We’re getting ready to host a group workout this weekend for a local running club here in Kansas City. The Runner’s Edge group uses our headquarters building as a start/finish point for a group run about once a quarter. After their runs, the runners stop in for water, a bagel, a banana, whatever they need to recharge. They can also take advantage of some of the spa services offered by our in-house spa, Sunlight Day Spa.
One of the greatest options available to the runners is a post-workout infrared sauna session. The spa currently has several Sunlighten infrared saunas in use. (Many of our current associates are athletes – even former college athletes – who use infrared saunas regularly as part of their workout routine.)
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 with Lyme 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.*)
*Justus F Lehmann M.D., Williams and Wilkins, Therapeutic Heat and Cold, 4th edition.