Circulation Health - Infrared Sauna Benefits 

Improved Blood Flow with Infrared Sauna Therapy

Using an Infrared Therapy Sauna provides you with a plethora of benefits, including the betterment of circulation health.

Did you know that saunas heat the muscles with infrared rays and causes a similar effect as exercise would in increasing blood flow? In fact, during use of the infrared sauna, blood flow has been reported to rise from a normal rate of 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute. ¹

The rise in body temperature from a sauna session, that causes an increase of blood flow, mimics the effects of a passive cardiovascular workout. A routine using infrared saunas–especially in the mid-infrared range–has been shown to significantly stimulate blood flow even after your session has ended.

There has never been such a calming aerobic workout! Another advantage of enhanced circulation is quick muscle recovery–after your regular workouts. The improved peripheral flow of heat reduces inflammation, decreases pain and enhances healing, both significant factors to help the body recover from extreme exercise.

The Experts Love Infrared Saunas to Improve Circulation

“… the cardiovascular cleansing properties of Sunlighten saunas allow the circulatory system to have increased circulation and oxygenation while lowering blood pressure.” -Dr. Rachel West

Because of proven efficacy, more health experts advocate Sunlighten saunas over any other. The best-selling author and editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed medical journal Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, Dr. Mark Hyman, New York Times, owns a Sunlighten sauna and says, "Sunlighten saunas improve circulation, help with weight loss, balance blood sugar and improve detoxification."

“If you analyze the peer reviewed data, full spectrum infrared sauna therapy would be a multibillion drug if it came in a pill. The ability to heal endothelium and improve symptoms and prognosis for congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease is remarkable. Sunlighten saunas are the only infrared saunas clinically shown to lower blood pressure and reduce belly fat, both contributing factors to a healthy heart.” Dr. Joel Kahn, America’s healthy heart doctor.

Tips to Improving Circulation When You Use a Sauna

Did you know that you can boost circulation just by using an infrared sauna? Would you like to improve your health even more? Use these helpful tips during your next session to naturally increase blood circulation.

Step 1. Stretching in the Sauna
Perform stretches or a pilate routine during your session to maximize your increased blood circulation. This could give you better flexibility, especially in the hips, hamstrings and lower back, according to one study.

Step 2. Visit the sauna after a workout.
Not only will sore muscles and a tired body enjoy the relaxation of a sauna session after a workout, but the increased blood flow that happens in a sauna will help relieve aches and pains, loosen the tight spots and increase the rate at which your muscles recover.


  1. Dr. Masakazu Imamura, MD, et al. Repeated Thermal Therapy Improves Impaired Vascular Endothelial Function in Patients With Coronary Risk Factors. Vol. 38, No. 4, 2001. Journal of American College of Cardiology: pp 1083-1088.

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