What is Infrared Radiant Heat?

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Infrared radiant (FIR) heat is a form of naturally occurring energy that heats objects with a process called direct light conversion. Direct light conversion warms only the object and does not raise the temperature of the surrounding free air. This type of energy travels 2-3″ deep into the body, increasing circulation and nourishing damaged tissue. Traditional heating systems heat the temperature of the air to a very high level within the room to warm the body. Some people have difficulty breathing in this extremely warm air. Infrared heat works differently: instead of heating the air within the room, infrared heats the body directly. ​​​

 

The infrared heat energy that is absorbed by human cells causes a physical phenomenon called “resonance.”

 

The cellular activities are instantly invigorated, resulting in better blood circulation and overall improved metabolism. When infrared heat penetrates through the skin to the subcutaneous tissues, it transforms from light energy into heat energy.

 

The thermal effect within the deep layers of the tissues causes blood vessels and capillaries to dilate, promoting better blood circulation, and the heat produced helps to get rid of the body’s toxins and metabolic wastes through sweating. 

 

Infrared Benefits and Uses

  • Infrared heat directly penetrates tissues, and joints, allowing them to heal and regenerate through a combination of the aforementioned increased circulation, oxygenation, and detoxification. Infrared radiation is useful for pain relief for both minor injuries and chronic ailments in muscles. 

  • Infrared is used by physical therapists, and at saunas and yoga studios around the world. 

  • Infrared heat increases metabolism between the blood and tissue, which also burns calories.​

  • Infrared heat will make you sweat, which is a good thing because it is your body’s natural way of flushing toxins. As your body absorbs infrared heat, water molecules begin to vibrate, which causes them to wring out impurities from the cells. 

  • These impurities will then be released from your body as you sweat, creating a deep, detoxifying cleanse on the cellular level. 

  • Infrared heat directly warms muscles, allowing for a greater range of motion.

  • It can help lower blood pressure, help oxygenate organs, and rid the body of toxins.