When our flexibility increases, we feel greater ease in our body. Walking is easier and we have a spring in our step that was not there before. Flexibility increases the range of our joints, makes activities of daily living easier and can even prevent injury. It also allows better oxidation of our cells. When our flexibility increases, we feel greater ease in our body. Walking is easier and we have a spring in our step that was not there before. Flexibility increases the range of our joints, makes activities of daily living easier and can even prevent injury. It also allows better oxidation of our cells.
“Flexible Body Means Flexible Mind", Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa (Kundalini Yoga Instructor; Co-Founder and Director of Golden Bridge Yoga).
Over time, and as we age, our bodies have a tendency to contract which can make even simple tasks seem difficult. A tight body may have to bend in strange contorted ways just to pick up an object. Poor posture caused from inflexibility can increase the chances for an injury to arise or even cause a fall from poor gait. Stiff muscles tend to weaken and such negatively effects our bones and joints, hence they fully rely on the support of our muscle tissue. So how do we get ourselves out of our bad posture, inflexible stands and movements?
The infrared sauna can be an easy and effective way to improve flexibility and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Recent clinical studies have shown that just sitting and stretching in an infrared sauna can improve range of motion up to two inches. Participants were asked to perform several stretching routines sitting inside an infrared sauna and also outside the infrared sauna. Every stretch performed inside the sauna was measurably greater with the help of the infrared heat. Sitting and stretching in the sauna will also reduce muscle tension, which can reduce overall stress. When we stretch our muscles, we also stretch our nerves. Which then helps our brain to operate more efficiently. Studies have also shown that a warm muscle stretches far better than a cold one and will retain its elasticity for longer periods of time.
"Tissues heated to 45C and then stretched exhibit a non-elastic residual elongation of about 0.5- 0.9% that persists after the stretch is removed, which does not occur in these same tissues at normal temperatures. Thus 20 stretching sessions can produce 10-18% increase in length of tissues so heated and stretched."
Justus F Lehmann M.D., Williams and Wilkins, Therapeutic Heat and Cold, 4th edition.