Infared Heat

How Does Infrared Work?

Rather than heating volumes of air, infrared heats surface area.  The waves produce heat when they strike an object or surface causing the molecules of that object to oscillate.  Conventional heating devices heat volumes of air which is a far less efficient way of creating heat because as soon as the heating stops, the whole environment cools down rapidly.  In contrast, the energy from infrared continues to be absorbed by the molecules in that object until they oscillate at the frequency of the radiation at which point the radiation is then reflected; all objects in the room become radiators.  This process is at least 32% more efficient than conventional heating!

The Benefits of Practicing Yoga in Infrared Heat

Infrared heat helps cause the release of endorphins into your blood stream. Endorphins are your body’s natural “feel good” hormones.  They elevate your mood, increase feelings of well being and are nature’s pain killers.
Infrared heat helps cause the release of endorphins into your blood stream. Endorphins are your body’s natural “feel good” hormones.  They elevate your mood, increase feelings of well being and are nature’s pain killers.
As your body is heated by the infrared, your blood vessels expand and blood flow increases. The heat causes your heart rate to rise and, as the capillaries, arteries and veins open up, blood flow increases to all areas of the body including your extremities i.e. hands and feet.
Infrared helps increase collagen production and the stimulated circulation draws more oxygen and nutrients which keep your skin smooth and nourished. Add to this the deep cleansing of your pores and you have a recipe for rejuvenation.
Infrared penetrates to a depth of about 1.5 inches to warm and relax your muscles. Combined with the increase in circulation, excess stagnant fluids are released to help relieve back, neck, and joint pain, swelling and stiffness.
Infrared encourages the production of synovial fluid within your joint spaces. Your body uses synovial fluid to lubricate your joints and keep the articular surfaces—called hyaline cartilage—healthy. Well lubricated joints will move more easily, be less painful and be able to move through a greater range of movement.
“Infrared Radiation” has nothing to do with “Ultraviolet Radiation” which is beyond (“ultra”) the shortest wavelength in the visible spectrum (“Violet” – hence “Ultraviolet”). Infrared is classified as a “Non Ionising” radiation (lacks the ability to physically alter the molecules it strikes) whereas Ultraviolet is an Ionising Radiation. Unfortunately however, because the word “Radiation” applies both to Ultraviolet and Infrared waves (and other more extreme wavelengths) people may be hesitant to accept the safety of Infrared devices because of the word “Radiation”.

Remember that infrared heaters are used in modern saunas and in Baby incubators and the wavelength they emit is 7-15 microns – which is equivalent to the “vital range” of heat radiated from the human body itself. Just remember police helicopters have cameras to detect the “Infrared Radiation” humans naturally emit. We perceive warmth when we’re absorbing Infrared and we feel cold when we’re radiating it out to our environment. We are Infrared heaters ourselves!

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