What is Far Infrared Therapy?
Why does it feel so good to experience the warmth of a fire or the warmth of the sun? Part of this can be attributed to the circulatory effects from being exposed to far-infrared light (FIR). Far infrared light has been shown to lower blood pressure, increase micro-circulation, and promote deep relaxation. There is even work suggesting that FIR is capable of prepping mitochondria to aid in the bodies manufacture of Vitamin D from the sun!
Infrared light is emitted by anything that has a temperature (so, everything). When you look through an infrared camera, the hotter things are brighter! This is a form of light that is invisible to the human eye, but it’s what makes fire light and sun light feel so good.
What is Negative Ion Therapy?
The negative charge of the electron is why it feels so good to breathe the ocean air or the air during a thunderstorm. It is why we put salt lamps in our homes. It is why we enjoy long, hot showers. It plays a part in the healing power of stones like amethyst and tourmaline. The healing properties of these things come from negative ions (in this case, electrons) neutralizing the positive charge of the inflammation in our bodies. Oxidative damage from stress, toxicity, and aging is fundamentally the result of positive charge in our bodies without the negative charge to neutralize the free radicals that cause oxidative damage.
The best form of negative ion therapy is having your bare feet touch the ground (more on this here). The second best form is when a client lays on a Richway BioMat and has warm black tourmaline placed on them. Both of these are what’s called thermoelectric substances meaning that they emit a negative charge at a higher temperatures. I always instruct my clients to take their shoes off and get outside! In lieu of working with clients outside on the ground, I work with them on a table with a Richway BioMat and warm tourmaline. It’s a profoundly relaxing and healthful experience.