What is Infrared Body Wrap Heat Therapy?
Infrared Body Wrap Therapy is defined as the use of “Infrared” as by Infrared lamps or heating pads to relieve pain and increase circulation to a particular area of the body. To better understand Infrared therapy, we have to have a better understanding of what type of Infrared rays we are speaking about. Infrared heat is a form of energy that is produced by the sun. Infrared divides into three Infrared waves: near or close, middle or intermediate, and far or long. Far Infrared waves are safe and used in the Infrared Body Wraps and most other Infrared light used on humans. Infrared light cannot be seen by the human eye, but we know that Infrared is present by feeling the warmth on our skin. When
experiencing the Body Wrap, you’ll notice that your body begins to feel like it’s warming
from the inside out, and that’s when you begin to detox!
Infrared Body Wrap and Weight Loss
Because Infrared helps to rev up the metabolism and increases blood flow, it only makes
sense that when the body is operating in a more optimal manner that it is able to help
those who use Infrared Heat to lose weight.
By helping the body to burn many calories (up to 1400) per 50 minute Infrared Body
Wrap session, it is revving the metabolism with the calorie burn and, therefore, supports
the body fat reduction which leads to weight loss.
With obesity on the rise, men and women are trying to find ways to help them with their
weight issues. The increased thermolypolytic action of the Infrared Body Wrap works
from the deep fat layers to the superficial (dermis) layer. The breakdown of fats into a
more liquid form allows the secretion of excess bodily water, toxins, and fat as you
An Infrared Body Wrap can help with weight loss by simply speeding up the metabolism
process of vital organs and can result in substantial calories being used in one Infrared
Wrap treatment. Perspiring/Sweating is part of the complex thermoregulatory process of
the body that increases the heart rate, cardiac output, and metabolic rate. Fat becomes
water soluble at 110 degrees Fahrenheit and then allows the body to sweat out fats and
toxins. Infrared Weight Loss is different for everyone.
As every individual is different, fat loss from an Infrared Body Wrap will depend upon
the body structure of that person. So the greater the excess weight someone has, the faster and more dramatic results will be seen. Some people may not experience a great weight loss, but will see an improved body appearance by losing inches or dress sizes.
Extremely physically fit people that don’t carry excess weight or inches can experience
much improved muscle tone and have a tendency to begin to sweat faster than those who
are less active. Because of this, the more physically active a person is, the greater the
benefits that can be achieved from an Infrared body wrap. A less active person may take
longer to see results as their body must grow accustom to the Infrared Heat Wrap.
Of course if a client who is using an Infrared Body Wrap then eats or drinks excessively,
most of the results from the Infrared Body Wrap treatment will be lost and weight
regained. Common sense tells us that as with any body treatment or system to help one
attain a better physical appearance, one must adjust their nutritional needs. Ideally,
Infrared Body Wraps will be most beneficial for those who eat healthy and exercise
regularly. Clients that lead a very sedentary lifestyle can still achieve great results, but
will require a longer period of time. They must also adjust their exercise and eating habits
to obtain their desired results. In our experience using the Infrared Body Wrap on
ourselves and on clients provides a body reduction of at least one size in approximately 6– 10 Infrared body wrap treatments and allowing a 2 to 3 day span between each
treatment. Although these are the standard results we have experienced and have seen,
results really are different on every person and dependent upon their body type and
lifestyle. If you are looking to lose weight, then an Infrared Body Wrap may be the key to
your success. It has been shown that a 30 minute session can actually burn up to 600
calories and up to 1400 calories in a 50 minute session. When the body temperature is
raised by heat of any kind, our bodies need to cool itself down. In doing so our heart rate
increases as well as our metabolic rate, which causes the body to burn calories. Using
Infrared is a simple and relaxing treatment to help with those extra pounds many of us are
Toxins such as sodium, alcohol, nicotine, cholesterol and carcinogenic heavy metals
(Cadmium, Lead, Zinc, and Nickel) accumulate in the body during modern daily life. The
body eliminates most toxins naturally by sweating but the process is sometimes slow.
Infrared heat therapy stimulates the sweat glands that cleanse and detoxify the skin. The
Infrared heat technology simply speeds up the body’s natural process! Because Infrared
heats the body from the inside out at about 1 ½ to 2 inches deep into the skin. Infrared
Body Wrap encourages detoxification of accumulated toxins and metabolic waste
It is important to drink water before and during the Infrared Body Wrap and to replenish
electrolytes after using Infrared, because the Infrared Body wrap can help the body rid
itself of excess fluids that prevent the body functioning at its optimal levels. Sweating is
the natural way for the body to heal and stay healthy. Infrared rays provides a person with
a deep sweat and cleansing of the skin because it penetrates at about 1 to 2 inches deep
and pushes the toxins out through the sweating process.
Skin Rejuvenation is an after effect of the profuse sweating. Infrared Body Wraps can
actually help restore skin to a more youthful appearance. Our bodies are a reservoir of
toxins and tend to store these toxins for years, triggering illness. Infrared is thought to be
seven times more effective at detoxifying heavy metals and other environmental toxins,
as opposed to conventional heat saunas, steam saunas, and mineral wraps. Using the
Infrared Body Wrap will allow you a more toxin-free lifestyle.
Heat Therapy for Pain Relief/Muscle Soreness
The deep heat helps peripheral blood vessels to dilate, bringing relief and healing to
muscle and soft tissue injuries. Infrared heat reduces soreness on nerve endings and
muscle spasms as muscle joints and fibers are heated. Many people who experience
Infrared heat penetrating joint, muscles and tissues, also promote better oxygen flow and
circulation of blood flow.
Those who suffer from Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromayalgia would benefit
from Infrared Heat therapy. In general, all degenerative illness of the acute or chronic
inflammation type that support the body’s motion system, improve considerably with
Infrared therapy sessions.
“For centuries, healthcare providers have used topical heat to relieve minor aches and
pains. But today, we are just beginning to understand the full range of therapeutic
benefits that heat offers,” said pain expert Peter Vicente, Ph.D., Past-President of the
American Pain Society and Clinical Health Psychologist, River hills Healthcare,
“Through new clinical research, we have found that heat activates complex neuralgic,
vascular and metabolic mechanisms to mediate the transmission of pain signals and
effectively provide relief for a variety of pain conditions.”
Researchers find heat therapy is more effective than analgesics for low back pain relief.
Low level heat therapy is more effective than over-the-counter oral medications for
relieving lower back pain, according to the results of a nationwide study led by a sports
medicine researcher at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Journal
Spine). The relaxing effects of the Infrared heat on muscles relieve these symptoms that
are so common in our society. Several studies have shown that four out of five adults will
suffer from backache at one point in their lives.
Relaxation and Stress Reduction
Infrared heat therapy loosens the muscles and relaxes the body. It has been studied that
Infrared heat helps the body to maintain healthy levels or Cortisol. We have all heard
about Cortisol and how it is the number one cause of belly fat. Cortisol is a hormone that
is produced by the body and rises when we are stressed out and raises the heart rate and
blood pressure leading to the deposit of excessive fat and weight in the midsection. So
taking a 30 minute session 3 times a week can help you to relax and reduce the effects of
Infrared Heat Therapy Improves the Immune System
Infrared heat will raise your core body temperature, inducing an artificial fever. Fever is
the body’s natural mechanism to strengthen and accelerate the immune response, as seen in the case of infection. This enhanced immune system, combined with improved
elimination of toxins and wastes via intense sweating, increases your overall health and
resistance to disease.
Most illnesses are accompanied by a fever. During a fever, the body heats up to eliminate
viruses and attack foreign agents. Often misunderstood, this rise in temperature is a
natural stage of the immune system’s healing process and is one of the best ways to rid
the body of chemicals and unwelcome visitors. The immune system weakens the hold of
the viruses and bacterial growth. FIR (Far Infrared Rays) heat therapy induces an
“artificial fever” by heating up the body but without the pains of an illness. Subsequently,
the body wards off invading organisms much more easily because the immune system is
activated consistently by the “artificial fever”. Recent studies also show that colds and
flu-like illnesses are reduced dramatically if treated in the early stages with Infrared heat
Infrared Heat Therapy can provide the same effects of exercise
and Increase Blood Circulation. The body is also working hard to cool itself down by sweating thus building up the caloric burn and a rise in heart rate which increases blood circulation. The heart receives a workout similar to a 6-mile run in a 50 minute Infrared Heat session and the body perspires the same amount as a 6-mile run. Infrared Heat is perfect for those that do not have time for regular exercise or suffer from injuries that inhibit rigorous activity.
Infrared Heat therapy helps the body to carry off metabolic waste products and delivers
oxygen-rich blood to oxygen-depleted muscles, so they recover faster. Using the Infrared
Body Wrap between workouts is great when you’re just too tired and sore from the gym.
You will not only recover from sore muscles but also get a fat burning, calorie burning
work out during your wrap all while laying down in your own private room where you
can listen to your favorite music or watch TV.
Diminish the Appearance of Cellulite
Cellulite is a common term used to describe superficial pockets of trapped fat, which
cause uneven dimpling or “orange peel” skin. Cellulite occurs in the subcutaneous fat
layer just beneath your skin. Your skin is connected to the underlying muscle by vertical
strands of tissue. The combination of this connective tissue pulling in on your skin and
fatty deposits and fibrosis pushing out against your skin, cause the dimpled appearance of
cellulite. Since Infrared radiant heat warms three times as deeply as conventional saunas,
it is significantly more effective at reducing cellulite.
There is a direct link between the slowing of metabolic rates and the storage of toxins in
fat cells. Infrared heat can increase heart rate and localized blood circulation, which
essentially reverses the above-mentioned trends towards the accumulation of liquids in
the fat cells to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Infrared helps the reduction of cellulite
(fatty clogged, water logged tissue), and promotes weight loss by helping to breakdown
fat. Obesity and cellulite disorders are totally different. Cellulite is a problem of the fat
tissue; whereas, obesity is an accumulation of fat excess.
Diminish the Appearance of Blemishes and Acne
After having an Infrared Treatment you will begin to notice that your skin is becoming
clearer and cleaner. You will also notice a difference in the tone of your skin and its
elasticity and also the appearance of wrinkles and crow’s feet. The sweat that occurs
during the 50-minute session is causing the skin to clean itself. This helps the body to
purge impurities clearing the pores and dead skin cells, leaving a clean and clear baby
soft feeling to your skin.
Dirt, chemicals, and dead cells on the surface of the skin are removed. All of these
benefits lead to a softer and firm complexion. Using Infrared improves circulation,
Cleanses and tones, as well as improves the skin’s elasticity. Infrared body wraps can
actually help restore skin to a more youthful appearance. There was a study done by the
Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy that showed a significant difference in just 12
weeks with the reduction of wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet as well as a toning of the
skin such as firmness, elasticity and clarity.