AGOGA has a new neighbour, and if you’ve been into the studio lately there’s a good chance you’ve heard us raving about our new friends at Nimbus & Co. When you need to take a break, relax and recover from the distress that sometimes creeps into our lives (remember, we love eustress!), a great way to dedicate some time to you is by visiting a sauna. Luckily for the AGOGA community, partners Su and Neil have recently launched Nimbus & Co, a tranquil infrared sauna and wellness studio literally across the road from AGOGA.
For this week’s blog, we’re excited to welcome co-founder Su to take us through the benefits of infrared saunas. Over to you Su!
“We’ve seen celebs including Miranda Kerr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Selina Gomez swear by infrared saunas as a part of their health routines, but what’s all the buzz about?
Chances are you may have been in a traditional sauna before… We personally find traditional saunas hard to breathe in, way too hot and sticky, and aren’t the most comfortable experience. An infrared sauna is much gentler experience that is easy to breath in and the therapeutic benefits outnumber its traditional counterpart.
So what’s the difference?
Traditional saunas heat the air around you whereas infrared saunas use invisible rays of heat to gently warm the body from the inside out. Infrared sauna technology mixes sweat and healing light to ease aching muscles, chronic pain, sports injuries and more. Infrared waves are essentially the same strength as the sun just minus the harmful UV – making it completely safe for your skin.
At Nimbus & Co, we use broad spectrum infrared saunas which have near, mid and far infrared rays. These represent the different types of infrared waves and refer to the intensity of the treatment. Depending on your different health and wellness goals, the waves can benefit you in a number of ways:
NEAR INFRARED: Cell health, immunity, skin purification and pain relief
MID INFRARED: Pain relief, improved circulation and weight loss
FAR INFRARED: Weight loss, detoxification and blood pressure reduction
What are the benefits of using an infrared sauna?
Mid infrared rays penetrate deep into your joints, muscles and tissues increasing oxygen and circulation. If you suffer from joint pain or muscle aches, infrared saunas will help reduce inflammation. Infrared therapy stimulates blood flow improving muscle recovery time and is an effective treatment for chronic pain, arthritis, and sports injuries.
Near infrared rays improves skin tone, elasticity and the appearance of fine lines. It also:
- increases blood flow and circulation
- opens up skin pores which allows excess dirt to be removed
- increases skin’s healing ability by increasing cell regeneration and tissue growth. Cell regeneration repairs wounds and prevents infections
- may reduce the symptoms of patients with skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema
Sweating is one of the body’s most important ways to flush out excess toxins. The sweat accumulated from traditional saunas is 95 to 97% water and the rest sodium. However, in infrared saunas it is believed to be around 80 to 85% water with the remaining non-water portion being cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid.
A single 45-minute session can burn up to 600 calories. Infrared saunas will cause your core temperature to gently increase, making it a more enjoyable experience. As your body attempts to cool itself down, it increases your heart and metabolic rate causing your body to burn more calories.
Relaxation and stress reduction
Our vision at Nimbus & Co was not to create a clinical feel, but rather a friendly place where people can come connect, relax and unwind. We aren’t just offering infrared saunas; Nimbus & Co is a space where you can come and dedicate some ‘me time” to your body and mind.
An infrared sauna session can help you unwind by decreasing the production of cortisol, the main hormone for stress in the body. If you’ve had a rough day there’s no better place to be than an infrared sauna (plus it will help you sleep a little better).
We hope to see you soon!”