Far Infrared 'HealthMate' sauna
Included as part of the Tuina massage session. Also used as a separate therapy.
Infrared sauna in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis (2009)
In all patients, a clinically relevant improvement was seen during the IR sauna treatment with pain and stiffness decreasing 5 to 24 points. Pain reduced approximately 40% and 60% and stiffness approximately 50% and 60% for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis, respectively. All patients felt well during and after IR treatment, and 30 min after the end of treatment, 88.2% of patients felt “comfortable” or “very comfortable”. The results of this study show that the use of IR sauna as treatment is feasible and well tolerated in patients with inflammatory arthritis.
clinical cardiology: review | beneficial effects of sauna bathing for heart failure patients (2007)
Repeated sauna therapy (60°C for 15 min) improved hemo- dynamic parameters, clinical symptoms, cardiac function and vascular endothelial function in patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) […] Sauna therapy improved the cardiac index, mean pulmonary wedge pressure, systemic and pulmonary vascular resistance, and cardiac function. Sauna treatment is considered safe for CHF patients with NYHA classes I, II and III. It seems that sauna treatment may help improve clinical symptoms and hemodynamic parame- ters secondary to an improvement in the endothelial func- tion of patients with CHF whose endothelial function is impaired.
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Far infrared Sauna benefits
The benefits of infrared therapy have been extensively researched for over 40 years. While the practice of sauna usage dates back before the 16th century, infrared saunas now provide the same health and beauty benefits, with a more comfortable and relaxing environment. From pain relief to beauty indulgences, feel the power of infrared sauna benefits.
- Absorbed directly by the body in the form of heat
- Boosts the immune system
- Stimulates cell renewal process
- Can be used at lower temperatures to achieve the same results
- Form of exercise for people with physical constraints, age, etc.
- Easier to breathe than in a steam or conventional sauna
- Relieves tension, relaxes muscles
- Burns Calories while you relax
- Works your cardiovascular system
- Hospitals have been using infrared heat for decades to keep newborns warm
Infrared light – a safe, natural resource
Infrared waves make up the majority of light waves that compose natural sunlight.
Far Infrared is distinct from Ultra Violet: it cannot damage skin
The power of infrared light to warm and heal from within has been employed since the 1960s: it is used to keep babies warm in neonatal units; it is used by physiotherapists to treat joint and muscle injuries; it is used by beauticians in skin treatments.
Infrared penetration – the optimal range of far infrared light
Infrared comes in a range of wave lengths from 0.76-1,000 microns. Most infrared cabins use far infrared light (more than 5.6 microns). But only Health Mate UK use bespoke Tecoloy heaters designed specifically for the human body. Our heaters emit far infrared light at the optimal wave length for human penetration.
The ability of infrared to heat from within the body, creates a more comfortable and enjoyable experience compared to traditional saunas.
How infrared therapy works
Health Mate Infrared cabins use Tecoloy heaters which generate far infrared light. This infrared light is absorbed naturally by most objects, including the human body and has the ability to penetrate the skin and generate deep heat from within. Far infrared light has distinct advantages compared to other heat sources:
- It is naturally occurring and safe for humans – infrared is used for warming neonatal incubators.
- It generates deep warmth within objects, but does not warm the air in between, delivering all the benefits and more of traditional saunas at much more comfortable temperatures (45-65 Celsius, compared with 85-100 Celsius in a traditional sauna).
- Infrared is a distinct frequency from Ultra Violet light and therefore does not damage skin.
Infrared penetration – relaxing and enjoyable
The power of infrared to heat from within creates a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience than traditional saunas.
Infrared penetrates objects to heat from within, but it does not heat the air that it passes through. If that’s hard to get your head around, think of the sun: the sun is immensely hot and we feel warmed by sunlight, but the space between the sun and the earth is freezing.
This characteristic means Health Mate UK’s infrared cabins deliver all the benefits and more of a traditional sauna, without the extreme temperatures
The sun’s infrared light
Why is it that in the sun we feel warm while in the shade it is cool? Most of the warmth of the sun that we feel comes from infrared light. The majority of the light from the sun is infrared light and unlike ultra violet, it is completely safe for humans. The most interesting characteristic of infrared light is that it warms up objects without warming the air in between those objects. The easiest way to understand this is to look at the light of the sun. The sun is hot, but space between us and the sun is freezing cold yet, standing in the sun light makes us feel warm. This is because the infrared part of the sunlight warms up object directly without having to warm up the air first.
Chromotherapy is the science of using colours to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Each colour possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms. Our bodies need the sun’s light to live.
Each Health Mate Sauna is equipped with LED Colour Light and a remote control. A fun feature that bathes you in a colour of your choosing, the LED colour light also houses beneficial properties used in Chromotherapy. The spectrum of colour usage is endless, with its ability to elevate moods, produce soothing mindsets, stimulate cell regeneration, and help in healing. When used with our far infrared sauna mates and their healing benefits, nurture from nature is a light switch away.
The colour red as passionate is not just a cultural association. Red light has been shown to enhance libido and increase energy. Additionally, red activates collagen cells and helps stimulate skin to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It energizes organs and promotes faster healing when used in conjunction with infrared therapy.
Orange light therapy is traditionally used to stimulate mental activity and induce cheerful emotions. Orange hues can increase energy levels and improve a person’s mood.
Yellow colour light therapy can be used to help a person feel spiritually grounded while maintaining a positive outlook. It may help individuals feel more optimistic and lighthearted.
We depend on the colour green to feel calm. Individuals who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the “winter blues” may consider using green to restore a sense of vividness.
Used in colour therapy to ease symptoms of pain, anxiety, and depression. Some research shows blue cools down inflammation, lowers fevers, helps high blood pressure and relieves migraines. Other research has shown blue is effective in reducing acne because the blue lights kill bacteria which is a major source of acne infections.
Purple colour light therapy helps individuals maintain a sense of “mind over matter” when dealing with chronic pain. It is often recommended for neurological pain caused by conditions like multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. This colour slows down an overactive heart, and stimulates the spleen and white blood cells. It promotes a true sense of tranquility, reduces anxiety, and detoxifies.
This is the most common colour to be used in LED colour therapy. It uses the three primary colours (Red, Green, & Blue), making it easy to receive the benefits from all the colours used for colour therapy. Research has shown that white light can even increase vitamin D levels.
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- Anderson, M (1986). “Colour Therapy”
- Grubson, L (1982). “Color has a powerful effect on behavior, researches assert”
- Van Wagner, K. “Color Psychology; How Colors Impact Moods, Feelings, and Behaviors”
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