The Springfield City Cave massage therapy and wellness centre now offers a special infrared sauna that incorporates full-spectrum electromagnetic radiation.
Infrared saunas generate the same type of heat that is naturally produced by the sun, but without the UV rays.
The heat sinks below the skin to create a gentle warming effect that generates deeper sweats and expels more toxins.
This provides extensive health benefits, including pain relief, increased circulation, skin purification, and muscle relaxation.
According to Vidalux steam showers and saunas specialist and health and interior design writer Katie Mills, full-spectrum is a reference to the entire coverage of the infrared spectrum: near-infrared, mid-infrared and far-infrared wavelengths.
“While the majority of the benefit you’ll receive in your sauna will come from the far-infrared band, there are added benefits and enhancements by adding in the near and medium wavelengths,” Ms Mills said.
Near-Infrared: between 0.075 and 1.5 microns. The shortest wavelength, this is absorbed just below the surface of the skin to cause healthy revitalising perspiration.
Mid-Infrared – between 1.5 and 5.6 microns. This penetrates deeper into the body’s soft tissue, increasing circulation and releasing oxygen and white blood cells from the immune system.
Far-Infrared – between 5.6 and 15 microns. This is the longest wavelength, which penetrates the fat cells causing vasodilation, where the fat cells vibrate to expel toxins, resulting in the greatest levels of detoxification and stimulation of your metabolism to aid in weight-loss.
On a molecular level, regular use of infrared saunas can improve the way three natural antidepressants travel through the brain: dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.
Additionally, they have been shown to help reduce the body’s level of cortisol – the hormone linked to stress and tension.
At a City Cave sauna session, customers can plug into the surround system, allowing them to listen to a podcast, watch a film, listen to music, read a book, or just quietly relax.
City Cave also offers gift cards, usable at any of the company’s more than 50 health centres.
City Cave Springfield is located at 4/1 Springfield Lakes Boulevard, Springfield Lakes.