What is A Near Infrared Sauna?
Near infrared saunas are also known as electric lamp saunas since they are powered by wide spectrum near infrared lamps. In the pictures below, you can see the near infrared heat lamps in some of our custom built wood cabinets.
Near infrared heat lamps emit visible light in the red/orange range, lots of near infrared and a little middle infrared. In the last 40 years, research has shown the amazing therapeutic healing power of near infrared.
Why is Near Infrared So Effective?
biology, really. Our sun emits 37% of its total energy in the near
infrared range. By contrast, on 3% is in the far infrared range.
Much like sunlight is needed to produce vitamin D, we are equally
biologically hardwired to use near infrared. In fact, it is now
understood that the human body is partially photosynthetic. In other
words, we NEED sun light AND near infrared for optimal health.
our bodies have intracellular components inside the mitochondria of
every cell called chromophores. Chromophores absorb red and near
infrared wavelengths and are located at the end stage of the chain
of reactions in the mitochondria that synthesize the energy molecule
ATP. The effect of near infrared on the mitochondria is a net
increase in cellular energy production that can then be used to
repair and rejuvenate at the cellular level. Studies have shown
increases in muscle protein synthesis, collagen and skin protein
synthesis, angiogenesis (the growth of new blood vessels), and other
beneficial rejuvenative effects. Far infrared does not have the
same cellular effect in the mitochondria. People have experienced
skin regeneration, reduced wrinkle, fine lines and age spots along
with boosts in energy levels when using near infrared saunas.
Many far infrared websites claim that near infrared does not penetrate into the skin. I ask you this simple questions: why would nature place near infrared receptors (chromophores) INSIDE the body, if near infrared couldn't get through the skin to reach them? Subsequent research by N.A.S.A. has shown certain wavelengths in the near infrared range can penetrate more than 5 inches into the body. Wavelengths between 630-800 nm can travel 23 cm through the surface tissue and muscle. The light is absorbed by mitochondria where it stimulates energy metabolism in muscle and bone, as well as skin and subcutaneous tissue. Once the light enters the body, it naturally disperses and delivers healing energy to the entire body. Near infrared is an amazingly simple and effective healing tool that is available now to you.