Infrared therapy is like giving yourself a passive cardio workout – whenever you need it! 

As a health sauna heats your muscles with infrared rays and produces an increase in blood flow similar to regular exercise. In fact, blood flow during infrared sauna use has been reported to rise from a normal rate of 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute.

The elevation in body temperature from a sauna session also produces an increase in blood flow that mirrors the benefits of a passive cardiovascular workout. Regular infrared sauna use – especially in the mid-infrared range – has been shown to significantly stimulate blood flow, even after your health sauna session is completed. A cardio workout has never been so relaxing! Another benefit of improved circulation from Sunlighten sauna use is quick muscle recovery – after your regular workouts. The increased peripheral circulation from our infrared heat reduces inflammation, decreases pain and speeds healing, all important steps in helping the body recover from strenuous activity.

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The Experts Love Infrared Saunas to Improve Circulation

“…the cardiovascular cleansing properties of Sunlighten saunas allow the circulatory system to have increased circulation and oxygenation while lowering blood pressure.” -Dr. Rachel West

More health experts recommend Infrared saunas than any other because of proven effectiveness. Dr. Mark Hyman, New York Times bestselling author and editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed medical journal Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, owns a Sunlighten sauna and says, “Saunas improve circulation, help with weight loss, balance blood sugar and improve detoxification.”

“If you analyze the peer reviewed data, full spectrum infrared sauna therapy would be a multibillion drug if it came in a pill. The ability to heal endothelium and improve symptoms and prognosis for congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease is remarkable. Sunlighten saunas are the only infrared saunas clinically shown to lower blood pressure and reduce belly fat, both contributing factors to a healthy heart.” Dr. Joel Kahn, America’s healthy heart doctor.


How to Improve Circulation During Sauna

One sure way to improve circulation in an infrared sauna is to sit back and relax! Just by taking an infrared sauna, you are already improving circulation. Want to help your body even more? Use these helpful tips to naturally increase blood circulation while taking a sauna.

Stretch While in the Sauna

During your Sunlighten Sauna session, perform stretches or a pilates routine in order to make the most of your increased blood circulation. According to one study, this could give you better flexibility, particularly in the hips, hamstrings and lower back. View stretching guide.

Take a Sauna after Working Out

Not only will fatigued muscles and a tired body appreciate the relaxation of a sauna session after a workout, but the improved blood circulation you experience in a sauna will help ease the aches and pains, loosen the tight spots and increase the rate at which your muscles heal.


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