One of the nicest side effects we were not expecting was the stress relief. This is very understated and undervalued benefit to the sauna. After a 30 minute session in my sauna, I come out of it feeling like a new man. I see many patients where stress is causing their health problems and we have started to add it to all of our stress management programs. - Dr. Michael Nowazek, BSC, ND President, Alberta Association of Naturopathic Practitioners
Stress Relief and Far Infrared Sauna Therapy
Stress seems to be so ingrained in our culture today. It is everywhere we turn; cell phones, deadlines, emotions, traffic and overbearing bosses - the list goes on and on. Stress has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, lowered immune function, depression, obesity, sleep disorders, increased Alzheimers and premature death, just to name a few. When we are stressed, our body/mind takes a defensive"fight or flight" position. This is a response of the Autonomic Nervous System designed to take us away from dangerous situations when we were roaming the savannah, like a big Lion ! We were never designed to stay in this “fight or flight" for very long. When we remain in the stress response, the body wears down and systems start to malfunction. The body concentrates it's energy on getting away from or getting through what it perceives as threatening; (the bad driver in front of you, the barking dog, public speaking, that deadline at work). Many times people get stuck in this place with bad health consequences. The remedy is to get into para-sympathetic, the other side of the autonomic nervous system. This is the “rest and digest", the relaxation response. When you get into our infrared saunas the body is surrounded by our technologically advanced heaters. The infrared penetrates up to two inches into the body, causing vasodilation, muscle relaxation, pain relief and a feeling of well being. Endorphins are released and the entire body relaxes and is able to enter the “Relaxation Response". Repeated and regular infrared sauna use over several weeks will normally reduce stress levels even when out of the sauna. Many people report improved sleep and greater peace. When the body is stressed, chemical changes occur that result in unbalanced hormone levels. Continuous output of dangerous stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine have a very damaging effect on the body over time. These hormones disrupt normal metabolism and function and are the main factors that causes the physiology cascade leading to the conditions listed above. Far infrared sauna therapy has been shown to normalize these levels thereby returning the body to a healthy state that rebalances both the mind and body. As stress is now recognized as one of the leading causes of disease, a far infrared sauna can be a perfect addition to any stress relief/stress management program. Saunaguru far infrared saunas are the perfect way to relax and let life's pressures melt away in the soothing warmth.