For most, a visit to the spa is a time to escape the stresses of daily life and experience a relaxing service. You are greeted warmly and provided refreshments, this is the time to be pampered and to give the exterior some love. Consider this, wouldn’t it be great for a day at the spa to truly change the way one’s body feels from the inside out? More spas are extending past the skin surfacing treatments of the past and are looking to evolve to a total mind and body experience for their clients. In comes the infrared spa service. This innovative infrared immersion therapy not only helps the body relax during a day at the spa but can help the body sweat out toxins. Improvements in the health of the body and mind are experienced for the long term.
What is infrared immersion?
Infrared immersion is a type of infrared spa service that uses far infrared radiation (FIR) to help release toxins from the body through sweat. Far infrared radiation is an invisible form of electromagnetic energy with wavelengths between 5.6 and 1000 nanometers. This type of radiation produces a variety of effects such as increased artery blood flow and peripheral blood circulation. This is in turn helps provide a variety of health benefits such as lessening pain, reducing fatigue, and improving blood pressure.
A 2018 study found that FIR may help reduce inflammation in those undergoing peritoneal dialysis. This animal study suggests that FIR exhibits anti-inflammatory properties that could help improve health markers in human populations upon further study. Another study looked at the impact of a combined acupuncture and FIR treatment on health markers. Study results show that this combined treatment enhanced peripheral blood flow and enhanced parasympathetic activities like rest and digestion.
Infrared spa service health benefits
Infrared immersion therapy has the potential to provide health benefits ranging from lowering risk of heart health risk factors to regulating insulin sensitivity in those with diabetes or at risk for the condition. This is likely due to its ability to remove toxins from the body through sweat that would otherwise increase oxidative stress-related inflammation in the body.
This release of toxins has been shown to provide a variety of health benefits that positively impact the health of body and mind. Such health benefits include improved mood, greater skin clarity, increased metabolism, pain relief, re-balanced digestion, and clearer pores, among other benefits.
How is FIR different from a sauna?
You may be wondering how sweat from an infrared spa service is different from when you sweat through a traditional sauna. The difference is in the type of heat you are exposed to and the way you are exposed to the heat. A traditional sauna treatment surrounds you in a capsule of warmed air through steam that stimulates sweat production. However, FIR penetrates more deeply into the body, about 1.5 inches, and develops a more vigorous sweat at a lower temperature than saunas.
Regular sweat only releases about 3-5-percent toxins. On the other hand, the vigorous sweat produced by FIR releases about 20-percent of toxins. Such toxins may include alcohol, nicotine, sulfuric acid, BPAs, environmental pollutants, ammonia, as well as other heavy metals and organic acids that can cause sickness in the body. Once these toxins are released, you may feel less aches, pains, allergies, and mood swings, just to name a few health benefits.
What can I expect during a FIT Bodywrap infrared spa service?
During a FIT Bodywrap session, the multi-layered infrared wrap is placed around your body. This design helps to evenly distribute heat throughout the body. Optional arm wraps are available for more targeted treatments.
The average FIT Bodywrap session last about 45-60 minutes. According to testimonials, clients felt experience benefits after just one session. Significant changes to the body have been reported after just four to five sessions. FIT Bodywrap sessions work great as a standalone service, as part of a package, or as an upgrade to any spa service.
Take home message
Spas shouldn’t just be for relaxation, but for treatments that can provide long-lasting health benefits to body and mind. By providing an infrared spa service, spas are evolving and standing out from the crowd. Clients are experiencing health benefits that last longer than just their day at the spa. Therefore, infrared spa services such as the FIT Bodywrap are being incorporated into spas industrywide.
For more information on how an infrared spa service might be a good “FIT” for your spa, feel free to contact us for more information and resources.