We’re all different, and our differences are what make us beautiful! Some of us are relaxation seekers, others pursue relief from chronic pain, and others are fitness lovers who find great joy in sweat-inducing activities. No matter which category you fall into, the benefits provided by an infrared body wrap are second to none.
We’ve put together 3 reasons you should try a body wrap because you’ve only got one body and taking care yourself is of the utmost importance!
Pain Relief and Relaxation
Discomfort anywhere in the body can be irritating and distracts us from doing what we want and need to do. Pain and stress have an enormous impact on our bodies, and although you may not be able to see the pain or stress that is affecting you, it’s still there. Infrared is also “invisible” to the naked eye, but the effects are noticeable. Infrared sessions can increase blood flow, circulation, and the soothing rays can also act directly on irritated nerve endings to calm body pain. Many users notice relief about 30 minutes into their infrared body wrap session, and depending on the type of pain, the relief can last for about two days.
However, infrared can do more than just temporarily mask the pain, and studies show it promotes the rebuilding of injured tissue. Soothing infrared energy can also provide natural relief by reducing soreness in nerve endings and calming muscle spasms by heating the muscle fibers. Anything from a sore shoulder to a headache can benefit from one (or 10!) infrared body wrap session(s). For example, headaches may be relieved due to the increase in circulation and work infrared can do with tight muscles near the neck, shoulders, and head.
Feeling relief from soreness in the body can help you relax, but there’s also some science behind it. Not only does the soothing warmth of infrared feel good, but it can also lower your cortisol levels. High cortisol levels can lead to stress, anxiety, overeating and more. When you wrap your body in its warmth, you have the opportunity to rest while infrared gets to work on balancing out your cortisol levels. Additionally, infrared heat makes you sweat and allows you to release fats, toxins, cholesterol and more leaving you with a sense of calm and rejuvenation.
Weight Loss and Detoxification
Staying FIT and healthy is a lifestyle. Adding infrared into your routine can help you see fast and effective results. Looking to start a weight loss plan or finally get rid of those last few pounds? Infrared body wrap sessions can quickly become your secret weapon to reach your goals. Immersing the body in infrared heat triggers the sweat glands, but it’s a bit deeper than just sweating. Infrared heat can penetrate the body to break up trapped fat and cholesterol, creating a way for it to leave the body through the sweat glands and regular bodily functions.
The human body responds to the infrared experienced during a session by increasing the heart's output and the speed of the heartbeat. This beneficial “stress” applied to the heart during infrared exposure can lead to cardiovascular conditioning training effects, thus the reason a 60-minute session is considered a passive cardiovascular workout. An infrared body wrap is the same idea as an infrared sauna, but more effective!
Skin Rejuvenation and Cellulite Reduction
The skin can be a window into our internal health. Dry skin, acne breakouts, cellulite and recurring skin issues may indicate an underlying cause, but infrared can help. We all want soft, smooth, glowing skin and for those of us that have it, we want to say ‘Bye! Bye!’ to our cellulite! An increase of blood flow and circulation to areas of the skin that do not receive proper circulation assists with skin concerns. Detoxification also helps with the skin rejuvenation process as infrared sessions get things moving in the body to improve the skin.
Infrared body wrap therapy is also useful for skin tightening, anti-aging and delaying the effects of photoaging. How? The condition of the skin can improve with an increased metabolism, oxygenation of tissue, and increased blood flow that may also slow aging effects. Furthermore, studies indicate that infrared therapy may promote wound healing as it has been used effectively for patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease.
Just for fun, here’s a fourth reason you should try a body wrap. You can achieve all of the benefits above in a one-hour session! Life gets busy, but taking one hour out of your eventful day can make all the difference. If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to lose weight, relieve pain, detoxify, rejuvenate your skin and relax look no further than an infrared body wrap!
- Flickstein, Emeritus D.C., Dr. Aaron M. Fit Bodywrap® For Wellness White Papers. 1st ed. San Diego: FIT Bodywrap, 2014. Print.
- Flickstein, Emeritus D.C., Dr. Aaron M. Fit Bodywrap® For Weight Loss White Papers. 1st ed. San Diego: FIT Bodywrap, 2014. Print.