Plunge into the deep pool of warm, nurturing, and healing emanations of the unseen light spectrum and watch as beads of burdens and worries roll off the shoulders. The body is saturated with warm rays as it bathes in the serenading positive effects of infrared wavelengths while they deeply penetrate the skin, sparking wild transformation within.
A sanctuary space and a nurturing oasis from the heavy demands of the world: A light bath inside a small wood structure teeming with the possibility of true health and connection. Opened release gives way to limitless joy and euphoria as the body and mind undergo profound transformation under the influence of healing infrared heat waves. In short, a modern day miracle for the contemporary human, seeking to optimize health and wellness. A cascade of health benefits blossoms out of the relationship between human physiology and the unseen light waves.
Neosauna is an innovative structure working in harmony with the light spectrum to produce transformative effects on the body to forge optimal health. You have probably heard of the infrared sauna and may wonder, what exactly is it and where did it come from?
Infrared Sauna: The Etymology
Sauna is the only word in the English dictionary with its roots in the Finnish language. Sauna (pronounced saw-na) refers to the dry heat structures born in the ancient Finnish tradition. Colloquially, sauna is used to describe any heat therapy structure, created with the intention of healing the body using thermal therapy. However, the use of the word sauna in the infrared context does not specifically refer to the traditional units found in Finland.
What Does Infrared Mean?
Infrared (pronounced in-fruh-red) refers to the far end of the light spectrum moving away from the visible color red into the realm of the invisible light spectrum that is comprised of electromagnetic radiation wavelengths. The infrared is part of the family of the broad range known as the electromagnetic spectrum. There are three primary infrared wavelengths: the near, mid and far infrared light, each vibrating at different frequencies with very unique qualities. Infrared is invisible to the human eye but is experienced by the tactile senses as heat. The infrared band of light frequencies was first discovered in recorded history between 1825 and 1835.
Is the infrared sauna really a sauna? Yes and no: Typically, saunas use heated rocks or fires and sometimes steam to heat the air within the enclosure. The infrared sauna is distinguished by the essential fact that it heats the body directly with the use of the invisible infrared light spectrum to penetrate the skin membrane and heat the body from the inside out.
A more accurate description would be to call these innovative healing structures, infrared light baths. The enclosed structure is filled with light waves vibrating at the frequency of the near, mid and far infrared light from the electromagnetic spectrum. The unique quality of the human skin membrane is highly receptive to the frequency of the infrared waves and allows for deep penetration beyond the initial epidermis membrane to ignite the engine of every cell in the body.
The infrared sauna uses vastly different technology and so, differs significantly from its Finnish namesake. The infrared sauna is manufactured with the specific intent of maximizing the power of thermal therapy. Colloquially speaking, the infrared sauna is a bath, in that it is designed to optimize heat therapy using light waves to warm the body from the inside out. Technically and practically, the infrared sauna is distinguished from other thermal therapy structures in its origin and function. The infrared sauna is thought to be the most evolved sauna available today because of its ability to spark massive biochemical changes on the cellular level in response to light wavelengths.
A Brief History Of Sauna Evolution
History suggests humans have been turning to heat therapy since before recorded time. From the indigenous sweat lodges found in native civilizations all over the world, thought to date back as far as 40 000 years ago, to the Turkish Hammam of the Ottoman Empire, Greek and Roman bath houses, and to the Finnish traditional sauna, to name a few. Sauna therapy has been a pillar in every great civilization and used for purification purposes to optimize health.
The unique quality of the largest organ in the human body: the mostly naked and furless skin membrane coupled with the human sweat glands has made sauna therapy a powerful healing modality.
Honing thousands of years of sauna technology, the Neosauna is born out of the great human tradition of thermal therapy. Since the dawn of civilization, humanity has sought to optimize health, community connectivity and communion with the divine through sauna therapy. This intense dedication to heat therapy has naturally evolved and progressed with the passing of time. As increased technological development became available, different civilizations from around the world and throughout the ages have sought to manufacture the most effective way to induce copious sweating for purification. The infrared sauna, as we know it today is the most recent addition to this richly textured and innovative tradition.
Origins of The Infrared Sauna
The birth of the first light sauna dates back to 1891, when Dr. John Harvey Kellogg created the ‘Incandescent Light Bath’. The advent of the invention of the electric light bulb was an exciting time for the evolution of the sauna. Kellogg dedicated his life to holistic medicine, recommending nutrition, exercise, colonics, fresh air and thermal therapy to his patients. Already aware of the great healing benefits of heat therapy as demonstrated in the steam room (originating from the Turkish Haman) and the dry sauna (from the Finnish tradition), Kellogg also came to understand the profound healing effects of the absorption of light through the skin membrane.
‘The Incandescent Light Bath’, as named by Kellogg, radiated infrared light waves and was profoundly successful in its treatment of patients under Kellogg’s care at the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan. In 1893 his Incandescent Light Bath was displayed at the world’s fair in Chicago, inaugurating the first light based sauna on to the world’s stage. Kellogg’s light baths were distributed transatlantic to serve the monarchs of Europe. The popularity of the first light based sauna is important to note, as it marked the dawning of a new era for sauna therapy.
In 1910, Dr. Kellogg published his book “Light Therapeutics” where he expounded upon the use of light as a powerful healing modality on the human form. Kellogg writes in his book:
“No non-medicinal remedy has ever found its way so rapidly into general favor as have devices utilizing the physical properties of light in combating the inroads of disease.”
Although the electric light bulb had just been invented, Kellogg understood intrinsically the multifaceted effects of light waves on the human skin membrane. Understanding the variety of light waves and their effect on human health altered the course of sauna therapy forever.
The Incandescent Light Baths were so effective because they were able to harness the infrared wavelengths to ignite deep healing at a cellular level. Although few remember Dr. Kellogg as being more than a historical icon responsible for the creation of a popular cereal brand. The invention of the very first infrared sauna must be credited to Dr. Kellogg.
Little progressed in the field of infrared sauna therapy from Kellogg’s light baths until the mid 1960s when NASA became interested in the effect of light wavelengths as a healing modality.
The physics based pilgrimage into the study of light waves gave birth infrared light therapy as a deeply healing therapeutic modality.
In Japanese, doctors used very first to use infrared light therapy on patients in the late 1960s however, the infrared sauna would not be available for public purchase until 1979.
Light Waves: The Dawning Of A New Age
To understand the answer to ‘what is an infrared sauna’ it is necessary to gaze upon the function of light waves as they interact with the skin membrane. Infrared saunas are distinguished among saunas by their ability to harness the healing sauna benefits of thermic rays. Contrary to the traditional saunas with steam and dry saunas, the infrared sauna heats the body up from the inside out, rather than the air around the body.
What Are Thermic Waves?
Thermal waves or thermal resonance is one of the four primary ways that heat is transferred. Infrared saunas use thermal resonance as a means of transferring heat; this method is considered to be the most effective in heating the human body and does not depend on high rising temperatures in the external environment.
The infrared sauna is defined by its use of light wavelengths, namely the power of the penetrating force of the near, mid and far infrared waves.
Light waves like the waves of the ocean vary significantly from one another depending upon the origin of their source. They differentiate in shape, depth, height, movement pattern and perceived color. The skin membrane accepts light waves in varying capacities and temperatures. For example, the close neighbor of the ultraviolet light, the blue light will infiltrate the epidermis only slightly (about 2.3 mm) on the far end of the light spectrum, near, mid and far infrared light waves penetrate the skin at a much deeper level (ranging from 20-100 mm). Moving beyond the epidermis, the dermis and into the subcutaneous layer and therefore into the soft tissue of the body. This ability to penetrate deeply into the body has miraculous effects on the molecular structure of the human form.
The depth and power of entry by the full spectrum infrared waves beyond the initial epidermis membrane creates a cascade of health benefits on the body during the infrared sauna session.
The invisible spectrum of light dances effortlessly with the cellular makeup of the human form to transcend disease and create optimal health within the body.
Infrared Sauna: The Meat And Bones
The juicy, nutrient rich meat of the sauna is the eminence of wavelengths from the infrared spectrum. The effortless flow of the unseen light spectrum into and beyond the barrier of human flesh gives the infra sauna substance.
The wood structure is the bones of the sauna and without it the light waves would not be able to be harnessed in opulent abundance for therapeutic purposes.
Neosauna contains the light waves with state-of-the-art craftsmanship using eco-friendly wood to build a cabin-like structure. The wood container allows the infrared wavelengths to pool up in a condensed area to flood your body with its healing benefits. Without the framework of a manufactured structure it would not be possible to absorb the bountiful light into the body.
The beautifully crafted and comfortable structures, includes hand crafted seating that will lure you into the cave of wellness where deep transformation occurs.
Inside the walls of the Neosauna, are positioned at 360 degrees, paneling that powers the emanating infrared rays. The heaters are designed to release maximum infrared wavelengths and are strategically positioned to capitalize on healing benefits.
The use of carbon ceramic heaters is both safe and highly impactful as they release near, mid and far infrared wavelengths into the contained structure.
The entirety of the infrared sauna is the combination of high quality infrared wavelengths emitting from carbon, ceramic heaters into a structure designed both in shape and with the use of healthful material to optimize the healing experience.
The Bells And Whistles: A full Sensory Experience
Neosaunas come fully equipped to cultivate a full sensory experience that generates a deep healing response from the body. To complement the infrared heating system, the Himalayan salt crystals that line the ceiling provide Halotherapy (the inhalation of saline substances) thought to aid in respiratory health.
Neosauna enhances the experience with medical grade LED lighting to capitalize on the benefits of exposure to the full light spectrum of color. Chromotherapy (light therapy) nourishes the body and rejuvenates the cellular structure.
Bluetooth speakers are also incorporated into the structure so that the auditory senses may also be serenaded with healing sound.
The combination of sound, light and salt therapy coupled with the resounding impact of infrared light waves inside the inviting wood structure is the perfect recipe for an oasis of deep healing.
A Bold New World: A Marriage Of Ancient Wisdom With State-Of-The Art Technology
The drive to create Neosauna was born of the desire to offer a sanctuary space that maximized the discovery of the full light spectrum made by physicists, married to the ancient tradition of sauna therapy. This union of the ancient wisdom of our ancestors with state-of-the art technology is the ultimate expression of human enfoldment in its highest form. From cardiovascular health, improved blood circulation, longevity, detoxification, internal organ health and improved over all beauty infrared saunas hold the key to changing healthcare as we know it. Daily use of the infrared sauna is believed to optimize health, inhibit disease, elongate life expectancy and increase quality of life.
What is an infrared sauna? It is the wave of the future! The regal Neosauna full spectrum infrared structure is an intentional sanctuary space, providing an oasis that will embrace the human form encouraging the actualization of its highest version of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health by using the latest scientific discoveries in light wave production with the ancient sauna tradition.
Harvey Kellogg MD, Light Therapeutics, 1910, Michigan, USA