Detox with a deeper, more purifying sweat


On the path to wellness, you often hear people suggest a detox or cleanse. While sometimes used interchangeably, these processes are not the same. A cleanse usually involves eliminating certain foods from the diet, and reducing the toxic load for a short period of time. A detox, on the other hand, eliminates stored toxins from deep within the body’s tissues and organs. While both can be beneficial, a healthy detox can provide long lasting benefits such as relief from fatigue, chronic pain, stress, and improved circulation and heart health. Taking a cue from the traditions of Swedish saunas and Native American sweat lodges, Thrive Massage and Wellness brings infrared light therapy to Columbus, the most advanced system for profound detoxification.


How Infrared Light Therapy is a different detox

We are exposed to toxins every day – from the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even through our body’s metabolism process. Left in the body, these toxins can cause chronic illness, imbalance, and general feelings of sickness. Detoxing from heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals and pollution on a regular basis is important for overall health. Infrared light therapy has been proven as a safe and effective method to detox.

Using infrared therapy, the deep penetration of heat releases toxins from the fat layers just beneath the skin through perspiration. It also helps your body eliminate toxins from your internal organs. Once the first round of toxins has been eliminated, toxins from the organs move into that layer of tissue under the skin, and are then eliminated through perspiration.

Researchers have analyzed the sweat produced in both traditional and infrared saunas. Sweat from traditional saunas was about 97% water and 3% toxins. Sweat produced in infrared saunas was 80-85% water. The remainder (15-20% of the perspiration) consisted of toxins such as heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, uric acid other fat-soluble toxins.

This healthy detox goes beyond just sweat. The increase in core body temperature from the infrared therapy improves circulation and reduces inflammation allowing the body’s natural systems to move toxins and waste out of the body. As the body is brought back into balance, your natural immune system and general vitality is restored.

The only spa to experience the healthy detoxing benefits of infrared light therapy in Columbus is Thrive Massage and Wellness. Book your appointment now!


Sweating the Small Stuff

The holiday season is near, and that means lots of gatherings, lots of food, lots of drinks, and lots of extra everything going into your body.  What can you do to combat the holiday binge?  Try an infrared sauna session to detoxify your body on a cellular level.

“Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes function efficiently so that we are better able to digest the nutrients in our foods. Detoxification has also been shown to be helpful with colitis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD and ADHD.” – Dr. Rachel West

It’s well known that the body sweats out toxic substances, including heavy metals.  The most effective way to induce that safe sweat?  A sauna!  At THRiVE, we have industry leading Sunlighten infrared saunas.  It is clinical trials show that Sunlighten saunas are seven times more effective than a traditional sauna. It is commonly thought that sweat from traditional saunas is 95 to 97% water with salt making up a part of the rest. Far infrared saunas are believed to be more effective in moving toxins through the skin than traditional saunas because in an infrared sauna only 80 to 85% of the sweat is water with the non-water portion being cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid.

Infrared saunas are a great way to recover from a bit of overindulgence, too!  Add a sauna to your day to burn up to 600 calories in a single session, meaning you don’t have to be the one who turns down that second slice of pie this year.  One too many glasses of wine at the company party last night?  Ease the inflammation causing your headache and flush out the lingering toxins with a sauna this morning.  So long as you hydrate appropriately, saunas are a great way to recover from holiday fun.

So, what should you expect from your sauna experience at THRiVE?

First, you’ll be provided with a secure locker to store your personal items, as well as a robe and flip flops.  Once you’re dressed down to your level of comfort under your robe, our staff will escort you to your own sauna booth.  Our saunas are able to accommodate 2-3 people at a time, so bring a friend along, or enjoy a little alone time.

Then, sit back and enjoy one of the 7 pre-programmed sessions.  Sessions range from 30 to 50 minutes long, depending on your goals.  Our staff recommends bringing a good book or silly magazine to read, so you have a chance to disconnect from the world for just a little bit.

When the program is over, you’ll be alerted by the lights, which will begin changing colors.  Your next step is to rinse off in one of our full showers, to get the toxins you’ve sweat out off your skin.  You wouldn’t want to re-absorb all that!

Finally, drift out of the spa on a cloud of endorphins, knowing you’re doing something spectacular for yourself without having to give up on all the fun of the holiday season.

A single sauna session is just $40.  THRiVE also offers a variety of package options to save you money.  A 6-pack of sauna sessions s $200, a 12-pack is $360, and these sessions can be used anytime you like.  Or indulge in the $300 Monthly Sauna Pass, which gives you access to the saunas as often as you like, up to 1 hour a day, for an entire month.  Want to bring a friend?  A second person sharing a sauna is just $10 more, and on Tuesdays, we waive that fee for Two for Tuesdays!  Saunas are available 7 days a week during any of THRiVE’s business hours.

You can read more about specific studies regarding the effectiveness of infrared light therapy here:

Thrive Massage & Wellness
4955 N Hamilton Rd
Columbus, OH  43230
(614) 473-1000

About the Author

Codi Barnhouse, Licensed Massage Therapist

Codi Barnhouse is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) at Thrive Massage and Wellness Her passion in helping others led her to massage therapy. Codi holds an Advanced Certification in TMJ massage.

Her goal is to help provide you with pain relief, relax your muscles, and help you lead a more thriving life.

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