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There's a history of steam baths, sauna baths, steam rooms and all sorts of different heat treatments in cultures from all over the world. Although we associate contemporary saunas so closely to Finland, they're far from the only sauna culture out there.
Japan: The Japanese Sento is a body cleaning ritual in tribute to Buddha.
Russia: The Russian Banya has been an integral part of the culture for centuries and is essentially a traditional Russian sauna or steam room, although some resemble more closely a bath house.
Finland: Yes, the Finnish sauna is unmistakably the most popular sauna culture in the world and a crucial element of daily living in Finland. Finnish saunas have been around for thousands of years, resembling the modern, contemporary sauna in many ways.
Iceland: An Icelandic sauna may not be well known in North America however Iceland has a strong outdoor sauna and pool culture. Natural hot springs are common and the mineral rich water in pools across Iceland including the world's famous Blue Lagoon are naturally heated from the volcanic activity happening in the region.
Turkey: A Turkish Hammam is the same as a Turkish bath and is a Middle Eastern tradition. It's considered a form of public bathing, cleansing and relaxation and has been around since the 15th century when the Ottomon Empire conquered Constantinople from the Romans. When this happened, the Roman style of public bathing merged with the Islamic style and the result was the aforementioned.
These are just some of the sauna cultures from around the world. Despite Finnish saunas being most well-known by far, there's something unique to be found in each of these sauna styles.
This practice has been a staple in Europe and Asia for years, but besides being offered at a handful of detox spas in New York and Los Angeles, it's now starting to make a big mark on boutique studios across the U.S.
Infrared aficionados insist it results in a host of health benefits, from clearer skin to pain relief and weight loss-not to mention that it's said to be a more comfortable experience than you'd get in a traditional sauna. But are the claims legit?
Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about infrared heat, including the science behind it-and whether it's really worth all the hype!
Obviously, technology has evolved over the years-the fire pits used in traditional sweat lodges eventually gave way to the electric radiators that heat up the steam rooms ad dry heat saunas you typically find in a spa. But while these treatments warm up the body by heating the air around it, far infrared devices use light rays that penetrate the skin cells and heat them from within. That means people who can't handle the 200*F (and above) air temperature of a regular sauna can still reap the benefits-the air temperature in an infrared sauna only goes up to about 120*F.
These light rays are longer than visible rays.
Our device at Masquerade Couture Aesthetics is equipped with:
There's more than one way to get your infrared sweat on and since there's no concrete evidence that a single tactic is better than the rest, it all comes down to personal preference.
At Francis' office in New York, patients put on their swimsuits and sit inside a Clearlight cedar wood infrared sauna, where they relax with music and chromotherapy lights.
In Los Angeles' Shape House, you'll don sweats and cuddle up under an infrared heat blanket while watching Netflix.
Fitness studios like Y7 and Poe Yoga in New York and Los Angeles are using infrared heat systems to create super-sweaty classes without the stuffiness that comes with forced air systems.
And at Firm Body Evolution in LA, clients are ensconced in a high-tech pods that combine far infrared rays with near infrared light, which is often used in dermatologies' offices to help repair damaged skin.
No matter which heating modality you choose, it's important to drink electrolytes before and after using the sauna like Emergen-C or coconut water.
But even if you're not convinced that infrared heat itself is the holy grail of wellness, there's no question that basking in its rays with no other agenda is seriously relaxing.
Anything that reduces stress helps so many different conditions-that's what makes infrared saunas so incredible. Looks like planks and box jumps aren't the only path to a good-and good for you- sweat!
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All infrared services will include Bathrobe, Slippers, Spa Towels, Alkaline Filtered Water or Coconut Water provided in double wall stainless steel cup. (Can bring own silicone covered glass bottle into sauna)
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