Infrared detoxification therapy is a whole-body therapy treatment that can help us feel more relaxed and balanced, reduce stress and/or pain, diminish muscle aches, and give us an energy boost by stimulating our lymphatic system.

Infrared heat can be more effective at detoxifying heavy metals and other environmental toxins in the body in comparison to conventional heat saunas, steam saunas and mineral wraps. There are several different ways in which to benefit from these treatments. The heat components assist us in experiencing inch loss, relaxation and a decrease in pain.

If the treatment goal is thermolypolysis, professional products and applications for this treatment are applied; they aid in assisting to burn excess fat and water. An infrared body system uses short and long infrared waves; the result is the body is heated from the inside out. The increased thermolipolytic action of infrared therapy works from the deep fat layers right down to the dermis. This breakdown of fats is then converted into more of a liquid form, which allows the secretion of excess bodily water, toxins and fat as we perspire. This treatment is very different from other wrap-type treatments that only allow for the elimination of excess water. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, in a single infrared wrap session, people can burn up to as many calories as they would rowing or jogging for 30 minutes. Our metabolism can also experience an increase for the next 24-36 hours due to the heat created, thus burning more calories. This treatment also stimulates the lymphatic system, can aid in reducing cellulite, improve our skin elasticity, increase energy levels overall and help us with sleep.

If the goal is for straight body detoxification, relaxation and pain control, the treatment is similar in body position. Temperatures are gauged prior to treatment depending on needs. Infrared heat has been known to have an effect on stress reduction through its warm, soothing and relaxing action. This is a good therapeutic choice for chronic joint pain as a whole.

Infrared body detoxification treatments occur while lying down on a soothing warm area while fully clothed. All treatments are performed by licensed, healthcare professionals.

Treatments are approximately 30-50 minutes in total depending on the selection of treatment method and purpose chosen. Treatments are often paired with other treatments, including a foot detoxification, auricular ear seeding for calming and pain control, or a cupping session.

(Note the following contraindications: pacemaker, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and pregnancy.)

Amy Platt is a physical therapist, neurofeedback practitioner and a registered nurse with 25 years of experience and certifications in cupping, acupressure and hypnotherapy. Connect at 203-533-5005, or

Gabriella Connolly is a neurofeedback practitioner and a registered nurse with over 25 years of experience. She is also a Reiki, yoga and tai chi practitioner. Connect at 203-533-5005, or

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