About a year ago I started using an infrared sauna on a regular basis. I had read about the benefits of infrared saunas and wanted to give one a try to see how it helped me. Infrared saunas are supposed to have many benefits that include helping to detoxify your body and potential weight loss. I had been developing regular headaches – many of which turned into migraines – and experiencing greater sinus allergies, so I was hoping that using a sauna would help me. It did.
I started using an infrared sauna once per week – usually for 30 minutes at around 125 degrees Fahrenheit. I noticed that after the first few sessions I would get bad headaches. After doing some research on detoxification using saunas, I found this was a common side effect. As you detox, you often get more of the symptoms you were originally experiencing. As I continued to do weekly sauna sessions, the headaches disappeared – both the after-sauna headaches and the “regular” migraines that I was getting. I also noticed that I dropped some “fat” weight – likely also attributed to the light workout routine that I started about the same time a year ago.
Since I live in the midwest where the winters can get bone-chillingly cold, another side benefit I experienced was the feeling of being warmed up from the inside. There’s nothing better to shake the deep cold that has set into your bones in January than to sit in a hot sauna for a while.
I’ve recently increased my sauna routine to 40 minute sessions 2 or 3 times per week. There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you’re detoxing and losing some unwanted fat cells as you get all toasty warm inside.
For an easy-to-assemble personal sauna, I’d recommend the JNH Lifestyles 2-person sauna. Getting two people in the sauna without sweating over each other is a bit of a stretch, but its a perfect size for one person to have their piece of hot heaven.