Infrared lamp gives athletes a head start
The infrared sauna and infrared lamp both offer many benefits. IR-A, the near or short-wave infrared, penetrates deep into your body and heats it. It improves your blood circulation so that waste products are removed more easily; muscle tension and joint pain subsequently ease. The top layers of your skin almost completely absorb the IR-B, the medium waves, creating the warm feeling. An infrared sauna or infrared lamp consequently gives athletes a head start.
Infrared as warm-up…
Fanatic (top) athletes who want to get the most out of their body, make good use of an infrared sauna or lamp. It is the perfect warm-up. Warming your muscles up in an infrared sauna or under an infrared lamp in preparation for a competition has been perfectly normal practice since the 1936 Olympics. Then, in Berlin, top athletes experienced that besides loosening and relaxing their muscles and joints, heat also improved their blood circulation. In addition, the heat resulted in greater elasticity of muscles and tendons. Incidentally, a "normal" sauna does not have the same effect as an infrared sauna or infrared lamp, because this heat does not penetrate deep into the skin.
… as cool-down and…
The infrared sauna or infrared lamp also offers advantages after exercise, accelerating muscle and joint recovery. The heat loosens the muscles and reduces the risk of muscle pain. In addition, heat reduces the risk of injuries after intensive training or competition. If you have sustained an injury while exercising, infrared is an effective 'medicine'; infrared lamps heal injuries up to three times faster!
…for more flexibility
As well as warming up muscles, infrared also makes the body more flexible. Research has shown that stretching after an infrared session increases permanent as well as temporary flexibility. It only takes 10 minutes under the Sunshower® infrared lamp to warm up your muscles and make them more flexible.