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  • Writer's pictureNicole Anderson

Cocoon Pod—It’s All in the Heat!

Don't you just love that feeling of warmth and even better when your body can actually benefit from the effects of heat? You may not realise it but sweating has countless benefits and can help in keeping us healthy.

The benefits of saunas and exposure to Full Spectrum Infrared are so beneficial. Frequent use can show improvements in so many ways, you wouldn’t believe how much it can help even with sleep. As one of our main services, we are happy to say that the Cocoon Pod includes a variety of adjustable settings, including different heat settings, massage intensity, and different time settings.

At the onset, saunas have been used all over the world for centuries not only for relaxation but to treat ailments like back problems, strains, stress related issues, depression, inflammation, muscle recovery, detoxification and weight loss. So exposing the body to heat acclimation can help benefit the brain, muscles, improves body composition and greater longevity.

When the body is exposed to heat acclimation, the brain increases levels of prolactin. Prolactin is important for the promotion of myelin growth which helps the brain function faster and repair nerve cell damage and increase endorphins.

Other benefits are heat shock proteins which repair damage. Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF) is increased with heat acclimation and this helps support growth and survival of existing brain cells and the development of new ones. Once we hit middle age, we start to lose between 0.5 and 1% muscle mass per year so BDNF helps repair this. Heat shock proteins increase and promote muscle growth.

The four happy chemicals are released–oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine which help minimise stress and anxiety while boosting your mood and aids in a healthy sleep pattern.

  • Oxytocin - links to warm, fuzzy feelings and shown in some research to lower stress and anxiety. It has the power to regulate our emotional responses and pro-social behaviours.

  • Serotonin - stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. It also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion.

  • Endorphin - helps one deal with stress and reduce feelings of pain. It triggers a positive feeling in the body.

  • Dopamine - known as the “feel-good” hormone; it is also a neurotransmitter that's an important part of the brain's reward system.

Now you can see why a trip to our Pod is going to leave you feeling on top of the world!

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