The Seven Theories of Floating

BY MICHAEL HUTCHISON, AUTHOR OF "THE BOOK OF FLOATING: EXPLORING THE PRIVATE SEA"

There's no doubt that floating works - as a therapeutic, educational and entertainment tool it has powerful effects on a number of levels, including the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. But why is the flotation environment so effective? What can be so actively beneficial in an essentially passive device? This is a question that has intrigued scientists, and today there is flotation research going on in laboratories around the world. The evidence accumulated so far falls into a number of distinct, though interrelated explanations. Among the most important are as follows:

1 THE ANTIGRAVITY EXPLANATION.

The buoyancy afforded by the dense Epsom salt solution eliminates the body's specific gravity, bringing the floater close to an experience of total weightlessness. Gravity, which has been estimated to occupy 90 percent of all central nervous system activity, is probably the single largest cause of human health problems - the bad backs, sagging abdomens, aching feet, painful joints, and muscular tension that result from our unique but unnatural upright posture. This theory asserts that, by freeing our brain and skeletal system from gravity, floating liberates vast amounts of energies and large areas of the brain to deal with matter of mind, spirit, and enhanced awareness of internal states.

2 THE BRAIN WAVE EXPLANATION.

More interesting than the well known alpha waves generated by the brain in moments of relaxation, are the slower theta waves, which are accompanied by vivid memories, free association, sudden insights, creative inspiration, feeling of serenity and oneness with the universe. It is a mysterious, elusive state, potentially highly productive and enlightening; but experimenters have had a difficult time studying it, and it is hard to maintain, since people tend to fall asleep once they begin generate theta waves. One way of learning to produce theta waves is to perfect the art of meditation. A study of Zen monks conducted by Akira Kazamatsu and Tomio Hirai, in which the monks' brain-waves were charted as they entered the meditative states, indicated that the four meditative plateau's (from alpha to the more sublime theta) "were parallel to the disciples' mental states, and their years spent in Zen training." Those monks with over twenty years of meditative experience generated the greatest amount of theta, the monks were not asleep but mentally alert. However, since many of us are unwilling to spend twenty years of mediation to learn to generate theta waves, it's helpful to know that several recent studies (at Texas A&M and the University at Colorado) have shown that floating increases production of theta waves. Floaters quickly enter the theta state while remaining awake, consciously aware of all the vivid imagery and creative thoughts that pass through their minds, and after getting out of the flotation environment, floaters continue to generate larger amounts of creativity-promoting theta waves for up to three weeks.

3 THE LEFT-BRAIN RIGHT-BRAIN EXPLANATION.

The two hemispheres or the neocortex operate in fundamentally different modes. The left hemisphere excels at detail, processing information that is small-scale, requiring fine resolution: it operates analytically, by splitting or dissection. The right hemisphere on the other hand, is good at putting all the pieces together. It operates by pattern recognition - visually, intuitively rapidly absorbing large scale information. Just as in the sunshine of a bright day it is impossible to see the stars, so are the subtle contents of the right hemisphere usually drowned out by the noisy chattering of the dominant verbal/analytical left brain, whose qualities are the more cultivated and valued in our culture. But recent research indicates that floating increases right-brain (or minor hemisphere) function. Floating turns off the external stimuli, plunges us into literal and figurative darkness - then suddenly the entire universe of stars and galaxies is spread out before our eyes. Or as brain researcher Dr. Thomas Budzynski of the University of Colorado put it, "In a flotation environment, the right hemisphere comes out and says, 'Whoopee".

4 THE THREE BRAIN EXPLANATION.

In a series of seminal studies produced over the last twenty-five years, Paul MacLean, chief brain researcher at the National Institute for Mental Health (US), has produced convincing evidence that the human brain has three separate physiological layers, each corresponding to a stage in our evolutionary history. In this "Triune Brain Theory," the most ancient layer is called the reptile brain, and it controls basic self-preservative, reproductive and life sustaining functions. Sitting atop the reptile, brain is the iambic system, which MacLean had dubbed the visceral brain, because generates all our emotions. The most recent part of the brain to develop is the "thinking cap" of convoluted gray matter called neocortex, seat of our abstract, cognitive functions; memory, intellect, language, and consciousness. While many of these three separate brains have overlapping functions they are all quite different in chemistry, structure, action, and style. Three brains should be better than one, but unfortunately, due to a ruinous design error, there is insufficient communication and coordination between the neocortex and the two older levels. This lack of communication results in a chronic dissociation between the higher and lower brains, which MacLean calls schizaphysiology, and which we experience in the form of conflicting drives - unconscious and conscious, savage and civilized, lusty and loving, ritualistic and symbolic, rational and verbal. There are times when the levels do act in harmony, as in peak experiences when body and mind unite in exhilarating moments of vitality, when our actions come effortlessly, spontaneously. But it's hard to predict when these perfect moments will occur. Now there is evidence that suggests that, due to heightened internal awareness and decreased physical arousal, floating increases the vertical organization of the brain, enhancing communication and harmony between the separate levels. Floating, it has been hypothesized, can provide us with peak experiences almost at will.

5 THE NEUROCHEMICAL EXPLANATION.

Neuroscientists have recently discovered the brain is an endocrine organ that secretes numerous neurochemicals which influence our behavior. Our brains secrete hormones that make us happy, anxious, depressed, shy, sleepy, sexy. Each of us creates different amounts of these various neurochemicals, and those who create, for example, more endorphins - natural opiates - experience more pleasure as a result of a given experience than those who create fewer endorphins. Tests indicate that floating increased the secretion of endorphins at the same time as it reduces the levels of a number of stress-related neurochemicals, such as adrenaline, nordpinephrine, ACTH, and cortisol - substances that can cause tension, anxiety, irritability, and are related to ailments such as heart disease, hypertension and high levels of cholesterol. One other neurochemical theory is the "return of the womb" explanation. Since pregnant women produce up to eight times the normal endorphin levels, the foetus experiences true prenatal bliss. When a floater is suspended in the dense, warm solution, enclosed in darkness, body pulsing rhythmically and brain pumping out endorphins, it's possible that subconscious memories are stirred and profoundly deep associations called up. It is no coincidence that at least one commercial float center is named "The Womb Room."

6 THE BIOFEEDBACK EXPLANATION.

Because of biofeedback research (including Johns Hopkin's researcher John Basmajian's conclusive study of subjects consciously firing off single motor-unit neurons), we now know that humans can learn to exercise conscious control over virtually every cell in their bodies. Processes long thought to be involuntary, such as the rhythm and amplitude of our brain waves, healing, blood pressure, the rate or force of heart contractions, respiratory rate, smooth-muscle tension, and the secretion of hormones and neurotransmitters are now thought to be controllable. The way biofeedback machines work is by enhancing concentration', by focusing on a single, subtle change in the body, which is being amplified by the machine, we are able to shut off our awareness of the external environment. This shutting-off of external stimuli is exactly what the flotation environment does best - almost as if in an "organic" biofeedback machine, in the tank every physical sensation is magnified, and because there is no possibility of outside distraction, we are able to relax deeply and focus at will upon any part or system of the body.

7 THE HOMEOSTASIS EXPLANATION.

The human body has an exquisitely sensitive self-monitoring and self-regulating system that is constantly working to maintain the body in homeostasis - an optimal state of balance, harmony, equilibrium and stability. Considered in these terms, we can define stress as a disruption of our internal equilibrium, a disturbance of our natural homeostasis. Research now indicates that many of floating's most powerful effects come from its tendency to return the body to a state of homeostasis. When we view the mind and body as a single system, it becomes clear that external stimuli are constantly militating against the system's equilibrium, every noise, every degree of temperature above or below the body's optimal level, every encounter with other people, everything we see and feel can disrupt our homeostasis. But when we enter the tank, we abruptly stop making constant adjustments to outer stimuli. Since there are no external threats, no pressures to adapt to outside events, the system can devote all its energies to restoring itself. The normal state, of course, is health, vigour, enthusiasm, and immense pleasure in being alive.

© Michael Hutchison

Infrared Sauna Therapy For Cancer

By Lawrence Wilson, M.D.

The infrared lamp sauna combines more than one dozen therapeutic methods to fight cancer including:

Inhibiting the Sympathetic Nervous System Relaxes and Heals the Body

The sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system in our bodies activates the brain, muscles, thyroid and adrenal glands in response to stress.  However, it strongly inhibits digestion, the immune response and eliminative organ function as well. Cancer patients desperately need more immune, digestive and eliminative activity.

Saunas have the ability to powerfully reduce the activity of the sympathetic system.  William Donald Kelley, DDS, shortly before he recently passed on, endorsed the use of only the near infrared sauna for the cancer patients.

Saunas powerfully inhibit the sympathetic system in several ways

*Heating the body greatly slows normal heat production, a sympathetic activity. (See

Guyton, A., Textbook of Medical Physiology, 6th ed, p. 892). Saunas draw blood from the center to the periphery of the body to dissipate the heat. This also opposes an important sympathetic nervous activity, which is to draw blood to the central part of the body as a protection against attack.

Saunas cause the body to eliminate toxic substances of many kinds that irritate the tissues, keeping the body in a sympathetic state. These toxins include most pesticides, hundreds of other toxic chemicals and a number of extremely toxic metals as well, such as mercury.

Hyperthermia Damages and Even Kills Cancer Tissue

Hyperthermia is a well-known method of disabling weaker and more heat-sensitive cancers. While saunas are not nearly as potent as hyperthermia at 106-108 degrees E, infrared saunas can heat the body a few degrees, causing a fever. This is a much gentler method, much slower, but safer method and easier to tolerate and control.

Infrared lamp saunas are much better for this purpose than traditional saunas because near infrared saunas penetrate the skin and heat the tissues several inches inside the’body. Also, the lligts can be directed right at the cancer, which cannot be done with any other sauna, including far infrared or traditional types of saunas. This is another powerful advantage of the near infrared lamp sauna.

Improving Circulation Powerfully Removes Dead Cancer Tissue and Greatly Supports Nutrition and Oxygenation of the Body

Cancer often grows in tissues with poor circulation. This is unfortunately a cause of cancer all by itself. Saunas powerfully shunt the blood from the internal organs to the periphery of the body in an attempt to get rid of the heat. They also increase circulation to the lungs, improving oxygenation. This combination has a powerful stimulating effect on circulation. This can be an incalculable benefit for cancer patients, many of whom cannot or should not exercise much, and is particularly good for older patients as well for this same reason.

Decongesting The Liver And Other Internal Organs

Congestion of the liver, kidneys and other internal organs inhibits the detoxification of all toxic substances in our bodies. This is a very critical problem for cancer patients. For this reason, Dr. Max Gerson, MD, recommended coffee enemas, juices and other methods to assist liver and colon elimination.

Sauna therapy with near infrared, in particular, assists detoxification of these organs in two ways. We have already mentioned improved circulation to the entire body.

However, even more important is that saunas move blood away from the center of the body toward the extremities to get rid of the heat. This helps decongest the internal organs in a wonderful way. This is a key to their proper use as well. The sauna must be used several times daily for the best results, unless the patient cannot tolerate it well, then one session daily is okay. This is one reason we want patients to have their own inexpensive sauna unit at home.

Near and Far Infrared Rays Are Healthful For Most Everyone in Correct

Amounts Infrared is a facinating subject that is attracting more attention due to its health benefits. The army uses infraredon wounded soldiers, according to a recent news story.  Veterinarians use it on animals postsurgery, and infrared clothing and heating pads are now on the market. According to Japanese research, infrared may also enhance oxygen production within the cells (Jap J Inflammation, November 1996, 16(6):9). Infrared has numerous other benefits that are too numerous to mention here. See the references for more details.

Enhancing Oxygenation Is Lifesaving

Although mentioned above, this deserves its own paragraph. Oxygen therapies are one promising new area of low-toxicity cancer therapy research. However, the near infrared sauna easily improves oxygenation of the body. It is also much less costly and has fewer risks associated with it in most cases.

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This point deserves an entire book. Our bodies must have the proper temperature to function correctly. However, Max Gerson, MD, and other cancer reearchers found that many cancer patients suffer from low glandular activity that causes a low body temperature. Eighty percent or more of cancer patients have low thyroid activity, for example: The sauna, by raising the body temperature several degrees in a short period of time, helps remove this critical problem, even if the correction is short-lived.

Over time, the body will eliminate the toxins that are causing the low thyroid activity or low adrenal activity in many cases. In the meantime, repeated sauna use can correct the condition enough to give the body an added advantage against the cancer.  There are many added benefits to heating the body, of course, but this one needs more research and will be found to be a very basic one.

Saunas Help Balance the pH

Saunas can help balance both acid and excessively alkaline body chemistry. Some of the reasons have been touched upon, such as improved circulation and far better elimination of toxins. Another reason was briefly mentioned. The infrared, particularly near infrared sauna, helps correct a sluggish metabolic rate, which can cause both acidic and alkaline imbalances.

Improving oxygenation does far more than just nourish the cells. It also eliminates dead cancer tissue, which otherwise is an added acidic burden to the patient. These and other reasons beyond the scope of this article also help to balance the body pH. The sauna is a safe method of balancing the pH, unlike many methods used today. A doctor who knew all about this was Max Gerson, MD, who used fresh raw vegetable and fruit juices for this purpose. This used to work perfectly. In our experience, however, many patients do not tolerate juices as well today. This may be due to the fact that their mineral content may be lower or the sugar content may be higher and they are quite “yin” today.  Saunas, by contrast, are a hot or “yang” therapy that seems to balance the body, while at the same time getting rid of the acidic wastes and nourishing the cells with oxygen and more blood flow.

Eliminating Secondary Infections Is Another Great Benefit

Heating the body a few degrees is like having a fever, a well-known way the body rallies against infections. Improving the circulation and oxygenation can also help to kill many microorganisms.

Balancing the pH, improving the nutrition of the cells and inhibiting the sympathetic system are other powerful infection-fighting methods used in sauna therapy. In fact, the sauna will save anyone from a toxic condition due to infection better than some antibiotics or other methods, either medical or natural ones.

For the greatest effect, including the maximum heating of the body, we suggest that all heat lamps be on one wall of the sauna. This is a common mistake that patients, who are building their own sauna, often make. We encourage anyone to view the free plans for your sauna at our web site, www. drIwilson.com.

Genetic Effects Are Also Possible With Saunas

Genetics is the rage today in cancer therapy circles. However, many forget that toxins block genetic expression. Saunas can help restore and maintain your DNA in the following ways, among many others. It can help remove radioactive particles. These are usually bound to minerals in the body.

It helps remove hundreds or even thousands of DNA damaging toxic chemicals.  *The sauna’s heat may disable or kill weaker cells that have mutated due to radiation poisoning that everyone has today. Otherwise, these cells would reproduce, causing even more mutated cells to be present in the body. These cells more easily can become cancerous.

*By the mechanisms described above, sauna therapy enhances the absorption and utilization of many nutrients needed for proper genetic expression.

Heat Shock Proteins Can be Produced in Saunas

Heat shock proteins are a discovery of the past 30 or 40 years (Kukreja, 2000 Verlag 1991). These interesting substances are produced naturally by the body when it is subjected to stressors, among them heat.

Heat shock proteins can actually renature or repair cell structures, thus regenerating the cells. They are being studied in cancer research as they have been found to be potent immune system boosters.

Near infrared sauna therapy may be a simple, costeffective and safe way to induce natural production of heat shock proteins (HSPs).

“When HSPs encounter tumor fragments, they pack them up for processing by the immune system’s defensive macrophage cells, setting in motion a chain of events that results in the recognition of the tumor. The body’s cytotoxic T-Iymphocytes (also known as killer T-cells) then attack the cancer cells that produced the material sponged up by the HSPs. The tumor is thus killed even without the ability to recognize individual epitopes (surface characteristics of cancer cells that allow the immune system to identify it as dangerous). This natural process has been used successfully in vaccination of mice and rats with experimental tumors.” (see Heat Shock Proteins: New Avenues to Cancer Vaccines).

Color Therapy is Helpful, too

Color therapy is greatly underrated. Red, yellow and orange light, produced by an infrared lamp sauna, nourishes the lower centers or chakras. This is where our organs of digestion and elimination are located, such as liver, kidneys, and large intestine (Dinshaw, 2005). In fact, one can add colored light to any sauna.

Saunas Help the Mental State

Maintaining a positive attitude is very important for cancer patients. Many people report that sauna therapy feels good, is relaxing and leaves them refreshed. Some report that the quiet and privacy of the sauna is like a gift to themselves that they cherish.  Inside a sauna, one can easily shut out the cares of the day. One can meditate or pray easily, without interruptions or even thoughts of the outside world intruding. This simple benefit of temporary peace and solitude is not a feature of so many costly, complicated cancer cures used by modern medicine. The peacefulness of a sauna can have many benefits, such as helping the cancer patients see themselves and their situation clearly and constructively.

Cautions With Saunas: Children under five years old must be closely supervised or should not use saunas. This is more because they are small and do not sweat as well than for any other reason.

Those over 65 should also be supervised more closely, although we have no reports of problems when the sauna is used in an intelligent and rational manner. A friend or partner should be present, however, whenever someone ill is using a sauna for the best protection against any unforeseen event.

References:

1.   Sauna Therapy by L. Wilson, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc. 2003. Dr. Lawrence Wilson has a medical degree, but preferred to work for the past 29 years as an unlicensed nutrition consultant. He does not diagnose, prescribe for or treat any disease or condition.

[Editor’s note] Although Dr. Wilson discusses the merits of saunas, it is important to know

he has developed a portable near infrared sauna so that patients can have saunas at home. He will also provide instructions for the do-it-yourselfers who feel capable of constructing the sauna themselves.

The doctors’ prescription for healthy living.

Dr. Oz, Infrared Saunas & Life Extension

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far infrared saunas are finally getting the mainstream media attention they deserve. Last month, medical expert Dr. Mehmet Oz introduced Americans to infrared saunas on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In a special segment titled “Extreme Life Extension,” Dr. Oz unveiled several technological marvels designed to enhance and extend life—one of which was a Sunlight Sauna. He and Ms. Winfrey actually sat in the sauna while he talked very specifically about the unique health benefits far infrared saunas provide. In case you missed it, we want to fill you in on the highlights.

LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE

Dr. Oz first pointed out that far infrared saunas are different than regular saunas. “Here’s the key: This infrared sauna works a little differently than a normal sauna because it makes the same rays that come from the sun and filters out the UV radiation leaving only infrared radiation, which is lightly absorbed into your skin. So without heating you up in the external environment too much, it heats the body up,” he explained. Dr. Oz noted why this feature of heating the body is significant, “The reason that’s important is that we’ve actually shown that people who take saunas a couple times a week actually drop their blood pressure.” The environment is much more comfortable too. “The reason that infrared saunas work reasonably well is because they don’t hurt your lungs if you take a deep breath. People can be comfortable here,” Dr.  Oz said. This is important news for anyone with blood pressure issues or who has trouble with traditional saunas.

But there’s more…

DETOXIFICATION

Sunlight Saunas are an excellent tool for detoxification in addition to being a great support to those who are not able to get the benefit of exercise—those with a disability, injury or difficulty being mobile. “So folks who can’t exercise, for example, can at least do saunas to raise their metabolism a little bit. And, of course, when they sweat, they sweat out toxins through the skin. So one thing you always want to do after you’ve been in an infrared sauna is to wash yourself to get whatever toxins are on your skin off, “ Dr. Oz said.

WEIGHT LOSS

After sitting for a short while in the Sunlight Sauna unit, Ms. Winfrey was ready to get out—that was—until Dr. Oz told her and the audience about the potential weight loss benefits with regular use of an infrared sauna. Dr. Oz said, “It increases blood circulation.  The reason that’s important is that it gets your heart to beat faster and it burns calories.” Ms.  Winfrey smiled as she suddenly decided to stay seated, and playfully said, “Oh, so THIS is what you mean? You can burn 700 calories just by sitting here?” Yes, sitting and enjoying an infrared sauna can actually support your weight loss efforts!

EXTEND YOUR LIFE

DPHL has been reporting on the health benefits of far infrared sauna therapy for a long time. In addition to the life extension features Dr. Oz discussed on The Oprah Winfrey Show, we’ve covered how it helps support those who suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and even autism. The circuclatory and blood pressure lowering benefits are well documented. In fact, Sunlight Saunas is a partner with the American Heart Association. And let’s not forget that one of the best benefits of regular use of a Sunlight Sauna is relaxation. In today’s world with so many demands on the individual, stress reduction is more important than ever. Incorporating far infrared heat therapy into your health routine may not only extend your life, it can enhance its quality today.

Far-Infrared Saunas Help Reverse Autism

BEYOND HEALTH NEWS ARTICLE

BH Staff / March 21, 2013

. . . everyone, including children, should be doing saunas – especially those with autism

Toxins are one of the two causes of disease, and virtually all Americans are in a state of dangerous toxic overload. Even the most fastidious among us ingest, inhale and absorb health damaging toxins daily. Toxins are especially harmful to children, and high levels of industrial chemicals have been implicated in the rise of many childhood diseases, including autism spectrum disorder. Now estimated to affect 1 in every 68 children, autism has been linked with exposure to harmful chemicals, including in utero.

Fetuses are relatively defenseless against toxins; many protective systems haven’t fully matured, at the same time that development is progressing rapidly, so there is greater chance of toxins doing harm. To a somewhat lesser extent, the same can be said about young children. Also, according to Leo Trasande MD, pediatrician and assistant director of the Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, “Pound for pound of body weight, children drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air than adults, and so they take proportionately more of the toxins in water, food and air into their little bodies.”

In 2004, the parents of the first family to undergo “body burden” testing, a newly-developed Home Articles Resources Q&A Raymond Francis’ Blog Beyond Health technology for measuring chemicals in the human body, were shocked to find their two children, aged 18 months and 5 years, had chemical exposures up 7 times higher than theirs.

This toxic assault on young bodies is having a dramatic impact on children’s health. In testimony given before a US Senate subcommittee in 2006, Dr. Trasande reported that in the preceding 30 years, a number of chronic diseases of environmental origin had become epidemic among American children. Asthma had more than doubled. Birth defects had become the leading cause of infant death, with preterm births increasing 27% since 1981. Childhood cancers were up, including leukemia, brain cancer (up 40%), and testicular cancer among adolescents (up 55%). And neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, dyslexia, mental retardation and ADHD affected 5-10%, with autism rates increasing more than 20% per year.

Fortunately there is a lot you can do to protect yourself and your children from environmental toxicity. You can buy air filters, water filters, non-toxic bodycare products and organic food. You can take supplements that support detox pathways (call our office at 1-800-250-3063). But of all the detoxification strategies available, regular infrared saunas (such as those offered by Sunlighten) head the list, and they have been found helpful in treating autism in children.

According to author Jill Harrison, writing about using saunas to treat autism, heavy metals like mercury, lead and cadmium which interfere with detoxification pathways, have been found in many children with autism spectrum disorders. She has spoken with parents of such children who see significant improvement in their children’s symptoms after using a sauna to reduce their toxic burden, such as increased eye contact and verbal communication, better sleep patterns, and improved cognitive ability.

Within 30 minutes, an infrared sauna has been shown to increase core body temperature by 2- 3 degrees. Miller cites research which has found mild elevations in core body temperature positively affect behavior in autistic children. Far-infrared waves also increase circulation. According to Miller, children with autism have diminished blood circulation in certain areas of the brain, which means that nutrients and oxygen aren’t getting to where they need to go. Infrared sauna therapy could rectify this situation.

Of course autism, like any other health issue, requires a holistic, lifestyle approach, but it is reassuring to know that infrared saunas have produced tangible results in these difficult to treat children. Given our sorry state of toxic overload, everyone, including children, should be doing regular infrared saunas, especially those with autism. Infrared saunas have literally become a household necessity. I recommend the infrared sauna from Sunlighten.

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4 Celebrities that use Infrared Saunas

Need one more reason to try out infrared sauna therapy?  It’s one of the biggest anti-aging trends in the celebrity world! Health-focused celebs are touting the benefits of infrared saunas – from detox to weight loss to improved sleep – as a key component of their health and wellness regimes. Some even claim infrared saunas as a secret to their beauty! Just check out these four superstars who use an infrared sauna on a regular basis.

Jennifer Anniston

When it comes to beauty, Jennifer Anniston is all about the natural methods, including infrared sauna use. During an interview this summer about her fitness and beauty tips, Anniston shared her love of infrared saunas, citing their detoxification, relaxation, weight loss and skin rejuvenation properties. Anniston cites the cell generation benefits of infrared sauna use in particular as a secret behind her flawless skin. (Her other big secret to healthy skin? Hydration! We’re on board with both those things, Jennifer!)

Lady Gaga

Pop music queen Lady Gaga is a frequent infrared sauna user. She recently shared a post on her Instagram of an infrared sauna therapy session with her friend, who is suffering from stage four cancer. The singer uses infrared saunas for her own health needs, too. In an Instagram post from early June, Gaga said she frequently uses an infrared sauna for pain control.

“I still deal with bone inflammation from my hip injury two years ago. But I keep control of pain with infrared sauna. A great investment for everyone, I use mine everyday. Getting my body ready for the show tonight!”

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford might be closing in on 50, but she certainly doesn’t look it. Thanks no doubt in part to her strict beauty regime, the supermodel has maintained flawless hair and skin for decades. In an interview with Into the Gloss, Cindy dished her best beauty secrets – one of which is spending at least 20 minutes once a week in an infrared sauna. Cindy praises infrared saunas for many different health benefits: detoxification, relaxation and improved circulation, as well as its many benefits for the skin, including collage reduction and improved skin tone. Cindy also says that regular sauna use helps improve her sleep – and gives her 20 minutes of uninterrupted reading time!

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow is really into the detox lifestyle. No, really. She talks about it often on her website, goop.com. Gwyneth’s detox strategy is many-pronged, with at least one of those prongs being infrared sauna use. In “The Annual goop Detox” that the site publishes post-holiday season, goop recommends infrared saunas as an effective way to get the lymphatic system moving and produce a healthy, detoxifying sweat. In the past Gwyneth has also shared a post on the power of infrared saunas, as well as a roundup of the staff’s favorite places to find an infrared sauna, from L.A. to London.

6 Reasons to Put Infrared Saunas On Your Must-Do List

 6 Reasons to Put Infrared Saunas On Your Must-Do List

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by Dr. Frank Lipman, physician and author specializing in the field of integrative medicine Saunas. They’re relaxing, rejuvenating and can even feel a little indulgent. But did you know a regular sauna routine is also a very pleasurable way to enhance health? As you’re probably aware, I’m a big believer in engaging in as many good-for-you activities as possible, and saunas, particularly infrared saunas, are high on the good-for-you-to-do list. Why infrared? Because its radiant heat is known to penetrate the skin more deeply than traditional saunas, better aiding in a number of restorative body processes. Here are just a few ways infrared saunas can benefit your body — and why I encourage many of my patients to make them part of their health-supporting routines:
1. You’ll flush out toxins
Saunas, infrared or otherwise, make you sweat. Sweating helps flush out toxins from the body and in so doing reduces its toxic load. With infrared saunas, the sweating is deeper and more profuse, enabling your body to excrete a higher percentage of toxins than with a conventional sauna. Infrared saunas are also a great alternative for those who don’t like high temperatures or need to avoid them for medical reasons. The gentler heat of infrared saunas runs roughly 20 – 60 degrees lower, making them easier to tolerate. But no matter which type you choose, remember to get the OK from your doctor first before diving into a regular sauna routine.
2. Blood pressure will lower and muscles will unwind, without a pharmaceutical assist.
You don’t have to sit in an infrared sauna for hours on end to reap the benefits. For most people, all that’s needed are a few 15 – 20 minute sessions a week. During your sauna, as you sweat, you’ll be stimulating better blood flow and circulation throughout your body. That increased circulation will help lower blood pressure, and make you feel good all over, relaxing tight muscles and easing minor aches and pains to boot. If you’re troubled by muscle or joint pain, or more chronic condi­tions like arthritis, infrared heat from the sauna can provide drug-free pain relief, reducing stiffness and inflammation.
3. Cut a cold or flu off at the pass
Feeling like you’re on the verge of getting sick? Then head to the nearest infrared sauna as early as possible. Why? Because the infrared’s radiant heat will stimulate circulation, rev up the production of white blood cells and rally your immune system’s response to invaders. All that action will make your body a much less hospitable environment for germs to grow – and a great place for them to die. Even if you’re not on the verge of coming down with something, remember that infrared saunas, and the increased circulation that comes with regular use, are also great for speeding muscle recovery too.
4. Look younger, no “beauty” creams required
Infrared saunas offer a wonderful bonus for the skin: they help improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging by stimu­lating better circulation, blood flow and increased collagen production – all of which improve the look of your skin. The increased circulation, elimination of toxins and flushing out of cellular debris enhance overall skin health, giving it a more radiant appearance, without a trip to Sephora!
5. Drop a little weight effortlessly
The plentiful sweating you’ll do during a sauna session will register immediately on the scale as weight loss. However, most of the weight loss will be “water weight” which will return when you re-hydrate. However, there is evidence that infrared saunas, because of their ability to penetrate the skin more deeply, increase metabolic rate and can help the body burn off anywhere from 200 – 600 calories in a half hour session. Keep in mind though, while a regular infrared sauna routine won’t melt off a spare tire, it can support a sensible diet and exercise plan by giving your metabolism a little extra boost while you literally sit and relax. And remember, hydra­tion is essential if you’re using infrared (or conventional) sau­nas, so never skimp on liquids just for the sake of seeing lower numbers on the scale. Drink up before, during and after — no exceptions! 6. An infrared sauna is an investment in your health
Infrared saunas could be seen as an indulgence, with top-quality units starting at about $1,800. But I see them as a great investment in your health. Infrared saunas tend to be compact, and require little maintenance and no water or plumbing. Not only do infrareds offer more body benefits than conventional saunas, but also they’re less of a drain on resources. Many are made with sustainable materials and most run on normal household current and cost just a few pennies per hour to run.
 

Because I am such a big believer in them, I recently got a Clearlight Infrared Sauna and I am absolutely thrilled with it — I look forward to using it every chance I get. If installing your own isn’t an option, consider joining a gym or visiting day spas, specialized yoga studios and/or resorts with infrared sauna facilities. For more information and to have your questions answered by a Sauna Specialist please call (800) 317-5070 or visit HealwithHeat.com. Clearlight Saunas are used at Hippocrates Health Institute and are available for purchase from the Hippocrates Store at (561) 471-8876, ext. 2171 or mailorder@hippocratesinst.org