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Everything You Should Know About Infrared Saunas

Seth-withlogoSeveral years ago, as I reluctantly faced the onslaught of shirtless summer activities, I regretted my weeks of binging on pizza and chips. I hammered out cardio to drop pounds and tried to shed all that water weight in the sauna. The results were slow and unimpressive. Then, I ended up whining to just the right person. The always-informative Oday Shakar told me, “Well, sweetie, you have to try the infrared sauna. It’s a life changer.”  I immediately booked my first one. Forty minutes later, I stepped out of the sauna and was shocked at what I saw. I looked leaner and tighter then ever before.  However, those results just scratched the surface on the other benefits I found.

An infrared sauna uses light to heat the body as opposed to a traditional sauna that uses heat to warm the air around you. It actually runs at a lower temperature that creeps up on you, and you end up sweating up a tropical storm. Here are some of the benefits backed by studies that I experienced first hand:

Weight Loss

You can lose up to 600 calories in 1 session! As the body works to cool itself down, there is a big increase in heart and metabolic rates. Tip: Go immediately after the gym so you start burning calories as soon as you get in.


Since infrared claims to heat you at the cellular level, toxins deep down in your body are circulated and released. 

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The infrared heat penetrates tissue, joints, and muscles to relieve inflammation and pain, including chronic pain. Many times I’ve gone in with an achy back or a pulled muscle and left pain-free!


Many claim to look at least a few years younger after each session. The infrared rays are supposed to stimulate collagen, which can reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. 

Today, the infrared sauna is my go-to health and beauty secret. I’ve been using it for years whenever I have a shoot, want to look more toned, or even just to look healthier.  My clients are also on the infrared sauna bandwagon and seeing some great results. Today, I’m passing this secret on to you. Of course, I recommend first consulting with your physician to see if the temperature is right for you. Happy sweating!

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