On my dream wish list, along with an indoor steam room, is an infrared sauna. One of my favorite spas in Chicago, Allyu, offers private infrared sauna treatments on their service menu – and you’d better believe I take full advantage every visit.
Why does it feel soooo good to be warmed by the sun? Why do we day dream about lying on a tropical beach in the middle of winter? The sun’s rays are made up of both visible and invisible light. The colors of the rainbow depict the visible light spectrum, and UV Rays and Infrared Rays represent the invisible. While its not usually recommended to overdo exposure to UV Rays (most recommend just enough exposure for Vitamin D absorption) Infrared rays are extremely beneficial. They are absorbed into the body through the skin and aid in the removal of waste and toxins, as well as excess inflammation.
Here’s a great description of far infrared light from Clearlight Infrared Saunas:
We have all experienced the following: It’s a partly cloudy day and you are outside and it feels cool. All of a sudden the clouds move out of the way of the sun and a rush of warmth comes over you. This warm feeling is the far infrared band of sunlight warming your body.The far infrared band is part of the sun’s invisible spectrum of light. This band of light has the ability to penetrate our skin and warm our body directly…this heat is so safe that is it used in hospitals to keep newborns warm.
Infrared light is therapeutic for the entire system, but has great benefits specifically for the skin. We use infrared light (along with RED light) in our LED Light Therapy at bien-etre skincare studio.
Infrared light greatly reduces inflammation in the body and the skin, and helps encourage the body’s natural healing mechanisms.