under inadequate lighting conditions.” Photobiologist John Nash, a world-renowned researcher studying the effects of light in humans, believes that a lack of exposure to the full spectrum sunlight “contributes to fatigue, depression, hair loss, skin damage and other maladies”. When we fail to receive adequate light from the sun, and when we are exposed to artificial light such as fluorescent or incandescent where certain wavelengths are missing, we suffer in a multitude of ways: the body cannot fully absorb nutrients, enzymes in the body's cells remain dormant and the immune system can be suppressed. Enzymes that are normally activated cannot start up normal cellular metabolic reactions, resulting in lower cellular energy and a reduced ability to burn fats and toxins. This metabolic reaction, according to numerous studies on light, is very similar to physical training and exercise.
What is Infrared Light or Radiant Heat? No need to worry - it has nothing to do with ultraviolet radiation that gives you a sunburn and damages your skin. Solar energy from the sun covers a broad energy band including infrared, visible light, ultra-violet, x-rays and gamma rays. Infrared light, which is felt as heat, is the most beneficial segment of the sun and contains the greatest amount of the sun's energy. The far-infrared heat penetrates deeply with a very uniform warming effect. It has a narrow spectrum between 4 to 14 microns (wavelengths are measures in microns). This spectrum has been shown to have highly beneficial effects. In fact, our bodies absorb up to 93% of the infrared heat because the energy output closely resembles our own radiant energy.
The Finns, whose old religion used it as a ceremony for mental, spiritual and physical cleansing, have popularized sauna use. This religion came with the Finns when they migrated from an area northwest of present day Tibet, between 5,000-3,000 BC to their present location in Finland.
Infrared Saunas - The infrared sauna is a dry heat sauna, which warms your body directly rather than the air all around you. The soothing warmth of infrared penetrates deep into the sebaceous glands, gently allowing them to release their poisons. Infrared saunas operate at temperatures between 110 - 140 degrees.
Steam Saunas - on the other hand, use an indirect moist heat and operates at temperatures of 180 – 225 degrees. This allows the body to superficially perspire - but with infrared saunas you're going deeper than that, with much lower temperatures.
Infrared Sauna users report ease of breathing the much cooler air, while feeling as warm as they choose, and the distinctive feeling of well being as an after effect. The lower heat range is safer for those concerned about cardiovascular risk factors that might be adversely affected by the higher temperatures encountered in steam saunas.
Therapeutic Benefits According to research, the medical benefits are vast:
The sauna provides a passive cardiovascular conditioning effect. As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. The infrared sauna makes it possible for people who are unable to exert themselves, or who won't follow through on an exercise and conditioning program, to achieve a cardiovascular training effect. This also allows for more variety in any ongoing training program. "Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of a sauna may impart a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories as regular exercise.” (As reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association - August 7, 1981.)
As a confirmation of the validity of this form of cardiovascular conditioning, extensive research by NASA in the early 1980's led to the conclusion that infrared stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space flights.
Infrared heat is new to the West, but has been researched and utilized in Asia for over 25 years. In Japan there is an “Infrared Society”, composed of medical doctors and physical therapists, to further research and support the health benefits of infrared as a method of healing. Thermal systems based on infrared heaters were used exclusively by medical practitioners in Japan until 1979 when they were released for public use. The idea has now been further refined into the Infrared Thermal System that has been sold in the United States since 1981.
How Long Is Each Session?
Treatments are typically performed one to three times weekly, for 30 minutes but may be administered more frequently as needed or recommended. Dr. Wycoff will individualize the session length and recommended temperature for your specific health concerns.
The sessions are typically 30 minutes in length for healthy adults - less time with a shorter period of time for children or patients with underlying medical conditions. Talk to a Wycoff Wellness Center staff member about specific treatment recommendations and protocols.
Call today to learn more about the Thermal Life Far Infrared Sauna.
Contact our office at 517-333-7270 (800-471-0255) to schedule your initial visit!
Note - if you are interested in purchasing a Thermal Life Far Infrared Sauna for your home please contact our office. We are able to share speical discounted pricing to Wycoff Wellness patients for all Thermal Life products!