CoActive Health is pleased to announce that we now have an Infrared Sauna facility in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire. The Sauna is available to both members and non-members. For more information please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.
How do Infrared Saunas work?
Infrared saunas can have a powerful benefit on the detoxification of the body. Your body eliminates toxins through the liver and digestive system but when those systems become over loaded or aren’t working as they should, the body can need a little extra help. This extra help is the infrared sauna.
When you sweat, you can sweat out toxins and heavy metals via the pores of the skin, thus bypassing and relieving strain on the liver and gut.
If you can’t detoxify effectively you will struggle to burn fat. Toxins are stored in fat cells so if you can’t eliminate those toxins you will struggle to burn off fat stores. Coach Eoin Lacey believes that this is the number one reason that people’s fat loss plateaus after the first few weeks. The body can simply not deal with the release of toxins from the fat cells that have been burned off. Thus, it re-stores the fat along with the un-eliminated toxins.
The infrared sauna can help with all these issues. The detoxification from sweating will aid in maintaining a healthy, focused and lean body. Also, as you sweat in the sauna over multiple sessions your skin’s health will improve, the pores open further to allow more sweat and toxins to be released. The increased blood flow may also aid recovery and reduce stress.
The heat of an infrared sauna is much more tolerable than a traditional sauna, allowing you to stay in longer and sweat more. It has also been suggested that infrared saunas, used at a slightly lower temperature than a normal sauna, but for longer, help release more fat soluble toxins, heavy metals, ammonia and uric acid from cells.
In one study sweat produced by a hot rocks sauna was 95 – 97% water. In the infrared sauna, the sweat contained 80 – 85% water with the rest making up the aforementioned substances.
Along with the great detoxification effects, infrared saunas are also fantastic recovery aids. Having short 20 minute sauna sessions after workouts will help lower cortisol, improve lactate disposal and speed recovery between workouts.
How to use the infrared sauna
- Turn on the infrared sauna and set to desired temperature.
- Ensure you don’t have any product such as moisturizer on your skin before beginning the sauna therapy as this could block your pores and reduce sweating – have a quick shower before starting the protocol.
- Do at least fifteen minutes of interval training before entering the sauna to raise body temperature, begin the sweating process and increase circulation.
- Use of the sauna is best done in your usual swimwear. Take a towel to sit on and a towel to wipe the sweat off yourself. Sweat sitting on your skin could cause toxins to be re-absorbed. Make sure you constantly wipe the sweat off your body during your sauna session.
- Take plenty of water in with you in a glass bottle and don’t use the sauna if you are already dehydrated.
- Needs to be done 2-4 x a week for 30 – 60 mins.
- We have supplement protocols available to support the detoxification pathways.
- Training volume should be reduced whilst doing a detoxification protocol.
- Use the sauna after training for 20 minutes.
- Drink plenty of water + recovery shake with electrolytes in.
- Relax with a book or some music, take time for yourself. Do not do work.