Wallace and Gromit, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant—these duos are the definition of powerful partnerships. And, like these iconic duos, infrared sauna sweats and cryotherapy chills are making waves in the wellness world with impressive health benefits.
But what if you could combine these two powerful therapies? Find out how infrared sauna and cryotherapy work together to boost immunity ease pain and look and feel your best!
Cryotherapy Chamber & Sweating
If you check almost any Instagram feed, you’ll see people freezing in a cryotherapy chamber and sweating it out in an infrared sauna. Aside from serving as a great photo op, these techniques are highly effective in improving recovery, soothing sore muscles and detoxifying the body.
When used together, the infrared sauna and cryotherapy deliver a powerhouse 1-2 punch for boosting endurance and increasing muscle growth. The alternating temperatures trigger heat stress responses that cause the release of heat shock proteins, which degrade free radicals and promote tissue repair.
Whole Body Cryotherapy Treatments
To maximize the benefits of this pairing, cryotherapy and infrared sauna sessions should precede whole body cryotherapy treatments. This allows the infrared heat to induce vasodilation and flush out toxins before cryotherapy cold causes them to constrict, facilitating reduction of inflammation and pain. Known as the “fire and ice” treatment, this combination soothes pain, improves sleep and boosts immunity for a total-body reset!
Traditional saunas use steam to warm the room and you up, but infrared saunas are able to “directly heat your body,” says New York-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. This causes you to sweat, which is said to “detoxify” your skin and clear out dirt, oil, and other particles that accumulate on the surface.
Rheumatoid Arthritis or Ankylosing Spondylitis
A small 2009 study found limited moderate evidence that infrared saunas can help reduce pain and stiffness for people with rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis, but more studies of larger populations are needed. And, while most infrared saunas don’t cause harmful effects, anyone who has high blood pressure or heart problems should speak with a doctor before trying one. Also, sauna sessions can be dehydrating, so make sure to drink plenty of water before and after your session.
Cryotherapy involves super-cooling the body, which may have muscle-recovery benefits, reduce pain, and even promote sleep. It has gained popularity as a wellness treatment among athletes and celebrities, and you’ve probably seen them posting about it on TikTok or Instagram. It can be done in a variety of ways, including plunging into a cold lake or showering with an ice pack on your head.
The infrared heat of a sauna is also known to promote sleep by raising the body’s internal temperature and then allowing it to cool down. This allows the body to enter REM sleep, which is essential for healthy brain function.
Traditional Finnish Steam Saunas & Infrared Saunas
Finnleo offers both traditional Finnish steam saunas and infrared saunas. Our hybrid sauna features a Finnish Harvia wood stove for heating, an iOS/Android app for control and medical-grade chromotherapy lighting, and carbon far infrared heaters. It can fit up to four people and is easy to install at home. It is also energy efficient, using 1/3 of the power needed by a traditional sauna.
Since ancient times, people have been using temperature therapy to optimize health and foster wellness. While the methods of doing this have changed over time, the benefits remain the same. Entering a cryotherapy chamber, submerging in ice baths, or simply standing outside in the cold have all been used as temperature therapy.
Powerful Detoxification Treatment
Cryotherapy is a powerful detoxification treatment that exposes the body to freezing temperatures for just three minutes. This forces blood to leave the extremities and flow toward the heart. This process eliminates toxins, boosts energy levels, and improves skin elasticity. It also suppresses rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, lowers inflammation, and helps treat mood disorders.
Cryotherapy involves exposing the body to extreme cold temperatures, while infrared sauna utilizes infrared rays to generate heat and induce sweating. When used together, these therapies can enhance the benefits of each other. Cryotherapy can help reduce inflammation, boost metabolism, and enhance recovery, while infrared sauna promotes detoxification, relaxation, and improved circulation. By alternating between the two, individuals can experience a contrast of hot and cold temperatures, which can further enhance circulation, increase energy, and promote overall well-being. The combination of cryotherapy and infrared sauna provides a unique and holistic approach to optimize physical and mental health.
Infrared sauna therapy delivers a similar detoxification effect. The rays penetrate the tissues of the body to remove harmful substances, such as cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, heavy metals, and nicotine. They also reduce internal stress, improve circulation, and stimulate neurogenesis to increase brain growth and sensitivity. They’re also a natural deodorant and help promote weight loss.