What is Infrared?
Infrared light is necessary for all living things to grow and flourish. Infrared light is part of the sun’s invisible spectrum of light that has the ability to penetrate the human tissue. Infrared heat heats the body directly rather than simply the air. The experience of an infrared treatment is similar to sunbathing, giving you that wonderful natural warmth. Unlike sunbathing, infrared heat therapy is completely healthy and safe. You can relax in an infrared sauna and it will never cause your skin to burn.
Sunlighten's far infrared technology, Solocarbon®, is the only infrared sauna heater on the market clinically shown to raise core temperature nearly 3 degrees. What does this mean for your health? You will experience the most detoxifying sweat, lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure and aid in weight loss through waistline reduction.
The most advanced infrared therapy available is Solocarbon 3-in-1 infrared treatments. The infrared spectrum consists of near (NIR), mid (MIR), and far (FIR) waves, each with distinct characteristics and health benefits. Sunlighten offers all three peak wavelengths for the maximum therapeutic results.
Near infrared (NIR) is the shortest infrared wavelength. Scientific research shows that when delivered at the vital wavelength of 880nm, without extreme heat or light, NIR promotes skin renewal, cell health, wound healing, and tissue growth.
Mid infrared (MIR) is a longer wavelength that can penetrate deeper into the body’s soft tissue where inflammation occurs and speeds up the healing process.
Far infrared (FIR) is the longest wavelength, reaches deepest into the body, where toxins are stored. By raising your core body temperature, FIR stimulates the sweat glands, resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat that leaves you feeling revitalized.
Infrared Sauna Benefits
Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal and stay healthy. Sunlighten sauna detox occurs by heating the body directly increasing core temperature, resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins such as sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and carcinogenic heavy metals reside. Studies have shown that FIR raises core body temperature stimulating the sweat glands resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat ridding the body of toxins.
During a 10-20 minute sauna session, heart rate increases by 50-75% which provides the same metabolic result as physical exercise. There is a nominal effect on blood pressure because the heat also causes blood vessels in skin to expand to accommodate increased blood flow. A 2005 clinical study conducted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City showed that Solocarbon FIR sauna treatments dilated blood vessels and reduced the volume of their inner lining concluding that Solocarbon FIR reduced both systolic and diastolic blood pressure with regular use.
Perspiring is part of the complex thermoregulatory process of the body that increases the heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate causing the body to burn calories. Studies have shown that a 30 minute infrared sauna session can burn upwards of 600 calories! A 2009 study indicated that Sunlighten infrared saunas can lower weight and waist circumference in just a 3-month period.
Near infrared saunas provide the most effective wavelength for healing the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. Infrared improves circulation, expels dirt & chemicals and removes dead cells on the surface of the skin resulting in a soft, clear complexion. A study published in The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy showed significant improvements in skin appearance after just 12 weeks of NIR therapy. Participants experienced a reduction in wrinkles and crow’s feet, as well as improved overall skin tone, including softness, smoothness, elasticity, clarity and firmness.
Relieve Pain Infrared heat penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve anything from minor aches and pains to chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, and speeds up recovery time. A 2013 study conducted at the Auburn University at Montgomery showed that Sunlighten 3-in-1 treatments can increase flexibility up to 3x. Improve Circulation Sunlighten sauna treatments are like giving your body a passive cardiovascular workout. Heating the muscles with infrared rays produces an increase in blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Regular infrared sauna use can significantly stimulate blood flow up to twice the normal rate. Increase Cell Health & Boost Immunity Several studies have shown that near infrared properties can help improve cell health, enhance muscle recovery and boost immune defenses. A NASA study concluded that NIR LED technology can quadruple cell health and tissue growth. Another study done at the Medical College of Wisconsin demonstrated that LED-produced near infrared helps promote cell health and regeneration. Lastly, a study from The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology concluded that LED near infrared (NIR) restores enzyme activity and reduces cell death by half.
Chromotherapy is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Each color possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms. Our bodies need the sun’s light to live. And that light can actually be broken down into a seven color spectrum. An imbalance of any of those colors can manifest itself in physical and mental symptoms. Color therapy works on various energy points to help balance your body via the full spectrum of visible light, each color addressing a distinct need. Color and light have been utilized by healers for thousands of years. Color therapy possibly has roots in Indian medicine (Ayurveda), ancient Egyptian culture and traditional Chinese healing.
Acoustic Resonance Therapy
Acoustic Resonance Therapy (A.R.T.), creates an environment for the body to experience the benefits of sound and vibration healing in an integrative way – part of a holistic approach to healthy living. Feeling the music we hear brings our bodies into harmony physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and environmentally. SO Sound® combines the healing effects of sound and vibration to harmonize all systems of the body bringing you to a deeper state of relaxation. Attached at specific locations in the sauna, the SO Sound® system uses an amplified audio signal to resonate sound waves to the surface of the sauna. Listening to soothing music and feeling it resonate throughout the body stimulates the body's natural relaxation response. It feels like light touch massage during your sauna session. A.R.T. Benefits:
Balancing heart rate, blood pressure and increasing circulation
Energizing and uplifting one’s mood and emotional well being
Enhanced creativity, communication and problem solving capabilities
Significant stress reduction, including relief from symptoms of many chronic conditions
Research shows that specific parts of the infrared spectrum are effective at producing different health benefits. Sunlighten 3-in-1 programs are designed to emit the optimal blend of infrared wavelengths—near, mid, and far – based on 56 clinical studies. Cardio - 45 minutes - Near, Mid and Far Starts at a high intensity to increase heart rate and cardiac output then lowers to sustain heart rate level. Circulation increases to promote healthy blood pressure. Detoxification - 37 minutes - Mid and Far Starts at a high intensity to increase the body's temperature then reduces to a low, comfortable intensity level. Infrared combination improves vascular access flow to reach toxins at the cellular level. Pain Relief - 30 minutes - Near, Mid and Far An infrared blend provides natural pain relief by reducing inflammation and swelling while near infrared LEDs penetrate the tissue to promote cellular repair at a medium, constant intensity level. Relaxation - 40 minutes - Near, Mid and Far Far, mid and near infrared rays induce deep relaxation as they relieve muscle tension at a low, comfortable intensity promoting overall stress reduction with regular use. Weight Control - 30 minutes - Mid and Far Starts at a high intensity to stimulate the cardiovascular system then reduces to a medium level As the body works to cool itself, there is an increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate similar to exercise. Anti-Aging - 30 minutes - Near and Far A low, constant intensity level penetrates tissue to help with various skin concerns. Near infrared LEDs improve overall skin tone, elasticity and firmness promoting anti-aging benefits. Custom - Varies - Near, Mid and Far Gives us full control to fully customize you experience.