The Healing Powers of Infrared Explained

August 1, 2022

If you are among the millions of professionals suffering from chronic stress, fatigue, and anxiety, then weekly sessions within our Infrared Sauna will provide the relaxing oasis that your body desires.

The benefits of a traditional sauna treatment have long been understood and accepted, but the Infrared Sauna has shown superior, detoxifying results with increased technological advances.

Within this article, we will dive into what an Infrared Sauna treatment entails, the benefits it provides, as well as take a look at the state-of-the-art equipment implemented here at Tulum Wellness Spa.

What is an Infrared Sauna treatment?

Both conventional saunas and infrared saunas provide heat therapy but with distinct methodology and therefore provide differing results. A traditional heat sauna uses heat and humidity to warm the air around you to raise your internal body temperature. The temperature increase causes the body to sweat and, in turn, release muscle tension, creating a relaxed and blissful state.

Since the air within a traditional sauna needs to be heated between 150˚F and 180˚F, it is often uncomfortable to withstand for extended periods of time. This reduces the ability of the body to heal as deeply as desired and requires more sessions to reach optimal results.

Our Infrared Sauna provides radiant heat therapy using top-of-the-line infrared lamps that utilize electromagnetic radiation to warm the body internally without needing to heat the entire space. This fact causes many newcomers to the Infrared sauna experience to notice that they don’t feel “hot” as quickly as within a regular sauna because their body is being heated from the inside rather than being immersed in heated air.

Due to the deep penetration of the infrared light, the sauna can operate effectively at a much lower temperature, between 120˚F and 140˚F. These lower temperatures create a more comfortable environment allowing you to reap the benefits of sauna purification for longer and more enjoyable sessions.

When infrared wavelengths penetrate the soft tissue of your muscles and skin, they open your blood vessels to stimulate a process called vasodilation. This enhances blood flow and allows oxygen and nutrients to reach areas of the body that have built up tension. A key takeaway from this information is that the “hot” temperatures associated with a traditional sauna are not necessary when we utilize infrared light's ability to penetrate the skin and comfortably provide healing benefits.

Why Infrared Sauna sessions are right for you

Our primary objective at Tulum Wellness spa is to consciously provide a safe and nourishing space to promote healing and well-being for every guest. Infrared technology is so safe that it is routinely used in hospitals to warm newborn babies as well as physical therapy assistance due to injuries.

We truly believe that embracing the technological powers of infrared waves can benefit a holistic journey of full-body wellness. If you are seeking any of the following benefits, then regular treatment within our Infrared Sauna is right for you:

  • Increase your Metabolism to Stimulate Weight Loss
    A Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that infrared sauna sessions provide a passive aerobic workout burning anywhere between 300 - 800 calories per treatment.
  • Experience Pain and Tension Relief
    The increased oxygen flow created by the infrared waves promotes healing and stimulates rejuvenation to damaged areas of your body.
  • Improve your Heart Health
    An official publication of the College of Family Physicians of Canada promotes that infrared sauna therapy can help keep blood pressure within healthy levels, lower cholesterol and be of therapeutic value.
  • Obtain Restful Sleep
    Many sauna bathers participating in radiant heat therapy studies have cited enjoying more restful and fulfilling sleep following their sessions.
  • Stimulate your Immune System
    A study within the National Library of Medicine supports evidence of the immune-boosting potential of regular sauna usage.  
  • Soothe and Restore Sore Muscles
    Due to the muscle penetrating nature of radiant heat therapy, it is the best treatment to help soothe and restore muscle tissue, post-workout or after injury.
  • Rejuvenate Your Skin
    Heat therapy is proven to open pores and stimulate toxin release throughout the whole body. If you are interested in rejuvenating and tightening your skin for a youthful glow, then Infrared Sauna sessions will help achieve your goals.

Infrared Sauna Therapy is highly beneficial to almost all individuals; the medical team at Tulum is always happy to answer any questions you may have.

If any of the following conditions apply to you, please discuss Infrared Sauna Therapy with your doctor or a healthcare professional prior to use or booking your appointment.

  • Cardiovascular issues, obesity or diabetes
  • Alcohol & drug use 
  • Chronic Conditions or diseases associated with reduced ability to sweat or perspire 
  • Elderly and children
  • Hemophiliacs or individuals prone to bleeding
  • Fever or insensitivity to heat
  • Pacemakers or defibrillators
  • Metal pins, rods, artificial joints, or any other surgical implants
  • Pregnancy or heavy menstruation

What type of Infrared Sauna equipment is used at Tulum?

Tulum Wellness spa is proud to partner with Sunlighten, a leading provider of top-of-the-line sauna equipment committed to health, wellness, and superior machinery.

The Infrared Saunas used at our oasis are the Sunlighten M-Pulse Believe. This two-person capable sauna experience delivers the highest quality infrared technology that is completely customizable to your needs.

This system empowers users to select from six curated programs derived from clinical research to deliver each wavelength at the optimal dosage. This promotes the healing your body deserves every session and over time, as your body’s needs change.

The equipment used at Tulum is able to meet your needs wherever they are in your wellness journey. We invite you to experience the healing powers of Infrared Sauna technology to revitalize your body from the inside out.

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