At Kodawari we have heated classes that have garnered a lot of attention; mostly because students leave feeling genuinely detoxified but arenít completely sure whatís happened.† This heat is a specific type of heat unlike regular saunas or other heated classes where the heat is simply blowing on you.† Letís break down the fir sauna and aftercare.
The Far Infrared classes(FIR) produce the same FAR infrared heat produced by the sun. The Far-infrared heat is required for all living things for optimum health.† You can get far infrared heat from such sources as this heat (without the harmful ultraviolet waves that the sun gives off) and fires. Just as visible light has a range of wavelengths (running from red to violet), so does infrared light: longer wavelength infrared waves are thermal, while short or near infrared waves are not hot at all, in fact, you cannot even feel them. It is the far infrared energy that is most beneficial, penetrating the skin and increasing circulation to help rid the body of harmful toxins. There are very few protocols that actually detox the body at the cellular level; one is the FIR sauna and the other is an intense supplement detox cocktail. The room is heated anywhere from 90-120 degrees while doing gentle yoga postures; itís important to bring a towel and water.
What does it actually do? It mobilizes fat stored toxins out of your body carrying them out through your sweat, urine, bowel movements, and emotions. We live in a world where toxins are everywhere; outgasses from paint and carpet, phthalates from plastics (water bottles, vitamin bottles, wrapped food), pesticides that some food is grown with, heavy metals from dental work, general pollution, and the list goes on. We are basically ingesting toxins on a daily basis and what goes in must go out. The short list of what can be affected are increased metabolism, weight loss, muscle pain, improved immune system, improved appearance of cellulite, reduced joint pain and stiffness, decreased stress and fatigue, and healthier skin.
During class itís important to use your towel. Realizing this seems obvious as youíre sweating but some of the sweat are toxins coming to the surface that have been sitting deep in your fat cells. After class is also an important time to remember as your body is now in heavy detox mode and needs some replenishment. The first and most obvious answer is drink plenty of water. The heat makes us sweat more and this will affect our levels of water soluble vitamins. The water soluble vitamins are the B-Complex vitamins and vitamin C. Water soluble vitamins are stored in relatively small amounts in our body and cannot be retained for long periods. They are lost through sweat and excretion and hence need regular replacement. Conversely fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K are stored in our liver and fatty tissues, and are eliminated much more slowly. Lastly, minerals which do not have the same Ďclassificationí as vitamins in respect of being water or fat soluble. Indeed, mineral absorption and uptake is very different from vitamins and each mineral has its own properties in these respects. The minerals most commonly lost due to sweating are zinc, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium. You can replenish your vitamins and minerals through supplements or food. Natural sources of vitamin C include fresh fruits and vegetables. Thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folic acid can also be found in green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach or Brussel sprouts, alongside vitamin C. Fresh fruits, such as oranges or cantaloupes, contain vitamin C and thiamin. Good dietary sources of magnesium include legumes, whole grains, wheat bran, soybean flour, whole-wheat flour, oat bran, spinach, beet greens, green leafy vegetables and Swiss chard. Your body uses calcium to form and maintain strong bones and teeth. Good sources of calcium include cheeses, kale, cabbage, turnip greens, bok choy, broccoli, dark leafy greens, kelp, dried figs, sardines, canned salmon, oysters, hazelnuts, yogurt, milk and cottage cheese. Potassium ensures that your digestive and muscular systems perform their assigned functions effectively. Foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, avocados, orange juice, bananas, cantaloupes, cod, flounder, salmon, chicken and other meats contain decent amounts of potassium. Zinc plays a vital role in reproduction, vision, growth, blood clotting, smell and the immune system. Black-eyed peas, pinto beans, soybeans, lima beans, whole grains, pumpkin, mushrooms, cooked greens, tahini and sunflower seeds are good sources of zinc.† Sodium helps control your blood volume and blood pressure. Good sources of sodium include sea salt, milk, beets and celery.
Lastly, if you are pregnant, have a heart condition, have metal parts in your body, take important medications whose levels should not change (like insulin, seizure or heart medications), or are within 48 hours of an acute injury (still in the swelling phase), check with your doctor before being in any kind of heat or beginning an exercise protocol.
These are non-medically founded statements†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Written by Kristen Carla A.P./ Acupuncture Physician/Blogger for Kodawari Studio†††††††††††††† www.facebook.com/kristencarla