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Living a 4 Element Lifestyle lends itself to activities that connect each of Nature’s principles. It is not hard to see that saunas draw the Fire element into our lives. Saunas are a time-honored way of bringing the positive power of Fire into oneself for both spiritual and physical wellness.
One of my favorite activities, especially during the colder months, is to hop into my far infrared sauna. It’s upstairs at my office – ready for my patients – and for me after work. I recommend the sauna that I’ve had in my office for more than a decade and you can see more details on this sauna by clicking directly on the product. For now, let’s look at saunas in general. Always keep in mind that the special quality of saunas is that they help us tap into the Fire element of Creation in very powerful way.
While most saunas produce their Fire energy (heat) through a resistance of electricity in wire coils to generate convection heat, far infrared saunas create radiant heat. Their ceramic heaters radiate an especially important portion of our sun’s natural energy spectrum, far infrared waves of light.
When we feel the sun shining on our skin in winter, its pleasing warmth comes from these far infrared wavelengths of sunlight. Unlike the higher energy ultraviolet waves, which can damage our bodies, these infrared waves are very safe.
The far infrared wavelengths of light penetrate up to about 1½ inches into the body. As they do so, they invigorate your cells, muscles, organs and bones with the positive power of Nature’s Fire element. When put to good use, Fire creates higher level orders in our bodies, and to life in general – think the sun, whose fiery rays create the higher orders of life on our planet.
For Pain and Tension
My patients find that using a sauna helps relieve pain or body tension. These often come from spinal misalignments – subluxations. Misalignments can be thought of as locked up dis-order. I am often able to apply deeper adjustments to the spine after the far infrared sauna energy penetrates a patient’s areas of spinal dis-order. Should you decide to purchase a sauna based on my recommendation, you will receive my special instructions to help you tap into this and other aspects of being a sauna user.
Detoxification is yet another benefit of a therapeutic sauna. Studies show it is particularly useful for removing heavy metals (think—dental mercury and nickel), and many of the hundreds of various organic toxicants (like pesticides) of our modern lifestyle. Many believe that diseases – such as cancer – are caused by these poisons accumulating in the body’s fat and its various cells.
As the energy of a sauna penetrates into the nooks and crannies of the body, cells move into a mode of releasing some of their stored up material (toxins) to the outside. These quickly move to the body’s surface – its skin – and are released, away from the body.
For Spiritual Attunement
I use my sauna primarily for its effect on my brain. I’ve been using saunas since I began visiting my grandmother in a Florida condominium when I was about 16. My God, 40 years of relatively serious sauna – it just hit me! I would stay in them for about an hour – I still do; with the temperature as high as it would go in that time, usually 145°-155°.
Anyhow, I think even then I was tapping into the traditional use of saunas and sweat lodges by ancient cultures – to create spiritual experiences. The way I look at it- you’re sending all that Fire to the part of the body with which it resonates – the brain. Just as our feet resonate with the Earth element (which is why I recommend walking), our brain resonates with the Fire of the cosmos.
Again, the Fire element, or Principle, is the highest of the four. It speaks of Creation’s spiritual energies, its ideal of a spiritual Oneness, and the immense Creative Spark behind it all. A sauna can be used to create this principle within you. You will find yourself having spiritual insights and experiences that you most likely would not have had otherwise.
Years ago – and even more so now – I would find myself breathing and moving in yoga-like ways as I kept my mind occupied during that ever-increasing heat while in the sauna. If you choose to purchase a far infrared sauna from our sauna partner you will receive a discount on your purchase as well as a copy of my “4 Element Yoga & Other Spiritual Exercises for Far-infrared Saunas”.
As you might sense, between its bodily and spiritual benefits, there is much good that can be accomplished by having a relatively inexpensive far-infrared sauna as a part of your life. View saunas from our partner High Tech Health