Cycle Syncing with Infrared Sauna
Infrared saunas have a beneficial impact on a woman's hormones throughout the various phases of her menstrual cycle.
As hormones are circulated throughout our body, our liver is responsible for regulating the balance of sex hormones, thyroid hormones, cortisone and other adrenal hormones. The liver then transforms or removes any excess hormones and toxins from the body through two specific phases of detoxification.
When we heat the core temperature of the body through regular saunas, we are enabling the liver to process and remove these hormones. The relaxation benefits of infrared saunas are also vital for our hormones. Cortisol (stress hormone) levels are reduced having a calming effect on our nervous system, reducing stress, relaxing muscles and improving mood.
When you combine women's cycle syncing with regular infrared sauna sessions, you can create a wellness routine that caters to the unique needs of your body during each menstrual phase. Here's how:
Menstrual Phase : During this phase estrogen and progesterone levels are low, which can make you more sensitive to heat. Women often experience pain, cramps, PMS and low energy.
An infrared sauna can help relieve discomfort and promote relaxation, by increasing the blood flow to the uterus. This reduces pain, cramps and bloating and make these days more manageable.
52-55 degrees for 20 - 30 mins, 1-2 sessions per week.
Follicular Phase : The pituitary gland in the brain releases FSH (follicle stimulating hormone, a hormone to stimulate the production of follicles on the surface of an ovary). Estrogen starts to rise and this increases energy and activity levels.
Infrared sauna session can help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated, supporting an active lifestyle and assisting with muscle recovery and improved mood.
60-70 degrees for 20 mins, 3-4 sessions per week
Ovulatory Phase : This is signified by the release of an egg from your ovary. During this phase, estrogen levels peak and then fall. Energy levels and mood and are at their highest and a feeling of well-being.
Infrared saunas should be combined with physical exercise and can assist muscle recovery, detoxification and toxin removal, improved cognitive and physical performance and increased endorphin production.
55-58 degrees for 30 mins, 2 sessions per week
Luteal Phase : The first half of of the luteal phase is characterised by high progesterone levels (our calming hormone). If an egg is not fertilised in the luteal phase, our corpus luteum breaks down & the lining of the uterus will shed. During the second half of the luteal phase, many women experience mood swings and physical discomfort as their bleed approaches.
Infrared saunas can provide relief from these symptoms, promoting a sense of calm, reducing PMS, reducing pain and discomfort and reducing irritability.
52-55 degrees for 45 mins, 1-2 sessions per week.
Always make sure during each phase of your cycle, to listen to your body. Nourish it with whole-foods, the appropriate type of exercise for each phase and 2 - 3L of filtered water per day.