Muscle Recovery & Performance

Recover faster. Perform better.

No one wants muscle soreness to slow them down. Whether you’re a competitive athlete, a weekend golfer or simply trying to stay active, proper muscle recovery impacts your ability to keep doing what you love. Sunlighten's infrared sauna therapy penetrates muscles deeper, increases blood flow and helps the body recover faster so you can stay in the game, of sports and life.

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Beyond building muscle, the right recovery is important.

Most people understand the benefits of exercise and training when trying to enhance performance or build muscle. In fact, that’s often the only thing they do. Equally important is the recovery process, or downtime in between training, when energy is restored, and the body is able to heal tissue damage and rebuild muscles. Building muscle not only increases strength, but also boosts metabolism, reduces risk of injury, improves bone density and helps with excess body fat. 


SportingKC Story

The trainers of this championship pro soccer team believe in the power of infrared sauna for recovery and performance. They built a custom Sunlighten sauna in their world-class training facility as part of the innovative technologies they provide their athletes to help them succeed on the field. Hear from the trainers and players why they use a Sunlighten sauna.

I use it as a post training tool. It helps with circulation. It’s great for my joints, reducing inflammation in them. I’m going to continue to utilize it as much as I can. We’re lucky to have this incredible facility and they provide us with everything we need to succeed on the field and for me the sauna is a part of that.

Graham Zusi
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Train and recover like a pro athlete.

Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Tackle Chris Jones swears by his Sunlighten mPulse 3 in 1 sauna because he loves that after a game or workout, he can walk down the stairs in his home, choose which program he needs and enjoy a faster recovery. Read this article from Sports Illustrated for more information about recovery for athletes: 


Science shows how infrared and red light help muscle recovery and performance.

Far infrared accelerates recovery.

The Journal of Athletic Enhancement published a study of 10 national-level power athletes that found far infrared improves neuromuscular performance during intensive training associated with increased testosterone/cortisol ratio. “Improved recovery can enable harder training and accelerate further athletic development.”


Red light/near infrared help build muscles, decrease inflammation.

One of the foremost researchers on infrared, Dr. Michael Hamblin, published a study which suggests that red light and near infrared (NIR) can increase muscle mass gained after training, and decrease inflammation and oxidative stress. Red light and NIR are available in our mPulse Smart Saunas and our portable, hand-held lumiNIR® for targeted muscle recovery and temporary pain relief.


Infrared increases flexibility.

Flexibility is also important for performance and injury prevention. A study conducted at Auburn University of Montgomery showed a Sunlighten mPulse 3 in 1 sauna can increase your flexibility up to 3x. Benefits of increased range of motion include joint mobility, less friction in the joints, enabling of joint function to diminish stiffness and joint relaxation.

Which sauna is right for me?

Choosing a sauna to add to your wellness routine means looking at your lifestyle and your health goals to find the sauna that will be the best fit. We'd love to help you do that! Whether it's relaxation you’re craving or deep detoxification, Sunlighten infrared saunas will help you achieve your wellness desires. From weight loss to muscle recovery and skin rejuvenation, our patented infrared technology will restore your body and your mind. Select your health benefit need(s) and how many people you want room for in your sauna to learn which options are best for you.

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