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By Kelly Ingraham
From the Romans, to the Ancient Greeks, to Native Americans, the use of heat therapies to detoxify the body is ancient healing technique that has been used for centuries by many different civilizations. An invisible band in the spectrum of light, infrared light has a unique ability to heat the body at lower temperatures than traditional saunas. The radiant light penetrates deeply and creates healing on a molecular level.
Infrared light is detected by the body’s thermoreceptors located in the skin to generate heat and natural, positive radiation effects. Infrared light alters cell membranes and produces mitochondrial activity that positively impacts the metabolism. Infrared treatments work at temperatures 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit and within 15 to 20 minutes.
The immediate effects of infrared therapy include increased heart rate, similar mind-clarity sensations as exercise and the relaxation of the nervous system. Benefits include detoxification from heavy metals, enhanced metabolic function, increased collagen production, improved circulation, and decreased muscle pain and fatigue. Further, infrared light has a healing effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps the body handle stress better. Scientific studies have shown infrared to successfully treat many conditions, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue and pain, digestion issues, and depression.
Kelly Ingraham is the owner of Inner Light in Darien, CT which offers infrared therapy and wellness workshops. Inner Light is a partner in G&T Challenges and will be offering 15% off all sauna pricing to challenge participants. Learn more about the G&T Challenge here.