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What is Heat Therapy?
Each type of heat therapy works by generating an artificial fever and by pulling the blood to the surface of the skin. During the process, your body is allowed to relax, open up and be more receptive to treatments like massage. Further, toxins, such as alcohol and food preservatives, are brought to the surface of the skin and sweat out.
Heat Therapy Benefits
- Strengthens cardiovascular system and increases circulation
- Relaxes muscles and speeds recovery from injuries
- Rids body of impurities and boosts the immune system
- Improves skin tone and texture
- Increases metabolic process
- Reduces stress
Heat Therapy Guidelines and Precautions
Before considering any heat therapy, speak with your doctor to be sure that it is appropriate for you. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
|Before Heat Therapy||During Heat Therapy||After Heat Therapy|
Types of Heat Therapy
|Type||Descripton and Process / Experience|
|Hamman / Turkish Bath
||What is Hammam or a Turkish Bath? Hammam is important in Middle-Eastern culture for social gathering and cleansing. They combine steam, body treatments and massage into one experience. It has functionality and architecture of Roman thermae and Byzantine baths, with Central Asian Turkish tradition of steam bathing, ritual cleansing and respect for water.General duration:
1 – 1 1/2 hours
Typically there are three interconnected rooms:
||What is Traditional Sauna? Originated in 5th or 6th Century Finland, saunas were were dug into a hill or embankment until later when they were built above ground using wooden logs. Also called rock saunas or Finnish Saunas, various types of heaters warm the air in a room made or lined with wood material. Fist sized Peridotite stones are arranged over the heat source, attaining and maintaining high temperatures. The rocks are periodically splashed with water to generate humidity.What is Modern Sauna? Thermostatically controlled electric stoves or wood stoves with chimneys, reaching up to 175 degrees, while smoke saunas can reach up to 200 degrees.
Allowable duration and frequency:
|Far Infrared (FIR) Sauna||What is Far Infrared Sauna (FIR)? Originated in Fuji in 1965 by Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa, of the Research and Development Department of Fuji Medical. FIR uses electromagnetic radiation to heat you from the inside out, heating you more deeply than traditional Finnish sauna. The radiant energy is the same as the heat from the sun, only without the harmful ultraviolet rays.Allowable duration and frequency:
20 – 40 minutes per day;Best if taken first thing in the morning or last thing before bed
||What is a Steam Bath? Originated in Ancient Greece and Rome. It is similar to sauna, but with steam (or mist). Temperatures are most effective between 43C (110F) and 46C (116F).Allowable duration and frequency:
15 – 20 minute intervals; 2 – 3x per week
|Sweat Lodges / Temazcal||What is a Sweat Lodge or Temazcal? An important ritual done by the Native and Meso-American cultures as a healing and spiritual journey to clear the mind and cleanse the body. Depending on the tribe, different styles and construction is used, however, with most, stones are heated in an exterior fire and then placed in a central pit in the ground. Often the stones are granite or volcanic rock that glow red in the dark lodge.General Duration and Frequency:
Varies from tribe to tribe, region to region and family to family, however, most last from 2 to 4 hours and include 4 rounds, with each being hotter than the previous.