Infrared sauna provides relaxation in everyday life.
The comfortable heat an infrared sauna emits has good effects on stress and fatigue. Half an hour a day has been shown to have long-term positive health effects.
The deep warming of the muscles in combination with relaxing favorite music in the speakers for the body into a relaxed state that is experienced as well-being and strengthening. Infrared sauna has been shown to have very good effects in sleep difficulties .
Getting a deep sauna heat into a nice music gives calm & harmony.
And stress, what is it?
The "ancient" stress and the "modern" stress
When the brain signals danger, the heart starts beating faster, muscles are tense and stress hormones are released into the blood to release fuel so that the body can react faster and cope more. The body is temporarily out of balance to deal with the looming danger.
Our bodies react similarly in a stressful situation as they did thousands of years ago. But our "modern" stressors are different from our ancestors and often constructed by ourselves. In the past, people experienced stress when, for example, they were attacked by a wild animal. When the situation was rectified, hormone levels were normalized and the body was able to recover. In the past, people experienced stress when, for example, they were attacked by a wild animal. The problem in today's society is that our bodies are not physically active when we experience a stress reaction.
One of the current stressors is lack of time. This means that we cannot efficiently get rid of the extra energy and stress hormones that we accumulate, which leads to a deterioration of the bodily functions that are dependent on good circulation, such as digestion and the immune system.
Why do we suffer from stress?
Stress is triggered by various physiological and psychological factors that, by a common name, are called stressors. Physiological factors include smoking, alcohol, environmental toxins and various physical injuries. The psychological stress factor may be that you are delusional at work, being bullied at school, having relationship problems or a close relative dying.
Many people find that they work more efficiently under stress, in these cases it is about positive stress. But even if one is happy with one's work, the body can not handle too much load. Therefore, it is important to listen to the body's own signals. All stress becomes unhealthy and even dangerous if the body and brain say off but are given no chance of recovery.
Stress begins with the brain interpreting what happens to us or around us as something difficult, dangerous or unpleasant. The interpretation is individual and different people react differently when exposed to the same stress.
This is how the body responds to stress
In stress, the sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands are primarily involved. The sympathetic nervous system belongs to the body's autonomic nervous system, which you cannot control with will. The adrenal glands are located above the kidneys and they produce the stress hormones adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol.
When the brain interprets a situation that is stressful, impulses are sent through the body's stress system consisting of nerves and hormones. These impulses trigger a variety of reactions in the body whose task is to address the demanding situation.
The heart starts beating faster so that more blood can be pumped around to the organs that need extra blood during the stress. The blood is redistributed from the stomach and intestines to the muscles, heart and lungs. At the same time, the blood vessels are contracted and the blood's liver capacity increases. In this way, the body is prepared for possible injuries that can cause bleeding. The stress system ensures that breathing becomes faster and deeper so that oxygenation of the blood increases in muscles and other organs.
Stress also causes the release of fatty acids and sugars, which provide energy to muscles and organs. In the case of short-term stress, the immune system is strengthened as protection against attack, but in the case of long-term stress without recovery, the immune system is weakened instead. The level of stress hormones increases, while the level of sex and growth hormones in the blood decreases. Under stress, certain functions in the body are needed that are needed at that time, while other functions, such as digestion, are dimmed.
To fight or escape
Researchers have shown that the body responds to stress in two ways, by either wanting to fight or escape. The battle reaction increases the sympathetic nervous system and the secretion of the stress hormones adrenaline and norepinephrine in the blood. You get elevated blood fats, an increased heart rate and increased blood pressure.
If the stress feels overwhelming and impossible to control, an escape reaction instead arises. Instead, this type of reaction increases the production of the third stress hormone cortisol, while the production of testosterone, insulin and growth hormone decreases. The more cortisol, the worse we perform. We become passive and hope that someone solves the situation for us. In the long run, this leads to feeling powerless, depressed, lacking energy and difficult to concentrate.
Acute and long-term stress
In the case of short-term stress, the secretion of stress hormones leads to the body rising in turns and the ability to manage stress is improved. When the acute stress subsides, the body must recover and it is done by secreting hormones that soothe the body, including oxytocin. We sweat and piss off the stress hormones and the brain sends out signals that everything can return to normal. The short stress is not dangerous and even necessary, it belongs to our survival ability. If the stress momentum disappears quickly, the body returns to normal without any special health risks.
With persistent stress, the production of the soothing hormones deteriorates and the body becomes worse at recovering. This means that the sympathetic nervous system is overworked and that high levels of stress hormones remain in the body. The stress hormones adrenaline and norepinephrine produce a high heart rate and high blood pressure. Increased production of cortisol can lead to arteriosclerosis, hypersensitivity to insulin and the so-called metabolic syndrome.
In other words, long-term stress can contribute to various negative health effects and illnesses. The activity of the brain is affected, the functions of the immune system and learning ability are impaired. When stressed, fatty acids are released into the body and the levels of harmful cholesterol increase in the blood. Asthma and eczema are often exacerbated by stress. Digestion becomes less effective, the body is depleted of energy, blood pressure rises and the risk of diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases increases.
Learn how to manage your stress
Research has shown that so-called competition people are at greater risk of developing stress-related diseases. Another type of personality, the inhibited and withdrawn in social contexts, is easily affected. The working life and social environment in which you live can enhance or reduce the type of personality you are.
Stress can help you perform better, but can also lead to a physical and mental breakdown. Learning what stress is and how you deal with a tough situation is a first step in the management process. There are many factors that help you to get stressed, so it is important to look after your entire life situation. The most important thing is to try to remove at least some of the causes of stress. Breaking a stress pattern is often difficult and takes time, but is possible for most people.
Can an infrared sauna help?
Many of those who use the infrared sauna have documented that the stress decreases, releasing the "calm for themselves". Getting this relaxation "just for yourself" and finally being a little selfish can be helpful when you live a hectic life with bustle and stress in everyday life. Many people compare a massage with an infrared sauna session, the muscles relax and you feel a nice warmth throughout the body. In the most exclusive Spa facilities and hotels you can find Ir-sauna for rent, so it is clearly an advantage if you can have access to infrared sauna in the home.
Last but not least, it is not the acute stress that is dangerous but the long-term stress that can lead to a physical and mental breakdown. So remember - don't let the stress take over your life. An infrared sauna can give you a much needed rest in everyday life.