January is a time to clean house, both literally and figuratively. It’s a time to detoxify the body, mind, and spirit, and reflect upon the new year ahead. And luckily, the latest tools for detoxification are here and they're pretty cool (or hot, as the case may be). While using saunas to detox isn’t anything new, sauna therapy has some fascinating twists and turns worth investigating. Here’s a look at SaunaBar, the coolest new way to detox in 2017.
What’s Infrared Sauna Therapy?
According to the folks at the SaunaBar in Los Angeles, we live in a world loaded with toxins, whether as a result of our diet, the environment, or stress. These toxins have an impact on our overall health, if we let them. That’s where infrared light therapy comes in. The SaunaBar uses sauna beds lined with jade stones, which are known to be powerfully healing as you sweat. Additionally, the infrared red light technology helps you recharge and detoxifies the body at a cellular level while you’re sweating it out.
The Benefits of Sauna
The sauna isn’t anything new. It’s existed millennia across a wide array of cultures because of its many benefits. Infrared technology directly heats the body up rather than just the air. It feels like sitting in the sunlight without any negative damage to the skin. Benefits include:
- Calorie burn and weight loss
- Improved blood circulation
- Improved complexion
- Relieving sore muscles and joints
- Stress relief and relaxation
SaunaBar also offers a magnetic resonance therapy system. This is a really neat therapy where you sit in a pod and use magnetic fields to bring upon deep relaxation. Enthusiasts claim that the therapy improves balance, realigns the chakra system, targets pain, and promotes better sleep. This is because at a cellular level the symptoms of disease have to do with disruptions in our energy field. The magnetic resonance therapy system works by gently pushing those energy fields back into balance, and creating pain relief as a result of energy balance. When energy fields fall back into balance, the body begins to heal itself and relaxation occurs.
What’s Lymphatic Massage?
The third method of detoxification at SaunaBar is lymphatic massage. It’s more widely used compared to the other therapies, but it’s still really interesting. The main purpose of the lymphatic system is detoxification and the disposal of metabolic waste. This is also important for the body’s overall immunity. The accumulation of metabolic waste can have a number of impacts on the body, mind, and spirit. These include:
- Mood swings
- Low energy
- Brain fog
How it Works:
Lymphatic massage can be done on its own or as a part of a full body massage. Clients start by lying on their backs and breathing deeply in and out. The practitioner applies light pressure to the rib cage. The client then turns their head in each direction while the practitioner applies light pressure to the thoracic duct and the brachiocephalic vein around the neck. This accelerates the lymphatic drainage release. Similar techniques are used throughout the body to help with the body’s detoxification. The technique applies really light pressure and can be deeply relaxing.
Do These Therapies Really Work?
A study published in the College of Family Physicians in Canada found that far-infrared sauna (FIRS) treatments may normalize blood pressure and treat congestive heart failure. The study also found that there is limited evidence to show that it works on chronic pain relief. It, however, has not been found effective at reducing obesity.
Magnesphere isn't well studied. But some research has shown that the technology may help regenerate damaged nerves and speed up wound healing in rats. It's currently being used to treat some patients with Parkinson's disease, although it's unclear whether it works. Similar technology has also been shown to reduce anxiety in children with low social functioning.
On a smaller scale, magnets have been widely used for pain relief for millennia, especially in magnetic jewelry like bracelets and necklaces. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) says that magnetic therapy is generally recognized as safe but warns against it if you have a pacemaker or insulin pump, as they can cause interference.
A study published in the Canada Medical Journal found that magnetic bracelets aren’t effective at treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia. Another study published in PLOS One found that magnetic therapy was ineffective when used for pain management compared to a placebo. That said, many truly believe that it works and this could be a result of mind over matter. If you truly believe that magnets are treating your pain then maybe your mind overtakes the physical. This wouldn’t be the first time that this was found to be true.
With regard to lymphatic massage, a study published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy found that these therapies are still far from proven. According to Dr. Weil, lymphatic drainage is effective for those with lymphedema, which can cause general swelling in the arms and legs when the lymph nodes are removed. However, he says that it isn’t necessary in any other circumstances or especially for basic detoxification.
But even if the research isn't quite there yet, what these treatments do provide is a sense of general relaxation and a reduction in stress. And it's stress that can cause the ailments that make us really sick. So these treatments may still be worth a try.
How Can You Try These Techniques in Your Neck of the Woods?
If you don’t live near SaunaBar (and you probably don’t), that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the benefits of these treatments in your town. Look for spas that provide infrared saunas, which have a number of benefits as mentioned above, including detoxification, lowered blood pressure, anti-aging, skin purification, and pain relief. You can also enjoy the benefits of magnesphere technology and lymphatic massage by looking for practitioners in your area. Happy detoxing!
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