Today at practice, a few of the girls were suffering from pains and injuries ranging from hip discomfort to hamstring pulls and tendonitis. I was in the same boat feeling a little bit of the latter on my left foot. So I asked for permission to take a few of the kids with me to Infrasweat – the private infrared sauna studio in Delray Beach – that also happens to be one of my PR clients.
With the okay from Coach Rothman, me, Sydney, Steph and Renata headed north to Delray. Workout clothes and water in tow. About an hour later – our workout was complete, we spent the time having fun and giggling, and yeah of course LOTS of sweating.
To remind everyone of the benefits of infrared saunas – especially for us athletes and health minded individuals – I have sourced some info below. Enjoy!
Infrared heat can greatly benefit the sore, damaged or tired muscles of a runner (or any athlete). The heat penetrates the muscles, increasing blood circulation and assisting muscle repair. Infrared heat will also help in the reduction of lactic acids, allowing tight and worn-out muscles to relax. The penetrating heat of the infrared sauna can also help ease the pain of a muscle sprain (after administration of cold and compression).
Just as infrared saunas help chronic pain sufferers (such as those withLyme disease and fibromyalgia), they can also help ease joint pain in athletes. The relaxation of the muscles controlling the joints and the increased circulation to the joints enhances healing and repair.
(Infrared sauna can be great for pre-workout warm-up as well. Heated muscle tissue exhibits increased flexibility, resulting in lower incidence of muscle-related injury.*)