Visiting saunas for relaxation and detoxification is an age-old tradition. Throughout history and across cultures, and particularly in Scandinavia and Finland, people have sought healing through heat.
Far Infrared Sauna
In a traditional sauna, heated rocks or steam are used to heat the air, which in turn heats you. Far infrared saunas work differently: The infrared emitters give off infrared light, which is experienced as heat. “Far” describes where the infrared waves fall on the light spectrum, and this radiant heat is experienced directly, i.e. from the inside out rather than the outside in.
Like spending time in the warm sun, infrared heat is experienced as a soft, gentle, relaxing heat. But unlike the sun, spending time in a far infrared sauna will never cause your skin to burn.
The high temperature of a sauna causes vigorous sweating and increased heart rate, producing an effect similar to the physiological response elicited by moderate exercise. When core temperature and heart rate are elevated, the body is forced to work hard to bring the system back into balance. After just a few minutes in the sauna, soon after you begin to sweat, your blood vessels dilate and circulation improves, cardiovascular function and metabolism are boosted, endorphins are produced, and your immune response is stimulated.
Improve Physical Health
Research suggests that sauna therapy has many potential benefits for physical health, including reduced muscle tension and joint stiffness, improved circulation and cardiovascular function, skin rejuvenation, stimulated immune response and metabolism, and improved endurance, flexibility, and athletic performance.
Sauna treatments can help reduce stress, relieve depression and anxiety, and improve clarity and mental focus. During the long cold Vancouver rainy season, relaxing in a infrared sauna is the next best thing to taking a sunny beach vacation.
Infrared sauna sessions have been shown to help with insomnia. Like the sun, the human body also emits waves in the infrared spectrum, which we experience as gentle heat when we touch. And like human touch or spending the day in the warm sun, the gentle heat of an infra-red sauna is naturally relaxing and has a soothing effect on us. Take a sauna and sleep like a baby!
HÄLSA Infrared Saunas
- Cedar Infrared Sauna – Experience the beautiful aroma of West Coast cedar. Cedarwood is naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and contains aromatic oils that are known for their healing and cleansing properties.
- Hemlock Infrared Sauna – A small percentage of people are sensitive to aromatic cedar. Hemlock has no aroma or resin and as such is an excellent choice for people with wood sensitivities. Our Hemlock sauna is wheelchair accessible and can also be great for stretching out, even a session of private hot yoga.
Sauna sessions are 55 minutes but your treatment time allows for an additional 10-15 minutes to allow time for refreshing pre-and post sauna showers in your own private suite.
In Sweden, when the sauna gets too hot for comfort it is customary to jump into cold water, even to roll in the snow or swim in a hole cut in the ice! At HÄLSA, we believe this tradition is worth continuing, so have provided a personal shower within your sauna suite for you to cool off mid-treatment.
Room to Stretch
Our Hemlock sauna is roomy enough to stretch out, even do yoga (BYOM). Stretching in a sauna is a terrific way to enhance the experience as well as take full advantage of the therapeutic benefits of the heat. Research suggests that stretching in heat increases your flexibility over 200%.