All You Need to Know About the Detox Box

Written by Emma Tommasini


Far Infrared is required for all living things for optimum health. It is a light wave next to the colour red on the electromagnetic spectrum that is invisible to the eye but felt as heat. In a detox box cabin, the far infrared heat can penetrate up to 6cm into the body allowing a deep healing and detoxification of the tissue.


No, far infrared detox boxes are more comfortable and have further health benefits to a traditional steam sauna. Saunas heat the air with steam to warm the superficial skin from the outside. Far infrared warms the body deeply from within, therefore a lower, less humid and more comfortable temperature is needed to achieve a sweat. Infrared heat can produce a sweat composed of 20% toxins Vs only 3% toxins with a traditional sauna. 


Far Infrared heat is recognised by many health practitioners worldwide as the most effective method of removing both chemical and heavy metal toxins from the body. It causes a rise in core temperature resulting in a deep detoxifying sweat at a cellular level where toxins reside.These toxins include sodium, cholesterol, alcohol, nicotine, acidic compounds, pesticides, organic pollutants and heavy metals such as mercury and aluminium.

The average person is subject to over 70 chemicals per day from food and beverages, self care products, make-up, perfume, medications, cleaning chemicals and environmental pollution. Those with occupations with a higher toxic exposure such as mining can particularly benefit from regular detox box sessions. Cleansing the body of these impurities may improve chronic health conditions, energy levels and general health.


Far Infrared heat causes the peripheral blood vessels to dilate, increasing circulation and oxygen flow. This stimulates the cardiovascular system and raises the heart rate in a similar way to exercise. Having a detox box session is like a workout without the work, achieving comparable fitness conditioning and health benefits to exercise. This can be particularly useful for those who are unable to exercise due to injury. Research suggests that regular infrared heat therapy is beneficial in reducing blood pressure and improving circulation. 


A detox box session is a great preparation before a massage or workout as it softens and eases tension in muscles and joints. It has a powerful therapeutic effect on conditions such as muscle cramping, aches & pains, arthritis, fibromyalgia, sprains and bursitis. Far infrared heat has been proven to reduce pain sensation by getting heat deep into the free-nerve endings in the tissue. It speeds up injury recovery by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts necessary for the repair of connective tissues. 

BURN FAT WHILE YOU RELAX                       

One of the most popular benefits of the detox box is weight loss. As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output, metabolic rate and perspiration to burn extra calories. A 45 minute far infrared session can burn upwards of 600 calories while you relax! This is the equivalent of 10km run! Often the inability to lose weight is associated with chemical toxicity.The detox box triggers fat burning by clearing out the toxins stored in the body's fat cells. While it is true that some weight loss after a detox box session is water weight, metabolic rate continues to be raised for several hours after your session to achieve true fat loss. 


Far Infrared heat can strengthen immunity and help prevent infection by stimulating the lymphatic circulation and increasing production of infection fighting white blood cells. A detox box session may also be helpful if you feel an illness coming on or just can't shake a lingering infection. Raising the bodies core temperature induces an 'artificial fever'. Fever is the bodies natural healing response designed to eliminate bacteria and viruses that can not survive high temperatures. A detox box session also benefits by opening and clearing the respiratory passages for sinus, ear infections and coughs.


So how does the detox box improve tone, texture, clarity and elasticity of your skin? Firstly the far infrared heat increases blood circulation to the skin, brings oxygen and nutrients to the tissue and encourages shedding of old skin cells. Secondly the heat penetrates deep into the pores pushing out sebum, bacteria, toxins and cosmetic buildup, opening up pores that have not been functioning for years. Some people notice that even when they clean their skin thoroughly before a detox, if they wipe their face of sweat they will still see dirt that has been purified from deeply opened pores. Regular sessions in the detox box may improve skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, body odour, scars, burns and wounds. 


How often do you get an hour to yourself free from distractions and interruptions? Your detox box session is a great opportunity to kick back and let go of the days worries. We recommend you spend your time simply doing nothing, meditating, reading or listening to music. It is also safe to take your phone or laptop into the detox box if you feel inclined. Our detox boxes are roomy enough to bring a partner or friend along for the experience. And guess what the extra person is free! Many a detox box sessions have doubled as a friendly catch up, a healthy alternative to the traditional coffee date.

Your session starts with a soft soothing heat that feels similar to when your body soaks up the warmth of the sun on a cool day. Thirty minutes into your session as you start to sweat, feel good endorphins begin to be released. After the session you will likely enjoy that invigorated feeling similar to after a good workout.


Yes, our detox boxes are sanitised after each use and refreshed with hygienic one use towels. Far Infrared light creates a naturally sterile environment killing 99% of bacteria, airborne germs and viruses. Many medical devices and surgical equipment are sterilised using infrared light.


Yes, far infrared is completely safe and healthy. Far infrared is a naturally occurring output of the sun, but does not contain harmful UV rays so it will not burn the skin. It provides all the health benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation. In fact, infrared heat is so safe, it is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants, in burns units to accelerate healing and at physiotherapy clinics as red heat lamps to treat injuries.

The far infrared detox box is not advised for people with the following conditions; pregnancy, breastfeeding, cardio-vascular disease, un-medicated high blood pressure, pacemaker, artificial joints, haemophilia, blood disorders, active cancer, fever, acute injury, insensitivity to heat, inability to perspire and drug/ alcohol abuse. Please consult with your doctor regarding any other serious or chronic health issues or medications.

At First Things First Wellness Centre we have 2 far infrared detox cabins avaliable. Bookings are essential, one hour hire is $40. Online appointments can be made on the following link

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