Athletic Recovery and Regeneration – Infrared Sauna and Flotation Therapies.
What have you got planned for today?
Well today is my ‘recovery and regeneration self care’ day.
Today I’m headed to Santa Cruz to do a 45 minute Far Infrared Sauna followed by a 60 minute Float Therapy session.
Here is an explanation of how the Far Infrared works and some of the benefits:
Low-EMF infrared sauna uses ceramic heaters to emit far-infrared light that causes your core temperature to rise from the inside, helping you work up a great sweat.
Instead of heating up the air around you, this infrared light penetrates deep to reduce inflammation, and facilitate relaxing of muscle tension.
Infrared heat is just like the heat from the sun, except without all the harmful UV radiation.
The deep penetrating heat generated by far infrared saunas helps increase blood flow and oxygenation throughout the body, aiding in removing toxins and metabolic waste. This process can improve can enhance lymphatic function, and strengthen immune systems.
*Infrared Sauna Use Reduces Pain and Inflammation*
Far infrared rays increase your production of several critical immune cells, including t-cells and white blood cells.
These wavelengths also help to reduce muscle spasms and soreness while also reducing pain and inflammation.
Those with rheumatoid arthritis can see improvement in their range of motion and pain when they use an infrared sauna regularly.
In addition, those with chronic back pain can also get relief. Using FIR therapy daily can reduce back pain without adverse effects in most cases of chronic lower back pain.
After that I’ll do 60 minute Float Therapy session. Here are some of the details on how it works and the benefits:
Float Therapy goes by a lot of names – you may see it called floatation therapy, Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (R.E.S.T), or just “floating!”
It’s also sometimes called a “sensory deprivation tank” or “sensory deprivation pod.” No matter what you call it, floating is a powerful way to experience deep relaxation for your body and mind and reduce stress, pain, and anxiety.
The large float rooms have a shallow solution of Epsom salt and warm skin-temperature water that allows you to float effortlessly on the surface with no sensation of touch.
It’s as close to completely weightless as you can feel without going to space! The rooms are also insulated from light and sound, so you can choose to shut out all other distractions.
Floating in a float tank is the perfect environment to relax and reflect – the lack of external stimulation is like a complete reboot for your brain.
Researchers found that a float therapy session can help decrease: Stress. Depression. Anxiety disorders.
On the flip side, studies also show that feelings of optimism often increase following float therapy.
Those good vibes can work to enhance creativity and focus.
It has also been shown to help facilitate the healing of injuries and help boost athletic performance.
When I’m finished with the two therapies my body and mind feel so amazing. Very relaxed, refreshed, and no aches or pains, in a ‘flow’ and ease of movement. My mind is calm and at peace.
I highly recommend these two therapies!
The place I go is the Equilibrium Float Spa in Santa Cruz. I’ve been going there at least once a month for awhile. Its a few blocks from yacht harbor on Seabright Avenue.
Give them a shout. You wont be disappointed.
If you decide to check it out-here is a coupon code: mh-638275
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