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How to Bring the Sauna to Your Home: The Benefits of Infrared Blankets

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Serendipity led the American scientist, Sir William Herschel, to discover Infra-red radiation in the early 19th century. It was pure luck that he came upon it while trying to find a way to cut down the sun’s glare with the use of his telescope. Fast forward to a little less than a century later, infra-red therapy was discovered by Mr. John Harvey Kellogg, also of Kellogg cereal fame. His belief was predicated on this: Infrared light could penetrate more deeply than any other type of light.

 

Today, infra-red technology is even more innovative. You no longer have to go to a spa or treatment center to get the therapeutic benefits of infra-red light. An example of this cutting-edge innovation is the infra-red sauna blankets. In this article, we will explore several ways that using an infra-red sauna blanket can be beneficial to you, much like bringing the sauna to your home. But if it’s the first time you’ve heard of infra-red sauna blankets, let’s get to that now.

What is an infrared sauna blanket?

We’re all familiar with what blankets are, but an infra-red sauna blanket? This revolutionary product is among the list of inventions that infrared light proponents have come up with to share the wonders of this healing technology. This infrared technology involves the use of infrared light, an electromagnetic radiation whose wavelengths are invisible to the naked eye. Because these wavelengths are longer than that of visible light, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA uses infrared technology to penetrate dense dust and gas in space to reveal objects that cannot be seen by optical telescopes.

In much the same way, infrared light can penetrate deep down into our cells and tissues to bring about regenerative advantages. An infra-red sauna blanket or infrared light is basically a large heating pad that wraps all around your body and uses this infrared technology to bring the same restorative benefits that saunas offer. Like with any therapy worth doing, check first with your doctor about using an infra-red sauna blanket and how it can complement your existing self-care routine.

The Benefits of Infrared Blankets 

 

  1. Pain Management and Relief

In contrast to ultraviolet light, which can bring serious damage to our tissues and cells, the infrared light from an infrared sauna blanket repairs and restores the ability of cells to regenerate. 

By penetrating 2 to 7 centimeters deeper than the superficial layers of the skin, infrared light goes deep into the tissues and cells of the human body, even reaching the muscles, nerves, and bones. It can therefore bring the healing properties of heat down to the cellular level.

The traditional medical application of Infrared sauna blankets is typically in the treatment of many kinds of health conditions associated with muscle pain and strain, such as back pain, neck pain, tendonitis, arthritis, and even blunt force trauma. 

  1. Weight Loss

Another area where infra-red light therapy may be helpful is in the area of weight loss. While surgical procedures can be effective in helping one lose weight, people are continuously searching for non-invasive ways to reduce fat, such as using infra-red sauna blankets. In 2010, the FDA cleared an earlier infrared laser product to get rid of fat. Since then, the FDA has done the same for the marketing of several devices in the U.S. that aim to help reduce fat and improve body contour. Although more conclusive studies need to be made, you can use the infra-red light from an infra-red sauna blanket as an adjunct to your healthy diet and exercise.  

  1. Glowing Skin

While infrared sauna light can be used to dive deep down beneath the skin’s surface, it also provides many “skin-deep” benefits. In one study, infrared radiation “increased the amount of total soluble collagen and soluble elastin…” Collagen is a protein that is a major component of connective tissues, which support your skin and keep it from sagging. Elastin is also another kind of protein that keeps the skin resilient and elastic, allowing stretched skin to regain its shape.

Infrared light also improves blood circulation, allowing the delivery of essential nutrients needed for your cells to regain their protecting and regenerating functions.  

Several popular applications are for the treatment of jaundice, eczema, wounds, scars, and the faster healing of wounds and burns. Using the infrared light from an infrared sauna blanket can also improve skin tone and texture, minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tighten loose skin, and give your skin a youthful glow.

  1. Relaxation

Infrared light triggers the release of nitric oxide from blood vessels and red blood vessels. Nitric oxide then sends signals to the cells to relax the arteries and fight free radicals. The result is better-regulated blood pressure and improved blood flow. Nitric oxide also modulates neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which reduce anxiety and induce a relaxed state.

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