Infrared Sauna Use May Reduce Stress

March 30, 2021

You’re stressed about a new job. You have so many things to do at home, and your social calendar is filling up because things finally feel like they’re getting back to normal.

To make room in your calendar for all this “newness”, you skip breakfast, you toss your gym sesh out the window and you forget to check in with mom or — with yourself.

When we’re stressed, taking care of ourselves gets put at the bottom of the list. Clearly there are more important things to do. What could be more important than caring for our health, right?

That was a trick question.

Nothing is more important than taking care of you. You’re a priority. You may be a social butterfly and putting in some major hours at work but being busy isn’t an excuse for not taking good care of yourself.

And because we know you’re busy — we’ve ensured that self-care with Perspire is quick, easy and effective. Even the experts say, sauna use has a calming effect on the nervous system and can help in alleviating stress and anxiety. Here are all the reasons why:

INCREASE IN HAPPY HORMONES

Serotonin is a chemical communicator that carries signals from one part of the brain to another. It’s kind of the busybody of your whole body. It has a big role in consciousness, attention, cognition, and emotion and regulates moods, happiness, and anxiety.

The heat from an infrared sauna session can help improve blood circulation by boosting the release of this “happy hormone”. The heat not only stimulates the release of serotonin, it helps relax the body’s muscles too.

MOOD BOOSTER

A natural mood booster, infrared saunas can help you de-stress and improve your mood. A study showed that sauna users experienced improvement with their confusion, depression, anxiety, fatigue and stress.

Endorphins are the body’s “feel good chemicals”. They consist of a large group of peptides and are produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland. They are important in reducing pain and enhancing pleasure — resulting in a feeling of well-being.

The word endorphin comes from putting together the words “endogenous”, meaning from within the body, and “morphine”, which is an opiate pain reliever. In other words, endorphins got their name because they are natural pain relievers.

The heat from an infrared sauna helps to burn up to 200-400 real calories (equivalent to a 2 mile jog!) That’s why sauna users experience an increase in endorphins the aka “runners high” after this form of “exercise”.

Exercise naturally boosts mood and increases endorphins, which is why some medical professionals prescribe regular exercise as a treatment for mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

INCREASED RELAXATION, LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE

Stress is not our friend and we are not meant to experience it everyday. Prolonged stress can cause high blood pressure, muscle tension and terrible headaches. Infrared sauna therapy literally helps you melt away the stress. While getting an invigorating deep tissue sweat your body relaxes from the soothing, therapeutic infrared heat, leaving you fully refreshed, rejuvenated, and renewed.

The heat from infrared sauna sessions helps reduce blood pressure by increasing blood circulation that is useful for the heart. Researchers believed that both the heat and the relaxation time inside the sauna are the contributing factors behind this.

LOWER “STRESS HORMONES?”

Cortisol is the stress hormone. We don’t want a lot of this hormone, okay? It’s no good. Although cortisol is an important aspect for our functioning, too much of it can wreak havoc on our bodies and cause a number of unwanted symptoms.

The more stressed you are, the more cortisol your body produces. Cortisol is a “fight or flight” hormone made in the adrenal glands that raises heart rate and blood pressure and leads to the deposit of excess calories in the midsection.

The heat from an infrared sauna helps alleviate stress and anxiety by controlling the cortisol released in your blood. “Infrared sauna therapy promotes relaxation by helping to balance your body’s level of cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. The heat generated by the sauna will also help to relax muscles and relieve tension throughout the body, allowing you to relax and de-stress.” – Amy Myers, MD.

STRESSED? TIME TO SWEAT.

When creating new to-dos or adding things into your calendar. Don’t swap more work for less self-care. Prioritizing your self-care is important in helping you manage stress and maintaining overall balance. Our infrared sauna sessions are meant to be a part of your day, not take up your whole day. Block off just 1 hour of your day to break a sweat with us, and enjoy the benefits of infrared sauna that an elevated self-care experience brings. Then get going on those big dreams!

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RAQUEL DORSEY

Author | Brand Engagement

Raquel is a long time Perspire team member and IR sauna fanatic. Her fav infrared benefit: Skin Health (hello glow!) She’s an avid writer and loves all things social. She dreams of working from wifi on a warm island with her two boys and husband.

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2021-09-01T10:31:08+00:00March 30th, 2021|
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