When thinking about purchasing an iComfort sauna, know that you will be considering an investment in your health. Whether for a feeling of well-being, to purify one’s body or for therapeutic reasons, saunas have had faithful followers throughout the centuries and for many cultures world-wide.
By heating one’s body, a light sudation is produced releasing toxins from the body. Once released of toxins, the body continues to gain benefits from this process in the forms of purified skin, restored skin elasticity, better blood circulation and a strengthened immune system. As well, muscular pains, rheumatism, cold symptoms, and flu-like symptoms are significantly reduced. A feeling of well-being is achieved with a reduction in stress and tension, an increased metabolism and improved sleep patterns."iComfort, it's the comfort and the quality you've dreamed of..." INCREASED FLEXIBILITY
Overall health and fitness must include flexibility as a very high priority. The iComfort sauna is a perfect place to work on increasing your flexibility. Studies have shown that a warm muscle stretches far better than a cold one and retains the elasticity.HEART HEALTH
As you bask in the warmth of an iComfort sauna the entire cardiovascular system is dilated to increase blood flow to the surface of the skin and the extremities in order to dissipate heat. This means your heart works harder pumping blood at a greater rate to boost circulation, supplying the conditioning benefits of continuous exercise. Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate increase, while diastolic blood pressure drops, for improved overall cardiovascular fitness. Studies have also been done on the benefits of the infrared saunas on arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). 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.
“In a sauna, a moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 g consuming nearly 300 kcal — the equivalent of running 2-3 miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600 to 800 kcal with no adverse effects.”*
(As reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), August 7, 1981.)
Our body expends energy to produce sweat (1g sweat requires 0.586 kcal). While this weight can be regained as soon as you drink fluids, the calories burned will not. An iComfort Sauna treatment can also help to raise your metabolic rate. At 420C, body fat becomes water soluble and the body can sweat out fats, toxins, and heavy metals such as lead, zinc, nickel and mercury can be eliminated through sweating. We strongly advise to drink two or three glasses of water for every 15 minutes you are in the sauna. It may be tempting to enjoy the immediate sauna weight loss if you don’t drink, but this will hurt your body.
Saunas promote purifying: as the body is heated, the body’s natural response of light sudation, releasing perspiration through the dermal layers to the skins’ surface where its evaporation returns the body’s core to a cooled state, is what promotes deep toxin cleansing of the skin and improved skin elasticity.
In an iComfort sauna, the deep heat helps blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Increased blood circulation carries off metabolic waste products and delivers oxygen rich blood to oxygen depleted muscles, so they recover faster. In Europe, radiant heat therapy is widely used to treat patients suffering from many forms of arthritis. Far infrared therapy in Japan has been effective in providing pain relief to those suffering from back pain, sprains, strains, bursitis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, headache, and many other muscular-skeletal ailments.
Toxins disturb the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Infrared treatment works in two ways. By shedding toxins you allow the body to begin to heal itself more effectively. As well the deep heat helps blood vessels dilate, bringing relief and healing to muscle and soft tissue injuries. Infrared therapy is so effective in increasing healing in strained muscles, damaged tendons and other sports injuries that it is used by several professional athletes, including the US Olympic team and even NASA.
Scientific analysis shows infrared heat induced sweat contains 5-6 times more toxins, fat and impurities than normal sweat. Relax in an iComfort sauna and enjoy its unsurpassed ability to eliminate stored waste (metabolic wastes, environmental toxins, city pollution, fat, cholesterol, heavy metals, alcohol, and nicotine). One U.S. study has indicated that people using a conventional sauna were eliminating 95-97% water in their sweat. Those using an infrared sauna, however, were found to be eliminating only 80-85% water, while the remaining 15-20% was mostly composed of undesirable elements such as sodium, fat soluble toxins, sulphuric acid, uric acid, toxic heavy metals, ammonia, and cholesterol. Toxic metals, including mercury as well as organic toxins such as PCB’s and pesticide residues, are excreted in high quantities in the sweat during properly conducted hyperthermic therapy sessions.
Heat causes toxins to be released from cells. The toxic molecules will then reside transiently in the lymph fluid. Since sweat is manufactured from the lymph fluid, toxins present in the lymph fluid will exit the body through the sweat. Because the liver and kidneys are not required for this process, these organs are largely unburdened by hyperthermic therapy and toxins are able to leave the body even when liver or kidney function is impaired. This may be a distinct advantage for chronically ill patients whose livers and kidneys may already be under toxic stress.
When heat penetrates the skin, the rise in temperature is a natural stage of the immune system’s healing process. The thermal effect within the deep layers of the tissues causes blood vessels and capillaries to dilate, promoting better blood circulation. Recent studies have shown that colds and flu-like illnesses are dramatically reduced when treated in the early stages with regular sauna therapy. In addition, sauna therapy soothes muscular pain and relieves rheumatic symptoms.