Can Light Therapy Help S.A.D.?

It’s that time of year when our clocks fall back an hour, and the morning light creeps in earlier. While you may or may not be partial to the daylight saving practice, we know our bodies and minds are affected. Just as mornings seem to start earlier, the skies can also get gloomier. Northern states of course experience this the most, with long rainy or snowy days and constant overcast. If you’re one of the 5% of the population who experiences Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) it can be a struggle. However, there are some measures that can help lessen depression. But can light therapy help S.A.D.?

We’re here to discuss fall onset S.A.D. and how light therapy may make a huge difference.

What Exactly Is S.A.D.?

Just because it’s cloudy in an otherwise sunny state, you might think, oh, I have S.A.D. But having one or two off days can’t be categorized as a disorder. Sure, it may take time to adjust to an earlier sundown or a rainstorm, but winter blues are fleeting. S.A.D. can last an entire season.

The Mayo Clinic shared that fall and winter S.A.D. can include symptoms like oversleeping, appetite changes, weight gain, and exhaustion or low energy. If you happen to have an existing mental challenge, such as bipolar disorder, it may feel more extreme. There’s no exact diagnosis.

Additionally, the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder can vary, but studies have shown a few correlations. You could find your sleep pattern disrupted due to drops in melatonin levels. Less sunlight can also affect your serotonin levels, the hormone that impacts mood. You might also experience headaches or brain fog. Worse, you could feel withdrawn and hopeless, similar to standard depression.

The good news is it’s treatable.

Steps To Combat S.A.D.

People who are not prone to S.A.D. might think you can easily ‘snap out of it.’ However, for those who continually experience it season after season, it may require a visit to a doctor. Both cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressants have been known to help.

However, there are other steps you can take to address this disorder before seeing a medical advisor.

  • Sit near a window or take breaks to sit in the sunlight when available
  • Make time to socialize to break up any alone time
  • Get active, even if it’s just 15 minutes of daily home exercise
  • Include healthy foods in your diet while reducing or eliminating alcohol and drugs
  • Focus on positive aspects of the day; set small goals to improve your mood

winter girlAs mentioned, a key part of the antidote to S.A.D. can be soaking up sunlight when available. But if your weather is a long series of gloomy days, what else can you do?

This is where light therapy can help!

Using Your Sauna To Treat S.A.D.

Sauna therapy is great for stress relief, general relaxation, and treating sore muscles, along with a host of other health benefits. The mid- and far-infrared heat do wonders after as little as 20-minutes. Many Health Mate saunas offer what we call full-spectrum infrared, which means you can enjoy chromotherapy as part of your sauna sessions. Chromotherapy is part of the near-infrared feature, which is the third level of infrared included in a full-spectrum sauna.

Chromotherapy, also known as light therapy, offers a range of color lighting delivered via an LED panel. It’s known for treating various ailments. From yellow to purple and all in between, it can address health issues like migraines, anxiety, skin conditions, and even, you guessed it, S.A.D.

Here is how the individual colors help:

  • Green: Fights off depression associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)
  • Blue: Kills the bacteria that produce acne and may help relieve migraines
  • Purple: Reduces anxiety and stress to promote serenity
  • Red: Stimulates skin cells and collagen to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation
  • Orange: Promotes cheerfulness and clarity
  • Yellow: Boosts positivity and energy levels, giving a ‘brighter’ perspective

Getting a jump on your seasonal mental health can include various positive actions, but Health Mate Sauna is here to help year-round. Our infrared models are designed with your well-being in mind. For details on sauna benefits or what features to look for, see our sauna selection, or speak with our sauna specialists.

Taking Sauna Sessions A Stretch Further

Congratulations if you’ve taken the leap and finally treated yourself to a home sauna! Or maybe you’re in the market still, wondering, is a sauna worth the investment? Either way, you’re already aware of how infrared will enhance your fitness or self-care routine. So, as you get into the groove with regular sauna visits, you might wonder how to take your sessions a stretch further.

We’re here to share exactly how! And yes, it involves stretching.

What many people already know about personal infrared saunas is that they offer health benefits beyond relaxation. The more you sweat, the more your body is receiving beneficial far-infrared heat that amps up circulation, improves your cardio, helps detox, and increases collagen production, to name just a few health pluses.

If you’d like to get even more out of your sauna session, read further.

It Starts With Tension Release

If you’re working out, just starting a fitness regimen, or participating in sports, you might find your muscles cramping or slightly sore afterwards, sometimes even a day or two later. Along with muscle stiffness, your body has likely built up lactic acid.

By applying or using penetrative heat, your body can more easily flush this lactic build-up, which is where your sauna comes in. Regular sessions in the sauna before a workout or physical exertion will loosen muscles. The heat helps increase the blood and oxygen flow throughout your body so muscles will less likely cramp and become sore.

Now, if you’re experiencing inflammation from muscle or body injury, you will more likely need to apply ice or cold. Inflammation is a different type of issue that is more related to injury or trauma than pure exercise or exertion.

Beyond warming up, there is one more element you can add to improve performance and reduce strain caused by vigorous physical exercise.

Get Your Flex On

Once you enter your sauna and get comfortable, it’s easy to slip into a meditative state or zen out and listen to music. If you share your sauna with someone, it could be the digital-free time you need to reconnect. Sauna time is really great self-care time.

But, if you want to get even more health benefits from your infrared experience, consider a good stretch. A study on a small group of sauna users revealed that even a brief stretch or a few yoga poses while exposed to far-infrared heat increased flexibility by 205%!

As mentioned, using heat will help relax your muscles and prep for any upcoming physical activity. And even if you don’t plan to hit the gym or exercise class after your sauna, increasing flexibility has been shown to help as we age. It also improves strength and balance. You don’t have to get fancy and try any complicated poses or contortion into a state of discomfort. There are basic stretches you can do in a small span of time that will enhance your health and leave you feeling even more relaxed once your session has ended.

Just Add Water

One more tip and this goes for any sauna session, even if you’re just there to relax and unwind. You should always hydrate before and after your infrared treatment. Water will not only help flush lactic acid and prevent buildup, but because you’ll be sweating, you’ll need to replace the loss of fluids.

This may seem like common sense advice, but one thing we know is that you won’t feel thirsty until you’re already past the state of dehydration. You want to make sure you don’t faint or feel nauseous during your sauna experience, because, why ruin it? Grab a glass of water before you soak up the heat and you’ll end up more refreshed and less tired.

Whether you’re already on your way to home sauna bliss or still deciding which sauna to buy, Health Mate can help. Check out our FAQ section or contact a sauna specialist. Our 40+ years in the industry means we’re familiar with your needs and ready to answer all your questions.

Making Infrared Part Of A Fitness Routine

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to appreciate proper prep before a workout or competition. Warm-up sessions before exercise or sports improve safety and may extend endurance. Making infrared therapy part of your fitness plan is also a smart practice.

As a kid you might have hurried through the whole ‘warm up’ routine in P.E. class, which often took the form of jumping jacks and toe touches. If you played a sport, the coach made sure warm-up was part of practice and competition.

As an adult, you realize the value of warming up and incorporate it into your exercise routine or wake-up regimen. Basically, warming up or stretching is essential. It keeps you limber, increases your range of motion, and helps you avoid injury.

Before you launch into major fitness or physical activity, stretching and doing light movement as a lead-up signals your muscles, “Hey, we’re about to get busy.”

What’s also critical is how you end your workout. Sometimes you don’t have the luxury of a cool-down, but it’s equally important as a warmup for your muscles and your heart. Slowing the pace of your activity, like swimming, running, or doing a cross-fit class, is a gradual way to cool down. A good stretch helps, too.

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Whichever you choose, the point of ramping down is to help your body properly recover and relax so you’re ready the next time.

Infrared plays a key role in both warming up and recovering.

Infrared for Performance & Recovery

For most athletes, the warmup process is second nature. They understand that their goals, whether it be to win a game, improve their score, or simply achieve a certain level of performance, are more attainable the better prepared they are. Some athletes have even used infrared emitting clothing to enhance their performance.

Many sports participants, whether professional or amateur, turn to infrared as a tool for assuring they get the most from their game or workout. Diet and nutrition, sleep, and mental rejuvenation all play a role, as does proper body care.

 

Ideally, your performance outcomes are improving as you go. You could be a yoga instructor, fitness trainer, or weekend warrior with a workout regime. Whichever the case, you should allow some downtime in between activities for your body to recover.

Studies show infrared therapy helps with recovery and even with building muscle mass, which can ensure consistent or elevated performance.

What’s great is that infrared not only helps with recovery, but with stress, anxiety relief, and better sleep. Overall, sauna therapy will benefit your health even if you take a break from fitness.

Infrared To Treat Injury

Runner’s knee, tendonitis, tennis elbow, ankle sprains, muscle pulls….yikes! For all of the benefits that come with sports and physical activity, there are sometimes injuries along the way. Even with proper warm-up and cool-down practices, accidents can happen.

A black and white image of a woman grabbing her shoulder while relaxing in an infrared sauna.

Fortunately, infrared saunas can improve your body’s rate of healing. Just like the heat helps maintain your muscle’s flexibility and range of motion, the deep penetration of far infrared can expedite cell rejuvenation. This aids in the repair of muscles and tendons.

For prolonged injuries, regular sauna sessions can be the saving grace that keeps pain at bay. Chronic pain sufferers have found infrared makes a great addition to their healing regimen. This finding is backed by science, including a study conducted in the Netherlands.

Health Mate has designed and manufactured infrared saunas for more than 40 years as a solution for people to maintain and regain proper health. If you haven’t already, see our current models and learn more about the benefits of infrared therapy.

 

Can Infrared Therapy Treat Chronic Pain?

Ever wanted to go for a dip in the fountain of youth? You’re not alone! Maybe the thought was prompted by a pulled muscle or a neck strain, a reminder that you weren’t as young as you once were. Everyone has experienced some similar at some point, and as we age we are more susceptible to discomfort or pain.

In fact, recent medical industry reports reveal that 1 in 5 adult Americans experience chronic pain. This includes prolonged muscle pain, joint pain, tension, and nerve issues.

Good news! There’s a natural solution that doesn’t require a prescription, and the results are incredibly positive!

Infrared therapy has little to no side effects. It’s also non-invasive and can be enjoyed in the privacy of your own home. What could be more convenient?

If you’ve ever experienced chronic or prolonged pain, keep reading.

Arthritis And Infrared Therapy

Stiffness, swelling, and aching joints are common arthritis symptoms, a condition that affects up to 24% of U.S. adults. It’s also been the most frequently reported main cause of disability for nearly twenty years. We used to hear primarily of seniors who suffered from arthritis, but more and more it’s affecting the younger, working population. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), a severe and rarer version, is considered an autoimmune disorder and can be seriously debilitating.

No matter the level and intensity, arthritis can cause missed work and social activity and lower your quality of life. While exercises can be done to alleviate the pain, exercise can cause pain and inflammation. This vicious cycle is difficult to break to begin the healing process.

With infrared sauna therapy, arthritis sufferers can enjoy immediate relief in as little as 30 minutes a day. A study done specifically with RA patients resulted in decreased pain, along with a side bonus—reduced fatigue. Infrared helps is via far-infrared heat which penetrates the body deep enough to increase blood circulation. That in turn increases the oxygen delivered to muscles that have been depleted. In addition, the improved circulation helps flush out edema, trapped fluid in tissues that causes swelling and inflammation.

You can reap the benefits infrared has to offer in a half-size, Essential Lounge. Or, you can have a whole-body experience with an enclosed, full spectrum sauna that offers a range of infrared benefits.

Good-bye, Migraines

If you’ve ever had a headache, you know it can throw off your focus or functioning. For the migraine sufferer, this pain and tension can last days on end. And while there are holistic treatments like acupuncture and meditation, many who get migraines find those aren’t effective remedies.

Enter light therapy. The more scientific term is photobiomodulation or Chromotherapy, and it has been used to treat a variety of health issues. Light stimulation may sound like a terrible idea to a migraine sufferer who has acute light sensitivity.

However, Green light therapy provides proven migraine relief. It emits a lower dose of infrared that when administered, resulted in a success rate of 60% reduction in pain; that’s substantial! The study showed that “Green light therapy shortened the duration of headaches, and improved participants’ ability to fall and stay asleep, perform chores, exercise, and work.”

Health Mate offers light therapy in many of its infrared sauna models. See the other benefits of Chromotherapy—a great alternative to migraine medication without the serious side effects.

Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What used to be a misdiagnosed or overlooked health issue has recently been given more serious attention in the medical world. The symptoms? Extreme exhaustion, pain, and sleep disruptions. Women tend to suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome more than men. It can even include cold-like symptoms such as sore throat or headaches. No amount of sleep seems to help, and it often goes undiagnosed for months.

Additionally, there doesn’t seem to be a prescriptive treatment for this affliction, which can last years and even a lifetime.

Infrared therapy has helped with many of the typical symptoms, based on small studies conducted in more recently. It also benefits people with fibromyalgia, which shares some of the same symptoms as chronic fatigue. Doctors attribute both illnesses to what they term “compromised detoxification pathways”. This is where patients’ bodies aren’t properly flushing out toxins, particularly from heavy metals. They fully endorse infrared therapy as a solution.

Spending as little as 20-30 minutes in an infrared sauna lets you sweat just as much as you would during a fitness workout, but without exertion.

Detoxification using infrared saunas can be the key to fending off a range of illnesses and improving the immune system.

Muscle And Back Pain Relief

To ice or to heat? That is often the question when it comes to treating general muscle pain, spasms, and back injuries. Each method has its own merits and can be used alternately to relieve or reduce pain.

Ice packs are often recommended immediately after an injury to reduce inflammation. Heat wins out for stiffness, soreness, and joint pain that lasts over several days, weeks, or as a chronic condition. Since we know infrared heat increases blood flow, particularly far-infrared with its deeper penetration, the result is that muscles receive more oxygen and can recover quicker. In addition, infrared therapy can enhance flexibility and improve performance.

Overall, rest and relaxation can relieve sore and injured muscles. Including regular sessions in an infrared sauna will result in a speedier recovery so you can be back to lifting groceries—or weights—sooner rather than later.

Consider investing in a personal home sauna if you suffer from chronic pain. Learn about all of the health and wellness benefits that Health Mate infrared saunas can provide by taking our sauna quiz to find out which one suits your lifestyle best.

How Infrared Saunas Can Boost Your Immune System

Immune System Basics

We come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, yet one thing we all have in common is that we like pizza! That could be an urban myth. One thing that we for sure have in common is that we’re born with an internal germ warfare system—our immune system.

As children, we were shooed outside to “go play in the dirt” to build up our immune system, which apparently works! Yet we don’t really think much about our immune system until we’re ill.

Your immune system works in the background, fighting the good fight. Your white blood cells, called leukocytes, are key to warding off anything attacking your body or immune system. Anything that has been detected and tracked is caught in your lymph nodes, which is why having a healthy lymphatic system is so essential.

Overall, you want to develop a healthy, balanced lifestyle to keep your body from depleting its immune capabilities.

Here are a few key benefits of having a healthy immune system:

  • Quicker recovery from surgery or illness
  • Improved protection from viruses
  • Faster infection-fighting response
  • Lowered stress and anxiety
  • Sounder sleep

Maybe you’re already eating plenty of green, leafy vegetables, exercising, and sleeping well?  You can still get off balance while simultaneously being exposed to more toxins and pollution than we realize—daily. But let’s not discuss agricultural aggravators or industrial culprits that negatively affect our food and environment.

Let’s focus on how infrared saunas can help build your body’s ability to fight off what might ail it and keep you strong and healthy.

Let’s Talk About Sweat

Our body naturally cools itself and prevents us from overheating or fainting by sweating.

When you sit in an infrared sauna, you will naturally begin to sweat. Setting the temperature between 110- and 130-degrees Fahrenheit is a comfortable range that ensures you get the most from your sauna. First-time users may start at lower temps to get acclimated.

Once you’re inside, the wavelengths are going to penetrate your skin and cause your body temperature to rise. The most obvious and immediate result will be your skin producing extra moisture as it perspires.

What we don’t always realize is how our skin plays a role in our immune system. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases notes, “The skin is usually the first line of defense against microbes. Skin cells produce and secrete important antimicrobial proteins, and immune cells can be found in specific layers of skin.”

Many people use their infrared sauna for detoxification, which studies have found is a direct benefit of sauna therapy. This detox process, which happens through your sweat, can help eliminate some harmful heavy metals and other pollutants, like PCBs and BPAs, from your system. While your kidneys do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to detoxing your system, it’s one key benefit that comes from spending time in infrared heat.

Plus, it feels good once you’ve worked up a sweat, toweled or showered off, and cooled back down. Some equate the benefits of an infrared session to a good jog or run, which we don’t always have the luxury of doing, especially once the weather gets too chilly. However, you can burn calories as you sweat. Staying hydrated is also recommended before, after, or during a session.

Is Your Immune System Fighting Back?

As we get older, our immune system response has to work harder. Some attribute poor nutrition to reduced immunity response. Some experts have concluded there’s a reduction in T cells. News Medical Life Sciences defines them; T cells are a part of the immune system that focuses on eliminating specific foreign particles, antigens. As such, T cells play a critical part in immunity to foreign substances.”

Medical experts have long known that your immune system is triggered into action when your body heats to above normal temperatures. A fever, as long as it’s within a safe range, can be a good thing in keeping temperature-sensitive bacteria and viruses from multiplying. And, yes, this includes viruses like the widespread COVID-19.

An infrared sauna can produce deep enough heating via far-infrared wavelengths to mimic a fever but without the harm or resulting inflammation. This activates your body into producing an innate immune response, often with additional beneficial outcomes such as increased circulation, improved metabolism, and better cardiovascular health.

Some people have found infrared heat helps them heal faster after having an illness or surgery.  Since they may not be mobile enough to exercise vigorously, it’s an ideal solution for safe, no-impact recovery.

Start With Reducing Anxiety and Stress

Everyone deals with stress differently, and exercise and nutrition can play a big part in helping us manage it effectively. When not kept in check, stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on our immune system response.

A certain level of stress is healthy since we want to be able to respond to danger with our “fight or flight” system intact. Adrenaline produces cortisol, also called the stress hormone. However, we reduce our ability to fight illness when we have high blood pressure or too much cortisol in our system.

Stress can also inhibit digestion. And as many medical experts have reported, the digestive system is responsible for producing healthy bacteria and immune cells. In fact, according to a recent UCLA Health study, 70% of the immune system is in the gut.

So, what part of infrared therapy helps with stress?

Chromotherapy, known also as color therapy, is a method used to induce calm and tranquility. Near-infrared wavelengths when produced at the proper intensity and combined with certain color lighting can promote relaxation and improve your mood. There have been multiple studies done to corroborate this finding. In addition, mid-infrared wavelengths will relax the muscles and provide rejuvenation. Even the well-respected Mayo Clinic endorses infrared sauna therapy for relaxation.

Now you’re in the Know About Infrared and Immunity

While there is plenty of information about infrared therapy, we want to encourage you to take proper precautions based on your medical history, health, and research yourself.

Always be careful not to overtax or stress your body beyond what’s safe. Just like exercising, there’s a sweet spot on how much or how little time you should spend in your sauna. Keep your infrared sauna sessions to the 20–30-minute range for best results.

The ideal infrared sauna is one that combines all levels of infrared, meaning near-, mid- and far-infrared wavelengths. Together they provide the maximum benefits and ultimate outcome from an infrared sauna experience.

Health Mate calls it full-spectrum infrared. It combines our patented Tecoloy heaters with mid- and far-infrared waves, dual micron technology, along with chromotherapy, or near-infrared, panels. Our bestselling Enrich 2 and Restore models were designed with full-spectrum heating so you have the option of a more extensive level of therapy.

All of Health Mate’s infrared saunas are made with 100% solid, eco-friendly wood that is sustainably sourced and naturally anti-microbial. For more information on our infrared sauna models, contact our knowledgeable sales team and learn how you can enjoy the benefits an infrared sauna imparts in order to maintain good health, including a healthy immune system.

7 Questions About Infrared Saunas

Saunas are elevating how we invest in our everyday well-being. Finding the right sauna for your health needs and lifestyle can be challenging, though. At Health Mate Sauna, we use infrared technology that offers a rejuvenating and revitalizing sauna experience, providing plenty of mental and physical benefits along the way. To help you navigate the research process in choosing a home infrared sauna, we’ve answered the 7 most common questions about infrared saunas so you can make an informed decision.

1) How much does a sauna cost?

When you invest in an infrared sauna you are investing in so much more than just a piece of equipment. A sauna is also an investment in your health and well-being. Health Mate saunas can range in price from $2k to $10k+ with many options available among the models. Our premium, handcrafted saunas are designed to fit a variety of budgets. Plus, you have the option of financing, so you can own the sauna that’s right for you and pay it off over time.

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2) What are the health benefits?

From relaxation and pain relief to immune support and weight loss, the multitude of benefits a sauna provides is extensive. Saunas are most commonly known to help relieve tired, aching muscles after a long day, in addition to easing stress and tension. They can also help rid your body of toxins, ease joint pain, and aid in optimal blood circulation.

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3) Is it safe to use?

Yes! Infrared saunas naturally warm the body from within, penetrating your muscles and nerves. Our saunas have all been tested for ultra-low EMF, which means your radiation exposure is at a safe level. Since infrared saunas heat the body instead of just heating the air in the room, it’s a more relaxing experience. Follow directions, along with any recommended medical advice, to ensure the best outcome.

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4) How much electricity does it use?

Infrared saunas do not warm the air or generate steam as a traditional sauna does. In that way, infrared heat emits at a lower temperature and requires less electricity. Health Mate saunas typically require 120V and can use a standard outlet in any room. However, larger saunas sometimes require additional voltage. See our models for more details and specifications. 

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5) How much space is required?

Health Mate saunas are designed as small as a portable dome sauna and as large as a therapy lounge. They don’t require additional plumbing or refurbishing. Also, saunas can be placed on wood, tile, concrete, or carpet, basically, anywhere you have a corner or free spot in your living area. Even better, they are simple to assemble!

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6) Does an infrared sauna help you detox?

Your infrared sauna will inevitably cause your body to sweat. Sweating is the body’s natural process for regulating temperature and allows for a level of detox which takes some load off your liver function. Infrared sauna technology heats the body directly by using infrared heat and light. This raises the body’s temperature deep inside the tissues and organs and promotes a deeper level of detox, while also boosting your immune levels.

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7) Can I use essential oils in the sauna?

Absolutely! We encourage you to incorporate essential oils into your sauna sessions to enhance the normal infrared sauna experience. With accessories like the Aroma Mate aromatherapy cup you can transform your sauna into a spa-like, calming oasis.

 

When you choose to elevate your health and well-being with a home sauna, you want to choose the best sauna possible. Now that you have some answers to the most common infrared questions about owning a personal sauna, choose to invest in yourself. Read up on the selection of our award-winning Health Mate saunas or check out our FAQ for more info on our saunas and care.

Do Saunas Help You Lose Weight?

There are many reasons to purchase a sauna, with one of the most sought-after benefits being weight loss. Eating healthy and being active is great for weight loss, however, over time it can become increasingly difficult to continue making progress. While weight loss is one of the more challenging health goals people face, there is an easy and doable solution that can assist you in your pursuit of better health through weight loss, purchasing an infrared sauna.

 

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An infrared sauna is a great tool to use when it comes to your health. But does a sauna burn calories and really aid in weight loss? It’s estimated that there are anywhere from 200-600 calories burned in a sauna session that lasts 30 minutes or longer. Burning that many calories is equivalent to jogging or swimming for an hour. While jogging and swimming can be taxing on the body, sitting in an infrared sauna can be performed by anyone. To answer the question, do saunas help you lose weight? Absolutely, an infrared sauna is a great tool to incorporate into your weight loss plan.

 

“It’s estimated that there are anywhere from 200-600 calories burned in a sauna session that lasts 30 minutes or longer.”

 

One of the main reasons infrared sauna weight loss works is due to the mid and far-infrared light. As they are able to penetrate the skin and reach a deeper level of body tissue compared to a traditional sauna. A common misconception is that weight loss caused by an infrared sauna is temporary. However, what is really being observed is the quick loss and gain of “water weight”. Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, an obesity medicine physician with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital states, “the magic number is 5% of your total body weight; that’s when we see clinically significant physiological changes.”

When searching for a sauna to aid in your weight loss journey, it’s important to factor in the quality of the materials, the heater, and who the company is. Many sauna companies use materials that contain toxins in the wood, heaters, and other components such as glue that your body will then absorb. While this sounds scary, it’s easy to navigate away from bad materials through simple and quick research on the brand. Health Mate, in particular, has been producing infrared saunas the longest out of all their competitors. Has a five-stage quality control system to ensure your sauna is up to Health Mate standards, and they only use the best materials that are toxic-free. Since 1979, Health Mate has been producing saunas and aiding in its customer’s pursuit of better health through weight loss as you can see here.

 

The magic number is 5% of your total body weight; that’s when we see clinically significant physiological changes.” ~ Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford

 

Another key topic to research when choosing an infrared sauna is the financing options they offer. As this will show how far your dollar can really go. Some infrared sauna brands offer little to no financing options and also don’t offer different sizing options of their saunas. This is another area where Health Mate is superior. With multiple sizing options and financing available, purchasing their infrared sauna is less of a towering financial commitment. You can also purchase exactly what you’d like, in the size that best suits your needs.

Overall, utilizing an infrared sauna on top of your daily health habits can certainly help you lose weight. Through increasing your metabolism, increasing your heart rate, and regulating your body’s stress and cortisol levels, an infrared sauna (Health Mate in particular) is an extremely wise investment.

Chromotherapy: Color Light Therapy Benefits

While colors can have an impact on our moods, performance, and even how we make purchases, Chromotherapy (or color light therapy) benefits include healing in a variety of areas in the body and mind.

Poor mental health can cause poor physical health, and vice versa, so it’s important to make sure we find ways to promote wellness in both of these areas on a consistent basis. Chromotherapy with a sauna allows your body to achieve amazing health benefits in both the mind and body, healing you from the inside out. 

What are the benefits of Chromotherapy and how do the different colors work as a holistic alternative treatment? Read on.

What is Chromotherapy? 

For centuries, humankind has explored the health benefits of chromotherapy, also referred to as color therapy, colorology, and color light therapy. This holistic alternative treatment uses light in a variety of colors to help heal the body’s energy levels, either by looking at a color or shining the light of the color on a specific area of the body. 

The essence of Chromotherapy is that the body and colors are connected and different colors can heal and improve different parts of the body. 

What Does Color Light Therapy Do?

Chromotherapy, or color light therapy, uses color lighting on specific areas of the body to promote wellness from certain ailments. From killing off acne-causing bacteria to reducing wrinkles, it helps on the surface of our skin. It also helps alleviate SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) where our moods tend to be lower due to the loss of light in the winter months. Color light therapy provides a holistic and harmonious approach to healing our bodies and minds. 

Chromotherapy Colors and Meanings

Color psychology is definitely real. Just like we might feel “gloomy” on a cloudy day with little to no sunlight, colors can also affect the way we feel. Think about how certain colors affects you daily, like how you feel when wearing certain colors or using them in your home. 

There are different benefits for different colors when it comes to Chromotherapy – so let’s look at all 6 and what they can do for you!

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Green light helps you fight the “winter” blues, or SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), when our moods are lowered due to lack of sunlight. To boost your mood, use Green to help you feel calm, refreshed, and feel grounded in nature. 

Blue light helps kill bacteria that produce acne and even helps relieve migraines. Blue can provide you a serenity within and even help you gain inspiration. 

Purple light aids in reducing anxiety and promoting tranquility. The soothing shades of Purple can help you find relaxation before bed or during a meditation session. 

Red light stimulates skin cells to help reduce wrinkles. This bright and warm color gives you a sense of comfort, love, and even passion. 

Orange light induces cheerfulness and mental clarity. With Orange, you can gain more energy, happiness, and focus. 

Yellow light boosts positivity and spirituality. Exuding brightness and vitality, yellow can ignite your energy and promote optimism. 

Color Light Therapy with an Infrared Sauna

Infrared heat therapy has amazing benefits for healing the body, including healing chronic pain, promoting muscle recovery, and detoxing the body from harmful toxins. It also helps boost your cardiovascular, lymphatic, and immune systems so your body continues functioning at its best. 

Health Mate Sauna’s LED light panel has been calibrated to produce the most beneficial near infrared at 780-940nm giving you the highest penetration available. Paired with our patented Tecoloy™ heater, Health Mate saunas deliver 360 degrees of dual wave heat and the fastest heat time. It’s also certified non-toxic. 

wavelength penetration

Experiencing color light therapy with an infrared sauna allows you to make the most of your sauna sessions where your body can heal and detox while your mind can remain calm, focused, and energized. 

Chromotherapy for Overall Health

Using Color light therapy in your infrared sauna is a wonderful treatment for the body and mind. Whether it’s post-workout or your daily meditation session, taking some time to heal using infrared heat paired with chromotherapy can promote wellness physically and mentally that is crucial for your overall health. 

Health Mate has been manufacturing quality in-home infrared saunas for over 40 years. Our wide selection of infrared saunas for sale ensures there’s something for everyone.  For other common FAQs regarding features and benefits, installation and assembly, maintenance, operations, and troubleshooting, make sure to check out our in-depth infrared sauna FAQ guide. For even more in-depth articles on saunas, check out our infrared sauna blog

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