So I was sitting in the parking lot of Baskin Robbins waiting on Andrew to come out with my double scoop of World Class Chocolate (since I was not dressed to grace even strangers with my presence), and I noticed this place next door that does massages, ear candling, body wraps and the last item on the window said, "infrared sauna" which caught my attention. What is an infrared sauna and what makes it different from a traditional sauna? I went home and googled it and found out that an infrared sauna uses infrared heaters to emit infrared radiant heat which is absorbed directly into the human body, unlike traditional saunas which heat the body indirectly via air or steam. It detoxifies and raises metabolism while penetrating muscles to reduce pain. It is also suppose to improve skin tone and reduce stress. So I thought I'd give it a whirl.
I went for the first time last Monday and made a big mistake by not bringing something to read. I nearly went mad without something to take my mind off the fact that I had paid money to sit in a box and sweat all over the place. So I went and bought a couple of books for the next session on Wednesday. Some soothing music plays and the sauna smells like cedar which takes me back to vacations in Colorado and New Mexico. There is just something about it that I cannot explain. It was just so relaxing to be alone and read, listen to the music and be absorbed in my book. It loosens my back muscles and increases circulation which what my discs need. The next day, I felt so great! I had so much more energy than I have had in a long time. It burns around 500 calories per session so I can't wait to see how this helps me as I start up my workouts again. If you need to de-stress or just grab some alone time or time with the Lord, I highly suggest trying it out!