There’s nothing more cleansing than a good sweat! I love Infrared Sauna Treatments from the inside out – and here’s why!
Until recently, if there was a sauna session happening you’d be quick to assume that robes, billowing steam, and seventies-style wood-paneled walls were involved, right? Not necessarily! Infrared sauna sessions are taking the health world by storm and I’ve jumped aboard because the benefits are more than a trend – they’re a proven part of my lifestyle! Chris and I purchased a JNH Lifestyles Infrared Sauna which was very easy to assemble and in no time at all we were reaping the benefits. Here are my tips for the perfect infrared sauna session:
Duration: No more than 20 minutes, no less than 15 for a cleansing sweat
Frequency: 5 times per week
Pampering + Prep: Dry brush + deep conditioning hair treatment
Considerations: No alcohol + additional water to avoid dehydration
If possible, I like to enjoy my infrared sauna sessions on an empty stomach which allows for greater benefits. (Who wants to sweat after a full meal?) You’ll gain tolerance to the heat the more often you doit, and I always recommend listening to your body and never going beyond the safety recommendations of your sauna. Adding time in the sauna after my workout soothes my entire body and gives me some added recovery time after giving it all in the gym.
Pre-pampering + Infrared Sauna Sessions
Before hopping in the sauna, I take the extra time to use my favorite dry brush to stimulate my skin. I’ve found this helps to open my pores for a healthy and cleansing sweat! Plus, getting my lymphatic system going before my sauna session can help eliminate toxins and helps me get the most out of my session. Slathering my favorite Kerastase Fusio-Dose® Homelab™or Kerastase Masque Chromatique Hair Masks on my hair and loosely piling it into my shower cap makes my time in the sauna at home feel more like a mini spa vacation! I’ve found my favorite hair treatments to be even more effective as the heat opens my follicle and really lets the product penetrate.
Meditation + Detoxification
This relaxing and cleansing process is packed full of benefits – and the more I do it, the more I see these beneficial results. As a busy mom of three, these twenty minutes I make for myself are probably the most relaxing part of my day! While sitting in the sauna, you have no other option than to relax. I take this time to literally unplug – as no electronics are welcome! I use my infrared sauna time to meditate on my health and happiness and consider my goals for the future. While meditating I’ve found it’s fantastic to visualize the detoxification process happening during your infrared sauna treatment. Imagine your circulatory system coming alive, and the toxins within the tissues of your body being released as sweat droplets evaporate off of your body and out of your life! (So long, guys!)This sauna also offers color therapy, so that you can literally bathe and soak yourself in the color that you need to relax, rejuvenate, and feel completely revitalized.
After the Sweat
In addition to the gorgeous sweat after-glow, detoxification, and relaxation, I’ve enjoyed some other lasting results! I notice that I sleep so much better after a good sweat and we all know that a great night’s sleep is the foundation for a productive day. I love finishing my time in the sauna with a “cool down” including no less than 15 minutes of time to acclimate myself back to a normal temp and then a refreshing cold shower! This cold shower sloughs off the impurities and literally washes them down the drain. My time in the shower seals my newly cleansed pores and I like to polish the entire treatment off with my favorite moisturizer.
If you’re considering adding infrared sauna sessions to your post-workout or daily routine, I urge you to educate yourself on all of the health benefits and the safest practices for you and your body’s needs. This has been a fantastic addition to my healthy routine – but it’s not for everyone, so it’s important to find what’s best for you!