Increased Flexibility: Because infrared heat is directly warming the muscles, it opens them up allowing for a greater range of motion. Research has found the ability to stretch is increased as much as three times ones normal amount in the infrared environment. This allows yoga students to open up, melt deep into the poses and gain confidence in their yoga practice.
Increased Circulation: Infrared heat has been shown to stimulate blood flow by opening up the body’s capillaries. This has an incredible effect on the body and offers a variety of benefits. It can help lower blood pressure, oxygenate the organs and rid the body of toxins.
Detoxification: Simply put, infrared heat will make you sweat. Which is a good thing because sweating is the body’s natural way of flushing toxins. As bodies absorb infrared heat, water molecules begin to vibrate, which causes them to wring out impurities from the cells and expel them into the blood. These impurities will then be released from your body as you sweat, creating a deep, detoxifying cleanse on the cellular level.
Pain Relief: Infrared heat directly penetrates tissue, muscles and joints, allowing them to heal and regenerate. This is accomplished through a combination of the aforementioned increased circulation, oxygenation and detoxification. Infrared heat is incredibly useful for pain relief for both minor injuries and chronic ailments. It’s no surprise then that infrared heat is often the preferred method of many physical therapists, saunas and yoga studios around the world.