What is Ozone Infrared Sauna?
Ozone was discovered in 1785 by Dutch physicist Martinus Van Marum then later synthesized in 1840 by the German chemist Christian Friedrich Schonbein. Ozone (O3) is a colorless gas made up of 3 oxygen atoms. Ozone gas molecules have been studied since the mid-nineteenth century for its medicinal properties and has been shown to disinfect and treat bacteria, viruses, fungi and other disease causing microorganisms. Ozone is activated oxygen and when combined with infrared sauna is absorbed transdermally, or through the skin.
John Harvey Kellogg invented the first infrared sauna using radiant heat and incandescent electric light in 1891. Up until the 1970’s Japanese doctors were the only known medical professionals using infrared saunas to treat patients. Infrared saunas use far infrared light waves to penetrate the skin and can do so at a lower temperature and penetrate more deeply into the body than traditional saunas. Therefore, they are commonly better tolerated than a traditional sauna might be. Infrared saunas have been shown to eliminate more toxins within the body than traditional saunas as well.
Incorporating both ozone and infrared sauna helps promote varying therapeutic effects simultaneously. The mechanism of sweating, opening the body’s pores allows ozone to enter the skin and body to start the healing process. It is important to note that the two therapies working together benefit in cumulative use.
Benefits of Ozone Infrared Sauna
- Increased oxygenation of cells and tissues
- Burns up to 600 calories per session
- Pain reduction
- Improved musculoskeletal health
- Immune system stimulation
- Increased white blood cells
- Increased circulation
- Gentle detoxification of the body
- Break down of disease causing microorganisms
- Revitalizes the body through increased oxygenation
- Enhanced endurance and recovery
- Improved muscle mass due to increased blood flow to the muscles
- Increased metabolic action, thereby expediting the healing process
- Improved insulin sensitivity
- Rejuvenates the skin
- Kills viruses, bacteria and fungi
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Enhances antioxidants in the body, reducing oxidative stress on the body
- Increased ATP the “energy molecule”
Conditions that may benefit from Ozone Infrared Sauna
- Herniated discs
- Joint disorders
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Autoimmune diseases
- Diabetes including ulcers and venous stasis
- Hormonal imbalance
- Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Candida and fungal overgrowth
- Cardiovascular health
- Lyme disease
- Allergies and sinus problems
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Quicker recovery after vigorous exercise
- Vaginal infections
Benefits of Ozone Infrared Sauna for Athletes
Research has shown that regular heat exposure or heat acclimatization improves muscle tissue healing processes by promoting metabolic action. Heating the body at the core releases proteins that work to repair damaged cells, enhance cell growth and facilitate the release of growth hormones. Which in turn allow muscles to heal more quickly. This action alone, can treat both chronic and acute pain. Heat acclimatization is also useful in helping to improve thermo-regulatory control, where the body is better able to dissipate excessive body heat. This ensures the ability to better endure prolonged physical activity. Ozone specifically has been shown to unwind the muscles improving movement and flexibility.
Studies show that a 30 minute ozone infrared sauna therapy session twice per week after working out may improve endurance levels by up to 32% when compared to baseline measurements. This is due to increased blood flow to skeletal muscles, thereby reducing muscle fatigue.
Precautions for using Ozone Infrared Sauna
- Avoid directly inhaling ozone gas
- No organ transplant patients
- Not to be used on children under the age of 15
- Patients with metal implants, get physician approval prior to your first appointment
- No pregnant or nursing patients
- No menstruating patients
What to expect when you come in
Sessions range anywhere from 20-80 minutes. Hydrate well before and after each session. Patients will be lying down for the duration of the session in a private room. Temperature and ozone settings can be adjusted to your specific needs. You are welcome to wear a bathing suit, shorts a sports bra or nothing.
- Bring a water bottle
- Bring a towel to dry off with
- Wear what you are comfortable in, however the more skin exposed to the ozone the better
- Great post workout therapy to reduce lactic acid concentration in muscles and improve recovery
- Avoid showering for 30 minutes after each session for maximum detox affect
In conclusion, ozone infrared sauna therapy offers a number of health benefits, such as inactivating disease causing microorganisms to enhancing physical endurance. Ozone infrared sauna is one of the safest ways to ward off disease and improve quality of life and health and provides a comfortable relaxing experience.