There are two reasons all living things need sunshine - Far Infrared heat and Vitamin D.
Far Infrared Ray (FIR), is the 'warm' energy in humans, animals and plants, emitted from sunlight. The intensity of Far Infrared produced by the human body constantly fluctuates. When the intensity is high, we feel healthy and better equipped to deal with physical challenges. When the Far Infrared begins to decline, we are subject to becoming unwell and tend to age more quickly. We can be exposed to pure Far Infrared heat for hours and it will not cause our skin to burn, in fact the Japanese use it to promote healing from sunburn. Far Infrared heat is completely healthy and safe for all living things.
What is Far Infrared therapy (FIR) and what does it do:
Far Infrared Ray are waves of energy, totally invisible to the naked eye (they are the invisible rays of natural sunlight that have the longest wavelength), which penetrate the surface of the skin where they gently and elevate the body's surface temperature to 107.6F/42C and above, while positively activating body systems and functions.
History - How Far Infrared heat therapy came into being:
Historically, heat treatments have been used to help heal the body for thousands of years. Hot air baths and sweat lodges were used for increasing relaxation and detoxification among Native Americans, Eastern Europeans and in Ancient Chinese Medicine. 'Palm Healing', an ancient tradition in China, has used the healing properties of far infrared rays for 3,000 years. These natural healers emit energy and heat radiating from their hands to heal, much the same as Reiki healers do. Our bodies radiate far infrared energy through the skin at 3 to 50 microns, with most output at 9.4 microns. Our palms emit FIR energy also, between 8 and 14 microns. Current research conducted in Taiwan has measured significant far infrared energy emitted from the hands of Chi Gong masters. Yogis in India also employ palm healing and recommend it especially for relieving eye strain. Thermal therapy has in fact been in existence for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations such as the Finns, the Romans, the ancient Chinese, the American Indians, and the Egyptians 5,000 years ago. Since these ancient times, people have known that exposure to sunshine can maintain and enhance health. Sun therapy is a form of natural FIR thermal therapy.
Nothing can survive, grow or thrive without far infrared heat!
During Winter, we feel comfortable in a sweater when the room air temperature is 70F. In the Summer, we feel more comfortable wearing a t-shirt in the same room air temperature of 70F. The explanation is that even though the air temperature is the same, the walls and ceiling radiate FIR waves from the outside sunshine during the Summer, which thereby causes our bodies to be warmer. Couples that sleep together act as transmitters and receivers of FIR waves to each other. If you sleep alone, you act as a transmitter of FIR waves, but you won't receive any in return. When people sit together they send out and receiving vibrations of FIR from each other. Cuddling a pet also shares FIR heat between you.
Far Infrared Technology Today
For many decades, scientific evidence has found that heat can maintain and enhance the wellness of the human body. Scientists have researched different ways in how to develop more effective forms of thermal heat therapy that target specific areas and enable deep heat penetration.
Traditional forms of heat therapy can be hazardous, uncomfortable, unhygienic, inefficient and ineffective. Traditional saunas create exposure to extremely high temperatures causing heat stress which can have detrimental effects on health, especially for people with heart challenges or needing to sustain blood pressure.
Research and development in the sixties - notably most extensively in Japan and also Germany - introduced the Far Infrared Ray (FIR) thermal technology. This revolutionized thermal technology to an effective, safe, natural, hygienic, and efficient approach to thermal treatment. Today there are multiple health and medical professionals internationally who rehabilitate and look after numerous physical challenges by using heat therapy for humans and as well as animals. Relief for sports injuries via thermal therapy is one example, while detoxification is another.
Far-infrared saunas were pioneered by NASA, who found infrared light helped plants grow in space. Extensive research in the early 1980’s led to the realization that infrared light treatments would be the perfect way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in US astronauts for the duration of long space flights. Recently, they used this technology to treat patients suffering from the painful side effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. They discovered a phenomenal result being that the infrared therapy was working as a healing agent, with no side effects. Since then, it’s been used by pain institutes around the country as a form of pain treatment, and the FDA has approved its therapeutic use. Infrared saunas are a type of sauna that uses heat and light to help relax and detoxify the body. Also called far-infrared saunas and near-infrared saunas, they omit infrared light waves that create heat in the body, causing you to sweat and release stored toxins. These types of saunas differ from “regular saunas” because their light directly penetrates your skin but does not warm the air around you. The temperature in your body goes up quickly, yet the light has no effect on your surrounding environment.
At Lotus Lounge, we offer two types of FIR Therapy - The Amethyst Bio-Mat, utilizing FIR, Ionic and Crystal Healing and our Jade Sauna Pod, a jade & tourmaline encrusted infrared sauna that provides both far and near infrared light. The results of an infrared sauna are produced at lower temperatures than conventional sauna and might be tolerated better by people who can’t withstand the very high heats of other dry saunas or even steam rooms. The therapeutic effects of infrared saunas come down to the electromagnetic radiation spectrum. The infrared radiation band covers the wavelength