It’s no secret that a day to the spa can be extremely relaxing and beneficial to your health. One of the most common attractions at most spas is a sauna…but there is special type of sauna that can take your health benefits to the next level. Introducing: The Infrared Sauna.

When the Glenerin Inn and Spa (a boutique hotel in Mississauga Ontario) recently added a spa to their property, one of the features they brought in was an infrared sauna. Infrared Sauna uses infrared heaters to emit radiant heat that is absorbed directly into the human body, which is different from traditional sauna’s which heat the body indirectly from air or steam.

One of the most exciting aspects of the infrared sauna are the reported health benefits. A study showed that patients with rheumatoid arthritis showed a reduction in pain, stiffness and fatigue during infrared treatment.

Another health benefit that has been reported in the use if infrared sauna’s in the liberation of toxins from the body, due to the high level of perspiration. This can be helpful for those who can not sweat from physical activity because of health issues.

Likely the most interesting benefit from using an Infrared Sauna is energy expenditure and weight loss. A report from the Journal of the American Medical Association states that a moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500g in a sauna and expend nearly 300 calories, which is equivalent to running 2-3 miles. A heat conditioned person can easily sweat off 600-800 calories with no adverse effect.

Whether you are considering using an infrared sauna for relaxation, treatment of a physical ailment or for assisting in weight loss, the Glenerin Inn and Spa is a great place to try. With individual treatments and full service spa packages, there is truly something for everyone.